Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice.
After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood - and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or know it could be they are lost forever.
To me a mark of a great book is one where I totally lose time while I read it. One where I am able to completely suspend disbelief and just enjoy. Ms. Snyder's SPY GLASS is just such a book. It is actually the third book in her Glass series but it stands very well on its own. There are mentions of things that happen in the prior books but they are so well explained that I didn't feel as though I was missing out on anything. That being said, I have already put her back list in my TBR file because I just plain enjoyed the book that much.
I think that Ms. Snyder's true strength lies with her characters. Opal was very easy to like even though there were times when I want to slap her across the back of her head. All of her characters, even the secondary ones, are written very strongly.
If I had any issue with the book itself, it was the fact that there were several editing issues throughout the book. Hopefully this issue is resolved in the print copy.
I rate this book a 4.3.