Monday, August 30, 2010

Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Grade: A+


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 learn if they're lost forever...


Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Setting: 10/10!
Total Score: 66/70

Obtained: Free ARC provided by author

Age Appropriate? PG-13

Strong Language: Some, but limited.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some drinking, a little drunkenness maybe? Mentions of drugs and addiction.
Sexual Content: Some implied scenes and discussion, discussion of rape of young girls, some disturbing rape images.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Forced marriage (ick), graphic violence, prison images, discussions of torture...


Like all of Maria V. Snyder's books, Spy Glass was fast-paced, immediately gripping, and immensely satisfying. Opal faces a lot of complicated problems that require attention and focus, but are, of course, entirely fascinating. I would recommend re-reading the first two in the series (or at least the second) before picking this one up if you haven't read it in a while, because you will be immediately confronted with all the details of Opal's past adventures.

In typical Maria V. Snyder fashion, the romance, while a forefront part of the book, simmers in the background for the majority of the story, only to explode later on in an emotional whirlwind. Storm Glass and Sea Glass readers will be surprised by the outcome, but, I hope, as satisfied as I was by it.  

Opal has matured a lot since the days of the Study trilogy. As she searches for a way to heal from the many ordeals she has faced, she emerges as an ass-kicking heroine (our favorite kind) and embarks on fraught-with-danger missions alongside our favorite characters. Threads of the past two books come together and intertwine, and eventually lead to an enthralling (if shocking) climax.

Exclusive guest blog with Maria V. Snyder titled "The Insider's Guide to the Study/Glass Book Names"!


Maria V. Snyder
Short Stories (some of which are related to the Study/Glass world--sign up for the newsletter to get exclusive content!)
Interview with Maria

Storm Glass Review (Glass Trilogy, book 1)
Sea Glass Review (Glass Trilogy, book 2)

Poison Study Review
Magic Study Review
Fire Study Review


  1. Loved the book... dont know how I feel about her romantic choice ;)

  2. aaaaghhh!!! I have it, but I haven't been able to even touch it, because of stupid school reading!!

  3. My review of this just posted today. I really enjoyed it but like you suggested I wish I had reread the first to books.


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