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Book Title: Spy Glass|
The author of the book: Maria V. Snyder
Edition: Harlequin (UK)
Date of issue: September 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781848451155
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.9
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Review of ‘Spy Glass’ Opal Cowan #3
By Maria V. Snyder. (Thanks Net Galley for the ARC.)
To be Published September 17th 2010 by Mira Books
I wrote this review almost 6 years ago and I still agree with what I originally wrote.
The overall story was fine. It was a huge bonus to see Yelena, Janko, Ari, Iris and Valek again. But where was Zitora? She was a huge part of the last two books, but was absent from this one, and she seemed to have her own story to fulfil at the end of ‘Sea Glass’. Perhaps a new series? That would be well worth the wait.
Yelena, Janko, Ari, Iris and Valek were very pleasant to read again and they added a lot to the skittish plot and weak character developments.
Now to the part of the story that enraged me to the point that it was difficult to finish the book. If you do not want spoilers, than please do not read any more.
Opal and her overall relationship choice. Wow, it is a little strange that a book which is undoubtedly read by younger people would have one of the core characters enter into a relationship with the man who, and this is a quote from the book “A year and a half ago he had kidnapped and tortured me”. This relationship was also started when she was in a relationship with someone else. There has been an attempt to explain this away with the blood magic addiction. Seriously?
Devlin also seems to be present as some kind of ‘Valek’ type replacement. Sadly, it did not work. Dislike for him still lingered heavily from the previous books. It is also one of the most distractingly annoying aspects of this book; being asked to accept a character that deceived, kidnapped, and tortured (also possibly raped) the main person and the excuses offered to explain why, were not very adequate. I also believe it is not the best idea to gloss over such important issues.
Lastly, the portrayal of some of the characters was one of the most distracing aspects. One of the worst off was Kade, it seemed like he was treated as a means to an end, and as such, was reduced to a meek doorstep that was hardly present in the story at all. Perhaps he was off with Zitora? It is a shame that one of the most recognisable people from the previous two books, who the readers have indentified strongly with Opal, was reduced to this.
Spending two books setting this charcter up, only to tear them down almost feels like a waste of time. The feeling that comes from reading cover–to-cover is that there was no real idea where his story was going, and that it was more a seat-of-your-pants story. Again, perhaps Kade will get his own spin off series?
One of the better things in this book was the twist with the black diamonds. It would seem there is another Glass Wizard! Quinn was an awesome person to read, and seemed to be a new addition to Opals collection of people. Dealing with the problems within the compound was also a good way to pick up the pace of the storyline and bring the interest back to the wider story. Some twists and turns in the book were also a well played, even if you guessed what would happen.
‘Spy Glass’ seems to have good bits, and not so good bits... However, it is still enjoyable if you can put these issues to the side. * Almost 6 years later and I now disagree with this. It was not enjoyable, and this story bothers me to this day.
Don't bother reading this book
THIS IS MY OPINION! I enjoyed the other aspects of the book, however
I will admit it is hard to recommend a book that contains certain events that are against my morals.
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Read information about the authorWhen Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not exciting...at all. Bored at work and needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science fiction stories. Over a dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria’s learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill University, where she is now a faculty member. Her favorite color is red. She loves dogs, but is allergic, instead she has a big black tom cat named…Kitty (apparently naming cats isn’t in her skill set either). Maria also has a husband and two children who are an inspiration for her writing when they aren't being a distraction. Note: She mentions her cat before her family.
When she's not writing she's either playing volleyball, traveling, or taking pictures. Being a writer, though is a ton of fun. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study marital arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and attend Astronomy Camp and call it research? Maria will be the first one to tell you it's not working as a meteorologist.
Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at http://www.MariaVSnyder.com.
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