Friday, September 22, 2023

REVIEW: Spy Glass (Glass #3) by Maria V. Snyder

Spy Glass
My Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

In this final installment of the Glass series, Opal is attempting to get her magic powers back by trying to track down vials of her blood that were previously siphoned from her. Traveling all over Sitia, attacked several times in the process, she is at the mercy of those who will do whatever they can to stop her.

As usual, the action is non-stop, the pace and storytelling superb, and I enjoyed seeing a lot of my favorite characters from the Study series here—Yelena, Valek, and Janco in particular. But it's Opal and her story here that keep me from rating this too highly. Because Opal is just a train wreck!! What was otherwise a great read was ruined for me by several of the things that happened with her, or to her.

For a good portion of the book, I was pleasantly surprised to see Opal gain more confidence and assertiveness (goodbye doormat!) and become better about not withholding important information from others—the Master Magicians, her friends, and family. I actually started to like her! And then, lest we get too used to that behavior, let's completely take away all her self will and make her a blood slave to this Galen/Finn guy! Because Opal isn't Opal if someone isn't taking advantage of her!

And then there's the fact that she decided to hook up up with Devlin instead of Kade in the end!! Yup, the dude that tortured her, not just once but twice! Addicted to blood magic as he was at the time... Okay fine, addicts don't always have control over their actions, and when they're getting clean, usually seek forgiveness from the people they've hurt. But forgiveness is one thing; actually marrying her abuser is another! *shakes head* And then poor Kade—beautiful, tormented Kade whom Opal managed to save from himself—is relegated to nothing in this book!!

Overall, I'm still happy I read it (and the rest of this series), just so that I can remind myself why I dislike Opal so much in case she decides to show her face in the Soulfinder series, which I'm going to start on next. I'll be so happy to revisit Yelena and Valek again!

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