Today we hear from Bookbabbler Luke..
Spy Glass – Maria V Snyder
After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, student glass magician Opal Cowan has lost her powers. 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. Suddenly the beautiful pieces she makes begin to flash in the presence of magic and opal learns that someone has stolen some of her blood. Finding it might let her regain her powers or discover that they’re lost forever.
This is the first time I have read any of Maria V Snyder’s work and starting with the third book from the trilogy was probably not the best introduction to the story of Opal and her quest for her lost powers. The book starts with Opal at home helping her mother prepare for her sister Mara’s imminent wedding to Leif when she is visited by Valek, a character prominent in the previous books. Although I was not aware of the other characters and the roles they played in the previous books I felt the author explained well their importance in the book and all the characters from the previous book appeared to knit together and each had their part to play in Opal’s quest. Opal finds out that the warpers who had taken her also had her blood which if she could manage to get back then she could regain her powers. The rest of the book concerns itself with Opal’s search and along the way she becomes involved in many adventures with many of the characters from the previous books. The book is exciting and very fast paced. However, if I did not read the book daily, I quickly became confused and found myself having to refer to the previous pages I had read to get back on track with the story line. I found the characters very believable and I loved Opal. She’s really gritty, loving, feisty and a true heroine. It kept me guessing until near the end of the outcome and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I am going to go backwards and read the two previous books.
Thanks, Luke – sounds great! It’s in our shop now.