Wednesday, October 13, 2010
by Maria V. Snyder
Glass Magic trilogy, book three
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…
This book is an emotional thrill ride that will suck you in and spit you back out. Opal goes through A LOT in this conclusion to her story, but very similarly to Alanna from Tamora Pierce's The Lionness Quartet, everything that Opal goes through, everything the reader experiences along with her, brings the story to a very satisfying conclusion emotionally.
When Opal finds her true love, it really feels like it's the real deal. Not just happy, superficially perfect, but really, truly, fully-fleshed "I see all your faults and love you anyway" real. *le sigh.
Though none of Snyder's books quite match the ultimate perfection of Poison Study, I love Opal, her brand of magic, and the men in her life. Again, I wish a few of the side characters...hello, Janco!...could get their own stories, but Opal was a strong, realistic heroine that I'll be sorry to leave behind.