Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Synder's dialog is probably one of my favorite aspects of the novel. Though the characters sound like modern, "real world" teens, it just works. The exchanges between characters feel comfortable and natural, and just draw me into their story. The plot is also chalked full of adventure, and plenty of twists and turns.
Okay, now for the not-so-great part. Spy Glass, unfortunately, wasn't perfect. Okay, few novels are, and I have a very high standard, but there are some glaring things that bothered me about this book. First, it seemed to drag on for far too long at certain points, and I just wanted to get to the next exciting piece of action without getting bogged down in what seemed like extraneous details, dialog and scenes, especially closer to the end. I also didn't like seeing our heroine Opal as a victim, yet again (for what, the thousandth time?) for such a large portion of the novel. I don't know about other readers, but I was all geared up to see her totally come into her own here and be the strong heroine I know she is. Sadly, all the victimization kept that from being fully realized, and I seemed to hold Opal back from becoming, what I think could be an awesome character. There is also the issue of the plot seemingly resolving just a little too easily at the end.
Admittedly, I found Spy Glass to be the weakest book in the Glass series. Without powers or any glass-blowing lore of interest, Opal's glow dulls to nothing but a shadow. Her adventures just don't quite have the spark that ignited the other books, especially Storm Glass. Though Spy Glass was still a fun book, it isn't Snyder's best. Fans of Snyder's Glass and Study series will find it a decent ending to the Glass series, but lacking a little punch.