La formule de verre (L'histoire de Merle, #3)
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La formule de verre (Merle-Trilogie #3)

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When they emerge from Hell, Merle, her friend Junipa who has mirrors for eyes, and Vermithrax the flying stone lion find themselves in Egypt. Of course the Flowing Queen is with them as well, since Merle swallowed her back in Venice. There is something very wrong in Egypt--it is freezing cold, and everything is covered in snow. Winter is here, looking for his lost love, Su...more
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Published January 31st 2006 by Rocher (first published 2002)
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Mayra
This definitely reminds me of His Dark Materials, but even better. I could not put it down. The descriptions, the fantasies, the characters just drew me in. Meyer has some great, original ideas. The great conclusion to a great series.
Indeed, the back of the book promised a great battle at the end, and even though it was expected, it was also shocking. Oh my God I can't believe (SPOILER ALERT) Serafin freakin' died! It put me in tears. I love the whit and whimsy of these ideas, especially with Wi...more
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Nic
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Laurel
The conclusion to Kai Meyer's Dark Reflections series, "The Glass Word" wraps up the story of Merle, Serafin, and Junipa as they escape from a hell-like underworld only to find the Egyptian desert buried in snow. The book is full of the interesting mix of mythology and adventure that characterized the previous two installments. Fans of authors Rick Riordan and Meredith Pierce will most certainly enjoy this series. "The Glass Word" becomes confusing at its long, drawn out, and somewhat anticlimac...more
Shari  Mulluane
What I Liked. All of the individual story lines make sense now. And I do mean all of them. What this tale ended up being, once you cut through all of the weird world building, was a mystery. A who-done-it and why puzzle full of misdirection and interesting twists. On the whole, I loved the continuing creativity and I enjoyed how it all wrapped up in ways I did not expect. Despite being YA, there was not a sappy, feel good ending either. It was bittersweet, partially tragic but true to the story....more
Brina
Nachdem ich die ersten beiden Bände der "Merle"-Trilogie noch als Hörbuch gehört habe, habe ich mir den letzten Band als Hardcover-Ausgabe gegönnt, um zu erfahren, wie es mit Merle, Junipa und Co. weitergeht. Schade, dass dies bereits der letzte Band ist, denn ich würde am liebsten noch viel mehr über Merle erfahren.

Kai Meyer konnte mich mit seinem Schreibstil wieder einmal begeistern. Der Autor beschreibt sämtliche Ortschaften sehr detailliert, sodass ich mir nahezu alles bildlich vorstellen ko...more
Ng Xin
(The ending! Was so beautiful! I just—!)

I can definitely see why this trilogy draws comparisons with His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. And I think that while this is a huge, hee-yoo-ge compliment, it's also kind of a drawback because His Dark Materials is infinitely deeper. Not that Dark Reflections is bad, on the contrary! There were some genuinely beautiful ideas explored here: the mirrors, the mermaids, the phantoms, but ultimately I felt that the world-building in Dark Reflections wasn't...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

NOTE: This is the third book in a trilogy, just in case you were unaware, and if you can make sense of this story without having read the first two... You're either amazing or scary.

Merle, Vermithrax, Junipa, and, of course, the Flowing Queen, have just barely escaped Hell and Lord Light with their lives. Although none of them is, or will ever be, quite the same. Thanks to the stone light, Vermithrax has turned from regular stone to a nearly impen...more
Allison
Aug 12, 2008 Allison rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of The Dark Reflection Trilogy
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Lindsey
This is clearly the best of the three as often happens with the third in a trilogy. Many of the details about the characters were being held until this novel as trump cards to add to the drama that plays out through the story. As a result, the characters convey better depth and their motives become more complex, creating a stronger sense of empathy with the audience. Even the writing itself has become stronger with greater aesthetic details, poetic language, and variance in sentence complexity....more
marcosbooks
Der letzte atemberaubende Teil der Merle-Trilogie findet mit "Das Gläserne Wort" sein Ende. Die "Fließende Königin" sowie "Das Steinerne Licht" waren die Anfänge und der Mittelteil der Merletrilogie und nun ist es doch soweit gekommen das diese Geschichte, auch ihr Ende findet, und das mit einem krönenden Abschluss und einer großen Menge an Fantasie! Ich kann direkt schreiben das ich dieses Buch sehr gelungen finde und sehr viel Spaß hatte es zu lesen. Leider ist nun wieder eine Reihe abgeschlos...more
Franziska
this was the very first series of Kai Meyer books I bought back then when I was a child.. it takes the reader on an imaginary journey that makes it impossible to take away the book just for one minute... few years later I'm sitting here and I can doubtlessly say that this book hasn't lost any of its magic on me... the same girl just a few years older sitting on her bed although its far past midnight and shedding the one or another tear about the tragic end while she is closing the last and final...more
Michelle
This is the third book in the Dark Reflections trilogy. Merle, with Junipa and Vermithrax, who survived his encounter with the Stone Light are escaping Lord Light and are in hot pursuit of Seth, the former high priest to the Pharoah. Merle is unsure of who she can trust and it weighs on her heavily. Separately, Serafin, the sphinx Lalapeya, the former mermaid Eft and the other thieves are headed to Egypt on a pirate submarine. When they reach Egypt, Winter has arrived. They converge on the Iron...more
Evelyn
Good way to end a trilogy. Did not inspire in me quite the same sense of wonder as the first two books. The things we learned about Merle's background were not surprising, though they were unexpected. (view spoiler)...more
Cielo
DARN!! WHY?

That question keeps popping up in my mind. WHY?
(no spoilers, i know. I'll try to be as careful as I can.)

Okay.. *inhale* *exhale*

The thrill was never absent. This book might be my favorite one, compared to the first and second. I'm not saying that first and second book was boring. It's just this one is more interesting and intensifying.

I can't (not won't because I literally can't) say I hate it because something UNTHINKABLE happened, I LOVE it instead despite that... that... incident....more
Kitchengrrl
For what started as such a promising first book, I was really disappointed with how this all turned out. Not so much the story, because the story remained good, though it did make an odd leap at the end. But what I really enjoyed about the first book was how deeply it made me think about ordinary things, and the existential questions it was raising. In The Glass Word, Meyer does what I hate YA authors doing, which is that he hands you conclusions constantly instead of letting you figure things o...more
Joan
Wow, I was not expecting this when I started reading a YA trilogy. Who knew that I would become so caught up in the farflung adventures of Merle who is trying to save her city from an invasion? Heartbreaking choices had to be made, and as I read this on a plane ride, I was echoing poor Junipa, agh! Indeed, is this a YA novel? They mention at the end that this isn't how it ends in fairytales. Gah. Almost reduce me to tears will you!! (This trilogy reminded me of His Dark Materials, also with a yo...more
Faedyl
OPS! a pesar de que dije que el primero es mi favorito, tengo que decir que este es complicado. Veo que todos los reviews difieren entre el amor y el odio, y quienes lean la saga sabrán entender. Sólo decir que eviten los spoilers porque si no, el libro no tendrá el efecto necesario. En su momento me pareció una porquería de libro, pero supongo que será porque yo quería otro fianl, no me gustó el desenlace. Pero con el tiempo, se aprecia y la verdad, tengo que decir, es un excelente final. EXCEL...more
Halena W
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Catherine
I knock one star off my review of the final book in the Water Mirror trilogy only because of the ending. While on one hand I applaud its resolution of several action-based plot points, I also feel betrayed at how obviously the ending sets up a possible fourth book. If that was not the author's intention, then I suspect he himself doesn't know what to do with his characters once they are outside of their missions and quests.

Otherwise, excellent and epic adventure.
Ann
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S.r
It was a great conclusion to the series! Nerve wracking and so suspenseful I couldn't put it down! I was cheering for Serafin and Merle, I almost cried when they kissed and he died! It would be better if the books were continued ( as of now I'm not sure if they are) because I want to see more of Julia and Merle's adventures and if they find another Serafin!
Dayna Smith
The final installment in The Dark Reflections Trilogy. Merle, Junipa, Vermithrax, and the Flowing Queen arrive in Egypt and invade the fortress of the sphinxes to stop the Son of the Mother from awakening. Serafin, Lalapeya, and Eft are also on their way to Egypt to find their friends. Will they succeed in bringing down the sphinxes and saving Venice?
Crystal
I actually got this book for my birthday so I read it without reading the first and second books of the trilogy, so I guess I didn't get to know the characters as well. I thought this book had a pretty good plot, and although it wasn't as interesting as some other books I've read, it was pretty good. :D
aaron
the final book in the dark reflections trilogy. this book is a doosie! it is great. this whole series was great. intricate, well written, dark. it was wonderfully written and researched by kei meyer. for those interested in reimaginings of history and places...this totally rocks!
Stéphanie
Magnifique conclusion pour une trilogie vraiment haletante et bien ficelée. Dommage qu'elle soit si méconnue, car L'Histoire de Merle s'inscrit dans la lignée d'à la Croisée des Mondes de Philip Pulman en terme de qualité de l'histoire et d'univers. Bref une vraie réussite !
Cindy
I finally gave up waiting for the library to get this one in audiobook format. I barely remembered the weird dark magical Venice of the other books, but got sucked into the whirling strange wintery adventure in Egypt on a stone lion's back.
Cindywho
I finally gave up waiting for the library to get this one in audiobook format. I barely remembered the weird dark magical Venice of the other books, but got sucked into the whirling strange wintery adventure in Egypt on a stone lion's back.
Carrie
This is the last book in a trilogy that starts with The Water Mirror. Interesting YA fantasy books set in Venice. A little dark. I kinda lost interest halfway through the last book, but I got pulled back in again for the end.
Wendy
This is the third book in the Dark Reflections Trilogy. It is also not as good as the first but still interesting. Merle and Junipa travel through a freezing-cold Egypt to fight the sphinxes.
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With millions of books sold worldwide, Kai Meyer is one of Germany's most successful authors. His novels have been translated into 27 languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

Kai Meyer was born in 1969 in northern Germany. He began college at the University of Bochum, Germany, where he studied film, theatre, and philosophy. After a year, he dropped out t...more
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