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La formule de verre (Merle-Trilogie #3)

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Merle, the Flowing Queen, Junipa and Vermithrax the stone lion are in snow-bound Egypt, surrounded by ice, mirrors and sphinxes. They encounter Seth, the Pharoah's dangerous chief priest. Why is he offering to help them?
Published January 31st 2006 by Rocher (first published 2002)
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final book in the Dark Reflections trilogy was satisfactory but not as spectacular as the first two books.

The plot thickens, the stakes are high than ever and the probabilty that the whole cast will survive is more than low. Still, I wasn't as captivated by the story as I was before. Somewhere along the lines I grew impatient and wanted it to end. Maybe there were too many POV's, too many things happening at once. I can't say what it was exactly but it lost a part of its magic.
Asghar Abbas

Not good enough ending. Something strange happened during the intervening time I read and finished this series . I grew impatient with it and it lost most of its magic .
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ich weiß nicht mal genau, was mir nicht so richtig gefallen hat..die Story und die Wesen waren ganz okay, die Charaktere eher so meh..ich freu mich aber auf das Wolkenvolk, das fehlt mir nämlich noch von Kai Meyer und bisher konnten mich fast alle seine Werke (zumindest viel mehr als dieses hier) überzeugen :)
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Das war eine große Enttäuschung.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: LJ user Sydanilo
Translated by Anthea Bell.



The Pyramid rose above deep snow. All around them, the Egyptian desert lay buried under the cloak of a New Ice Age.

Very exciting trilogy this. Starts off in Venice, visits hell and a winter ravaged Egypt.

#1 The Flowing Queen
#2 The Stone Light
#3 The Glass Word
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
ich vermisse die charaktere jetzt schon
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This part was better than the last one.. the beginning was a little slow and then suddenly a lot of questions were answered in one chapter. Personally I enjoyed the book, though a lot of questions are still open for me. I dont know if this series continues though I still miss some information.
Even though this is the case, I did enjoy the world Kai Meyer created here.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
4-4,5 Sterne
Ein wirklich gelungenes Ende für diese märchenhafte Trilogie.
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Dark Reflection Trilogy
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Ng Xin
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite pleased with the ending of this trilogy. While I think the landslide of plot related happenings that happened in this last book could have been shared with the second book, overall it was very well done. Seriously, this book was shorter than the second, but I feel that way more was happening. However, every story-line was wrapped up, even if a few details seemed like they were missing along the way. Serafin doesn't really receive that much in the way of character development so it is ...more
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
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wenn man die ersten Teile gelesen hat, und zumindest nciht schlecht fand, sollte man diesen hier auch lesen. Die Story erreicht ihren Höhepunkt und so macher Charakter konnte mich noch überraschen. Zudem werden endlich alle Geheimnisse und Fragen der ersten beiden Teile beantwortet.
Ich bin allerdings nicht sicher was ich vom Ende halten soll. (view spoiler)
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite

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.
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
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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“For the images of the gods are much easier to misuse for human purposes than the gods themselves. Images have no will and no desires. Statues stand for nothing but the goals of the rulers. … The word of a god is, in truth, only the word of the one who erected his statue.” 11 likes
“Merle had the feeling that he almost kissed her, but then his lips only touched her hair briefly, and all she could think of was that she hadn't washed it for days. It was crazy, really. Here they were, all trapped in this accursed sphinx stronghold, and she was thinking about washing her hair! Was that what being in love did to you? And then, was it being in love that was responsible for the lump in her throat and the fluttering in her stomach?” 1 likes
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