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Spy Glass (Glass #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  14,751 Ratings  ·  1,031 Reviews
An undercover mission
leads to danger, adventure
and an impossible choice.

After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, student glass magician Opal Cowan 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
Paperback, 535 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Mira Books
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Meeghan Yes, Shadow Study is the one after this (then Night Study and finally Dawn Study).

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Apr 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, listen up, girls, because this book has some major important life advice here:

If you happen to get kidnapped and abused by a heroin addict when you are 14 yrs old, and then run into him when you are 20, only to have him abuse you again. Then, he kicks his heroin addiction, yet still abuses you just a couple of more times, only to later reveal that he didn't enjoy it as much because he now loves you. That's totally fine. You should totally marry that guy because he's sorry.

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Dec 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone who can form their own opinion
Shelves: to-be-published
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This book wasn’t horrible, but I did have issues with certain plot points, and the rest was pretty boring.

Opal irritated me in this book because she (view spoiler) We also got dealt a love triangle, or even a love square!

The rest of the book was boring, I was beyond pleased to have finished it. I just hope that Shadow Study isn’t this boring.

5 out of 10
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
The writing style and plot were good, even though a bit boring and the world-building was amazing as always. Valek finally made an appearance and Leif's wedding was beautiful addition to the story. But...
I didn't like Opal from the start of this series. Her constant whining for example. Even though she has home and loving family. And let's not forget about her many, many love-interests. (She has three of them, actually)...

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Mar 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, not-for-me
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Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Quick review: Opal Cowan, glassmaker, "one trick wonder" and victim extraordinaire, spends the majority of the first two Glass books helping others, rehashing traumatic experiences, sparring or traveling from one place to another.

At practically every single village she visits, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, she's beaten, or falsely imprisoned, or tortured, or kidnapped. The girl just can't catch a break--people want to steal her magic, or, you know, just want her to die. But resourcefu
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Phew! I'm done with Maria V. Snyder and her series. That tiny part of me that suffers OCD can finally be put to sleep.

When I first read Poison Study, I thought Snyder's writing was terrific. Tight plot where things really made sense and excellent characters—smart, funny and relatable. Then, slowly but surely, the quality dropped. Books #2 and #3 in the Study series were pretty meh. I still liked them but it was mostly because of some of the characters having made such a good first impression pre
Spy Glass has always been my ultimate favorite of this entire series. I love Opal and Devlen but I like that we get to read a bit more about Valek without Yelena.

However at this point I think a lot of my enjoyment has to do with determination (there are 9 books that I need to finish before my summer break and I do NOT have time to use more than a day on each) and nostalgia. This series was my gateway into fantasy series and it might be playing a huge part in my obsession with it. I dont think
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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Dec 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Maria Kaye
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. Review to come.. Maybe! Lol, I have a bunch to write so... we'll see HAHAHA
Irene Sim
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in almost two days, it is that good.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
This one was shaping up to be my favourite of Snyder's Glass series, which I haven't been enjoying nearly as much as the Study series. Opal, the main character is just whiny, and never seems to learn from her mistakes. Still I was liking this one. One of my favourite characters from the first book was back, there was plenty of action, and Opal finally seemed to be making some progress towards finding her place in the world and becoming an empowered young woman.

Then in the last 100 pages it just
Anne Osterlund
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opal has lost her magic.

Possibly forever.

Though there is a chance she might gain it back if she can retrieve the vials of blood that were stolen from her—stolen and hidden by three men locked in a high security prison.

Unfortunately that prison is so secure even the Councilors of Ixia can’t obtain legal entrance.

Which just means Opal will have to find another way. But will that way require selling her soul to addiction? Or to the man who once tortured her? Or to the Commander’s assassin?

So many o
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
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Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was never a huge fan of this series in contrast to the 'study' series. I found the main character too angst-y for my taste. But I loved the other characters enough to keep going. Very unfulfilling ending. She picked the wrong guy.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

Overall it pretty good. Some parts are really good. But mostly I was a wee bit underwhelmed.
I expected simply more.
I loved visiting with all the old characters- the herd is awesome. And I think it is was Snyder does so well; writing about friendships.
The romance was ... for a lack of words: meh.
One of my favorite things in the series are all the glass description. When I read them, I felt like I need to get myself a glass kiln. I could imagine getting back into glassblowing ( I was no
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
After reading the first two books in this series, I felt pretty confident that I knew where the story was headed. And while I was reading “Spy Glass”, Maria V. Snyder’s third and final installment in her Glass’ series, I realized one thing: Boy, I didn’t know nothin’!

What a ride! From beginning to end, I was rendered speechless. If I was a nail biter, I would have chewed them all!

Opal is trying her hardest to deal with the aftermath of what happened at the end of “Sea Glass”. And who comes to he
May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: has-read
Surely I can't be the only one disgusted by this last book of the series.. If the last book basically was Stockholm Syndrome madeover, then this book was more like a whore addicted to Meth. Yes that sounds harsh, but I don't know how else to describe it. I have liked all of Ms. Snyder's other series, and even found the first in this good, and the second still promising, but this.... Um, WOW! Mind you this just how I feel personally, obviously other people liked the events that took place.

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Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series to help with a book hangover I received from reading a different series and it definitely helped! However, now I have another book hangover from this amazing series so what do I read now??

Opal has been through so many terrible things since the beginning of this series. She has been kidnapped several times, tortured, harassed, accused of terrible things, arrested and imprisoned as well. She has been betrayed or tricked by almost every male character is this book series. She has
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great end to the Glass series.

Throughout the first two books I was somewhat annoyed by how prominent the romantic aspects of the story happened to be, especially after the Study series was kind enough not to force multiple love triangles into the story. However, in this book I was quite surprised by the twists and turns thrown into the romantic aspect. I admit, I did not enjoy the twists, but they were somewhat unexpected. Fortunately, as I was not as engrossed in the romantic aspects as I was
Stephanie Matarazzo
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Okay, I'm not going to write a full review here, but there is ONE HUGE issue I want to discuss.

In the last book, there was a hint of a love triangle between Delven, Kade, and Opal, so I'm sure you're all expecting one in this book.

Well, ding ding ding ding!

I won't tell you who she chooses or anything like that, but let me tell you something:

I accepted Delven's whole wanting to redeem himself thing, and wanting to help out, and even falling in love with Opal. I even, reluctantly, accepted that sh
Aug 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damsel-in-Distress Call, Repeat. Damsel-in-Distress Call, Please Send Valek, Ari & Janco As Soon As Possible, Oh and Maybe Yelena too Just for Good Measure
Spy Glass
Rating: 5/5

Summary: Opal has sacrificed her powers to end blood magic, or so she thought. Turns out, while she was being held captive, Tricky & Ulrick kept some of her blood and now it may be out there just waiting for someone else to use it. But what if Opal reclaims it? Will she get her powers back? After spending time mopin
Caitlin Thomson
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
My least favorite book. I hate how it went down. Gah! One thing I really don't like is stories about "breeding". I stopped reading Defy's series because of that. I won't read it anymore even if I had urge of finishing a series/trilogy. No. I just hate that kind of story. I don't know why. I just do.

I didn't like Opal a lot even in the first two books. I tolderated her. And that ending?! How?! Why?! I now understand the reviews I have read while I was reading this. Ugh! Seriously! You built up t
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Anna (Enchanted by YA)
For a second I debated picking up this book because it contained some of the characters I know and love from the Study Sereis *cough*Valek*cough* but I can't stand Opal. I just can't. Then to hear who she inevitably ends up with from an accidental spoiler... god that girl has problems!

Taylor Mortsolf
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can these chronicles get any better?!?! Absolutely in love with all of her books!
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