I finally finished the second installment for the View from the Mirror Quartet.
Pros and Cons to my book review for this book.
- In this series, the characters are three-dimensional, more in-depth than the first installment.
- The plot takes unexpected developments and twists
- Fantastic world development
- At over six-hundred pages, it was too long for the amount of action that took place, a lot of it could have been either trimmed down or skipped.
- The laws of ‘magic’ in the Three Worlds was never explained and referred to as a ‘Secret Art’ – more time developing those rules would have clarified some action scenes.
- A continuing problem was the undetailed map. With the fantasy genre, maps play a crucial part in unraveling the plot but in this book, it is not visibly clear where the action is taking place.
- There is endless traveling
- The descriptions for the world-building and information dumping are too long. There is a lack of trust with author/ reader thus that constant reminders of previous information.
In all, Ian Irvine is an Australian Fantasy Author and I would still recommend for fans of the genre. I will be reading books three and four, not yet though, instead I have moved onto a collections of fantasy short stories, Basilisk.
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