Friday Reads


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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6 thoughts on “Friday Reads

  1. I just started The Lies of Locke Lamora, after giving up on The Princess of Mars. I’m not sure what it was about the latter that killed it–the odd accent the audiobook reader chose to use, the basic logical failures of the story, the outdated narrative style. I am having mixed feelings about Locke Lamora, too, but not enough to ruin the experience so far.

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