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Quentin, a young nobleman, challenges these laws out of love for his wife. His best friend, Asahel, defies authority at his side, unaware that the search for this lost magic will bring them both to the edge of reason, ...
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Quentin, a young nobleman, challenges these laws out of love for his wife. His best friend, Asahel, defies authority at his side, unaware that the search for this lost magic will bring them both to the edge of reason, threatening their very souls. The Universal Mirror shows how far two men are willing to go for the sake of knowledge and what they will destroy to obtain it.
Posted March 6, 2012
From the haunting first pages of the grave digging scene to the final climactic struggle which Quentin and Asahel had to face together, I found "The Universal Mirror" a magical story of hope, determination and suspense. The trust between the main characters is tried in more ways than one, revealing the true test of their friendship. I immediately related to Quentin and his struggle to defy all odds for the sake of his wife, his true love. The magic contained in Universal Mirror changes everything for these two protagonists, and only enhances the rich storyline for the readers. The magical items and plethora of characters was quite entertaining. "The Universal Mirror" ends with a strong conclusion as the reader is left to imagine what worlds of possibilities and adventures lay ahead for Quentin and Asahel. I though this book was well written and grabbed the reader right from the start. I am looking forward to the sequel to see what lays ahead for these two friends.
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Posted September 19, 2012
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
The first few chapters of this book where a bit hard to follow as it was a bit confusing trying to figure out who was doing what and why. Then I realized that was the whole point of the secrecy behind what the two main characters were doing. As the book continues the plot starts to unfold and you see a new world of magic unveiled before you. One of classes as strict and conforming as those of the early European Courts, to corruption at the highest level of Government, all done for the good of humanity.
There are two main characters in this story. Quentin, a pompous Aristocrat Magician, who is motivated for selfish reasons, to use every means available to him to reach his goal. Then there is Asahel the Merchant Magician, an unimposing salt of the earth kind of man who is from a lower class to Quentin but too high of a class for most of the other citizens of the island. Because of his magic he is always an outsider no matter where he goes. Meeting at School, the two men come together forging a tentative bond that later leads them to fulfill a hair brained scheme that will tip the Island world upside down! Felix, also a Magician and classmate of the two, plays a key role in unveiling a dark secret of the Islands past and future that sends Quentin and Asahel deeper into the unknown and almost certain death! Together with a rag tag set of characters, they band together to see if they can't change the future forever!
This book is a definite read for Sci-FY mystery fans! For an Author's first book she does an amazing job of bringing the reader into her world and that of the Island of Cercia! I can't wait to see what she does next!
Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences.
The Universal Mirror was a well written book, which I enjoyed reading. I give it 4.25 - 4.50 stars.
Magic - it was thought out and followed rules which the author established in the book; for example, the magician had to be in contact with the earth in order for the magic to flow. She also established Heresies which the magician could commit, with the requisite punishments
- Leave the island
- Cast magic on a living being
Characters - Asahel, Quentin, Felix and Catharine; were all developed with adequate back story so you could understand the interactions between the characters.
Story - Quentin, an aristocrat, compels his `friend' Asahel, a merchant, to assist him in forbidden magic. What is the secret motive that compels Quentin to risk forbidden magic and the potential of death? What is the motive behind his friendship with Asahel, and outsider well below his station. Learn the dark secret the Magic Council is hiding, and the lengths to which Asahel and Catharine will go in order to expose it.
There were a few threads which just ended; it would have been nice to see them resolved. However, they did not impact the storyline.