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The Mirror Paperback – September 28, 2007
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A vivid dark world of punks, demons, and blood, of red velvet and black leather dusters. Driven by necessity, dread, and love, these characters carve their names on our hearts so we will never forget. --Jeanne Cavelos, editor, The Many Faces Of Van Helsing
...[A]n exciting variation on the vampire theme. A true storyteller, Natalia Lincoln expertly weaves a mysterious tale of a powerful vampire disarmed by the dreams and memories of his intended victim. Her poetic, musical style and beautifully drawn characters hold the reader spellbound... You will not be able to put this book down. --Linda Addison, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes
Natalia Lincoln is a new voice whispering along the corridors of shadows and light -- and it would do you well to listen. --P.D. Cacek
About the Author
Natalia Lincoln's breakthrough short story Revival received Odyssey Fantasy Workshop's highest Gandalf Grant, as well as publication in Weird Tales. Her dark fantasy has also appeared in several anthologies, including The Best of Epitaph and Circles in the Hair. A second novel, Ambassador Orange, set in a dystopic near future, is on the way. She is a founding member of the SF/F/H writing group, CITH.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Natalia is songwriter, keyboardist, and alto vocalist for Odalisque, which rose out of Unto Ashes, a New York City neo-medieval band.
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The editorial reviews do a good job of describing what the book is about. I've read many paranormal books but I've never read a vampire story like this- small details, a different explanation on how vampires started, and an absorbing account on how one woman comes to terms with her history.
The story ended well but I would like to see a shorter written sequel and a book that costs less than this one did.
Lincoln's characters are all living on some sort of edge -- marginal, overlooked figures by the standards of mainstream society. When prophecy, music, magic and bloodlust catalyse a reaction between these very different New York City misfits (Miercurea, a centuries-old vampire and ruthless killer -- Mari, a sensitive and passionate student of classical music and history -- and Slain, a teenage goth beginning to explore the Manhattan deathrock underworld as he comes of age) we're taken on an unforgettable ride through the New York of the 80s and 90s and further to medieval Eastern Europe and beyond.
"Vampire books" are often plagued by overly-pretentious purple prose which reads more like bad romance pulp than historical fantasy, but there's none of that here. Lincoln's language is immediate, forceful, and visceral -- like sex that's just rough enough to be exciting, while passionate and sincere enough to keep you coming back for more.
One of the most interesting elements of this book is the span of time it covers. It starts in modern day New York City and moves back and forth between there and Medieval Hungary. For a lot of us, I do believe this is getting the best of both worlds! The two storylines inevitably gravitate towards one another, the tension mounting as the hidden connections come revealed.
Of course, there are your typical elements that make a great dark fantasy: swords, vampires, epic battles against rivaling kingdoms....but Lincoln throws in a dash of dark Faerie Tale that could have been dug out of a Brother's Grimm volume.
I greatly enjoyed this novel and have read it twice already. It comes highly recommended by me.