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Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows) Mass Market Paperback – July 8, 2003

4.1 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
Book 3 of 8 in the Den of Shadows Series

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It's not easy being a vampire-hunting witch, but Sarah Tigress Vida has learned from the best. The witches of the Vida family line have been successfully stalking and staking the undead for centuries, and Sarah is immensely proud of her ancestry. So, the last thing she would ever do is befriend one of the enemy. She has always faithfully followed the golden Vida rule of vampire hunting: "Knowing your prey can cause hesitation, and when one is a vampire hunter, hesitation ends in death." Then she meets artistic, sweet Christopher. A benign vampire, Christopher lives off of animal blood or the blood of willing human donors, and begins to gently woo Sarah with his poetry and drawings. Completely against her slayer instincts, Sarah reluctantly begins to care for Christopher... until she discovers that his twin is the vampire Nikolas, infamous for his habit of carving his name into the flesh of his victims. Sarah has always sworn to be the Vida to take Nikolas out, but her feelings for Christopher have allowed her to hesitate--a hesitation that may cost her not only her family's sterling reputation, but her mortal soul.

With Shattered Mirror, wildly popular teen author Amelia Atwater-Rhodes continues to effectively tap the vein of universal adolescent fascination with all things brooding and blood-sucking. Ardent fans will be pleased to see the return of characters from the author's previous books, like healer witch Caryn Smoke. This complex dynasty of witches and vampires will no doubt enjoy long, imaginary lives as the young author continues to hone her witch... er, writing craft. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this third installment in the series that began with In the Forests of the Night, Atwater-Rhodes focuses on teen witch (and vampire killer) Sarah Vida, who "never asked for anything more complex than the simple good and evil definitions she had been raised on" but gets more than she bargained for when she befriends vampire siblings Nissa and Christopher. This is trouble: it's harder to kill when you know your prey, and her mother the most infamous witch of all will disown her if she finds out about the friendship. Her conflict intensifies when she discovers that Christopher's twin is Nikolas, the same vampire who long ago murdered a Vida witch. Atwater-Rhodes chooses an interesting theme (no one is purely good or evil), and she builds some creative elements around it. SingleEarth, an organization of all creatures, for instance, includes vampires and witches who work together for peace. Her description of Nikolas, whose home and clothing are completely black and white, plays into this well, and provides for some striking visual images. Some of her writing, though, as in Sarah's final faceoff with Nikolas and Christopher, is over the top ("I want it as much as humans want to breathe, but I have control," Christopher says of Sarah's blood). Still, fans of the teen goth writer will likely find plenty to feast on here. Ages 12-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Den of Shadows
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (July 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440229405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440229407
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let's start on a positive note. This is the best of Atwater-Rhodes's first four books. Unfortunately, that really isn't saying too much.
Sarah Tigress Vida (TIGRESS?!) is a vampire hunter and the youngest in a long line of powerful witches. A constant disappointment to her mother and older sister, Sarah wants desperately to please them. However, that would involve having to lock away any and all emotion she possesses, something Sarah can't seem to do. Actually, the only emotion Sarah displays for nearly the entire book is a kind of pouty-punk 'look at how much of a brave and misunderstood tough girl I am' attitude. Oy. Then she meets the new vampires at school. Despite her initial feelings of 'get away from me', Sarah grows to like them. These vampires are gentle, peaceful, so weak most witches wouldn't identify them as vampires. They don't kill to feed. The boy Christopher soon starts sending her roses and poetry.
Note: I still don't buy the whole vampires going to high school thing. Yeah, they say they have to remember humanity, but there are other ways. Trust me, it just takes a calculus class at eight in the morning to reveal the darker side of human nature.
Then Sarah's sister finds out about the vamps, it's suddenly revealed that Christopher's twin brother is Nikolas, the most feared vampire in history (I have no idea how he got that title, since he only shows kindness to his followers), and there's a ridiculous and useless subplot about a kid whose sister is under Nikolas's spell, except she was really hypnotized by another vamp.
The book ends in typical Atwater-Rhodes fashion. I can't tell you exactly what happens, but it seems vampires are the favorite creatures in Atwater- Rhodes's world, and that's what makes this so ludicrous.
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I have recently reread all of the Amelia Atwater-Rhodes books in preparation for the third installment in the Keisha'ra series (beginning with Hawksong, then Snakecharm, and then the not-yet-released Falcondance). I was really dreading, to tell you the truth, reading Shattered Mirror all over again, and thought it to be the young authors worst offering yet. I remember being disgusted since it basically had the exact same ending as Demon in My View. But now I understand that their are really only two kinds of endings for the novellas Miss Rhodes writes.

1) Our protagonist-always a mysterious beauty- ends up giving into her feelings for the vampiric love interest, or has to because of impending death, and, so, becomes one of the undead. Or

2) Doesn't become a vamp. Simple as that.

The writting in 'Mirror' is the best out of the authors previous two, although not perfect by far. She writes unrealistic fight-scene dialoge and that can really gets on my nerves. We know she has an advanced vocabulary, so it really makes me wonder why she has to use prose-worthy speeches and dry wit within such chapters that deal with fights. It's so annoying!

Okay, only one more. AAR never fails to get under my skin, when describing her characters. They're always mysterious, dark, and beautiful in a goth, black-out sort of way. Aren't there any fat and ugly or just plain average-looking vampires? Or even humans for that matter?

But all in all, the book was good. The characters were intersting, especially the Ravaena siblings, and I hope AAR writes more about them in the future.

R, your friendly neighborhood reviewer.
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For seventeen-year-old Sarah, the world has always been a black and white place, where a distinct line exists between good and evil. The humans are good. The vampires are evil. And in between exists the witches, who use their powers to protect humanity by killing vampires. As the youngest daughter of the Vida line, Sarah has been trained nearly all her life as a vampire hunter. On her first day at a new school, Sarah recognizes a brother and sister, Christopher and Nissa, as vampires, but the pair, who no longer kill to feed, are too weak to sense who she is. At first, she views the pair as dangerous, but she comes to realize that they have managed to keep some part of their humanity. But in the process of hunting down Nikolas, an evil vampire the Vidas have sworn to destroy since the day he killed one of their own over a hundred years ago, she discovers just how dark Christopher's past is. Fans of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes previous two books are sure to enjoy this one as well.
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Shattered Mirror is the sequel to two other books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, In the Forests of the Night and Demon In My View, her first and second published books respectively. This surpases both in length and plot, in my opinion.
While I found Demon in My View more satisfying at the end, Shattered Mirror had many layers that made it superior. For one thing, technique. The story is much more straightforward and in some places more easily understood. This is not to say there were not a few flaws, but every good book must have flaws to make it endearing.
Interesting to note: The first segment of Shattered Mirror brought back feelings of many Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes and fanfiction pieces. It was not a plaguirism, but a borrowing of atmosphere. And the fact that the main character was kicked out of school for damaging school property while slaying, I mean HUNTING, vampires doesn't hurt, either.
One problem with the writing of Amelia is shared with many, including her influence, Anne Rice. The weakness of the third act. Now, while Anne Rice's sometimes can seem lengthy and dysfunctional at moments, Amelia's have each been extremely brief, and leaving questions to be answered. Even through the two sequels, none so far, except in this book the witch Caryn plays a part explaining her circumstances, have answered any. I still wonder for Risika(from ITFotN) what exactly went on with her brother. You would think they would explain in the most closely related book, Demon in My View, what went on. Nothing offered, nothing received. And Jessica and Aubrey? Not even a mention this outing.
Now, none of these are specific critisisms of Shattered Mirror as much as the series as a whole. Only one critisism really holds true to this book, though it is not a fatal flaw.
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