- File Size: 3081 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Publisher: Rebel Base Books (January 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071DCWW7G
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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This is where things get very intriguing. You see, before this story ever takes place, there was a vain lord who enslaved a young witch so that he might force her to use her powers. His most prized possession was a three-paneled mirror which he could see himself from several angles. Seeking revenge on said Lord, the witch imbued her powers into the mirror hoping to trap him in the mirror. But, it cost her in the end and her spirit fled into the mirror itself.
The mirror and the young witch would later seek out those facing difficult decisions and show them the outcomes of their choices. This is where Megan comes in. Megan discovers said mirror. The woman in the mirror tells Megan that she is at a crossroads. She has 3 different paths for which to choose from. Megan will get a chance to live out her 3 different paths. Without getting too far involved in each particular story between Megan and the three Volodane's, I will say this, Megan is shown what life would be with each brother.
Megan is told that once her choice is made, she will never remember what life would have been had she chosen the other brothers instead. Each brother offers something entirely different for Megan, but none of them really uses Megan's unique gift of seeing a persons intentions. There is repetition throughout this book because you have to follow Megan and each brother as they not only arrive at Megan's new home in a run down castle, but her choices with the brother she chooses. There are also entirely different futures involved depending on whom she chooses.
I will say that like others, I was skimming past certain aspects of the story by the time we arrived at Kai and Megan's story. There are sometimes big differences between the three brothers as well. Rolf wants a seat on the Council of Twelve; Sebastian is kind, gentle, almost too sweet to be believable and he carries a secret; while Kai is the dangerous brooding younger brother who carries a sword with him. He's not all that fancy about being married to someone in order to raise his families status. Who will Megan choose? Will the person she chooses be the right choice? Or, will she end up alone and unhappy? What's interesting to me was how Megan's overall personality and her choices changed with each brother. In the end, the obvious choice was the obvious choice.
The Volodane brothers are from the nobility but are ridiculed and scorned because of their low place in the social hierarchy. Their father hopes to change their station by buying a bride whose family has a powerful bloodline and political connections. That bride is Megan. Her father has agreed to marry her off to one of the brutish brothers in exchange for money which he so desperately needs to pay off loans and to keep up appearances.
At the welcoming supper, Megan flees to a storage room to be alone. Here, she questions how she will ever make such an impossible choice. She is desperate and anxiety-ridden. As she begins to cry, an enchanted mirror appears. Inside this mirror, there is a woman who lets her know she is there to help. She will let Megan live out each of the choices available to her, one for each brother, to help her decide. One by one, the life she would have with each brother plays out.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who will Megan choose of them all?
The premise of this book, in my opinion, is ingenious. For 1 heroine to live out 3 different lives and at the end, having to choose but not remember why she made the choice... I love it. This book is riveting. It kept me up late to find out what happened next.
The one thing about this book that readers may not like is the repetition . However, I believe it is necessary. For Megan to choose wisely, she would need to live through the same experiences with all the brothers. Then based on how they react or don't react, she now has her own decisions to make.
When I was first introduced to the Volodane men in the book, I did not like them. Their father, Jarrod, is brutish and demanding. The eldest Rolf seems grasping and hard. The middle brother, Sebastian, seems to be vain but friendly. The youngest, Kai, seems angry, petulant and brooding. Throughout the 3 scenarios Megan lives through, my opinion on each of them changes vastly. My assumptions are put aside to realize the fact that one decision can affect others in a positive or negative way.
There is love, alliances, death, murder, intrigue, happiness, sadness, conflict and everything in between. Every life she leads in engrossing and you end up loving and sometimes disliking the same characters. I didn't want the story to end. This one should definetly grace your TBR list.
I can't wait to read the next instalment.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Rebel Based books for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The Good: the characters were wonderfully alive in this book, especially the narrator- Megan.Read more
I always look forward to a good "what if" story, so I jumped at the chance to read THROUGH A DARK GLASS.Read more