A Mirror Mended takes Zinnia back into the multiverse on her quest to continue to foil the villains until the villain asks for her help.
If I have said it once, I will repeat it, Harrow is a fantastic author, and I love her. A Mirror Mended is the sequel to A Spindle Splintered. Zinnia is still traversing the multiverse, but the lines between the universes are becoming more blurred.
I love that this story focuses more on Zinnia and her reluctance to return to her life. It makes sense. Returning home means resetting the clock on her life. However, because she meddles, fairytale elements appear in unexpected places and become untethered from their fairytales.
And vice versa.
The Wicked Stepmother from Snow White, a woman without a name, without an identity, has gotten a hold of Zinnia’s collection of fairytales. Now aware of her fate, she seeks Zinnia’s help to escape her fairytale and fate.
Once again, Harrow is dismantling more fairytale tropes, this time of a different one. And through it, now teamed up with the villain, Zinnia explores her mortality and what defines a villain. It is, after all, all about perception. And her reluctance to return to her universe and live in fairytale after fairytale while keeping her fate at bay does not ensure her own happily ever after.
I loved that Harrow is delving into what makes a fairytale and what defines that happy ending. It is about what you make of it. Even Zinnia, her happiness is what she can make of it.
A Mirror Mended is a superb novel and fabulous follow-up to A Spindle Splintered. If I have one complaint, it’s that I want more. But more would have ruined what is otherwise a short and sweet story about villains and making your happiness.
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|Pub Date: October 5, 2021||Page Count: 144pp||Age Range: 15 & Over|
|ISBN: 978-1-2507-6664-9||Publisher: Tordotcom||List Price: $18.99|