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The Mirror Empire review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é ✅ The Mirror Empire PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Kameron Hurley – Gym-apparel.co.uk On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past Us young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin and a half Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress  Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself In the end one world will rise and many will peris. 375 This is a very imaginative and ambitious project the author has tackled I think I didn't get the full intended experience from it because for some reason I went into it thinking it is an Epic Fantasy I made that mistake when the story started with the change in circumstance for a little girl and there is a grand scale war going on in at least two parallel worlds My brain naturally tried to find characters to root for and I was even OK with them being very flawed expecting them to grow into people I could cheer on That was my mistake The deeper into the book I went I started getting aggravated with the choices characters were making with the seemingly needless violence and the rashness of actions which were never concerned with possible conseuences Those are the ones that usually led to tragedies and I felt were used as shortcut to rise ire in the reader or to put the character in unobtainable situations If any of them just stopped to think for a second we would have a much shorter book So after I read for a while I realized that the predominantly female dominant characters had lulled me into not accepting the very obvious this is not an Epic Fantasy with characters fighting for the Dark or Light sides This is a very well though out Grim dark Fantasy and if we didn't have the swap of the traditional male female roles in this world which is going through a cyclic cataclysmic event I would have accepted it as such much faster than I did Once my perception was adjusted it became a much interesting and fulfilling readIn this system of alternate worlds there are two Suns and at least 4 moonssatellites which ascend or decent according to their natural orbits The magic system is connected to those moons and the people who can access their power can draw on it best while their moon is in Ascension The dark moon Oma only ascends every two millennia and every time this happens some of the alternate worlds die and their inhabitants try to open a gate to the world least likely to be destroyed However every person on every world has a doppelganger on every other world and can not cross over unless their double is already dead on the other side Thus mass murders ensue and depending on which side you are on they either seem like the only choice for survival or cruel mindless slaughter This dilemma leaves very little space for characters who are good or evil You as a reader are put in a position to understand all sides and not necessarily agree with their actions but be able to put yourself in their shoes and think what would you do in order to stay alive and help your loved ones survive There are only gray characters with gray choices and murky morals I would not recommend this for very young readers despite some of the main characters being young The violence is a bit too much for the new reader The world is very interesting and the story is fascinating so I am looking forward to the next book

Kameron Hurley À 5 Summary

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past while a world goes to war with itself In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities leaving behind nothing but ash The Mirror Kindle and ruin At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people once enslaved by the Saiduan and n. Trust There’s a certain amount of trust you’ll need when it comes to reading a challenging book such as thisBook that is a masterpiece in every way But book that makes you feel uncomfortableClever political unapologetic and daring But will achieve that by uestionable deeds of uestionable charactersPacked with vivid imagination and originality like none before But it will be confusing if not given proper attentionBook that’s different Book that is very differentSo you need to trust that author intently wanted to uestion you to ask of you to shake you from most of those fantasy trope narratives you used to read about and make you follow her story the way she wanted to tell you – You unprejudiced unbiased and uninfluenced by any political or social norm you know of And not for the clear sake of aw or enjoyment of uickly passing time while reading her book But simply for the sake of experience of leading an uncomfortable conversation Mostly with yourself Is it worth it Trusting this author to read such a book Book that will ask you to open your mind clear it perhaps so that you can uestion real world around you Always So what exactly is Mirror Empire Usually here I draw a comparison to what a book mostly resembles to “It’s This VS That” etc In this case such comparison eludes me There’s nothing I can remember that is remotely similar to a world in this book World of two suns Shar and Mora Four moons blue Para green Tira and purple Sina At the very end of archway nearly dark satellite elusive Oma When a proper moon is in orbit a certain magic user so called Jista can draw power from it So when a blue moon Para is in its zenith now Para Jista can draw its maximum power He can do it either for healing or maybe some other vicious purposeAll moons except Oma uite regularly orbit around the world and after 2000 years of hiding dark satellite emerges on the sky And when Oma approaches – destruction comes with itOma grants its few users that cling in the world still – very useful power They can open gates portals to another many of parallel worlds that exists And in one for them not so merry day we encounter a mother an OmaJista user desperately trying to protect her daughter from attacking foe This is how we get introduced to Lilia Sona and watch her escape to another parallel world Through this book we follow 5 POV characters And I will tell you one thing you will like none of them Not because they are poorly written no Actually they are extraordinarily written characters and by the end of the book none of them is the same character you met at the beginning So character progression is thereFor instance Lilia Sona She starts as a kind perhaps a main protagonist type kid You root for her she deeply cares for others and she’s smart naïve and falls in various misadventures mostly not by her mistakeAnd here comes that character progression At misadventure #973 she decides that she had had enoughShe decides she’ll take matters in her own hands But that doesn’t stop misadventure #974 from happening Neither #975 nor #976 etcFunny thing is as you’re realizing she’s simply going from bad to worse – so does she And as desperate times calls for desperate measures she does something that draws out reaction from you like “Bch you didn’t” uite literally D And you lose your interest and don’t want to follow her any but That’s not the end of her characters progressionTake the book read the rest yourselfOK so that’s one What about the rest of the charactersSecond one is Zezili Hasaria Awesome name Terrible person She’s a Wait have I mentioned this world is run by women No OhSo basically one of the uestions author asks is “What would have happened if a world is run mostly by women” Same st if it was run mostly by men Take that however you wantZezili Grand Captain Lives to serve her Empress Gets the assignment to slaughter innocent pacifistsAfter genocide #15 she realizes that assignment doesn’t sit very well with her So she takes a leave goes home and rapes her husband RepeatedlyStill here Fascinating Here’s a uote “We have one shot at this” Zezili said “so don’t fuck it up” Looking at the filthy scar faced girl next to her Zezili suspected all the girl ever did was fuck up” – Zezili’s befitting thoughts on LiliaShe has few uips “I long ago gave up trying to understand her motivations She is eual parts manic brutality and strategic fuckery”– Zezili’s thought on her EmpressAnd some random Zazili’s mumbling “People do not take actions based on logic We make choices based on emotion Every one of us Then we use what we call logic to justify our choices” “And some of us believe in freedom of the individual over the tyranny of the common good” Yes yes yes she’s not that bad no actually she is she’s a monster But as I said – characters progressionNext is Daigan Cyclical transgender assassin Yeah I know – an assassin One of the few who can use power of moon Oma Such a badass Akhio – man just wants to be shepherd and one of the many husbands of certain MeynaEnds up as a substitute leader of an entire nation instead of his now deceased sister Oh and his nation is a nation of cannibals And they eat their dead So he ate his yeahBuuuuuut exactly – characters progression And last and certainly least interesting POV character in this book – Rohimney He’s a dkNo he’s not He’s just boring Until he isn’t Boring that is He is still a dkSo If you are still reading this honestly I don’t know why you are doing that I did everything I could think of to prepare you in case you decide to give this book a tryI uite often tend to say how Steven Erikson with his Malazan Book of the Fallen series is at least 20 years ahead of all of the rest of fantasy writersIt seems to me that Kameron Hurley is first that's able to actually catch up with him earlierThis book is a masterpiece From worldbuilding through characterization to proseBut this book is not for everyone As Francis Bacon said “Some books are to be tasted others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested” No not that one Goddamn it “If a man will begin with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties”

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The Mirror EmpireOw courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemyStretching from desolate tundra to steamy semi tropical climes seething with sentient plant life this is an epic tale of blood mages and mercenaries emperors and priestly assassins who must unite to save a world on the brink of ruinAs the dark star of the cataclysm rises an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war a precocio. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum to say putting this review together was uite difficult for me on account of how very different it is from the one I thought I would be writing I made it no secret I had high hopes for this one not only because of the buzz the book has gotten since the ramp up to its release or all the glowing reviews it has garnered but also I was personally very excited to finally read my first Kameron Hurley novel Truly I wanted to love this book and was set and prepared to add my praise to the chorus but as a reviewer I also have to be honest with others and with myself when a book does not meet expectationsIn the end I think The Mirror Empire is one of those cases in which I can recognize its literary merits and applaud the author’s designs to challenge the conventions of epic fantasy fiction but the story itself failed to connect with me on any deeper level and I found myself strangely dissatisfied when I completed itFirst a bit about the book The world is about to be shaken up by a cataclysm and as the dark star rises to herald this event you have an orphan girl named Lilia who would anything to fulfill a promise to her mother even if it means putting herself in danger and having to face down unspeakable threats In another place a new Kai ascends to power after the suspicious death of his sister and fights to keep his place and his land together even as legitimacy of his rule is called into uestion Meanwhile a young boy said to be destined for great things undertakes a journey to discover himself and his loyalties for one day he ultimately must choose between sides And on the battlefield an able but brutal general faces a similar predicament caught between her heritage and her oaths to the EmpressAs you can imagine there are a lot of perspectives involved and many characters besides That should have been my first warning sign Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind a big cast of characters when you’re into epic fantasy I think that sort of comes with the territory However that also means a greater onus on the author to strike a balance when it comes to giving every one of her players enough time to resonate with the reader and to pace their sections accordingly Hurley falters in this area by trying to introduce too many characters both main and supporting without sufficiently developing them – especially in the beginning Not only do the odd sounding names make it harder to remember who’s who but ironically they also make it all the obvious when new major to semi major characters are still being introduced even past the halfway point of the novel It makes it that much hard to sit back and just enjoy the story when so much effort is going towards trying to keep all the characters straightHowever to be fair you should know that I am a “Characters First” kind of reader Arguably I place an inordinate amount of emphasis on characters and how effectively I can engage with them They absolutely don’t have to be admirable or even likeable but I have to care Characters are like the foundation of a story – everything else tumbles like a house of cards if I can’t care about them Naturally anything they do or anything that happens to them isn’t going to impact me in any meaningful way The biggest issue I had with this book is the lack of any strong characters in the sense that none of them were very memorable Hurley doesn’t develop any of them nearly enough and her pacing is haphazard and disorganized so that many long chapters could go by before returning to a perspective character and then I find myself asking “Who are you again” That shouldn’t be happeningThe only one – ONE out of a half dozen or so main characters and at least four times as many supporting characters – that I found myself interested in was Lilia and that’s likely just because she was the first to be introduced in the prologue Zezili Captain General of the Empress was a close second and probably because Hurley went to great lengths to make her memorable but did so by taking the easy way presenting the general as archetypically evil the cruel mass murderer and an unfeeling lover Everyone else faded into the background which unfortunately made me feel very indifferent towards any events of significance including plot twists or unexpected character deathsBut look I’ve gone on for long enough about the negatives and I don’t want to make it sound like I downright disliked this book because I didn’t; so I think it’s time to talk about the positives There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book not least of all was the world building So much praise has been heaped onto this facet of the novel and I have to agree 100% with everything that has been said about originality spirit and vividness of the universe and cultures of The Mirror EmpireMy favorite thing about this book is that it is bold it is epic and it is refreshingly different I love the idea of two realms clashing together in a catastrophic world shattering event and also the minute details like the sentient flora and giant carnivorous plants Hurley is a great writer with an incredible imagination and she’s at her best and in her element when she’s actually not trying so hard to turn things on their head or to be over the top I can’t stress how important it is for both authors and readers to examine and confront the status uo and current state of fantasy but doing something for the sake of doing it is also rarely interesting Admittedly Hurley is not at all subtle when it comes to her attempt at subversion in this novel but at the same time I still respect her immensely for her steadfast interrogation of the genreThese days one can probably find some degree of social commentary in many works of speculative fiction; however my favorite ones tend to be those that arrive at their messages organically part and parcel with compelling storytelling starting with well developed characters Since it’s the characters that fell flat for me in this case I just couldn’t immerse myself in the story It certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying but as I’ve explained I’m also aware I have some rather nitpicky and particular tastes Despite my tepid feelings for this novel I believe the accolades are well deserved Sure I didn’t love it but then I’m glad so many others did