The Mirror Empire – Book Review

Read April 2015

3 out of 5 stars


Yeah, that’s me. Trying to think of how the hell to write this review.

I mean one of my notes says, “Thumb in butt.” Not mine mind you, but one character checking the anal virginity of another.
Other notes say things like, “Cannibals!” and “dog hair clothes.”

All I can really boil it down to is a list of the good things, the things that made this book so promising and then why it was ultimately flat.

The Good/Interesting Aspects:
– Bear and dog mounts
– Matriarchal/polyamorous society
– Sentient carnivore plants
– Magic based upon the satellite (star) in orbit
– Blood witches
– Tears in the world in which you may travel to another parallel world
– Causing or attempting to stop genocide depending on which playing field you currently stand

The reason this book fell flat? Severe lack of character development. I could hardly connect with any of the characters. The closest I came was some what enjoying Ahkio and that was because he did show slight character development. However, it didn’t matter to me at any point who lived and who died.

The world building was great and had a lot more potential but I felt as though there was more world building that hadn’t been fleshed out by the author and it left it lacking at points. Many times I could not tell which planet we were supposed to be on. Maybe it was my mind wandering but I sometimes felt as if I had missed something important and I would read back a little bit and find nothing amiss.

This wasn’t a book that I was biting at the bit to pick up and keep reading. In fact, I sat it down often and for long periods of time and read something a little more interesting in between. That being said, it was still a good book and I would continue with the second in hopes that the author fixed a few things.


4 thoughts on “The Mirror Empire – Book Review

  1. Did I just read the words “anal virginity?” I mean…it’s not like there’s even the remote chance of a hymen back there. This is something I really don’t want to overthink lol.

    I like the tears in the world paradigm. That’s in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, which has a butt ton (omg…why this again) of character development. Maybe this was the author’s first act and it’ll get better in the second.

    1. One of my MAJOR problems with the book, is the way that the author portrays women. It’s a matriarchal society but the woman that run it, run it like men. They are essentially men with vaginas. Down to degrading men, the way men degrade women in real life. I love reading about societies run by women, but actual believable women. A lot of the stuff I thought to myself, “A woman wouldn’t do that.” I know that’s generalizing but it was the overwhelming feeling I got from a majority of the characters.

      1. Oh geez that stinks. Women aren’t men with vaginas. We’ve been socialized much differently than them. It’s a shame the author didn’t realize this. A society run like that is no better than any other patriarchal society just like a society that treats men the way women are treated is no better than what we have now. I remember reading this book by Piers Anthony and Mercedes Lackey where women had the power of magic, men didn’t, and it was essentially matriarchal because of this. I’m guessing some people saw this as fair because of the way our world works now, but marginalizing another group just means you have a different marginalized group. It doesn’t erase the unfairness of it. The thing is there ARE some matriarchal societies in our world. They’re not as prevalent obviously, but they definitely don’t function like the patriarchy at all. Women are generally the ones in charge, but it’s more based on mothers and their children/families. Men aren’t given short shrift just because they’re men, which is the way it ought to be.

      2. Yes. Like that “thumb in butt” note. That was a female soldier using her thumb to check the anal virginity of another female soldier’s husband (read sex slave because he was nothing more than that) and it made it all the more disturbing. I don’t know the author even bothered with the term “husband.” He wasn’t allowed to leave the house without a female escort, he was used for sex and there was no love. The author tried to say that the female character loved him in her own way, but that way was control and abuse. Which as we know, is not love at all. It really made me wonder if the author has an underlying hatred for men.

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