Mar 262015
 
Review: Masks and MirrorsMasks and Mirrors (The Weir Chronicles #2) by Sue Duff
Published by CrossWinds Publishing on Apr 2, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Ian Black’s commitment to safeguarding Earth has come at a price. His career as an illusionist is at a standstill and attending to the planet’s needs has distanced him from his best friend, his guardians, and the woman he loves. When presented with an opportunity to perform, Ian seizes the chance. But moments before he takes the stage, Ian encounters the mysterious Jaered and a rebel force fighting to protect Earth alongside the Weir.

Jaered is determined to stop a malevolent Weir from releasing a drug capable of wiping out the last vestiges of their race and plunging Earth into self-destruction. But when Jaered is willing to sacrifice an innocent child to obtain the drug for himself, Ian risks everything to uncover the secrets of the rebel forces and their true intentions for Earth’s survival.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book picks up immediately after the first book ends, with no time jump or recap. That’s great if you read them back to back, but I think a tiny bit of recap would be helpful for readers like me who had a lag of several months between books.

This book focuses a lot on Jaered and his situation and actions. It’s a change from the first book, which focused primarily on Ian. It was an interesting change, and helped bring into focus the wider picture of the series. This book wasn’t just about Ian’s struggles, but about all the Weir’s struggles.

The Earth-friendly themes in the book are very subtle and well woven into the story. When I look back at the story, it’s easy to see those themes, but while reading it, nothing seemed very overt. This was a good example of how a theme can be woven seamlessly into a story. There’s a very pointed view and opinion provided, but nothing that beats you over the head. This approach is greatly appreciated.

Overall, while I struggled a bit with the first few chapters as I tried to remember and figure out everything that had occurred previously, once I straightened everything out, the story was intriguing and interesting. Similar to the first book, the author took risks with her characters, putting them in real danger with no fears about killing them, and this created a very tension filled story. The overall series plot advanced quite a bit, and it will be interesting to see what happens next.

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