Mirror Empire

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Kameron Hurley: Mirror Empire (2014, Watkins Media Limited)

416 pages

English language

Published Feb. 26, 2014 by Watkins Media Limited.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

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4 stars

What a difficult book to judge. On the one hand I haven't read a book this unapproachable since I tried to get into the Malazan Book of the Fallen. On the other hand, the world building is incredible, and the reversal of tropes and gender are outstanding.

I wouldn't blame anyone to discard this book after a hundred pages, saying 'fuck this book'. No exposition, a million different terms relating to the world, characters that are hard to grasp. There's a reason the glossary makes up about six percent of the book.

If you decide to stick with it or in my case return to it, you are rewarded with a complex, original story that vastly picks up the pace in the last quarter of the book.

The story is difficult to explain. Most of the main characters are dhai, inhabitants of the world Grasia with a unique magic system …


  • Fiction, science fiction, general