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The Dickens Mirror by Ilsa J Bick

Monday, August 10, 2015

Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her.

Goodreads Summary

This book is the continuation (part 2) of the Dark Passages series and this is one sequel that you won't want to miss. The story jumps in to an alternative reality in Victorian London which adds a flavor that many will find enlightening. The descriptions of the scenery and feel of the story matches the time period very well. This certainly continues the dark theme of the first book that we all have come to love with its twists that leave you turning your head thinking "this is peculiar but I love it."

This book is fast paced and very fun to read. There are so many things going on and because of that you need to pay attention to truly enjoy this story. With that, the complexities are what make this story truly shine as something great that many will appreciate. As long as you can keep up with the names of all of the characters you will love this book.

3.5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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