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Maw of Mirrors


Worth reading 😎

Maw of Mirrors pulled me in from the start. I wanted to understand NYC's hidden world as much as hero Mark did.

Attila Nadori's New York City is plausible. Why couldn't there be an underground headquarters for unknown magical Rangers? Of course, an ancient training center for young Rangers could be hidden in plain sight in Brooklyn Heights. Why wouldn't horrific, magically enhanced monsters attack people in parks? Ancient rival groups infiltrating the power brokers of the city? Sure. I was drawn in - interested, intrigued, and dying to know more.

The hero, Mark, is an orphan shuffled from home to home who, understandably, has a bit of a problem with authority. He's been looking after himself for so long, he has trouble taking orders, so once he's extracted from the police station and enters official Ranger training, his resistance causes a few problems. His magic, which he's had to hide his whole life, is different and difficult to control. But he truly cares for Addy, the young girl that got him into this mess in the first place.

Addy's magic is so powerful she's hunted by both sides. Mark is the only one who can stop her nightmares from unleashing magic that could tear the training facility to pieces.

Doubt is cast on the history of the two sides, the Arcane Rangers and the Remnants. Mark begins to wonder what the truth really is. I wondered too, as the reader, and just when things looked as though we might get some answers, the story ends.

I was with it right until it stopped - didn't want to stop reading, in fact. However, the ending left me unsatisfied. I felt cheated even if there's going to be another book. Not enough of the story was wrapped up. Too much left unsaid and the final battle scene seemed too convenient, even contrived. I felt the author's touch pulling the strings, and it left me wanting. Not the good wanting when you end book one and are left panting for book two, but an "unfulfilled promises" kind of hanging.

The ending is the reason for the 3 stars. With a different conclusion, I'd rate this a 4 or even a 5. But, even so, I recommend you read Maw of Mirrors if you're into espionage and action mixed with a bit of mystery. Learn the world, get to know the characters, enjoy the adventure and teenaged bungling, angst, and antics, then hope the next installment tips the scales toward the fulfillment this one lacks.

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I'm an avid reader and wordsmith. I love languages and travel, am a current Spanish and English teacher and former jockey. I live on a farm with my husband, a huge dog, several cats, multiple rabbits and cows. I am an aspiring novelist working on two contemporary fantasy series.


About the author

My name is Attila Nadori and I’m a first-time author. I was fortunate enough to live in New York City for a couple of years and spent most (all) of my free time exploring. This served as my inspiration for MAW – fast forward five years and I’ve got a book to offer you! view profile

Published on July 07, 2021

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

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