I think the greatest letdown in the book reading world is the trilogy that peaks early. Where you don’t feel the same wonder in the third book as you did the second. Which as an author is hard to do! Now the reader is familiar with your world and has certain expectations. How do you make them or break them believably?
I think that most times, the best you can hope for is a perfectly fine ending. The City of Mirrors is that. Besides a long and rambling flashback sequence I could’ve cared less about, Mirrors is…an ending. A good one. Not great. Good. Perfectly enjoyable. Wraps up the narrative, gives us hope for the future, yadda yadda.
It does get all writer-y though. You know when the power of love was the real hero all along? Yawn. Almost cliche at this point. Why should I care the ultimate villain gets to spend the afterlife with his love? He’s a bad person, is there not hell?
Also, I love the central conflict. We have one boat and it can only hold 700 people. BUT there are 10,000 people left alive? Don’t worry, monsters attack and thin the herd making your inability to make hard choices null and void. How convenient.
But all in all, a good series. Better than most.
3 out of 4 stars