Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire is Epic Fantasy at its very best. From the opening prologue to the very end, the novel is intriguing and engaging.
The plot was one strong point of the novel, but there were many to choose from: a strong, independent female lead, interesting and well-developed supporting characters, a well-formulated social structure, and an epic struggle between two opposing factions. As well as all these elements, it’s clear early on that the author knows her craft: the writing is self-assured, the pacing is tight – introducing new story elements and characters without over-exposition – and I found the combination resulted in an excellent, absorbing novel that I found hard to put down.
If you like Epic Fantasy, and are looking for something that stands out from the crowd – a book that does its own thing while still being an excellent read – then this could be the book you’re looking for.