A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
Fractured Fables: Book 2
A Mirror Mended is the sequel to the acclaimed novel, A Spindle Splintered, by award-winning author Alix E. Harrow. In the first book of the Fractured Fables series, we meet Zinnia Gray, the modern-day Sleeping Beauty. Destined to die before her twenty-first birthday, Zin has always led a life in fast-forward, graduating high school two years early and earning her college degree in only seven semesters. On her 21st birthday she deliberately pricks her finger on the used spinning wheel and discovers she has the ability to travel among the multiverses to meet – and save – other doomed sleeping beauties. Along the way, the rare disorder that will eventually kill her has been reset, giving her more time to live – and to rescue damsels in distress.
Fast forward to five years, where Zinnia Gray has been “adventuring through the multiverse” and saving sleeping beauties – 49 of them, to be precise! The “dimension-hopping, damsel-saving badass” is always running from one universe to the next, always running into trouble to save someone else while fiercely ignoring her own life – and looming death.
After one more wedding celebration, Zinnia prepares to find yet another princess to save when she looks into a mirror and sees someone else’s face. The stranger asks for help, and Zinnia is pulled through the mirror into a different type of story. Snow White’s evil queen wants to know how Zinna travels dimensions. She’s determined to escape her fate, and forces Zin through the mirror, across the multiverse, into a completely different set of rules. Neither a kiss not a prick of her finger will send Zin home, so she’s stuck helping the evil queen.
Zin is still fiercely snarky, but her mind is more open to the physics- or lack of – in the various worlds she falls into. She still hopes to find a better once upon a time, but is determined not to sit around and wait for it to come to her. Instead, she charges willingly into danger, hoping to save everyone else along the way.
Fantastically LGBTQ+ and funny, A Mirror Mended is another must-read. Like A Spindle Splintered, the upcoming audiobook is also narrated by the talented Amy Landon, who brings Zinnia Gray and her companions to life. I highly recommend both books.
A Mirror Mended editor credit: Jonathan Strahan.
Advance Reading Copy provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley at my request.
I also pre-ordered the audiobook version for my collection via Audible.
Audiobook narrated by Amy Landon.