A Mirror Mended

Tor.com. (Fractured Fables, Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 144p. ISBN 9781250766649. $18.99. FANTASY
Sleeping Beauty is dragged through the multiverse to the lair of Snow White’s evil queen in this genderqueer fairy tale mashup that continues the (mis)adventures of Zinnia Gray (last seen in A Spindle Splintered), as she continues rescuing other Sleeping Beauties from death and fates worse. Searching for another to rescue while avoiding her own inevitable fate yet again finds Zinnia falling through the mirror into a tale not her own. She thinks she’s there to rescue Snow White but discovers that it’s the evil queen stepmother looking for power, agency, and a way out of her own inevitable destiny. The fine line between villainy and heroism blurs to nothingness as Zinnia learns that even a villain can be a hero and that love can conquer both tyranny and fate if you are willing to write your own story.
VERDICT Readers who love stories that twists narratives into knots will fall for Harrow’s fractured fairy tale where evil discovers the benefits that come of doing good.
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