A Mirror Mended

Macmillan Audio. (Fractured Fables, Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 3:48 hrs. ISBN 9781250856050. $10.99. FANTASY
In her second “Fractured Fables” installment (after A Spindle Splintered), Harrow drops her protagonist, Zinnia Gray, into someone else’s fairy tale. Zinnia has been traveling through space and time, helping other Sleeping Beauties progress in their stories, but she’s getting a little tired of it all. When she looks into a mirror and sees another woman looking back at her, Zinnia is dropped into the world of Snow White and finds herself helping the Evil Queen (Eva) avoid her traditional end. The two women form a strong bond as they navigate the challenges of being trapped by their roles in the narrative, dealing with a Snow White who’s up to some extremely unsavory business, and trying to find their places in the fairy tale multiverse. Amy Landon narrates, doing a terrific job with characterizing the wide variety of characters.
VERDICT Fans of fairy tale retellings who are familiar with the premises established in the first book will most enjoy this quick, fun listen. An essential purchase for collections where the previous installment circulates well.
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