Penelope Anne Bartotto
on Nov. 30, 2013 :
The Mirage is the anticipated sequel to The Star by Clemy Warner-Thompson. Abbii and her friends discover in the first novel that not only do they have magical powers abilities, but that there are also smack dab in the middle of a war between the good and the evil aspects of the magical world.
I liked The Star. I felt that there had been a story that started out with only a few minor bumps that could have been smoothed out. Thus, I had a lot of hope for The Mirage. A sequel has a 50/50 chance of redeeming any issues with book one. The other option is to potentially lose track of the story all together. What happens here is that it fell in the chasm called the middle ground. Does the story redeem and improve upon the minor issues that The Star had... no. Does it destroy the story and lose everything... no.
So what is the issue?
As an author who has just realized that the story I am currently writing is meant for bigger avenues, I have determined that it will be better as a series. Thus, something I have learned is that most series develop as one story needing to be told. With The Mirage, while it picks up where The Star left off, literally... it could have been the next page of The Star, it left me wanting so much more. The Mirage feels like an unfinished work, needing more progressive editing and definitely more story building. Warner-Thompson knows her characters, she knows the concept behind her story, but she has not quite mastered delivering it to an audience in a clear way. There were times I danced around the story wondering exactly which direction things were meant to be going in, only to stop, still just as lost, but to tired to try to figure it out.
Ultimately the most disappointing aspect of the book was the ending... and not because I was eager to read the next one. The ending came so abruptly that I seriously kept looking at my Kindle wondering if somehow a number of pages had been cut off the copy. My recommendation is to wait and see if a newly edited version is released before investing in The Mirage, I am positive that the author only wants the best for her story and characters and will work to better this story before moving on to the development of the next in the series.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)