In this second book we pick up the storyline about four years later,which means Cettie and Sera are now sixteen years old. So many complications arise for both of them that see them torn apart, each facing their own challenges. They struggle to find the strength to overcome their fears and find their true path. Sera’s life becomes more difficult when she faces the ultimate betrayal and the life she had envisioned slips from her grasp. Cettie’s true heritage is still in question, but she doesn’t let that stand in the way of the person she has become. The story continues to reinforce the struggles that everyone faces in life to face their fears overcome their adversities, and how each outcome shapes their life and those around them. Looking forward to seeing how each character develops in the next book.
I really enjoyed this book and will continue to read in the series. Like all good fantasy, it is close enough to our world to be relateable but with enough curiosities and differences to exercise the mind.
'Mirror Gate' (book 2 in 'The Harbinger' Series) moves the story forward some four years where Princess Sera and Cettie are at Muirwood School (with Cettie having a close connection to the Mysteries and Sera struggling to reach everyone's expectations). New circumstances take Sera home, but is she expected to be a pawn in her father's power plays? Cettie, an excellent student, stays behind at school and sits for the Maston's Test, but are evil forces still pervading her space?
This is a time of great unrest in the kingdom, both social and political (even a terrible disease is causing havoc). The girls are now in their mid teens with all the usual struggles of girls their age and they're living apart. What new circumstances will unite them?
Jeff Wheeler's writing continues to be entertaining, imaginary and well-thought-out. The links are clear and satisying. The characters are growing fully and deeply with a wonderfully developed female lead in Cettie (Sera's time is yet to come, perhaps). I feel the conclusion in MG is a tiny bit flat, but I am confident the next book will pick up the threads and carry us onto a new level of excitement in 'Harbinger' #3.
This second book somehow reads slower than the first book. There is something familiar about this story line, which have been written before. I would of liked to know the outcome of the prince from kingfountain, maybe in the next book?