Title: Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror
Author: Rachel R. Smith
Series: Records of the Ohanzee
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publishing Date: May 9, 2015
An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade…
Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations–and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.
“If you know who I am, what is the point of a dusguise?”
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in anyway.
Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror is the first book in the Records of the Ohanzee Series written by Author Rachel R. Smith. This book revolves around two lands, an heiress and a prophecy that will change Renatus and its people forever. It is definitely unique from other fantasy books that I have encountered. One of its unique feature is the idea of secret guardians of the Royal family called the Ohanzee. Besides that, this book also talks about crystals and how they are used in many different purposes and not just jewelries or decorations.
This book is a bit slow in the first few chapters but as the story goes it becomes this exciting book that I didn’t want to put down. It also has a lot of characters and is told in multiple point of view which can be confusing at first but along the way, I got used to it and was able to differentiate each character from the rest.
I got very attached to the main character, Nerissa. I can see myself in her and relate on how she want to escape reality and responsibilities even just for a night. She is also a very strong willed person who doesn’t let anyone stand in her way.
The other characters that I liked are the couple, Einar and Ildiko. I know it’s their responsibility to take care of Nerissa after everything that happened because she is the Heiress of Chiyo, but their characters really show the essence of being good parents who will always be there for Nerissa and look after her like their own child. Besides that, they also respect the decisions of Nerissa and supports her no matter how crazy some of her decisions may be because they strongly believe in her.
As I have said earlier, there are a lot of characters in this book and I hope they can be seen more in the other books in this series. For example are Rian and Raysel who I adore so much because of how funny but intellectual the two are.
Lastly, I really admire how beautiful the author writes. It seats between easy to understand and sometimes technical which is good when you want the readers to have a depth understanding of the world the characters are living in. It really captivates me because she sets the mood very well in every scene whether it should be happy and jolly or lonely and sad. I also appreciate how each character have their own strong personalities that I know many people would relate to. This book was also able to make me feel all sorts of emotions but the most amazing aspect of this book is how it made me laugh which is very unusual for me when reading.
Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror gives a great start for this series. It is not only entertaining but it is also an intriguing read with complex characters and remarkable plot that any fantasy enthusiast would enjoy.
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My Rating: 5/5
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