The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
5 Stars , Reviews / August 18, 2014

This book was one of the most innovative, imaginative and memorable books I have read in a while. The world, magic, characters and politics are all strengths. Some magic comes with horrific costs, the politics run deep and the characters are well defined. I leave this book with such vivid images of the worlds, the cultures, the characters and the conflict. It is a rare book that can leave such an impression in one of these areas, and to find a book that is so strong across them all is just amazing. Honestly, my first impression of Mirror Empire, was “Wow, there are a lot of terms and names to keep straight”. For some reason, the more foreign something sounds the longer it takes for me to fully commit to memory. So, my pace for reading this was definitely slower, especially at first. But, that is not a bad thing. Because while there was much to keep up with and learn, it all pays off in such a richly created world. Before I started reading this, I saw another reader quite excited about the sentient trees. And as cool as that sounds like it could be, I have to admit to also having…