Mirror Gate
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler continues his wondrous Harbinger series in which two young women unite as two worlds approach the brink of war…Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries—her greatest trial yet.An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne—a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.Sera’s hope lies in Cettie, a waif raised in the world below, whose life has intertwined with Sera’s in the most unexpected ways. The Mysteries come easily to Cettie, and her studies have begun to yield new insight into her growing powers. But those same powers put Cettie in the path of those who would destroy her.Now as the threat of war ignites and an insidious sickness spreads throughout the kingdom, Sera and Cettie will need to gather their courage and fight for each other’s lives…and for the future of their endangered world.

Mirror Gate Details

TitleMirror Gate
Author
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
Publisher47North
ISBN-139781503904712
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

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Mirror Gate Review

  • Quintin Zimmermann
    January 1, 1970
    Mirror Gate is the second instalment of Jeff Wheeler's planned five book Harbinger series.Our two young female protoganists, Sera and Cettie continue their respective journeys of self-discovery, while navigating societal strictures and political intrigue.This is a kingdom that is outwardly being slowly ravaged by a seemingly incurable sickness, but it is the rot from within that is truly corrupting the bona mores of a society that is teetering on the brink of war. Jeff Wheeler has continued stro Mirror Gate is the second instalment of Jeff Wheeler's planned five book Harbinger series.Our two young female protoganists, Sera and Cettie continue their respective journeys of self-discovery, while navigating societal strictures and political intrigue.This is a kingdom that is outwardly being slowly ravaged by a seemingly incurable sickness, but it is the rot from within that is truly corrupting the bona mores of a society that is teetering on the brink of war. Jeff Wheeler has continued strongly from Storm Glass and expanded upon his wonderfully accessible world building with identifiable, deep characters that are a joy to read from beginning to end. If you are looking for a fantasy series with strong, young female protoganists, then you can't go wrong with The Harbinger. The only criticism that I have is that the ending of Mirror Gate was rather muted considering the preceding action. The so-called big reveal was clearly telegraphed by the title of the series, which somewhat deflated this revelation. That minor gripe aside, a thoroughly enjoyable series so far and I am really looking forward to reading Iron Garland.
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  • Fantasy Book Reviews | By Ambrose Crotts
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: Review is spoiler-free. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. Mirror Gate is the second installment in the Harbinger series.Mirror Gate is a female-led epic with elements of steampunk, flintlock fantasy, and high fantasy sorcery. Jeff Wheeler presents an enchanting story about the struggles civilization faces as it attempts to build upon itself, and the failings that we oftentimes accept and grow through when we exchange anarchy for stability.I review books for Disclaimer: Review is spoiler-free. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. Mirror Gate is the second installment in the Harbinger series.Mirror Gate is a female-led epic with elements of steampunk, flintlock fantasy, and high fantasy sorcery. Jeff Wheeler presents an enchanting story about the struggles civilization faces as it attempts to build upon itself, and the failings that we oftentimes accept and grow through when we exchange anarchy for stability.I review books for a chance to find ones like Mirror Gate. This really is a beautiful story of personal growth, hope, and the many faces of human interactions. I think it's worth your time; it was worth mine. Let's get into the review.PlotThe plot of Mirror Gates revolves around the machinations of an empire constantly at threat by, and trying to cooperate with, rival worlds. The titular mirror gates, large and mystical land formations, allow these other worlds to intrude upon the empire's own and for its people to intrude back into them in turn.The book very much follows the formula of an upright noble trying to overthrow a despot. This is done smartly, though. Between the vibrant world and the cast of characters you never feel as if you're being fed tired cliches, but rather lovingly retold story tropes.Refreshingly, the nature of war and politics is explored in an understandable and completely non-patronizing way. This adds a non-politicized, fair, and thoughtful depth that's very welcome.CharactersEndearing, lively, and varied--those words describe the cast of Mirror Gate. The larger than life personalities, all veering to be heard and to make the changes they believe in, drive the conflict. The characters run this story, the story does not run the characters.The two main protagonists are both different and deep enough to make each of their viewpoints engaging. Cettie--someone of much lower birth than the high society--is polite, measured, and stalwartly dignified in the face of her many struggles. Sera, a royal determined to keep her pompous father from permanently claiming the emperor's throne, is empathetic, hot-blooded, and devoted to doing the right thing--even if she's not always sure what that is.The cast of individuals surrounding the two main stars are never lifeless, never boring, and always distinctive. There's something for everyone to see and enjoy on display here--from reserved doctors and nervous but good-natured dorks, all the way to manipulative harpies.In the hands of another writer, the villains of Mirror Gate may have come off as rather lopsidedly evil--that didn't happen here. The motivations for the opposing of the protagonists by certain factions are made very clear and, if one takes a step back from the convincing viewpoints of Cettie and Sera, then one can at least understand the antagonists; this makes them real, this makes them interesting, and this makes them pleasantly human.WritingJeff Wheeler is very good at explaining things simply. He's very good at setting the mood for and describing characters. He's also quite good with imagery.His words are never quite poetic, save in the excerpts written by a certain scholarly character that come before numerous chapters--those were superbly in-character and strikingly poignant. I think this style was purposeful though, in an effort to not sacrifice flow on the altar of purple prose.I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the author had worked his way up from self-publishing to being a successful traditionally published writer; this is explained in a heartfelt and humble afterword that seems to speak volumes about the man's character.ConclusionMirror Gate is in my top five novels I've read this year. I would recommend it to anyone who likes high fantasy and doesn't mind a bit of a YA bend. It also may be a great novel for those seeking to read about female heroes.Final verdict: a very high 4/5 stars.
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  • Jessica Creason
    January 1, 1970
    This book picks up several years after the first book in the series, Storm Glass , left off. WARNING: SPOILERS FROM THE FIRST BOOK AHEAD. If you have not read Storm Glass, it's review instead by clicking here: Review of Storm GlassWhen the book begins, Cettie and Sera have been at Muirwood Abbey for the past 4 years, learning the Mysteries. I would love for Jeff Wheeler to write a novella telling more about what happened in the 4 years between Storm Glass and Mirror Gate. As we learned in Storm This book picks up several years after the first book in the series, Storm Glass , left off. WARNING: SPOILERS FROM THE FIRST BOOK AHEAD. If you have not read Storm Glass, it's review instead by clicking here: Review of Storm GlassWhen the book begins, Cettie and Sera have been at Muirwood Abbey for the past 4 years, learning the Mysteries. I would love for Jeff Wheeler to write a novella telling more about what happened in the 4 years between Storm Glass and Mirror Gate. As we learned in Storm Glass, Cettie has an affinity for the Mysteries, and they come to her easily. Sera, on the other hand, sucks at it, and not mastering the Mysteries may put her destiny at risk.One thing that frustrated me in this book is how everyone kept explaining that all Cettie's problems would be solved once she learns the Mysteries, even though some of those problems were life-threatening, and no one ever recommended taking the test early or anything... Not even a couple of weeks earlier than planned... SmhI read a retweet that said sometimes I want to hug Jeff Wheeler, and other times, I want to throw him off the edge of a ski manor. I had the same feelings several times while reading this series! I've been on a roller coaster of emotion throughout both books!OMG! That is all I have to say after reading this book! I don't want to give away any spoilers about this book or it's ending, so please just go read it! This book was just as good, if not better than the first book! I am glad we finally learned a little more about the Mysteries, though! I was getting tired of everyone talking about them and not explaining anything. The only thing I'm not happy about is having to wait to see what happens next! I looked on Jeff Wheeler's website, and it looks like book #3, Iron Garden , will be released in November, which is waaaaay too long. This book was AH-MAY-ZING! Again, Jeff Wheeler blew my mind! I can't wait to read the next book in the series! If I can't find an ARC soon, I plan to read the Kingsfountain and the Legends of Muirwood series so that I understand more about Cettie's world. I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Jeff Wheeler writes the best YA coming of age novels, and this is another excellent story. Book 2 of the Harbinger series continues the story of Cettie and Sera, two strong young women who will have to fight to save their world. Sera, born to wealth and privilege, and Cettie, raised in the lower class Fells are unlikely friends, but their goals and moral strength make them strong allies. Wheeler's stories are well developed, well written, and rich in alternate world building. You can not go wron Jeff Wheeler writes the best YA coming of age novels, and this is another excellent story. Book 2 of the Harbinger series continues the story of Cettie and Sera, two strong young women who will have to fight to save their world. Sera, born to wealth and privilege, and Cettie, raised in the lower class Fells are unlikely friends, but their goals and moral strength make them strong allies. Wheeler's stories are well developed, well written, and rich in alternate world building. You can not go wrong with one of his books. Many thanks to NetGalley and 47North for the e-arc. I can't wait for book 3!
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  • Lily Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    A story with high fantasy magic, steampunk, and more. There is depth to the world and ideas of war, power and politics are thoughtfully explored. The two female protagonists, Cettie and Sera, are strong in their own ways, relatable and endearing. The writing style focuses on practical, functional sentences which could stand to be more poetic at times. It is a recommended book for those who like fantasy, YA and female leads.
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  • Evelyn Carrillo
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful book from Jeff Wheeler. He really excels at writing these coming of age books. Wonderful female characters and a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the reader.
  • Tina Gundy
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic book in The Harbinger series- a must read for fantasy lovers!Mirror Gate (The Harbinger Series Book #2) by Jeff Wheeler is a phenomenal second book! This is one of those series you savor because you don’t want it to end.So far this series has not disappointed. You can expect twists and turns (not all are predictable), great world building that brings you into the story, and not being able to put the book down. Warning, minimal spoilers below………………………………….…………………………………………………………… Another fantastic book in The Harbinger series- a must read for fantasy lovers!Mirror Gate (The Harbinger Series Book #2) by Jeff Wheeler is a phenomenal second book! This is one of those series you savor because you don’t want it to end.So far this series has not disappointed. You can expect twists and turns (not all are predictable), great world building that brings you into the story, and not being able to put the book down. Warning, minimal spoilers below………………………………….……………………………………………………………………….Cettie and Sera are back, this time a friendship has formed while they are roommates at Muirwood Abbey. Each navigate their lives the best they can during the awkward teen years and what destiny has in store for them. There are big gains and losses this time around. New characters add mystique.New weapons and magic create trouble. There is revealing of some of the mysteries, knowledge, and history related to the world (Yay!). Expect lots of action and more political moves. While you read this, you will be reminded that anything is possible, we can be our own worst enemy at times, even when times are tough you must continue on, and similar life lessons. Read the author’s note at the end, you can see how it influenced this series.This book is not meant to be a stand-alone, so start from the beginning or you will miss key details. The book switches between Cettie and Sera’s viewpoints, but it does not confuse the reader and is beautifully done.I look forward to listening to the audiobook when released. Also looking forward to the third book being released this year (Iron Garland November 13, 2018). This is going to be a repeat read series for me, which is a rare thing.I would recommend this series for those who love fantasy with elements of steampunk and good life lessons. If you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this one. Parental advisory/trigger warnings: war, death from war or nefarious characters, weapons such as an arquebus, abductions or attempted abductions (can’t go into specifics without giving major spoilers away), demons/ghosts possessing bodies. The main characters are older teens in this book- there is some mild flirting/pursuing/interest of others. There is no swearing. As with the first book, I would have no problem letting my younger teen/tween read this book due to the life lessons involved. *I received an advanced copy of this book from 47North via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review the book!#MirrorGate #NetGalley #Fantasy #SciFi #Steampunk #Reading #LifeLessons #Books #JeffWheeler #MustRead #Magic #Teens #YoungAdult
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