Hello, and happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to be posting my review of Martin Seay’s novel The Mirror Thief.
Now, before I get to my review, I just want to say that I probably should have just DNF-ed this, but I muddled my way through it because I thought it might get better for me, and it just didn’t.
The Mirror Thief by: Martin Seay: The novel starts in Las Vegas, Venice in 2003, then jumps to Venice, California in the 1950s, then makes its way to Venice, Italy 1592 to bring three stories together all correlating around the invention of the mirror, and an author who has written a novel called the Mirror Thief. This novel was complex and was definitely full of adventure. There were hints of philosophical musings and those were rather compelling to read, but for the most part the plot was alright. There was a lot of jumping around, different time periods, different characters who ultimately came together in the end, but the three plots going on at the same time felt like there was too much going on at once. The writing was also quite dense and full of words and purple prose that the reader felt they really needed to swim through to get to the meaning of it all. It made it hard to keep focused on the story too with all the different backstories. This novel felt longer than it needed to be, but that’s not to say this novel didn’t have merit because there were moments where the story got super interesting and the reader was quite invested in finding out what the heck was going on, which left intrigue, it just didn’t leave the reader intrigued the whole time. This left lulls in the plot for the reader to drift off into. As well, the characters were also quite interesting, but the reader never felt connected to them and just didn’t really grasp who they were. As a whole, this novel was definitely different, and interesting, but may not peek everyone’s interest.