Sunday, June 25, 2006

Mira, Mirror

Mira, Mirror by Mette Harrison.

Another Snow White story. But this time we are in the company of the mirror over 100 years after the action of Snow White. The mirror is Mira, a witch who has been transformed into a mirror by her sister, the ever-present wicked stepmother witch.

Mira (as a mirror) is found by a young girl who rescues her from the hut in the woods where she has hung for the last 100 years waiting for her sister to reappear.

There are some excellent moments in this book, and some intriguing ideas. The witches in this story derive their power from death, the death of an animal or person, by capturing the escaping life force as it departs its body. Mira struggles with the break between her need to have this power, and her distaste for stealing it.

On the whole, I would recommend this book to a tween or early teen reader. An enjoyable read.

Category: Bookishness

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