Review: Through a Dark Glass (Dark Glass #1) by Barb Hendee

January 15, 2018 Review 0

Review: Through a Dark Glass (Dark Glass #1) by Barb HendeeThrough a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee
Series: A Dark Glass #1
Published by Kensington on January 9, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 297
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Kissing, implied sex scenes
Reviewed by: Tacoma
2 Stars

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:

Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?

Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?

Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .

I always look forward to a good "what if" story, so I jumped at the chance to read THROUGH A DARK GLASS. Who wouldn't want to see the different outcomes a single choice could result in? This premise is a minefield of opportunity.

Unfortunately, THROUGH A DARK GLASS fell flat for me. The characters and the rules of the world are never completely fleshed out. Megan is special and capable, but she was overshadowed by her beautiful, older sister. The plot conveniently disposes of the sister, allowing Megan (who has a magical power, while no one else appears to have one) to encounter the magic mirror that lets her view three different futures. But we never really learn the how and why of it.

More importantly, Megan forgets the possible futures after she's lived through them. She has no opportunity to grow or to change any outcome. And because she's unaware that she's living through the same moments, entire paragraphs are repeated. I would have loved to read about Megan utilizing what she'd learned from the mirror to make a better life for herself. Instead, THROUGH A DARK GLASS relies on stereotypes and repetition to progress the plot, rather than motivation and character growth.

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If you're looking for a young adult book with a character reliving the same moments and learning from them check out Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

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