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January 10, 2019

Miracles of the Swan's Reflection by Rose S. King ~ a Review

by MK French

The crown prince Taj and the warrior Neriah are joined by three other warriors chosen by God to protect the various worlds of Creation. The fallen angels Bartholomew and Apollo had caused the shattering, which is now felt across realities, and are searching for the shards that give life to each world. Bartholomew is hoping to collect them, creating a holy weapon that can tip the balance against God. In addition, he had cursed Taj and Neriah so that they don't remember their prior lives when they're reborn in new worlds, which makes it more difficult to fight the fallen angels.

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Miracles of the Swan's Reflection
October 2018; 978-1718759244
ebook, print (373 pages); fantasy
This book is a sequel to Blessings of the Firebird's Light (read my review), so we see Roei and Audry again. There is a huge time skip between that novel and this one, and the same spelling and punctuation issues from the first novel are present in this one as well. I found it distracting to have parts of scripture that are quoted to be followed by the actual reference verses in the King James Bible. It broke up the flow of the text, and flipping from one timeline to the next was a little jerky and distracted me from the characters. I found it more difficult to care about the characters as a result, even though I'm clearly supposed to like Taj and Neriah, and their struggles to maintain a friendship despite their stations at birth.

The storytelling here is as solid as the first novel, but I wasn't interested in the plot or the characters enough to really follow through with the entire journey that they went on. The sense of wonder that I had with the first novel was missing here, unfortunately.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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