When Ophelia is promoted to Vice-storyteller by Farouk, the ancestral Spirit of Pole, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into the public spotlight. her gift―the ability to read the secret history of objects―is now known by all, and there can be no greater threat to the nefarious denizens of her icy adopted home than this.
Beneath the golden rafters of Pole’s capitol, she discovers that the only person she may be able to trust is Thorn, her enigmatic and emotionally distant fiancé. As one influential courtier after another disappears, Ophelia again finds herself unintentionally implicated in an investigation that will lead her to see beyond Pole’s many illusions to the heart of a formidable truth.
It’s no secret that the first book in The Mirror Visitor quartet, A Winter’s Promise, was a complete miss for me. I even have a spoiler free review to prove it. So, going into the second installment of the series I was kind of skeptical about where the story was going to go. However, I am happy to announce that The Missing of Clairdelune was everything I ever wanted from this series. Everything that I felt like was not working for me in the first book was addressed and made even better. I understand now that the first book was used to present the world and the characters that would later become key actors in the development of the story. Beware of minor spoilers ahead.
What I liked
I really enjoyed the mystery element in this second book. Nothing like a good old conspiracy plot to spice up a story. I believe it was a great way of leading the story into the real plot of the series.
The missing of Clairdelune also gives us a glimpse of the other arks and their family spirts, which I found super interesting. Additionally, we get to finally meet the Pole’s family spirit, Farouk, and even have a closer look into his character and the history behind his Book. Something that I really enjoyed, was that a lot of things that didn’t make much sense about the Book and the family spirits in the first book were now explained, allowing me to see the story take shape.
Ophelia grows so much from the beginning of the first book into this one, and I am so proud of her. She is truly one of the best characters in the series. She’s strong and smart, but in a different way than other female protagonists, which makes her unique in my opinion.
As for Thorn, I just want to give him a hug and tell him everything will be okay, because I feel for him so much. I was very excited to see more of Thorn in this book, this allowed me to understand him better, see where he is coming from and why he is the way that he is. This glimpse into Thorne’s character allowed Ophelia to understand him better and even helped build some kind of relationship with him.
All in all, I’m very excited to see where the story is going and I cannot wait for the next book which comes out on May 2020.
Thank you for reading!