#BookReview: The City of Mirrors

by Justin Cronin

About the book:

In life I was a scientist called Fanning.

Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died.

I died, and then I was brought back to life… 

Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future.

What she finds is not what she’s expecting. 

A journey into the past.

To find out how it all began.

And an opponent at once deadlier and more human than she could ever have imagined.

My Review:

The City of Mirrors is the final book in the trilogy The Passage.

In the second book, the twelve were felled, and this changed the outcome for mankind. Or so they thought. Zero was still out there somewhere. He is the one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future.

All I can say is that this third and final book in the series didn’t disappoint, and the finale is not what I expected. Even though each book stands at around 700 to 800 pages, the author outdoes himself with fresh material at every turn. While these three tales make for epic reading, I cannot recommend this trilogy or the author highly enough. I rate The City of Mirrors a solid five stars. Go out and buy this series. I’ll be looking out for more books by Justin Cronin.


NOTE ON RATINGS:  I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.


4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read.  Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

14 Comments on “#BookReview: The City of Mirrors

  1. Gosh, these books are very long, Harmony. I don’t think I could commit to that much time for one series right now. They sound terrific though.

    • I’m lucky in that hubby likes to read too, so we often spend our rest time reading instead of watching TV or doing other stuff. We get through a lot of books that way. This series really is a terrific read. Thanks for stopping by, Robbie 🙂

  2. Wow! 700 to 800 pages is rather daunting these days. Great review! You got my attention!

    • I thought so too when I saw the size of the books, lol. But then I started reading and just devoured those pages. Thanks, Jan 🙂

  3. I have never read a lot in the way of series, Harmony, but I think I will be changing that. A lovely review.

    • Yes, I really enjoyed. It one of those times I feel bereft now I’ve finished it lol. Thanks, Denise 🙂

  4. High praise indeed. I love when I get sucked into a series and it consistently delivers…especially with the conclusion.
    Great review. Harmony!