Book Reviews

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

I skipped a book in order to review this one, but I promise that I will come back to it! It’s a big day for Down the Book Jar because this is my first completely reviewed series on the website! The Storm of Echoes is Christelle Dabos’ final novel in The Mirror Visitor series. I already want to go back and read the entire series from start to finish, but I think I will save it for next year.

The Story

The gripping finale to Christelle Dabos’s international best-selling Mirror Visitor saga, Ophelia, the mirror-traveling heroine, and Thorn discover that the truth they have been seeking has always been hidden behind the mirror.

In this thrilling finale to the Mirror Visitor saga, Christelle Dabos takes us on a journey to the heart of a great game to which the all-too-human affairs of her book’s protagonists are ominously connected.

The distrust between them has been overcome and now Ophelia and Thorn love each other passionately. However, they must keep their love hidden. Only in this way can they continue their journeys toward an understanding of the indecipherable code of God and the truth behind the mysterious figure of the Other, whose devastating power continues to bring down entire pieces of arks, plunging thousands of innocents into the void.

Ophelia and Thorn arrive at the observatory of the Deviations, an institute shrouded in absolute secrecy and overseen by a sect of mystical scientists who secretly conduct terrifying experiments. There, Ophelia and Thorn hope to discover truths that will halt the destruction and death and bring the world back into balance.

My Thoughts

As a friendly reminder, these books were all originally published in France. There are some words they didn’t translate, but there’s enough context in the writing that you don’t miss out. Plus, you just feel a bit fancier.

I read The Memory of Babel earlier this year, and really enjoyed it. However, I had a hard time remembering where that book left off once I started reading The Storm of Echoes. I picked up context clues and memories along the way. There was a bit of a “So where were we?” at the beginning of the book, but it wasn’t quite detailed enough to remind me of all of the small bits and pieces that I had forgotten.

As a whole, it was a bit of a letdown of a finale. It felt like there were a lot of concessions happening all around between the characters. For three books’ of buildup, it was kind of a letdown. Though, I guess the main antagonist in this book really only became a “thing” in the third book.

One of my favorite things in the entire series is Ophelia and Thorn’s love story, if only for the fact that it isn’t the traditional love story. They don’t meet and immediately fall in love. Once they’re in love, they aren’t all over each other. It’s cautious and quirky, and just so refreshing to read something like that!

I gave The Storm of Echoes four stars. I will have to see if my feelings on the book change once I read through the series from start to finish.

The Full Series

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