"For her to love me, she had to be willing to kill me. Anything else would show that her heart was untrue."
The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn't the only complicating factor in Henrietta "Henry" Marchen's life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she's juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister - along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.
But when a twisted, vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc, things go from disenchanted to deadly. And once Henry realizes someone is trying to use her to destroy the world, her story becomes far from over - and this one might not have a happily ever after.
Indexing: Reflections is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire's continuing new urban fantasy, where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.
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Honestly, I never want her books to end. The characters, the worlds, the storylines... And the narration, I could listen forever. I listen to Audio books every day and Seanan Mcguire's books are at the top of the list of books that captivate me. Mary's narration bring the books to life in a way that make the characters feel like friends. More, please?!
First, I didn't care for the voice performance at all. She falls out of character at several places and Sloane's voice creeps into Henri's dialogue at several points. It's a jarring contrast.
The story itself starts off strong and is on par with the first book of the series. However, it falls apart and feels a little deus ex machina during the climax.
I fell in love with Indexing right away and this sequel was just as good. It has the perfect mix of magic and darkness. The characters are complex and interesting. I am happy that there are multiple strong female characters (one of which has to struggle with her "good girl" programming) and a transgender character who is not a stereotype and who is central to the plot. The idea of monomyths and competing narratives creates a dynamic setting. Some might argue that magic gets used to bail the characters out a little too easily, especially when preventing death or at the showdown at the end (or should I say snowdown?), but I thought that the rules of the world were consistent and it works more than not. Plus, it's just fun! The narrator also does a great job with all the voices. Sloan sounds like a petulant teen but that works with her character (whom I love). I am really hoping this will become a series! In fact, I think I want that enough to make a deal with a talking frog or a magic mirror. let's hope I don't encounter either of those anytime soon.
This is a wonderful series with an intriguing story concept. More than this, it has an excellent narrator. I actually had to look at the "By" line to see that one person was reading the story.
And, the vocal characterization is spot-on. My husband, at one point when I was playing the story aloud, said that he didn't like the reader's voice. He said the voice put him in mind of someone who is "whiney, nasty and who people disliked." The story was in one of Sloane's sections. I said, "That's the character."
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
or, maybe better. I thoroughly enjoyed both books in this series. you must read these books in order. truly a different concept. I like the narrator but her make voices need some work.
I loved this story, as well as the first book in the series. Well written, well narrated and fun. I particularly enjoyed getting a second layer of understanding by looking up the Aarne-Thompson index and reading the original tales when I could. Fairytale and folklore are deep wells from which to draw, and Seanan McGuire does so well.
Devourer of all books fantasy
Well done continuation of this urban fantasy series where fairy tales come to life and disrupt our everyday lives. I really enjoy this series; it's very creative and I love how deep McGuire digs into the history of fairy tales.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator did a great job with characters voices and with portraying emotion. My only complaint is that Sloan’s voice gets a bit grating at times.
A large part of the this story (maybe half) is told from Sloan’s POV. We learn a ton about what drives Sloan, her history, and how she got to be part of the Bureau. I really enjoyed this and loved learning more about Sloan.
The story also spends a lot of time with Henry as we delve deep, very deep, into the Snow White mythos. I enjoyed this alot and it really made me want to go and dig deeper into this story myself. This isn’t your Disney fairy tale princess (although Snow White does echo aspects of that variation as well) but is the tale that always ends in blood on the snow.
All of the wonderful characters from the first book were back and some new ones were added. I loved the addition of Bluebeard’s Wife; she was awesome. There was a great mystery here and things were wrapped up nicely. I would love to see future books in this series; it’s the kind of series that could keep going for a long time.
Overall a wonderful addition to the Indexing series. I love the world, the characters, the mystery, and all the fairy tale madness in these stories. I really enjoy McGuire’s exploration into the history of fairy tales and enjoy how she makes that a driver in the modern world. I would highly recommend to urban fantasy fans who love fairy tales.
Seanan McGuire is smart, tough and funny. I wait for her books like I wait for books by C.J. Cherryh.
After listening to Indexing, I had the feeling that it was a stand-alone book. That made me sad because I liked Henry and her universe where fighting fairy tales was a serious, men-in-black business.
So seeing Indexing: Reflections was like getting an unexpected gift from an old friend. It is as good, if not better, than Indexing. The world of indexing is original and different. The characters are poignant because they are all one step from falling to their personal dooms. Each day lived is a battle won. That does not stop them from being heroic, amusing and annoying.
I also think all of the narrators of Ms. McGuire's books are fantastic. But Mary Robinette Kowal is always a special treat. A subtle but especially artistic touch was the way she was able to differentiate Demi and Soprano-Henry when they were both in a similar vocal range.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope others will as well!
As seems to be really common with Seanan's duologies (well, at least this one and Velveteen vs.) the first book is very good but the second is outstanding.
The only criticism (and hence the 4 star performance rating despite 5 star story and overall ratings) is that Sloane's voice - "Whiney California Gurl" - didn't seem quite right in the first book.
While it's good that consistency was maintained by the narrator, not quite right turned into "absolutely wrong" for fitting with her character as she developed in this book!
Ms. Kowal does the voice wonderfully, but it was a poor choice for the character.
complex, makes you look at snow and other tales with renewed wonder.
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