"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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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.
"Why do her books have to end???"
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?!
"Good book, but has problems"
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.
"More Twisted Fairy Tale Magic!"
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.
"Second in the series, still as great as the first!"
Fairy Tales are real, and out to destroy the world. Not maliciously, just.. the Narrative wants to exist and spread.
Several prisoners have broken out of "Fairy tale prison" and want to help it - they want to change it, and help the Narrative take over the world in their own image.
Henry and her team don't want that. What they have to do to save the world puts them all in danger - but what's new? Except for the whole "might not wake up" part of dying.
I listened to the audiobook version of this book. I loved it. The first time I listened to it, I didn't like it so much. The narrator assigned Sloane a pissy Valley Girl accent, and it annoyed the crap out of me the first time. This time I was more used to it, and understood it more as an affectation on Sloane's part.
I loved how the narrator gave each of the characters a distinct voice, and even made it obvious when a character's.. well.. character had changed. (Henry into Snow White, Henry as narrator, Sloane as narrator, Adrianna as Henry, Henry as.. someone else, etc.). In a book where sometimes people aren't who they appear to be, this is an invaluable asset in a narrator!
I love this book - as you can see by the five stars I give it! I wish there was more of this series, but I understand both from a narrative point of view and from a publishing/writing point of view why there isn't. If Seanan McGuire ever writes more in this universe, I'll be on it faster than you can breathe - and faster than Jeff can kiss Henry!
love these books.... love this author...never anything less than perfection! highly recommend this and any of Seaman's books!
"Not much for Fairy Tales but whew this works."
Weirder than hell, really good. Made me never to ever want to read a fairy tale that hasn't been disnyfied. Those have got to be some dark sh**.
Narrator did a great job.
Sure hope she writes more for this series.
"Good story, excellent narration"
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."
"as good as the first"
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.
this is an interesting take on fairy tales and i love it! cant get better then homicidle snow whites :D
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.
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