Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She's heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow.
But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it's too late.
The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.
Set in 19th-century Germany, this touching fantasy by Dao (Song of the Crimson Flower) redefines the witches of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales. Ever since she can remember, 16-year-old Elva has been able to see the future in reflective surfaces, and her family has long suffered a peculiar pattern of blessings: "Always two good things, followed by one bad thing." As a promise to her mother over fear of backlash from the cruel townsfolk, she swears to keep her abilities secret until, encouraged to see her ability as a gift, she begins to use it for her family's benefit. When she sees a vision of a storm ravaging their farm, though, Elva seeks out Mathilda, a purported witch with whom her mother once exchanged long-hidden letters and who holds the key to Elva's ability and possibly to the family's curse. Told in fairy tale cadences that softly explore the responsibilities of power and privilege, the narrative returns warmth and agency to the witches of childhood stories while following the heart of a young woman willing to do anything for her family. Ages 14 up. \n
An enchanting story
This was a great story! Like a Grimms fairy tale, full of magic, curses, and a witch in the woods! The first in a series by 4 different authors that will follow four generations of a magical family trying to break the curse that follows them. I can’t wait to read the next one!