Mirror Sight (Green Rider, #5) by Kristen Britain


…”Why? What had it all been for?”…
Why write a 11k Kindle Book, more than double the size of a normal book if it doens’t move the overall story of the series forward? Why of all things would the author of a medieval fantasy feel the need to write a post-industrial steampunk without fantasy, in the middle of the series? And why would she now focus on romance and introduce the reader to an unwanted (by the fans of the series) new love interest if before the romance was only a minor romantic subplot that fans of the series were adoring. I am totaly baffled.

I do get that authors sometimes write a fill-in that doesn’t add much to the series but instead focus more on character development. This is not the case here. Mirror Sight is all about an alternative romance without a future. As this book takes place 200 years in the future (a horrific future) and Karigan has to go back in time to try to change the future she has seen, it is quite clear that Britain will have to kill the love interest in the end. And it’s back to Zachary. There is simply no sense to this romance at all. And above all else this romance is just not believable to me. Cade is inferior to Karigan in every aspect. He is kind of naive and unexperienced, making dumb decisions, not thinking things through (like with the rebellion). He acts the big shot thinking of himself as a Weapon but in fact he can’t hold himself in a fight against Karigan. So Karigan starts to teach him. At Dr. Silk’s party it is clear that he has no finesse and can’t fit in. He acts like a dumb bull. To put it in other words: I don’t really get what Karigan could have found attractive in Cade at all, apart from his nice body. The romance fell short for me. And above all else: Just because they have sex doens’t mean they have to be in love. But Britain really does turn the story this way because after her first sex with Cade, Karigan talks to Raven about loving Cade when up until this moment she only ever thought about mutual attraction and not wanting to be lonely.

Another point in this story that I just couldn’t tolerate was blind adherence to monarchy and the royal heir without a reason. In the previous books Zachary always talked about ending the monarchy in favor of democracy and now 200 years in the future the opposition to the evil Emperor is adhering to Arhys, the many-times over granddaughter of Zachary and last heir of the royal line? That stupid girl is the worst kind of shallow-brained nightmare brat you could imagine. And everybody just comes to her defense. WTF? To make matters worse when Karigan returns from the future where she was pregnant she no longer is in her own timeline but instead the Queen now bears twins instead of only one child? Why does the author fuck with my head?

And then the storyline with the Eternal Guardian, a steampunkish version of Darth Vader just not in black but scarlet with the most clichéed dialogue you could imagine

“I am a King’s man”
“Death is honor.”
“I was King Zachary’s Weapon. And the queen’s.” The Guardian’s words grew faint. “Proud.” Cade bowed his head, realizing there was little he could do to help him. A true Weapon, dying right in front of him. “Tell . . . tell Rider G’ladheon. Tell her I died well.”



So although this book was nicely plotted I did not enjoy te whatthefuckery in here