Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror by Rachel R Smith was a book I absolutely adored! I could hardly put this down and have started on the second book in the Records of the Ohanzee series, Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix, with just as much enthusiasm.
The Stranger in the Mirror starts out with the option to read the backstory prior to reading chapter one. I definitely suggest that you do this in order to get the back story and understand a little bit more about the literary world you are entering. Just be aware that there is a time jump between that back story and our books focus, the story of Nerissa, the heiress of Chiyo.
Nerissa has spent her whole life grooming to be the heiress of Chiyo. Unfortunately, with that title comes responsibility and notoriety. For Nerissa who has long desired friends that value who she is, not what she will become, the upcoming masquerade celebrating the 20th anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family is the perfect opportunity to switch costumes and experience the ball incognito.
We’ve read many stories where that takes place, and if that was all that comprised The Stranger in the Mirror, the book would not be nearly as entertaining. On the night of the masquerade party, chaos strikes and Nerissa suddenly finds herself an orphan in the hidden Ohanzee city. With both of her parents dead, and Nerissa presumed dead, Chiyo is fully in the hands of King Casimer of Marise who is doing everything he can to wipe them from existence.
Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror does a fantastic job of setting the stage for this 4 part series on the Ohanzee. As such, I am giving this book 5/5 thumbs up reflections for a solid start.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.