Novel: The Dickens Mirror (Dark Passages #2) by Ilsa J. Bick | Goodreads
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Egmont USA
Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.
Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.
In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.
Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.
But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her.
Ilsa J. Bick is one of my favorite authors ever, and I will continue to read her Dark Passages series, but it just doesn’t trump the Ashes trilogy. Dark Passages has some seriously complex plot lines, and you have to pay a lot of attention while reading – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t seriously awesome.
In The Dickens Mirror, Emma is thrown into Victorian London- kind of. It’s Victorian London but there’s a fog threatening to engulf the city, and the society has turned into a completely new one, with things called squirmers (you don’t want to know) and rats (not the animal kind) and it’s a bit frightening. Here, there’s basically doppelgangers for Emma, Tony, Rima, and Bode, and Emma from White Space comes hurtling through the fog and into the Victorian London – but into the body of Little Lizzie. #plot-twist
I loved seeing the alternate versions of Tony, Rima, Bode, and Elizabeth McDermott (who in The Dickens Mirror is considered mad), and Bick’s writing proved its incredible nature once again, as she juggled the perspectives of countless characters. The story deals with the Passages, the questions of what happens when too many Emmas are in one place, and how to get home, and it’s one heck of a ride.
This series is a great one, and The Dickens Mirror was a fantastic second book – I’m not sure if there will be a #3, but I hope there is, because I WANT MORE. (I’m thinking not, considering the incredible ending to this book, but a girl can hope.) I just love Ilsa J. Bick and will read anything she writes. I would read an instructional manual by Ilsa J. Bick. I just love Ilsa J. Bick okay.
GET EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK GUYS. And if you haven’t read White Space, do it.