Reviews for Council of Mirrors


Booklist Reviews 2012 July #1
Buckley finishes off his popular Sisters Grimm series with a leisurely but rousingly destructive battle between the small band of folktale characters still loyal to the Grimm descendants and the much larger metafictional army led by Mirror, who is bent on escaping the magical confines of Ferryport Landing to conquer the world with magic. Things don't look good. While Sabrina and Daphne have on their side an encouraging prophecy from a collection of freshly rebooted magic mirrors, Mirror is endowed with awesome magical powers, not to mention an ally in Prince Charming's despicable and seemingly invulnerable older brother, Atticus. Yet, after much bloodletting (the casualty list includes the likes of Tik-Tok, Gepetto, Friar Tuck, and the seventh dwarf, among many others), the Grimms prevail. Ferguson's occasional illustrations add notes of murky menace and violence, but the tone at the end is lightened by a buoyant pair of Harry Potter-style tail pieces that carry the adult Sabrina through her wedding (series fans will guess to whom) to a years-later chat with her adolescent daughters on their fairy heritage. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
The final installment in the Grimm sisters' adventures finds Daphne forming a coven of witches and Sabrina marshaling a ragtag band of Everafters to defeat Mirror and his Scarlet Hand gang. Though the plot is unwieldy, this book (like the others) shines when it's manipulating familiar fairy tales, with Snow White and her mother getting the treatment here.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm face family problems (the sleeping spell over the girls' parents has been broken, but now they're quarreling nonstop), a war with the Scarlet Hand (whose members include Pinocchio and the Queen of Hearts), and a friend's betrayal (the Master is revealed!). Though the pace is somewhat draggy, fans will eat up the latest goings-on at Ferryport Landing. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Hot on the heels of Mirror (the criminal mastermind who kidnapped their brother), Sabrina and Daphne soon discover that they're trapped in the Book of Everafter, cast as characters in The Wizard of Oz and other "histories." The story's pacing isn't always even, but the Grimm sisters' adventures--and revisions of one tale after another--will entertain fractured-fairy-tale fans. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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VOYA Reviews 2012 February
This is Buckley's guide to the key characters and plot points in his The Sisters Grimm series, currently in its ninth book with the final title coming soon. The stories revolve around fairy tale detectives Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, sent to live with their grandmother after their parents are cast into a sleep that can only be cured by true love's kiss. Visually, the guide is stunning and showcases intriguing side characters, like Mirror (the man who worked on the wall for the Wicked Queen in Snow White) and Mr. Canis, who has the Big Bad Wolf living inside him. The guide is peppered by snarky commentary from impish, romantic interest, Puck. People who have read the books in the series are probably better served by this guide than anyone who comes completely unaware of the story. The guide reveals quite a few spoilers from the books. Other than a few profiles of true-life fairy tale authors, like Hans Christian Andersen, and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (naturally), there does not appear to be much original content to draw in enthusiasts. In this age of special features and hidden "Easter eggs," interviews or insights from the author should have been in order. Or a few hints about what is to come. There does not appear to be much here that a reader could not get from the books themselves, but if it gets newcomers to seek out Sabrina and Daphne, maybe that is the way to measure its success.--Matthew Weaver 3Q 2P M J S A/YA Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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