My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences.
The Universal Mirror was a well written book, which I enjoyed reading. I give it 4.25 – 4.50 stars.
Magic – it was thought out and followed rules which the author established in the book; for example, the magician had to be in contact with the earth in order for the magic to flow. She also established Heresies which the magician could commit, with the requisite punishments
– Leave the island
– Cast magic on a living being
Characters – Asahel, Quentin, Felix and Catharine; were all developed with adequate back story so you could understand the interactions between the characters.
Story – Quentin, an aristocrat, compels his ‘friend’ Asahel, a merchant, to assist him in forbidden magic. What is the secret motive that compels Quentin to risk forbidden magic and the potential of death? What is the motive behind his friendship with Asahel, and outsider well below his station. Learn the dark secret the Magic Council is hiding, and the lengths to which Asahel and Catharine will go in order to expose it.
There were a few threads which just ended; it would have been nice to see them resolved. However, they did not impact the storyline.