Despite the growing number of books I already own that I still need to read, it’s always fun to pick something random off the library shelf and be delighted by it.
This story explored mirrors and multiple layers of reality, and it kept me intrigued all the way through.
The magic system and its costs were never described in minute detail, but neither did the magic become a deus ex machina when it was used to solve problems. Neumeier struck a balance that I’d like to figure out how to strike myself.
I’d recommend The City in the Lake for preteens and up.