The Mirror of Rorrim—Synopsis, Release Date, and Sneak Peek!
As Amy Pond would say, “This is where it gets complicated.”
Here’s the synopsis for Book 3 in the Beaumont and Beasley series, The Mirror of Rorrim.
1922 E.A. Private-detective-turned-monster Nick Beasley is in trouble. A heroic mission gone wrong has exposed his secret to the world. Fortunately, someone is offering to help—Tobias Dare, a rising star in the motion picture industry. But what is Dare’s true agenda? And what dark power has been unleashed by his film production of Snow White?
1915 E.A. Street thief Nick Beasley doesn’t believe in magic…yet. These days, he’s mostly preoccupied with making sure that he and his brother Crispin don’t starve. He’s not interested in the rumors about a memory-stealing magic mirror. But an encounter with a mysterious stranger reveals a way for Nick and Crispin to escape their life of poverty.
All Nick has to do is solve the disappearance of Lady Cordelia Beaumont.
Reality is crumbling. Time is turning back on itself. A crisis is coming…and not everyone will escape.
The Mirror of Rorrim will be released on October 31.
(I haven’t made up my mind as to whether I’ll be doing a pre-order for this one; I’ll get back to you on that.)
Excited yet? If not, take a look at the prologue of the current draft:
I miss the days when I didn’t believe in fairy tales.
Things were simpler then. Less exciting, perhaps, but simpler. Then came the day I was forced to accept that magic was real. Sometimes I’d like to pretend it never happened.
Unfortunately, the hairy, horned face staring back at me from the mirror rules out that option.
I’m Nick Beasley, street-thief-turned-private-detective-turned-mythical-monster. My life before a curse changed me into a fairytale Beast seems a thousand miles away now. Like it was lived by a different person, in a completely different world. The longer I spend in this form, it gets harder and harder to recall what it was like to be human. And sometimes I feel as if I’ve forgotten key events of my human life.
Memories are strange things. They’re not always trustworthy. And as I’ve learned through bitter experience, they can be stolen.
It’s a terrifying thought, really. Memories make us who we are. I’ve already found out that magic can change my body. I shudder to think what it could do to my mind.
If memories can be changed, then how can you be sure you truly are who you think you are? Can you trust your recollections of the events that shaped you?
Is the past real, or is it just a fairy-tale you’ve mistaken for reality?
What if the person looking back at you from the mirror…isn’t you?
A few more tidbits about the book:
- As the synopsis implies, The Mirror of Rorrim has dual timelines, featuring POV from past and present versions of Nick Beasley. The eighteen-year-old version of Nick isn’t cursed, isn’t a believer in magic, and isn’t even a detective yet. He’s still nothing more than a street urchin. How does this version of the character tie in with “present-day” events? All will be revealed…
- Fan-favorite characters introduced in The Tomb of the Sea Witch will be returning. Molly, Malcolm, the Mythfits, they’re all in there. I wasn’t initially planning to include them all, but as I continued to develop the plot, I realized there were perfect slots for them in the story. Don’t get too excited, though; the fact that they’re in there means that their survival is not guaranteed.
- Some of the burning questions left over from the first two books will be answered. Not all of them, naturally. Mwa-ha-ha. But there will finally be some resolution to the mysterious epilogues of Beast and Tomb, as well as a couple of questions you may not have thought to ask.
- The fairy-tale elements of this story mainly revolve around Snow White…but Alice in Wonderland plays a very significant role as well. In fact, both stories will basically get equal time. In the mythology of the Afterlands, they’re strongly tied together.
- Things are going to get quite timey-wimey and spacey-wacey. This is where the sci-fi undertones of Beaumont and Beasley will start to come into play. Time travel and alternate realities are integral to the story. These elements will carry over into Book 4 of the series, The Stroke of Eleven.
- There may possibly be a cliffhanger ending. You have been warned.
So, mark your calendar. October 31. I’ll be sharing more details on The Mirror of Rorrim, as well as other projects, over the coming weeks. There is also another exciting announcement coming tomorrow, so watch out for that!