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!

Comments (18)

  1. Beth Wangler September 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    How do you write so fast?! I guess I shouldn’t complain, because it means I don’t have to wait long for more Nick et al. I’m so excited to read this newest installation!

    • Kyle September 29, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Thanks so much! 😄 It’s taken a lot of practice, but I do manage to get those words out fairly fast. Means a lot of editing, though. 😆

  2. Daley Downing September 29, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I hear drooling begin across the Afterverse fanbase…

    Any chances of ARCs for this one?? *hint, hint*

  3. Deborah O'Carroll September 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I’m so excited! 😀
    Also INSANELY WORRIED but what else is new? XD
    AND I’VE BEEN WANTING TO GET BACKSTORY ON NICK AND CRISPIN EVER SINCE SHADOW BOY (well, and before, but still) AND NOW I’M GETTING SOME AND SLKDJFLSKJDLK I’M EXCITED. Also timey-wimey? o.o This will be interestingggg… 😀

    • Kyle September 30, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Thank you!! Yeah, I’ve been wanting to write more with the younger versions of Nick and Crispin ever since I did Shadow Boy, because that was a lot of fun. I’m also continuing to develop the Peter Pan stuff from that story. That will be its own series called “The Neverafter Chronicles.” Steampunk post-apocalyptic Neverland stuff. Fun times. 😁

  4. Christine September 30, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I. AM. SO. EXCITED!!!!

    Timey-wimey things? Alternate realities? ALICE IN WONDERLAND???? I’M GONNA EXPLODE. (I’m also super excited to hear that you’re bringing back the Mythfits! LOVED THEM. Except now I’m worried about the fate of everyone…)

    I cannot waaaait to get my hands on this one!

    • Kyle September 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Thank you!! 😄 I’m really excited about it as well. It introduces a lot of stuff that I’ve been planning for a long time. The only trouble is, I’m having a lot of difficulty not blurting out spoilers. BUT I WILL RESTRAIN MYSELF. I will be strong. 😆😂

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