P.R. Frost’s Moon in the Mirror is a fun frolick into urban fantasy. Tess Noncoiré is a fantasy writer whose best-selling novels are inspired by her adventures. As a Warrior of the Celestial Blade, her job is to guard against demons entering the physical plane. Between being haunted by her husband’s ghost and dealing with a vengeful Windago demon, Tess has her hands full. More trouble finds Tess when a member of her aunt’s coven reappears after 28 years, unaged and running from her prison guards- vicious garden gnomes. Tess’s mom has fallen in love with a Damiri demon, who is the stepfather of Tess’s dark and handsome love interest and who has something more than marriage in mind. Adding to the pile, are the writing deadlines Tess has to meet, but never seems to have the time for. Luckily for her, Tess has an imp of an ally named Scrap to help her though all of this, that is, when he’s not applying iodine to his wounds, avoiding the cat to whom he’s allergic, or randomly disappearing.
Frost juggles several plots and twists in this screwball of a story. The writing, unique characters, insane craziness of it all, and story in general make Moon in the Mirror well worth some of the confusion that may arise. How many imps does one know that sport pink boas and say “dahling”? Another thing I liked was Frost’s incorporation of music, which worked really well. Heather Alexander’s infamous “March of Cambreadth” is the perfect battle music. I regularly listened to the war song and its bagpipes to get ready for stage combat class. Moon in the Mirror is the second in the Tess Noncoiré Adventure series, but stands on its own. Should I hap upon Hounding the Moon or the third book, which I believe is still in the works, I will read them.
I’ve really come to like the writing of Irene Radford, whose pseudonyms are P.R. Frost and C.F. Bentley. It was actually while I was waiting to receive Radford’s Merlin’s Descendants series that I tripped over Moon in the Mirror. I’m very happy I did and it’s one I will treasure for the words, music, and then some.
- “Face your personal demons in your own reality and they might go away.”
- “Names are like dandelion fluff. They scatter in the wind and only take root in places that give them meaning.”