Griffen: Shadows of the Mirror Realm by A.J. Blakemont // Book Review

Griffen: Shadows of the Mirror Realm

Griffen: Shadows of the Mirror Realm by A. J. Blakemont

Page Number: 304 pages

Format Read: (E-ARC)

* I was provided a free e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review 

Goodreads Synopsis:

They are immortal, deadly, ruthless. I don’t belong to their dark underworld. I won’t be a victim. Never again.

She has nothing—not even a roof above her head. She has unimaginable powers, but these powers come at a price: she has to feed on the mental energy of human beings, killing them in the process.

Her name is Griffen and she is a newborn. She is a copy, a paranormal twin of a young woman, Letitia. Griffen is not the only one of her kind—there are others like her, living among humans or hiding underground. Romantics called them doppelgangers, ghostly twins, the harbingers of death. Scientists who know that they exist call them simulacra. They call themselves mirror souls. Who are they and what are their goals?

Lonely and desperate, hunted by her fellow mirror souls, Griffen hides in the London underground and preys on criminals. In this dark underworld, is there a place for compassion, for love?

In this action-packed paranormal thriller, dark fantasy author A. J. Blakemont will guide you on an epic journey through parallel realities toward a dramatic revelation.

My Thoughts:

This book was very entertaining and interesting because it was a whole new world and there were so many new concepts and things that the reader needs to learn throughout the course of the book.

I do have to say that while I really liked it, about 3/4 through I was a little bored and thought that some of the plot near the end could have been quickened. The pacing until then was fine I thought. At some points I really was completely immersed in the story.

I had the opportunity to read the prelude to the book, called Mirror Souls: A Prelude and that really made a difference while reading I think.

Honestly, Mirror Souls could be considered a sort of book 1, and then Griffen book 2 because I feel like the prelude really helped my understanding of the actual book.

The plot was different and and though at times the concepts of mirror souls were confusing, it was still fun to read.

There was some romance in this book as well as a lot of action. The action scenes were some of my favorite and I loved seeing Griffen fight.

Also, how cool is the name Griffen?

The themes of loneliness and love were present a lot throughout the book and it was different seeing these themes in a dark science fantasy kind of way.


An action packed book with science fiction concepts and a bad ass main character.

My Rating:

3.5 stars

Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

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