The Magic Mirror: 11/09/16
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long is a fantasy about a crippled foundling who is trying to discover the identity of a man in a magic mirror while trying to escape an unwanted arranged marriage to the village hunchback. Meanwhile, there's a missing princess.
Somewhere in all of these parallel storylines and grandiose language — is a stew of familiar plots. It seems to made up of a gender swapped Prince and the Pauper, with a smattering of Hamlet, some Chaucer, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Beauty and the Beast and on and on.
For all the complexity, there's not a lot here. The individual plot threads come together in a tangle of missed opportunities, rather than sewing a rich tapestry of adventure, magic, and heroism.