Black Mirrors of the Soul

A Throne of Souls - Book 2

Fiction - Science Fiction
498 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2017
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Author Biography

Charles W. McDonald Jr. was born in Oklahoma City, raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Management Information Systems and a Minor in Economics. He also has a background in Aerospace Engineering and High Availability Systems Engineering. Honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Reserves, he also has a background in the armed forces. He lives with his wife, Brandy L. McDonald, in Roanoke, TX.

In the summer of 1995, Charles read every available book on the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan in a couple of weeks, and later that same July awoke in the middle of the night from an incredibly immersive dream. Charles began writing, by hand, everything he could remember from that dream which became the outline for the story of A Throne of Souls. Very shortly afterwards, Charles wrote Robert Jordan directly, looking for advice and inspiration for his own work, and Robert Jordan personally responded in a three-page letter, encouraging Charles to tell his story in his way, in his voice, and in his time. The completion of A Throne of Souls is a deeply personal mission for Charles to thank the spirit of Robert Jordan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Black Mirrors of the Soul by Charles McDonald Jr. is book 2 in A Throne of Souls series, a powerful entry in the sci-fi genre that is mind-boggling with unbelievable twists and turns. It is the story of “the Cauldron of hate that forged Damon,” a tale with a conflict that is huge and that involves very extraordinary characters. The author has created an epic story that features technology and magic at their best and the struggle between good and evil. Outlawed and despised, the Dark Knight of Magic is working tirelessly to perfect his Master Plan, and it is designed to bring revenge on humanity and give him ultimate control. This time, will Damon and those who stand behind him summon the strength required to stop him?

Readers are caught up in the great setting, in the kaleidoscopic world-building in this second installment in the series. The setting spans many centuries and moves across multiple geographical locations. The great cast of characters involves heroes and villains that readers will be keen to follow; some of my best characters were Damon and Mira, the powerful witch called Adena and her role in the story, Kaylan, and a host of others. The story begins with action, and the reader is captivated by the evocative prose and the vivid imagery that fill the opening pages. The descriptions will transport readers into other worlds and excite their imaginations in powerful ways. I enjoyed the great dialogues, crafted to read so naturally that the reader feels as though they were part of it. Black Mirrors of the Soul by Charles McDonald Jr. is another great success in a spellbinding and monumental series.