Many of the questions that you have will be answered in this book, and there are fine battle scenes to be had—as well as plenty of Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck goodness. That said, I couldn’t help but feel like we didn’t get to know any one character much here—though, if you’ve read the whole series, you certainly had enough to go on there. I was hoping to get to know the mirrors a bit more (per the title), and though the battles were interesting and creative enough, they also didn’t feel as live and pulse-pounding as many other adventures that the sisters have gone through. Of course, many of those books did not include violent deaths; this book did, and I think Buckley was trying hard to make them too scary for the children who read it (which I also think worked well).
I also didn’t like the implication throughout the book that the sisters have had to be rescued by Puck over and over again—which largely came from him, of course, which you have to take with a grain of salt!—because they have been courageous and bright in each book themselves.
Something else to expect in this book is a big chunk of time between its urgent resolution and its actual conclusion, which is something I had a problem with in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well. It’s not actually problematic, mind you; it just leaves you feeling so frustrated, yearning for more books and adventures for the time gap in between. And while Rowling has already stated that she’s finished the adventures of her trio, one can’t help but wish that Buckley might take up the pen again for more stories featuring his…
Council of Mirrors is finally available in bookstores nationwide; go check it out and discover if Sabrina and Daphne Grimm meet the fate that you think they should. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed, except for the fact that—sigh—it’s over.