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Through a Dark Glass

(Dark Glass #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  80 reviews
On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:

~ Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
~ Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
~ Or Kai, the youngest: bitt
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Rebel Base Books
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Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Seventeen year old Megan of Chaumont has just lost her sister when she finds out that she will now have to take her place and marry one of the brutish Volodane brothers. Megan's parents are deeply in debt but still have their good family name and the Volodane's have offered to help to hopefully improve their standing by marrying into Megan's family. But Megan never intended to marry and has no idea what would be the right choice between the three brothers in the Volodane family.

Overwhelmed with

Why did I finish this? At the halfway mark I was ready to leave it, entirely.
I received a digital copy through a Goodreads giveaway, so here's a brutally honest review.

I was initially intrigued by the concept of multiple scenarios playing out, and Megan choosing between them, but by the third and final enactment it became quite boring with all the repetition. I mean, I got sick of reading the same scenes, the same descriptions, the same conversations, over and over again. If they'd been worded
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
So one of my absolute favorite tropes is the "What If...?" trope. I love dwelling on paths not chosen. I live for that sort of thing. So right off the bat this book's summary appealed to me.

It's by no means perfect; the events all, to one extent or another, are the same up until after the first formal dinner so it feels repetitive in the way Choose Your Own Adventure books could feel. Slightly different exchanges, such as how Megan handles meeting the kitchen staff, speak more to what will ultim
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our main character Megan is in a bind. Her sister was betrothed as a bargain her father made to pay off this debts. Her sister has just died, but the debts are still to be paid, so Megan is going to be the bride.

She does get the choice of which brother to chose.
~ Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
~ Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
~ Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

This is where the mirror comes in. It shows her what her life will be like wi
Under the Covers Book Blog
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When Megan Chaumont's sister dies, it's up to Megan to take her place in a marriage bargain her father has set up. Three brothers will arrive and Megan has to chose which one she will marry. Megan was never meant to marry and she doesn't know how she is supposed to chose. It's serendipitous when a mirror appears whi
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I always look forward to a good "what if" story, so I jumped at the chance to read THROUGH A DARK GLASS. Who wouldn't want to see the different outcomes a single choice could result in? This premise is a minefield of opportunity.

Unfortunately, THROUGH A DARK GLASS fell flat for me. The characters and the rules of the world are never completely fleshed out. Megan is special and capable, but she was overshadowed by her beautiful, older sister. The plot co
Kimberly Laurel (The Trusty Bookmark)
The glass of the [mirror] was smooth and perfect, and yet I didn’t see myself looking back. Instead, I found myself staring into the eyes of a lovely dark-haired woman in a black dress. “You are at a crossroad,” she said, “with three paths. I am bidden to give you a gift. You will live out three three difference choices. Then you will have the knowledge to choose.” (Loc 244)

If you hate making decisions and always wonder “what if I had picked the other option”, Through a D
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I have never read a book by this author before, but found it on NetGalley and found the premise intriguing: Megan encounters a magic mirror that plays out a set of "what if" scenarios based on each of her three choices of husbands.

The book does a good job of walking through each choice and showing the butterfly effect, how when presented with a similar choice, every time was changed by who her husband was. I liked seeing how Megan was both the same and different depending on where life took her.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

4.5 Stars

When Megan Chaumont’s sister dies, it’s up to Megan to take her place in a marriage bargain her father has set up. Three brothers will arrive and Megan has to chose which one she will marry. Megan was never meant to marry and she doesn’t know how she is supposed to chose. It’s serendipitous when a mirror appears which will show her the consequences of choosing each of the brothers. She will be shown the life she will have with each brother and then she will make her choice. Once she
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
*Rating* 3.5


Through a Dark Glass is the first installment in author Barb Hendee's Dark Glass series. 17-year old Megan is the youngest daughter of the House of Chaumont. She has a special talent that has long provided an advantage for her father. But, after her older sister unexpectedly dies before the arrival of her suitors who she is supposed to pick whom to marry, Megan is shoved into the untenable position of having to choose b
Robin Goodfellow
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
-I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Through a Dark Glass, by Barb Hendee, is a dark fairytale about choosing between independence and love, and whether or not you’re willing to sacrifice lives for the sake of a happy end.

The book begins with the introduction of a witch that had become enslaved to the very mirror she enchanted. Years later, a young noble girl named Megan Chaumont is going to have to go through an arranged marriage in order to save her family fro
Sasha Knight
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy “What if?” stories, so this worked for me. What I highly disliked was the large amount of line editing and proofing errors, so many missing words, wrong word use, verb tense issues... Made me wonder if a copy editor was used at all. If the story hadn’t held my interest, I would’ve stopped reading because of the sheer quantity of errors. I want to get lost in a book, and constantly getting jarred out of a story because words are missing isn’t the way to keep me engaged. 4 star read, 2 sta ...more
Alexandra G.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

What a story! Couldn't put it down all day.

Unfortunately, I could tell from the beginning which one she will choose. She described each of them and I just knew. (or had my suspicions about)
I would have also liked it more if the choice wasn't so obvious or easy in the end. Because while all three choices have good parts and bad parts, I feel like one of them is made better by the author.

Anyway, the book was good and I hope the next one will be too.
Katherine Paschal
This is the perfect read for anyone who likes a dark twist on the classic fairytale as well as romance. I actually read this series out of order, but it doesn't matter since each is a standalone. You can grab any of the books depending on the fairytale world you are interested in.
Kathryn G.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everything about this book was just yes. I LOVED it. It's so unique from anything I've ever read before. And I just picked this up at random! Best bookish discovery since Jackaby, for sure. I'm now SUPER curious about the next book.
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, barely finished. The writing was good, so I’m rounding up to 3 stars on Goodreads. The story repetition could’ve been shortened A LOT. By the third brother, I was kind of done. Also, third bro was too emo for my patience. MC was a Mary Sue martyr.
Alana Bloom
Whisked away to a Faraway Land with the roll of the dice, I decided to read this book that was on my shelves. Sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure, Through a Dark Glass shows readers what each of Megan's decisions could mean for her future. I enjoyed it for what it was as a YA book but the repetition started to make me feel like it was Groundhog Day. I enjoyed that Hendee altered Megan's growth according to her decisions. The relationships needed to be fleshed out more. The only one that was ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Megan finds out on her eighteenth birthday she is to marry one of the Volodane brothers after her sister dies. Her family is heavily in debt but are still a family of standing. The Volodane's have wealth but no standing in society. The match will improve their standing in society and help Megan's family with their debt. Her only saving grace is Megan gets to choose which of the three brothers she wants to marry.

During dinner, Megan becomes flustered knowing she's being forced to do this and she
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Monotonous. 2/3 of the book was copy paste... I felt the characters were flat, no choice of the mirror reveal created substantial growth. Further roles of gender/social status/ etc were made very clear and I felt irritated throughout. Her husband watches his new wife be injured by father that's cool... Oh and this story arc is respect. Are you serious?
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was not what I was expecting at all. Two stars is verging on "dislike" even though technically the tagline for the rating is "it was ok." I thought there would be more of a struggle between Megan's three choices as described in the book blurb...I didn't expect the novel to actually be just three separate stories. It only took me a couple hours to finish reading but I was skimming a lot because let's face it, reading the SAME THING three times with variations is just really boring. Yes, the ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Through a Dark Glass (Dark Glass #1)
Author: Barb Hendee
Format: Kindle (Goodreads Giveaway)

[ Enjoyed ] Mostly yes.
[ Last Read ] Finished last night.
[ Reread ] Probably won't.

[ Cover Lust ] No.
[ Intriguing Title ] No.
[ Interesting Premise/Plot ] At first, no. After paying attention, yes.
[ Preview Impressions ] Did not preview. (Unavailable at the time.)

[ Kept My Attention ] Yes.
[ Got Bored / Mind Wandering ] No.
[ Skimmed/Skipped Scenes/Chapters ] No.
[ Reread Past Scenes For Fun ] No.
[ Rerea
Warnings: homomisia, murder, domestic abuse

The story in this novel is a unique one in that it's three similar stories with the same characters. The opening sets up the stage - the MC is told she has to choose between the three sons of a lower Noble family (who she is being sold to by her higher Noble father) and while she is panicking over the choice, a magic mirror offers to show her the different futures she will have with either of them.

Then the story shows is the three different paths her li
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I can't quite decide how I should feel about this book.
On the one hand, I loved the idea of this special mirror. Who wouldn't want the opportunity to look ahead into three possible futures and then choose their prefered path in the knowledge that it will come to pass for certain, even if they won't remember afterwards. This certainty would be great to have. Moreover, it's been pretty fascinating to see what a big difference one choice can make, while some things do not change at all. In addition
What an intriguing idea! To have a magic mirror show you the outcomes of your choices. I was hooked right when I started reading this book.
Helena was betrothed to one of three sons (that she could choose), but on the day of their arrival she died! (holy cow!!!???) Thus bequeathing the betrothal to Megan, our MC. After first seeing the three suitors in the dining hall, she fled to her secret hideout to quench her nerves. A magic mirror appeared and offered to show her the life she would have wit
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

The idea behind this book is unique. By her father’s order, a young woman named Megan must choose one of three brothers as a husband. A magic mirror appears and shows her the future consequences of each marriage. Megan then uses that knowledge to make her choice, after which she forgets the other two possible outcomes and lives out the life she chose.

In practice, the book is a bit repetitive, and because it’s essentially three stories in one book, the character development isn’t as dee
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book, in my opinion, is ingenious.  For 1 heroine to live out 3 different lives and at the end, having to choose but not remember why she made the choice... I love it.  This book is riveting.  It kept me up late to find out what happened next.

The one thing about this book that readers may not like is the repitition.  However, I believe it is necessary.  For Megan to choose wisely, she would need to live through the same experiences with all the brothers.  Then based on how th
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was provided to me via Netgalley.

The premise of this book had me hooked immediately - who doesn't love to think about how a story would've turned out if a character made just one decision differently? A book that actually shows you the different possibilities? Sign me up!

Beside that, I was also curious to see how the author managed to make each possibilitiy new and fresh, and not repetitive. Short answer: She didn't. There are long parts where everything is exactly the same, and even t
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the idea, and I wasn't disappointed in the execution. A young woman of noble blood is forced to marry one of three brothers from a lesser house: Jarrod, Sebastian, or Kai.

After fleeing the welcoming party, Megan finds herself in a room with a magic mirror. The mirror lets her see each life she could have depending on who she chooses. They are all very different from each other, and will bring different joys and challenges.

What I found most interesting was what kind of woman
Lassarina Aoibhell
An interesting way of storytelling, by showing the lead character three choices and then walking her through each of them. She grows and develops a little differently in each one, which is nice. There's also a lot of dramatic irony and dramatic tension because of things the reader knows from previous paths the character has walked, but that the character does not know, so there were a few times in the second and third instances where I found myself cringing away from the book because I knew what ...more
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Like most writers, I've worked at many jobs in my life, including teaching pre-school until I completed my master's degree in Composition Theory. Between 1993 and 2006, I taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with my husband and life-long partner J.C.

Over the years, we've lived in Washington State, Idaho, Colorado, and now moved j

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