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Mirror Image
Mirror image
Will skeletons in the closet tear the sisters apart?
Novel Information
Written by

Jeff Mariotte

Published by

Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.)

ISBN Number

0743462505 / 9780743462501

Timeline

Season 4

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Mirror Image is the 19th book in the novel series and is written by Jeff Mariotte.

This novel is set between Season 4 Episode 8 "Black as Cole" and Episode 10 "A Paige from the Past" as Cole is human, but he and Phoebe are not yet engaged. Because of this, it actually comes before Something Wiccan This Way Comes chronologically even though it was published several months after.

Summary

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
poised is she, to take the fall,
as mist and fog I travel through
a demon's will, this binding shall endure.

Phoebe Halliwell is stunned when her latest vision involves her younger half sister, Paige. The vision reveals to her that Paige is actually an imposter who will infiltrate the Power of Three and break it apart. However, Piper is dismissive when she learns of Phoebe's concerns—so much so that Cole and Leo end up taking sides as well. Before long, all involved are on edge.

Paige senses that her sisters are acting strangely around her, so when she meets Timothy McBride, an attractive young stranger who purports to be a witch, she decides not to tell them. She wants to have something of her own, separate from her Charmed duties. Secrets are estranging the sisters from one another, and the timing isn't good. Women are turning up all over the city, dead by supernatural causes. The perpetrator may be connected to the sisters' past—but if they can't work together, they might not be able to stop him.

Characters

Major

Support

Minor

  • Julia Tilton: Victim of a serial murder. She was murdered at the beginning of the book.
  • Rosa Porfiro: Timothy's fourth victim. Was married to a man named Rico and have a son named Patricio. Died one week before her 39th birthday.
  • Teresa Pineda: 28-year-old Latina, married to Greg Logan when they were twenty years old. Has a 4-year-old son named Jacky. She was working part-time jobs to provide for the family while staying home as much as possible. One year after her husband died of throat cancer, she started working at a restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. She was targeted by Timothy, but rescued by the Charmed Ones.
  • Michael Langdon: Owner of a book chain who interviews Phoebe. He neglected hiring her after she sneezed uncontrollably, thinking she had allergies when it was the dust in his bookstore collected through the years.
  • Monroe Johnson: Task force member. Junior to Darryl, and annoys him.
  • Leonard Scobie: Task force member.
  • Oscar: Works at Fisherman's Wharf with Teresa.
  • Stephanie Payzant: Brown haired task force member.
  • Charlie Nordhoff: Task force member.
  • Ed Sweeney: Coroner. Small and round in size, and has a small head that reminds Darryl of grapefruit. Has keen memory of what he saw, heard, or read and could recite it back verbatim.
  • Max Cooper: Works for the distributor that supplies wine. He is an open flirt.
  • City Hall Receptionist: Works at City Hall. Helps Cole look through attendance records on Gates Mansion between 1890-1910. She tries to flirt with Cole, only to be turned down.

Mentioned

Magical Notes

Book of Shadows

Philippa Halliwell's Journal Entry

Agnes came to the house for the first time since the day she turned against us. We were polite, as she remains family, but no more than polite. She as brought disgrace upon the Halliwell family, and there are many among us who are not disposed to forgive her, nor will become so. Agnes, as the saying goes, has made her own bed. Whether she enjoys lying in it is not a concern for the rest of us.

Spells

To Find Agnes's Clue

Pages left
And pages right
Bring Aunt Agnes's past
Into the light.

To Vanquish Timothy McBride

Power of Three spell. Place vanquishing stones around the target before the chant.

The Power of Three,
Once put asunder,
Renews itself,
And sends you down under.

Powers

Artifacts

Notes

  • Ironically, Phoebe dismissively compared Paige to Mata Hari in chapter two of the novel. She would later be possessed by Mata Hari's karma in the Season 6 episode "Used Karma" which aired a year after the novel was written.
  • Agnes Halliwell and Philippa Halliwell are introduced in chapter 2. Chapter 8 sets the battle between Agnes and Timothy in 1904 in San Francisco.
  • On page 160 Agnes says she protected Timothy from "[her] sisters' spells," implying she had more than one sister. This is reaffirmed on page 161 when she says "I was trying to locate a sister, scrying with my mirror…" instead of saying my sister implying once again that she had more than one sister.

Bloopers and Glitches

  • In this book, it was mentioned that Phoebe met the ghost of their ancestor, Melinda Warren when she first found the Book of Shadows in the first episode. In the episode, she only found references to the woman and first met her in "The Witch is Back".
  • The Book of Shadows in the novel is described to be a brown leather volume with the triquetra symbol woven in gold. The Book on the show was green leather with the symbol in orange.
  • Paige has mastered her power of orbing and can orb from one place to another. She didn't learn to do so until in "The Three Faces of Phoebe", after they vanquished the first Source.
  • Penny was the first to be named Halliwell after she married Allen Halliwell, which means there should not have been other Warren witches named Halliwell before Penny's time.
  • Darryl is unmarried in the book. On the show, he was married and had at least one child.
    • Additionally, he is a detective in this book while he was actually inspector.

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