Obsidian Mirror

Obsidian Mirror Jake s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive reclusive Oberon Venn Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him But the truth he finds at the snow bound Wintercombe

Jake s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him But the truth he finds at the snow bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers StrangJake s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him But the truth he finds at the snow bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn s estate Sarah a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century There are others, a product of the mirror s power to twist time And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans But of them all, Jake is hell bent on using the mirror to get to the truth Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

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  1. Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups of all ages She leads sessions for teachers and librarians and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator She lives in Newport, Gwent.Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work Her poetry has appeared in leading periodicals and anthologies and her volume Immrama won the WAC Young Writers Prize She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990.Her first novel, The Conjuror s Game, was shortlisted for the Smarties Books prize and The Snow Walker s Son for the W.H.Smith Award Equally acclaimed is her quartet The Book of the Crow, a classic of fantasy fiction.The Oracle, the first volume in the Oracle trilogy, blends Egyptian and Greek elements of magic and adventure and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children s Books prize The trilogy was an international bestseller and has appeared in over twenty languages The Candleman won the Welsh Books Council s Tir Na n Og Prize and Catherine was also shortlisted for the remarkable Corbenic, a modern re inventing of the Grail legend.Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America s Children s Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children s Book of the Year The sequel, Sapphique, was published in September 2008.

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  1. I knew very little about Catherine Fisher before reading The Obsidian Mirror, only that she wrote Incarceron, which I have yet to read, so it s safe to say I went into this with no expectations whatsoever, just the usual excitement over a pretty cover In a nutshell, The Obsidian Mirror is a Middle Grade adventure that combines Science Fiction elements time travel, to be exact , with fairy lore Had I realized this in time, I doubt I would have requested it since I normally avoid MG like the plagu [...]

  2. I have heard of Catherine Fisher before, and I was interested in reading her work, but this is the first book I ve read of hers And boy, did I love it Now I have to get my hands on the rest of her books I received this book from the Early Reviewers program on Librarything in exchange for an honest review.The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher is an amalgam of different genres, but she does it seamlessly we have some paranormal elements with fantasy and faeries as well as some science fiction th [...]

  3. Raising the bar high for epic young adult fantasy, where your imagination will be taken on the most exciting journey with dreams becoming reality The stunning, magical cover of this book that glistens under the starlight really captures your imagination before you even pluck this book from the shelf I adore the fantasy genre and I know that Catherine Fisher s work will be a big hit, as there are so many avid readers of the young adult genre What I love about this genre is that it is so diverse a [...]

  4. This is an ARC review Any excerpts and quotes included are from an unfinished copy and may change before the final print In 2010, before I started blogging, I came across Catherine Fisher s book Incarceron in my local library I remember reading the cover jacket blurb and being completely intrigued I checked it out, took it home and totally lost myself within its pages That book had UNBELIEVABLE world building and incredible surprises inside of it I remember my then eight year old son asking me w [...]

  5. If I had to describe The Obsidian Mirror in one word it would be rebel No, this book is not about some revolution but it simply rebels and defiest to be labeled I really had problems tagging it Should it be young adult or middle grade Where would you put Harry Potter by J.K Rowling or The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Well, put this book right there with them.If you try stuffing The Obsidian Mirror into one genre only, you would run into similar problems Is it contemporary Yes, since most of [...]

  6. I had read Fisher s Incarceron series and enjoyed it, so I was eager to read this latest book by her Thanks to Dial and Librarything for the chance to review this book There were some interesting ideas in here and the book starts out as intriguing As the story continued though there were too many POVs and the story became fractured and a bit confusing.Jake is convinced that his strange Godfather Oberon Venn has something to do with Jake s father s disappearance When Jake journeys to Wintercombe [...]

  7. Fisher writes stories you can sink your teeth into On the one hand they offer well paced, surprisingly original entertainment, and on the other they raise profound questions for individuals and societies Unlike any other author I know, Fisher successfully combines time travel, historical fiction and fairy lore, and from this cultured mix draws philosophical reflections on life and happiness That s my ideal for a storyteller.All of the characters are interesting but we identify most with Jake, th [...]

  8. View this review and at Whitley ReadsFisher s writing creates a sense of atmosphere that gives new life to old concepts The plot isn t anything we haven t seen before someone mucks with time to get their dead loved ones back, it goes awry , but the book isn t plot driven It s atmosphere driven I have to admit, I can t remember the last time I could apply that description to a novel It manages to mix the feel of a fantasy, a light sci fi, and a dystopian all in one, then sets it in a gothic abbe [...]

  9. Jake has an obsession to get to the man whom he believes murdered his father, the man who is now his guardian, Oberon Venn He gets himself thrown out of his boarding school in Switzerland and is accompanied to Wintercombe Abbey by his former teacher, Mr Wharton There, we meet Rebecca from the village, Oberon himself, Piers the mysterious manservant butler assistant cook etc and Sarah, who claims to be Piers niece an escaped mental patient seeking refuge We also eventually meet Gideon who lives i [...]

  10. There should have been for this than there will be, but it was lost to my falling into Someone Else s Fairytale At this point, what I ve got is the memory of feeling boredom and frustration just a few pages in, when hit by a wave of Don t Want This This being the typical Catherine Fisher set up of multiple POV characters, with all of them ranging from unlikeable to deeply unlikeable to untrustworthy Here it was gold medal level this , and the POV characters kept on coming and coming and we kept [...]

  11. I ll have to say about later volumes this series is getting better and better Catherine Fisher is quite unique in the way she riffs on classic literature Though her books are considered YA, the you know about literature, the you will get out of them In The Obsidian Mirror , there are echoes of both A Midsummer Night s Dream and Hamlet , as well as celtic myths of the Sidhe and the summer land In addition to all this, there is a mirror that can send people through time Young Jake s father has [...]

  12. Always love Catherine Fisher s eerie, spooky, Celtic mythology with a twist novels Love the introductions to the protagonists a girl who appears to have broken out of a high security asylum, where she was considered dangerously violent, and a boy who commits increasingly dramatic crimes until he is expelled from his elite boarding school They both have secrets, and are heading to the same crumbling manor in the English countryside entertaining read.

  13. For the record, I m big fan of Catherine Fisher s Incarceron I really enjoyed that book, and I had high hopes that this new series opener would live up to, and or possibly be even better than, Incarceron.Unfortunately it didn t, and it wasn t If I had to describe Obsidian Mirror in one word, it would be fractured Hah, get it mirror, fractured broken glass ugh, bad mirror joke In all seriousness, though, there was just too much going on On the surface, the blend of real world, faery, the sci fi o [...]

  14. Obsidian Mirror kept me interested, but at times a bit overwhelmed.The premise of the story grabs you right away Jake purposely gets thrown out of his fancy boarding school because he wants to go live with his godfather, Oberon Venn Venn was once famous, but now is a recluse at a remote estate Jake s father was Venn s best friend and colleague His father died, and Jake is convinced Venn killed him.Wharton, one of Jake s teachers, will accompany him to Venn s estate When they arrive, Venn knows n [...]

  15. This novel, the first in a series focused on the Chronoptika device built around a magical obsidian mirror, features an amazing array of elements There is magic in the mirror, in the glamorous and dangerous Shee who live in the grounds of the Abbey there are also sci fi elements in the time travel and the hints of a disaster stricken future Finally, there is mystery and adventure in spades As a fan of folklore, speculative fiction and magic realism, I was sure this was a book I d enjoy and I was [...]

  16. I love the idea of time travel as the possibilities really are endless, but sometimes in fiction it just doesn t work out I am so pleased to say that Catherine Fisher has mastered the art of writing about time travel superbly, I was simply glued to this excitedly brilliant storyline The characters are fabulously quirky, extremely interesting and never dull There is so much to this complex book, but the thing that I found most intriguing was the introduction of Lady Summer, Lord Winter and The Sh [...]

  17. So, this book is a mess.But not particularly in a bad way.I was seriously doubting my choice of book when the main character in the first pages stabbed another kid in a very cold and calculating manner, seemingly for no reason at all He couldn t care less of what he had done, and I was wondering what kind of psychopath this book was going to be about But it kinda grew onto me.Partially, it felt a bit random There are many changes between charachters, and all of them has different goals and agend [...]

  18. I was once reading the page about pixies and found out that apparently they are abundant in Cornwall and Devon in England So it was interesting to read a book that was set in a mysterious Abbey in Devon, surrounded by the wood that houses fairies, kind of like a relative to pixies I guess I found the description of the fairy world absolutely fascinating beautiful and magical and chilling to the right degree I read other stories that took the fairy plot in a sensual direction to show their coldn [...]

  19. What is so magical and fantastic about England and great big old houses The Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe Harry Potter Lord of the Rings The magic that is common in each of these stories draws me like a moth to a flame From enormous castles and decrepit abbeys I find myself wandering corridors, looking at talking paintings and gazing into dark enchanted mirrors Obsidian Mirror is an astonishing adventure filled with this same magic.The story focuses on an enchanted mirror that is the obsession o [...]

  20. Note I won this ARC through First Reads Wow After finishing The Obsidian Mirror last night, that is the only word my lips dare utter Wow My brain is still reeling from this fantastical work of fiction that left me breathless and wanting I had never heard of Catherine Fisher prior to reading this book, but let me tell youter finishing this novel, I will now become familiar with her work I have always enjoyed fantasy novels, but often I find that they generally overuse the same idea and their pl [...]

  21. This is my first book by Catherine Fisher that I have read from beginning to end I have a copy of Incarceron sitting at home that I haven t really touched after reading the first few pages One thing I noticed in both books is that Fisher doesn t ease you into the story, but rather forces you to pay close attention at the beginning and hooks you several pages later without the reader realizing Or perhaps it was just me, but those are the observations I ve made about the writing style Now to Obsid [...]

  22. The Obsidian Mirror has the ability to let one travel backward in time In order to properly go through the mirror and not take years to make it through one must wear a silver bracelet with an amber stone at it s center This is set in a place called Wintercombe Abbey, in the Town of Wintercombe It is never revealed where this truly is or if it is a real place It is a very large old house most likely hundreds of years old The time in which most of our story takes place is uncertain.The protagonist [...]

  23. Jake deliberately gets kicked out of his elite boarding school with a vow to confront his father s killer When he meets this supposed murderer, Venn, he learns his father has actually disappeared and is not dead Venn s estate is surrounded by faeries and Venn has a black mirror that can make people travel through time Complicating the story, there s a ghostly man with a wolf threatening people and there s also a man with a scar trying to get to the mirror Just who is good and who is evil is some [...]

  24. Wow Beautifully written, highly imaginative, with sharply drawn characters and a twisty plot this book is hands down my favorite YA read of the year so far I don t think I ve ever felt jealous of an author before, but damn, I feel jealous now if I ever wrote YA, this is exactly the sort of novel I d want to write Not in terms of details of story, but of brilliance of execution I love the way Fisher creates and maintains a sense of mystery, not just with the events of the story, but with the char [...]

  25. Obsidian mirror is an really interesting read and one of those books I want to reread again soon as I think I ll get as much, if not , from a second reading The book itself is written in such an unusual way It switches between protagonist and between past and present alongside extracts from documents from the world in which it is set and as a reader I felt very much like I was piecing together a jigsaw puzzle as I went along working out little by little how everything fit together The story is s [...]

  26. The Obsidian Mirror drew me in, entangled me within its web, and left me wanting , much which is good, as it s part of a series The storytelling is imaginative and pacy There is some truly beautiful imagery, in particular the atmosphere conjured by the whirling snow and the old Abbey, and the stars described as a dusting of diamonds There are quite a few phrases in this that I wish I d crafted myself The Shee are chillingly wonderful, and I love the way some of the characters are able to slip b [...]

  27. I really enjoyed Catherine Fisher s Incarceron and Sapphique though I did find the conclusion a bit of an anti climax This book, the first part of a new series, is even better a mixture of magic and science fiction just my cup of tea A boy seeks out his guardian who he thinks killed his father The guardian is a famous explorer, now a recluse living in an old dark house in the woods There are lots of mythic references here the guardian is even called Oberon There s a fairy queen and a stolen huma [...]

  28. 2.5 starsAs a longtime fan of Catherine Fisher ever since I first read The Oracle Betrayed seven years ago, I ve been hooked , I m quite disappointed in this book Far too many elements crammed into one novel messy storytelling, as intriguing as those individual elements Shee, time travel, lost parents, djinn, etc may be Also not impressed with the cast of characters None of them are very sympathetic or well developed beyond flat archetypes brooding male protagonist, mysterious girl, steady teach [...]

  29. The obsidian mirror can send people into the past, but it can t bring them back A girl from the future wants to destroy it, an explorer wants to use it to change the past, and a grieving boy wants to find his vanished father Catherine Fisher delivers another fantastic and absorbing novel She deftly handles the various fascinating plot threads and creates a complex and complete novel You don t always like the characters but you always want to know what will happen to them The plot twists are unpr [...]

  30. I read Catherine Fisher s books primarily for the outstanding atmosphere and settings This book feels very cold, feels like winter The story is something like Faerieland meets Victorian natural philosophy Overall, very engaging, though by the end I wished I hadn t read it until the trilogy was complete and yes, I did know it was the first of a series when I went into it There are twists in the plot, characters who aren t who you think they are, and sometimes it s not clear who the villains are B [...]

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