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The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

The Obsidian Mirror (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Catherine Fisher

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Title:The Obsidian Mirror
Authors:Catherine Fisher
Info:Hodder Children's Books (2012), Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:children's/young adult, fantasy, time travel, read 2012

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Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher (2012)



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I tried, but just couldn't get into this one. I couldn't connect with the characters or become invested in the plot. ( )
  C.Ibarra | Mar 13, 2018 |
There was so much going on in this novel, but the surface was hardly scratched on most of it. Although I had hoped to be grabbed and made a devotee for the series, I was not. The characters didn't feel genuine or relate able either. Definitely just an okay novel in my book. ( )
  Jackie_Sassa | Nov 20, 2015 |
N.B. I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program.

I will be posting a full review in the next few days. ( )
  nivek1385 | Feb 26, 2015 |
Hmm. Not sure that I really enjoyed this one. I had a hard time figuring out what was going on and it didn't hold my interest very well. I will probably still get it for those who are Catherine Fisher fans. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley to review.

I'd heard lots of awesome things about Catherine Fisher, so I requested this book, all excited and full of great expectations. But to be honest, I was a bit disappointed.

Firstly, until about half way through, nothing really interesting happened. We were just introduced to the characters and some of the circumstances. Nothing special, nothing to grab my attention. Perhaps that's why it took me an entire week to finish this novel. It just didn't do it for me.

Secondly, the mysteries around which everything was revolving, weren't something absolutely out of the blue. No one really behaved outside of their character, which bored me. I mean, I would've wanted to see someone growing out of themselves by the end of the story, but no.

Venn was still the same guy, who cared about no one else and nothing else but getting his wife back.

Jake was the same rash boy who only cared about his father.

Sarah was perhaps the only mysterious character, who we didn't know anything about until the very last page.

And Gideon is my favorite of the lot. I hope they manage to find a way to help him out.

In conclusion, I want to say that the writing style was good, but the story isn't all that original. Also, the characters didn't really make an impression on me, so I can't say I'm thrilled by The Obsidian Mirror. ( )
  VanyaDrum | Jan 26, 2014 |
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This is the sort of book that I devour, rather than read, and I am sure it will be for you too. With lashings of mystery, time travel and spooky horror, it's sure to appeal to anybody, child or adult, who likes fantasy and science fiction.
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I have discovered something totally impossible.
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An obsidian
Mirror that acts as a time
Portal - danger lurks.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0340970081, Paperback)

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. 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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When his father disappears while experimenting with a black mirror that is a portal to both the past and the future, Jake encounters obstacles when he tries to use the mirror to find his father.

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