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The Slanted Worlds (Obsidian Mirror) (2013)

by Catherine Fisher

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It took me forever to finish this. I love a lot of Fisher's earlier novels but this series is not working for me AT ALL. The convoluted plot, with multiple timelines (Thank you time travel!), and the constant switching between points of view. The characters intrigue me but I don't know them well enough to care about them or become invested in their endeavours. (And WHY is Wharton still at Wintercombe Abbey? Shouldn't he be going back to work? If this was explained in The Obsidian Mirror, I have forgotten it - clearly an indication that it needed to be re-explained in this book.)

There is a line between "This is a terrible book" and "This book does not appeal to me as a reader", but I don't know where the line IS in this case. I have looked for it and could not find it.

And in the meantime I finished the book.

(I will likely read the next book, because I'm a Fisher completionist and I'll be curious to see if that works any better for me. But I'm not going to go around recommending this series.) ( )
  Herenya | Oct 6, 2014 |
Not as exciting or thrilling as the first volume in the series, but this is still a YA novel well above average. We encounter all the familiar characters from the The Obsidian Mirror: Jake, Oberon Venn and his factotum Piers, George Wharton, Sarah, Maskelyne and Rebecca, Jakes's father David, Janus, Summer, Gideon, and even John Harcourt Symmes makes a repeat appearance; there's also one or two new characters who are integrated neatly into the wider narrative and are bound to reappear in the last volume of the trilogy. The main characters are still trying to control the obsidian mirror, while Sarah tries desperately to help Venn achieve his goal of changing the past to resurrect his dead wife, and then to destroy the mirror so that it can't fall into Janus's hands and thereby save the world in the distant future. There's danger and action and lots of jumping from one time period to another, timey-wimey paradoxes Dr Who fans will have no trouble following, and the Queen of the Shee, Summer, a more terrifying villain than Janus himself. I wonder how it will all play out in the final volume, as I can't foresee a happy ending for them all. ( )
  passion4reading | Nov 1, 2013 |
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When shall we three meet again?
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If the past becomes a land to voyage unto, how carefulle the journeyman must be.
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Jake needs the mirror
To find his father, Sarah
Needs to destroy it.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803739702, Hardcover)

Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron asks: If you had the chance to change the past, would you do it?
 
In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called “the first lady of British fantasy” by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future.
But the Mirror has plans of its own.

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While Jake continues searching for his father and is sent by the obsidian mirror to multiple times in the past, Sarah and Venn battle with Summer for control of a powerful coin.

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