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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444912631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444912630
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Certain to elevate Fisher's status in the world of British fantasy. (The Daily Telegraph)

A wonderful follow-up to The Obsidian Mirror. (Bookbag)

A captivating web of fantasy... fantastic. (Daily Record)

The thrilling sequel to the widely-acclaimed The Obsidian Mirror... packed with mystery, magic and sinister intrigue. (The Schools Advertiser)

Fisher's prose is keen, sharp and bright as berries... thrilling. (Literary Review)

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The thrilling sequel to the widely-acclaimed THE OBSIDIAN MIRROR from the bestselling author of INCARCERON - soon to be a major film from the producer of THE GOLDEN COMPASS and MOLLY MOON.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheenagh Pugh VINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Chronoptika series which began with The Obsidian Mirror. To recap briefly, the mirror is a time portal currently in the house of Oberon Venn, who wants to use it to bring back his dead wife Leah. His best friend David has already got lost in time trying to use the mirror, and his son Jake wants to bring him back. Maskelyne, the mirror's original owner, wants it back for purposes unknown, while Sarah, a girl from the future, knows what carnage the mirror will cause there and wants to destroy it. Outside the house, in the woods, is the timeless land of the Shee, whose queen Lady Summer wants Venn. Gideon, stolen by the Shee as a baby long ago, wants to be human again but does not know if this will kill him.

Complicated... but it gets more so. There is a lot of travel between worlds and times in this second book, as people search for each other and for a talisman that may be able to destroy the mirror. It gets quite hard to keep track of who is where and who has what at any one time, and that is quite deliberate; we are meant to feel these characters' confusion, and their mutual mistrust as their alliances keep shifting. Rebecca, once very much Maskelyne's ally, begins here to detach from him and form new loyalties. Venn, who isn't completely human, is drawn toward the faery world that can give him immortality. In this extract, he is feeling the pull of his non-human side:

"He heard the flowers open on the hawthorn bushes, the bees wake, the small furled buds of oak and ash and rowan rustle and uncurl. He felt the wind change and the breeze shiver, hedgehogs crisp through banks of leaves, tadpoles in the lake open their eyes and grow tails and swim in the deep water."

A theme that is beginning to emerge is the search for power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amolib on 12 Oct. 2013
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And lots of them there are. This series is a huge multi-layered saga of vulnerable characters each with their own motive and slowly unfolding secrets. Storylines are snaking throughout the series.
This is a Lord of the Rings sized saga. Or H. Potter size. The villains are very scary indeed - Creepy Janus. The totally Amoral Faery Queen Summer. This second volume develops further some of the questions raised in The Obsidian Mirror. One is left wanting more just to find out.

The only problem is as - others have said - there are so many characters of interest - that it takes some concentration. You really need to read the volumes in sequence. Roll on the next installment!
Oh and I have heard it said that a Shakespearean Play and a season is referred to in each Volume. Hamlet and Winter are the background of the Obsidian Mirror. Spring and which play are the basis of this? The foreword phrase "When shall we three meet again" may be a clue.
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By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
Having loved The Obsidian Mirror (a keeper!) I couldn’t wait to get started on The Box of Red Brocade …

We’re straight into the action with Jake experiencing the blitz first-hand. This was an amazing scene, so real I felt like a part of it! This is our first introduction to John Harcourt Symme’s daughter, Alice. Jake is mistaken for being part of a spy network and is arrested …

Maskelyne is manipulating magic so that he will be recalled to Wintercombe Abbey.

George, Jake’s tutor, manages to find Sarah and despite trying to flee, she agrees to go back to Wintercombe Abbey and so our characters from the first book are back together.

With Alice’s diary entries revealed at relevant points, Janus from the future and time travel, there was plenty to hold my imagination. Also, we experience life in the Summerland with Sarah on a quest to find a half coin and Gideon (part Shee, part human) has a key part to play too.

Once again I have been totally swept up in this mythical and magical world. This time I have questions about Janus (is he the bad guy that everyone thinks he is?) and although there is a reveal related to the obsidian mirror, we still don’t have any more information about why. We also see a greed with Venn and I’m wondering if the pull will be too strong …

I am still highly recommending this series, you will need to start at the first book though!

In my interview (November 2013) with the author, we found out that the Chronoptika series is hopefully going to be a four book set (one for each season). Fisher was writing the midsummer book, to be finished by Samhain. I’m really eager to find out what’s next!

I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2014
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I simply adore this series! This time travelling, fantastical epic adventure has me firmly on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait until the next book comes out. Catherine Fisher has created a fictional masterpiece, which keeps you absorbed from beginning to end.

From the very first paragraph you are thrown right into the action as a bomb drops on London during WW2; one of many detailed and descriptive time settings in the book. With a tightly written plot, the book curves back and forth through time as the characters try to unravel the secrets of the Obsidian Mirror.

I can’t say I love one character more than another as they all stand out uniquely from each other. Jake is strong willed and determined; he will stop at nothing until he finds his father, yet even he isn’t prepared for what he finds. Janus scares me; I am sure he has stepped straight out of the Terminator films.

This book has a little bit of everything, making it the perfect piece of fiction for anyone with eclectic tastes. It has elements of Doctor Who mixed in with Goodnight Sweetheart, hinted with subtle flavours of The DaVinci Code.

I loved it! And I really hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next part!
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