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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405216409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405216401
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kai Meyer is one of the most successful writers in Germany. Having studied film and drama, he worked as a journalist before devoting himself to full-time writing. His two fantasy trilogies for children, both to be published by Egmont, appeared on adult and children's bestseller lists in Germany, with combined hardback sales of over 500,000 copies. His work has been translated into sixteen languages around the world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2006
Format: Hardcover
WARNING: This book is the second in a trilogy.

Okay, so maybe I'm the only one who missed that. When I finally figured it out (the words "Book Two" on the cover were a good clue), I had to run out and buy the first one, THE WATER MIRROR. I read that one as fast as possible, so I could get to this one. The first book was fantastic and ended with a huge cliffhanger. If I hadn't already had this second book in my possession, I probably would have been quite frustrated. My point being, read THE WATER MIRROR first! There is a certain amount of knowledge that is assumed in THE STONE LIGHT. You might be okay without it, but the story certainly makes more sense with it. Also, if you haven't read THE WATER MIRROR yet, but intend to do so, you might want to stop reading this now.

Vermithrax, the flying stone lion, Merle, the orphan girl, and the Flowing Queen, who rather defies description, have escaped from Venice and the Egyptian army. Their troubles are far from behind them, though. If they want to save Venice, they'll have to locate the only possible ally they can think of, Lord Light. After the things the people of Venice did to Lord Light's messenger, though, he might not be so willing to help. Even if he does, what will be the cost? Before they can even really worry about all of that, they'll have to get to him. He makes his home at the bottom of Hell.

Back in Venice there is a small but strong rebellion growing. The kind of rebellion that could make enemies into friends, and even, just maybe, succeed. Provided the leader of the rebellion doesn't turn out to be the biggest enemy of all.

This is a good book, but I really wanted it to be a great book, like I thought the first one was.
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By Bookworm on 18 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
I agree with Teensreadtoo. You do need to have read the first book of the trilogy (The Flowing Queen in the UK) before reading this one. It does seem to be a typical second book of a trilogy and lacks the impact of the first. That said, the fantasy setting of Hell is very evocatively described and the action moves on fairly fast, switching between the exploits of Merle and Vermithrax in Hell and the boy Serafin and his companions who continue their quest to overthrow the Egyptians in Venice.

Boys should not be put off by the fact that the heroine is a girl. There's plenty to appeal to boys in this story - fast pursuits, fantastic creatures, fights with mummies and a twist in the tale.

I hope the third book lives up to the promise of the first one.
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By I. Lewis on 13 April 2010
Format: Paperback
My daughter brought the first book of the Trilogy back home from school when the library van came. She loved it! She got up the second book at lost them all when we went to France. She is now 14 and I have been ordered to purchase them again! When they arrive I shall read them and see how good they for myself. Definitely worth the money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 May 2006
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Fantastic read. I didn't think this would be better than the first but it is. An excellent alternative to the usual Harry Potter reads. Great stuff.
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By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
WARNING: This book is the second in a trilogy.

Okay, so maybe I'm the only one who missed that. When I finally figured it out (the words "Book Two" on the cover were a good clue), I had to run out and buy the first one, The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections). I read that one as fast as possible, so I could get to this one. The first book was fantastic and ended with a huge cliffhanger. If I hadn't already had this second book in my possession, I probably would have been quite frustrated. My point being, read The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections) first! There is a certain amount of knowledge that is assumed in THE STONE LIGHT. You might be okay without it, but the story certainly makes more sense with it. Also, if you haven't read The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections) yet, but intend to do so, you might want to stop reading this now.

Vermithrax, the flying stone lion, Merle, the orphan girl, and the Flowing Queen, who rather defies description, have escaped from Venice and the Egyptian army. Their troubles are far from behind them, though. If they want to save Venice, they'll have to locate the only possible ally they can think of, Lord Light. After the things the people of Venice did to Lord Light's messenger, though, he might not be so willing to help. Even if he does, what will be the cost? Before they can even really worry about all of that, they'll have to get to him. He makes his home at the bottom of Hell.

Back in Venice there is a small but strong rebellion growing. The kind of rebellion that could make enemies into friends, and even, just maybe, succeed. Provided the leader of the rebellion doesn't turn out to be the biggest enemy of all.

This is a good book, but I really wanted it to be a great book, like I thought the first one was. The characters are wonderfully, fully realized, the adventures are adventurous, the story progresses... It's just a very typical second book. There are more new questions than there are answers to the original questions and it feels like everything is just being set up for book three. Perhaps after the next book I can give you a different opinion of the trilogy as a whole. It's kind of like Star Wars, the old ones; everyone has an opinion of the separate movies, which is different from the whole.

Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A descent into hell with an array of unusual creatures 25 Feb 2010
By Michelle Boytim - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book in the Dark Reflections series and is the sequel to The Water Mirror. Merle travels with Vermithrax, the stone lion on a mission to visit Lord Light in Hell while her companion, the thief Serafin, joins a group intent on resisting the Eygptians occupation of Venice. The group is led by a sphinx who can appear as a woman. They plan to assasinate the pharoah and it is unclear if the sphinx can be trusted or if she has her own agenda. On their trip to hell, the group finds all sorts of unusual stone-like creatures, the Lilim who menace them and a man who claims to be Winter, in search of his love, Summer. In hell, Lord Light is surprising to them and brings back Junipa to the story. A horrifying doctor and the mysterious Stone Light also appear in hell. While the worlds and creatures portrayed are very imaginative, the translation seemed a little stilted and I missed the emotional connection that I had with the characters in the first book. The book ends in a cliffhanger on both stories, so I would recommend having the sequel at hand. On the whole, it was a good, but not a great book.
Mediocre Middle Story 29 Aug 2008
By Jeannie Mancini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I dont know how I feel about this second installment of Kai Meyer's Dark Reflections Trilogy. I loved book one and felt that the initiation into the story held promise for a wonderful experience. There was so much enchantment in book one. The romantic and mysterious Venice, with all it's darkness and sensuality, provided a unique setting for a fantasy world. The author started us out with great characters that were developed well so that we began to like them and to look forward to their adventures. The writing was also well crafted in Water Mirror, I thought this second book lacked both advanced writing and the additional character development that was needed. This installment was just plain goofy. I'm not sure if I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, or Dorothy on the Yellowbrick road to Oz. The story picks up right after the first book ends. It takes us on alternating rollercoaster rides of action scenes between Seraphin, Eft, and the Sphinx battling the Egyptians who are trying to invade Venice, and with Merle, the Floating Queen and Vermithrax the flying lion, that have decended into Hell to try and obtain help from Lord Light. Back and forth from one to the other, the reader gets non-stop, often dizzing action and fantasy scenes with no substance to support it. These scenes are not interesting, they get very tedious, and basically the story does not develop much since book one. I felt like this whole book could have been cut into just a few chapters, so we could then get on with the grand finale coming up in book three.

I also found that the whole invention of The Floating Queen's character, made no sense. She adds no value to the story, her character is often sarcastic and does not aid Merle in her quest at all. She is more of a hinderence to Merle and I fail to understand her purpose other than to be annoying. There was also a few quirky translation issues where certain words or phrases were in error due to the translator not chosing the correct terminolgy appropriate for the sentence or content.

I'm disappointed and I didn't enjoy this much at all. It was bizarre to say the least. I do like creativity and the author usually delivers it, but there was almost too much weirdness and too many totally strange creatures that you could hardly visualize. My opinion is that this series should have been a duet, not a trilogy. I will go on to read the finale of book three to see how it ends and because I did enjoy the first book, but this..I don't know. Kinda goofy! I'm very glad that I read the author's later Wave Walker Trilogy first or I might not have tried it if I read Dark Reflections first. I can see that with Wave Walkers, the writer became more polished with his writing and is now much more talented than when he wrote this Dark Reflections.
Its many unanswered questions and cliffhangers 1 Jun 2007
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE STONE LIGHT, the second installment in Kai Meyer's Dark Reflections trilogy, starts off at breakneck speed, as Merle (with the spirit of the Flowing Queen in her mind) dashes off to Egypt on the back of the stone lion Vermithrax. There she witnesses the horror of the "collectors," the huge airships that collect dead bodies and transform them into mummies, "slaves without will or mercy who sowed death and destruction." These foundations of the Pharaoh's huge and menacing army conquered Merle's beloved Venice at the end of THE WATER MIRROR.

Desperate to save the city from the grip of the Pharaoh, Merle's brave little party ventures to Hell to see if the Lord Light who reigns there will live up to his promise to aid the people of Venice. The world they find there is peopled with strange and fantastic creatures, and unexpected splendors run counter to all their preconceptions of the underworld.

Meanwhile, back in Venice, Merle's friend Serafin grows enthralled with a beautiful sphinx, a lion-woman of dazzling beauty who claims not to be in league with the Pharaoh, unlike many of her kind. She aids and abets Serafin in his plan to assassinate the Pharaoh --- but can she be trusted? Junipa, too, is at the center of a power struggle. Her new mirror eyes give her the ability to see, but also provide her with a unique magical ability that has brought her to the attention of the Lord Light, who seeks to control her.

The middle volumes in trilogies are notoriously difficult to craft, but for the most part Meyer has done a successful job of continuing, and expanding, the magical world he created in THE WATER MIRROR. Although this second installment lacks the focus and sense of place he created with the first novel's rich descriptions of an alternate Venice, THE STONE LIGHT is more complex in its plot and themes. Challenging readers with questions of morality, loyalty, trust and betrayal, Meyer continues to enrich the philosophical dimensions of the trilogy.

Readers who have not yet read THE WATER MIRROR are advised to back up and start with that one --- the swift pacing and lack of background in THE STONE LIGHT will lose those who haven't read the first installment. But for those who are already fans of Meyer's work, this second volume, with its many unanswered questions and cliffhangers, will leave them holding their breath for the third.

--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl
Most wonderful book I've read for a while. 23 Sep 2008
By C. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure which number this was but I totally loved the whole series. It is a great story well up until the end but that is to be expected. Seems like all novelists decide to completely ruin the series with the last chapter. I'd recommend you don't read past the defeat of supreme evil dude. Anywho back to the non-ruining description. This is a supremely fictional book to my much regret. Who wouldn't want to live with majestic living stone lions and tyrannical Egyptians with their mummy hoards? The characters in this book lead you on a thrilling race to not only save their lives but the lives of all those they love plus the city in which they grew up.
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