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The Gilded Mirror: Constantinople (Volume 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jocelyn Murray
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Age Level: 12 and up

Constantinople AD 1453...

Fifteen-year-old Anna Moore has stepped back in time through the forces of a mysterious mirror to the fifteenth century during the fall of Constantinople. It is a city under siege, surrounded by an army intent on breaching its walls, taking its treasures, and killing or enslaving its people. Caught in the turmoil of the action, Anna tries to help people flee to safety from the impending doom.

Inspired by true events that marked the end of the Byzantine Empire, The Gilded Mirror: Constantinople, is a bold and haunting tale of the last days of Byzantine Constantinople before the rise of the Ottomans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482362171
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BA2E0DA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific 21 Feb. 2013
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Although this is a book for young adults I downloaded it because I am interested in the history of Constantinople. It is a great read and the descriptions of the siege and the suffering of the inhabitants of the city were gripping. I have recently been to Turkey and was enthralled by the Hagia Sophia and the underground basilica both mentioned in the story. If you like time travel stories do read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another cracker 25 May 2014
By Mike D
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This is the third book in the series and it was one of my favourites, simply because this era of history particularly appeals to me. What made it extra special were the fantastic descriptions of Hagia Sophia and the vivid ambience of Constantinople making me feel like I was truly there and absorbing the drama of that time in history. The plot was top class also, with great characters that you truly root for and at the end of the book there were some stunning photos of the locations to close the book in a fitting manner.

I really enjoy this genre: where you learn something from reading while also experiencing escapism and a darn good read for a lazy afternoon. When it comes to historical fiction, Jocelyn Murray is one of the best around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As is usual, I received this book through some mechanism by which I didn't actually have to pay for it. The author approached me for a review and true to that desire I give my honest opinions below.

The plot of this little novel is fairly standard escapist juvenile literature. A young girl finds a mirror and uses it to travel to another time and place and thereupon has adventures of an educational variety as she witnesses an the fall of Constantinople.

Since this is youth literature, I judge it by two basic criteria. The first centers around what age group of children would actually wish to read it and find it engaging. The second amounts to whether I would want my own children to be exposed to the content.

On the first criterion, like the other books in this series, it was a bit of a tough sell. My 8 and 14-year-old have been somewhat dubious. The elder seems to reject it on the basis that it is rather a standard formula that many previous books have followed. The younger takes far too many cues from the elder and has never heard of Constantinople so it's hard for it to get its hooks into her properly. These books have the curious property that they're written for teens but because of the subject matter tend to appeal more directly to adults who have some sense of the history involved.

As to the second stated criterion, the content is exactly the sort of thing you'd want out of children's literature. It's extraordinarily educational and devoid of sex, drugs and so much of what corrupts teen novels these days. It does have a fair amount of violence but again, we're talking about a war, so it cannot be completely sanitized.

In summary, Murray takes us on yet another educational romp through history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A labyrinth of a read 6 July 2013
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Found this a bit confusing, although the plot was interesting. Some very descriptive writing - too vivid for me! It was a bit gory for my taste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Example of Living History 23 Feb. 2013
By Amber Fox - Published on
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History comes alive in this novel, in which 15-year-old Anna once again steps through the mirror and goes back in time. This time she is transported to the last days of Constantinople in 1453. She becomes a part of the group saving the precious gifts of the Hagia Sophia. The description of the characters,their agony and their final days are painted vividly. This novel is a character-driven, historically based story with the actions and atrocities of war and the pain it causes. People are important to Anna, more than possessions, and her love for the people tug at the heartstrings throughout the story. At the end of the book, the author has included several beautiful pictures of the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest in historical fiction.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Captivating 13 April 2013
By Simone - Published on
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This is an outstanding story that is very well written. The author successfully combines historical facts
with fiction. It is a captivating novel. Once started it is hard to put down. I have visited the Hagia Sophia
and the depiction of it brings memories back. GREAT JOB Mrs. Murray. I can t wait for the next book you hopefully
Will reward us with. Thank you and don t stop.
Simone LeHaf
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Read 2 July 2013
By Travis Winston - Published on
The fall of Constantinople is one of the most momentous times in history that marked the end of the Byzantine and Eastern Roman Empire. This novel brings the last days of the siege to life. It captures the tension and horror of the war, while reenacting the frightening last days before the city's fall. Anyone interested in historical fiction will find the story, its characters, and setting to be an intense and exciting read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 3 BOOK SERIES! 16 July 2013
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This is great reading for young adults. These series of novels combine time travel, real historical facts and fiction into 3 great stories :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense 4 July 2013
By Joseph Gazal - Published on
This is the third book in the series that my 14 year-old daughter read from her classroom library (she's in 8th grade). It brings the events of the fall of Constantinople to life. The descriptions of the city, the Hagia Sophia, and the underground Basilica Cistern are stunning, and the events are riveting. It must have been a very frightening time, and this story made it very real. My daughter loves historical fiction now which I am glad because she can actually learn something while reading for enjoyment.
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