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The Obsidian Mirror: Book 1 (Shakespeare Quartet) Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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Catherine Fisher, author of the brilliant Incarceron and Sapphique books, embarks on an ambitious new series...a riveting read where nothing is quite what it seems (welovethisbook.com)
A genre buster...a great set-up for what promises to be a fantastic fantasy series (The Bookbag)
A riveting read that will leave you impatient for the next instalment (Peters Gazette)
A tale that effortlessly combines a number of narratives, voices, and modes of storytelling...moves at breakneck pace and constantly springs surprises (Books for Keeps)
[A] time travelling, historical, supernatural thriller, with replicants, fairies, crazed scientists, changelings, wolves, genies and Dickensian waifs...Don't ask, just enjoy. (Financial Times)
Time travel and the faery world collide in the first book in a stunning new sequence from the best-selling author (Western Mail (Cardiff))
Dark and scary with a fast moving narrative and imaginative characters...an intricate plot...a real page turner for teenagers (Carousel)
Clever, complex and sophisticated...Fisher not only interweaves strands of dystopian Science fiction with fairy tale, but expertly crafts a story of loss with the bittersweet and tantalising prospect of time travel fixing everything...The book is a tangled web and Fisher jumps from scene to scene with cliff hanger moments urging the reader to unlock her puzzle...With a movie of her acclaimed novel Incarceron soon to be released, Fisher is definitely an author to watch (School Librarian)
Fisher's universe is wholly envisaged...bleak, brittle and brilliant (Literary Review)
A new novel by catherine Fisher, poet and prize-winning novelist, is always a treat...The Obsidian
Mirror is both thriller and Science fiction and -- being written in Fisher's acid prose -- is equally satisfying to fans of both genres
Time travel and the faery world collide in the first book in a stunning new sequence from the bestselling author of INCARCERON - for which film rights have been sold to the producer of THE GOLDEN COMPASS.See all Product description
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The blurb is a good representation of the story.
Beginning with a scene of an angry student at Compton College in Switzerland, we follow Jake and his Humanities teacher, Wharton as they travel to Wintercombe Abbey in the search for his father.
Next we're introduced to Sarah. I had so many questions about her and the replicants. What is it? Who is it? Why is Sarah important? What impact will she have? Is she from the past? From the future? How does she know Wintercombe Abbey which has been in Venn's family for generations?
The scenes in London felt so real! I was with Jake as he climbed that rope and locked in the musty cellar.
The author captures the `Shee' (Sidhe) perfectly. Everything I've ever read about the mythology came to life on these pages.
With a great cast of characters (most of whom are not what they seem) and fast-paced action at every turn, The Obsidian Mirror is a story that will totally engage your imagination. There is not one place where I could put it down because I just HAD to keep reading.
The threads started to come together and I got some answers. I can't wait to see what happens in The Box of Red Brocade ...
Whether you're a YA reader or an adult! if you love fantasy, folklore/mythology, dystopian/sci-fi then I highly recommend you read this.
The Obsidian Mirror is awesome. Did I say I loved this?!?!?!
I bought The Obisidian Mirror a long time ago, and so glad I found it recently while browsing on my Kindle!
The storytelling is imaginative and pacy. There is some truly beautiful imagery, in particular the atmosphere conjured by the whirling snow and the old Abbey, and the stars described as "a dusting of diamonds". There are quite a few phrases in this that I wish I'd crafted myself!
The Shee are chillingly wonderful, and I love the way some of the characters are able to slip between world-seasons, and how the author has described the edges of those worlds as they meet (another "oh, I wish I'd written that!" moment!) Her style fits my reading (and writing) preferences beautifully.
All of the characters are memorable in their own way, but Piers is the one who intrigues me the most!
A solid-as-a-rock 4 stars (very nearly a 5), and there's no question: I shall be buying the sequel.
The Obsidian Mirror very quickly drew me in. It moves at quite a pace, which fits the story very well. Events are happening in a short space of time (even as they happen in different times), and I really liked that the pacing of the story reflected this. I felt, as the reader, I was learning about the characters in parallel to them learning about each other. Their questions were my questions, and each answer propelled me along with them.
Many other reviewers have included a synopsis, so I won't repeat that information here. Suffice to say I found the setting, so evocatively described, to be enchanting and intriguing. The story felt original, whilst drawing upon familiar ideas. The characters were engaging. The end was satisfying. And I can't wait to start on the second book!
This book did not disappoint.
She is now looking forward to the 2nd one in this series.