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Very enjoyable first instalment.,
This review is from: The Obsidian Mirror: Book 1 (Shakespeare Quartet) (Paperback)
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I get quite fed up with the current trend for turning every story into a series of books, as it often feels like one story stretched across several books simply for the purpose of squeezing extra money out of readers. I thought The Obsidian Mirror was going to be the same kind of thing, so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the book so much that I was pleased there are more to come.
The story begins with Jake, a boy tormented by his father's disappearance and determined to force his godfather Oberon Venn to tell the truth about his part in it. Jake wangles his expulsion from school, and is sent back to Venn along with his reluctant teacher Wharton. Once there, Jake discovers that Venn and his father had been experimenting with the obsidian mirror, a mysterious object which allows time travel but is full of its own dangerous power. There are several characters seeking control of the mirror, each with their own motives and back-story, and I liked how bits of that back-story were dropped into the story, always keeping the reader wanting to know more.
The characters are all very well drawn, with shades of dark and light, and I could easily imagine a whole book for each of them to explain where they came from and what made them the way they are. There is plenty of action, twists and turns and intrigue. It made the whole book the kind of read that you just don't want to end, so I was very satisfied that the ending left lots of promise for an exciting and enjoyable second instalment. Highly recommended, a very good read.