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Mel can’t wait to enjoy the wonders of the grand city and begin his important work for Blenk. Instead, his dreams are quickly crushed by the reality of days filled with unimportant tasks and bullying by the other apprentices whose wealthy families have purchased their positions. Still, the promise of working under the great Blenk and studying his legendary paintings makes the misery bearable.
But when Mel and his new friends, Ludo and Wren, inadvertently stumble into a battle between the Fifth Mystery and the Rainbow Rebellion, an underground band fighting to make Pleasures affordable for all, the trio must step through Blenk’s paintings into the Mirrorscape. In this alternative world, the friends encounter monsters, mazes, talking houses, angels, and more.
Hugely original and deeply compelling, Mirrorscape is a thrilling adventure filled with the beautiful and the bizarre, the fantastical and the frightening, and entry into an incredibly visual, secret world, where the ultimate weapons are pigment, a paintbrush, and the power of imagination.
Posted May 14, 2011
A solid 3.87. :)
Mel and his friends live in a world where anything a person can experience through the five senses is governed by a mystery for each sense. The mysteries are kind of like guilds, and are very stingy when it comes to pleasures. Want to use color to paint something? It will cost you. Want to make a candied roll instead of bread? Most of the bakers can't afford to pay for the pleasure. The pleasures have set themselves up like kingdoms complete with their own sheriffs and bailiffs to make sure no one is using a pleasure without paying for it. But of all the mysteries, the fifth mystery (dealing with anything visual) is the greatest of the all. I really, really liked the world building and the rules governing the magic of the mirrorscape.
Mel discovers that certain paintings contain a mirrormark that allows a person to travel inside a painting. All paintings with mirrormarks connect to each other. This is a concept I've been playing around with in my own writing, so it was really interesting to see how Mike Wilks handled this. Something I really enjoyed was how the paintings took on a life of their own after the mirrormark had been applied. There were literally worlds within worlds.
The only thing that kept this from being a near five for me was how distant the POV was. I found myself wanting the POV to be much deeper as I read. I think this would have helped me connect with the characters a little better. I know that part of that comes down to personal taste. I just felt like there was a wall between me and the characters for most of the time. A deeper POV would have fixed this. It also had a distinctly British feel to me for some reason.
With all of the fantastical monsters, I think this would definitely appeal to boys, but I think girls could enjoy MIRRORSCAPE as well.
I was given a copy to review by the publisher.
Posted June 6, 2010
Posted May 18, 2010
Imagine being able to enter the world inside a painting. Curious creatures, strange landscapes, and interesting characters could lead you into realms beyond imagination.
Melkin Womper has found a way to experience worlds that only special artists can create. As this thirteen-year-old struggles to adapt to life as an apprentice to master artist Ambrosius Blenk, he sets off on an adventure that could change his life.
Along with his friends, Wren and Ludo, Mel must decide where his loyalties lie and whether he should aid in a rebellion that could turn his world upside down. The three must also fight against the brutality of Groot, the head apprentice, and his uncle, Adolphus Spute, the High Bailiff of Vlam.
Published previously in the United Kingdom, this first book in a series has finally made it to U.S. audiences. You'll look forward to the U.S. publication of the following books in the series, as Wilks' fantasy world will captivate readers of all ages.
Posted June 1, 2009
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"Mirrorscape," by Mike Wilks is the first installment in what is going to be the "Mirrorscape" trilogy when finished. With illustrious words, the author expertly describes every detail, creating a perfect image in the reader's mind although there are no illustrations throughout the book. Full of many heart-thumping moments, humorous scenes, and lovable characters, this book will surely captivate any reader's heart and mind!
I bought the UK edition of this book off of Amazon UK, which is why I already have read it. I am extremely excited and happy that there is finally going to be a US edition!
Posted December 22, 2009
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Posted October 3, 2010
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