Obsidian Mirror (Obsidian Mirror Series #1)

Obsidian Mirror (Obsidian Mirror Series #1)

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by Catherine Fisher
     
 

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The obsidian mirror. Its power is great and terrible. Men have been lost in it, the dead brought back to life through it, and the future annihilated by it. Or this is what will happen unless the mirror is destroyed. Three people seek the mirror: the first has been sent from the future to shatter its power; the second will protect the mirror at all costs,

Overview

The obsidian mirror. Its power is great and terrible. Men have been lost in it, the dead brought back to life through it, and the future annihilated by it. Or this is what will happen unless the mirror is destroyed. Three people seek the mirror: the first has been sent from the future to shatter its power; the second will protect the mirror at all costs, obsessed with its power; and the third needs the mirror to find a murdered father and save his life. But only one can succeed.

The mirror can send you to the past, but it will not bring you back.

With superb world-building that includes the real world, the faery world, and a dystopic future, this hauntingly astonishing adventure is the start of a new trilogy from the master of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Catherine Fisher. Fans of Orson Scott Card, Dr. Who, Shakespeare, and Blade Runner won't be disappointed.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sophie Gee
Obsidian Mirror is an engrossing, enthralling fiction…Starting with Narcissus' obsession with his own watery image, the search for and delight in one's reflection is fundamental to every account of psychological narcissism, whether healthy or pathological. Fisher's adolescent readers, consumed by their own daily struggles as superpowered beings whom nobody understands, will find their compelling likenesses in Fisher's magical mirror.
Publishers Weekly
In this dramatic beginning to a new trilogy, the talented Fisher (Incarceron) again creates a plot that veers between science fiction and fantasy. The mirror of the title, a dangerous gateway to other time periods, is being pursued by not one but three equally unpleasant and obsessive mad scientists. One of them, Oberon Venn, is the master of spooky Winter-combe Abbey, as well as a famed mountaineer and archaeologist. Jake Wilde, Venn’s teenage godson and his equal in arrogance, has been expelled from boarding school and shipped off to Winter-combe, where the boy plans to accuse Venn of having murdered Jake’s father. Meanwhile, a trio of young women—one from the Victorian past, one from the present, and one from a dystopian future—have their own plots going, as do Jake’s bluff English professor, a pair of enslaved changelings, a “Replicant” from the future, and Summer, queen of the Shee (fairies), who, conveniently enough, lives in the woods surrounding Wintercombe. Somewhat over the top emotionally, and perhaps a tad overly complex, Fisher’s tale should nonetheless appeal to a wide audience. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
Incarceron
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Horn Book, SLJ, Kirkus, PW, Amazon.com, CCBC, YALSA; recipient of five starred reviews; New York Times bestseller
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Praise for Obsidian Mirror:

• “A spell-binding maze of mystery-filled pages full of unexpected twists and turns that will draw readers in … combines time travel, the fey or faeries, and a future in ruins with potent success… Fans of Kady Cross, Cassandre Clare, and Doctor Who will be enthralled with this must-read title.” -VOYA, starred review

"Fisher effectively alternates brooding mystery with thrilling action. This blend of science fiction and fantasy is certified fresh." -Booklist

  "Punctuated with narrow-escape scenes and, in its time-travel plot, hints at thinking about how acts of the present impinge on the future." -Horn Book

"Readers will be dazzled, captivated, and desperate for the next  installment." -Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing, enthralling fiction." -New York Times

"Intense and worthy of the fantasy, mystery, science fiction genre." -Library Media Connection

“With an impressive cast of intriguing characters and interwoven plotlines, this marvelous novel blends science fiction, fantasy, time travel, mystery, and adventure. Fisher deftly crafts each scene to create a gradually emerging puzzle with lots of tiny pieces…Those who loved the genre-mixing fun of Colfer’s Artemis Fowl will find this to be right up their alley.”—Starred Review, BCCB

 

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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Horn Book, SLJ, Kirkus, PW, Amazon.com, CCBC, YALSA; recipient of five starred reviews; New York Times bestseller — Incarceron

Praise for Obsidian Mirror:

* “A spell-binding maze of mystery-filled pages full of unexpected twists and turns that will draw readers in … combines time travel, the fey or faeries, and a future in ruins with potent success… Fans of Kady Cross, Cassandre Clare, and Doctor Who will be enthralled with this must-read title.” -VOYA, starred review

"Fisher effectively alternates brooding mystery with thrilling action. This blend of science fiction and fantasy is certified fresh." -Booklist

  "Punctuated with narrow-escape scenes and, in its time-travel plot, hints at thinking about how acts of the present impinge on the future." -Horn Book

"Readers will be dazzled, captivated, and desperate for the next  installment." -Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing, enthralling fiction." -New York Times

"Intense and worthy of the fantasy, mystery, science fiction genre." -Library Media Connection

“With an impressive cast of intriguing characters and interwoven plotlines, this marvelous novel blends science fiction, fantasy, time travel, mystery, and adventure. Fisher deftly crafts each scene to create a gradually emerging puzzle with lots of tiny pieces…Those who loved the genre-mixing fun of Colfer’s Artemis Fowl will find this to be right up their alley.”—Starred Review, BCCB

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School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In an exciting opening chapter, Jack Wilde's plan to get kicked out of boarding school works perfectly. He is sent to his wealthy guardian's home in the English countryside, where he plans to confront his guardian and godfather, Oberon Venn, about his father's disappearance. The teen suspects Venn of murder, but discovers that the truth is far more complicated. Venn, his butler, and numerous cats rattle around in Wintercombe Abbey, working on experiments with the Chronoptika, an ancient device that allows people to travel through time. The machine's history is murky and there are no instructions as to its safe use. Sarah, a young woman with her own secrets and interests in the Chronoptika's power, joins the household. A scarred man, an evil Replicant, and a Time Wolf prowl around, and the Wood surrounding the Abbey is full of hidden dangers. There is a notebook that communicates with the future, and in the Wood, the Shee add a Celtic fairy element to the story. The plot is told from varying points of view and set in different times. During his time travels, Jack trails his father to 1848 London, where he is befriended by a street urchin before being sucked back to the present. Sarah, in turn, is from a future that will be desolate if she does not complete her mission. The several interesting story lines have their moments, but the many loose ends make it clear that this trilogy opener is not meant to stand alone.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Classic fantasy, horror and literary tropes mingle in uneasy tension in this ambitious, maddening, fascinating opener to a projected trilogy. A schoolboy hellbent on avenging his father's death; an escaped psychiatric patient (or, perhaps, a time-traveling revolutionary sent back to prevent a dystopian future); a changeling ensorcelled in a frozen fairyland; a thrill-seeker ready to sacrifice anything to undo the death of his wife; and a jaded Victorian whose theft of an occult artifact reverberates through past and present: Five separate storylines collide during a solstice blizzard at a remote Gothic ruin of an estate. Continually unveiling new facets, the tale creates a dizzying sensation, perpetually teetering on the brink of revelation only to fall headlong into deeper mystery. No author is better than Fisher at weaving disparate narratives, characters, even genres into an enthralling tapestry, nor at highlighting exactly the right detail to invest the whole with chilling significance. Unfortunately, so much time is spent crafting the pattern and atmosphere of the intersecting threads that readers are left befuddled as to what, precisely--if anything--actually happens over the course of the plot. Readers will be dazzled, captivated, frustrated and desperate for the next installment. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12-18)
Children's Literature - Claire Covington
This is a fast-paced science fiction/fantasy story from the author of the popular “Incarceron” series. Jake’s father disappears while working on an experiment with the mysterious Oberon Venn, leaving Jake is determined to find out what happened. He sets up his own expulsion from school. Then, accompanied by his pet monkey and his teacher Wharton, Jake heads for Wintercombe Abbey, England, which is the last place his father was seen alive. What Jake discovers there does not answer any of his questions. He finds a magic mirror, an orphaned, time traveling girl, a brooding Venn and a dangerous, scarred man. Each character wants to possess the mirror, but who will succeed? Told from multiple points of view, the plots and subplots jump from one perspective to another so quickly that it will leave inexperienced readers completely lost. But the story will fascinate those readers who have the skill to follow. It is a twisting and morphing modern-day fairy tale complete with time travel, steampunk elements and hints of dystopian societies. Readers of the James Dashner’s Maze Runner or Kevin Emerson’s The Lost Code might find this an enticing read. Reviewer: Claire Covington; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803739697
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Series:
Obsidian Mirror Series, #1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
HL550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Obsidian Mirror:

• “A spell-binding maze of mystery-filled pages full of unexpected twists and turns that will draw readers in … combines time travel, the fey or faeries, and a future in ruins with potent success… Fans of Kady Cross, Cassandre Clare, and Doctor Who will be enthralled with this must-read title.” -VOYA, starred review

"Fisher effectively alternates brooding mystery with thrilling action. This blend of science fiction and fantasy is certified fresh." -Booklist

"Punctuated with narrow-escape scenes and, in its time-travel plot, hints at thinking about how acts of the present impinge on the future." -The Horn Book

"Readers will be dazzled, captivated, and desperate for the next installment." -Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing, enthralling fiction." -The New York Times

Meet the Author

Catherine Fisher, acclaimed poet and novelist, was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She was named the first Children’s Laureate of Wales and was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth. She is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling books Incarceron and Sapphique.

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Obsidian Mirror 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catherine Fisher does it again. If you loved Incarceron, if you love smart, intricate fantasy/sci-fi with an emphasis on amazing world-building and surprising plots twists, if you love time travel and a cast of multi-demensional characters, you can't miss this book! It is the start of a series too, and I can't wait for the next one.
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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
This book was sadly a victim of my apathy. I was looking for a book that would wow me and draw me into it, but instead I found that I didn’t care about finishing the book through the entire thing and I don’t think that was any fault of the book, but rather my own exhaustion taking a toll on me reading. It reminded me a lot of the Alex Rider books where there is this book who is hell bent on some kind of retribution for wrongs done to his family. It had this reckless kid feel to it where you see the importance of family and that was really great. I enjoyed the quirks of the book like the fact that Jake had a monkey that he stole and that he was this super determined kid. I felt badly for him that everything in his life seemed to be in the garbage having lost his father and his mother seems to have abandoned him. At the same time though, I felt like I didn’t get to know much about him because it was told from the 3rd person, and who the book was talking about jumped around between our main characters, Sarah, Venn, Piers, Wharton, Gabriel and Jake. While it was great getting a look at everyone in the book, it irritated that Fischer wouldn’t finish a scene, instead she would leave it with a cliff hanger and then switch to someone else and go back and forth like that quite a bit. I also felt that there were too many elements that went into this book. There were fairies and time travel and monkeys and it all got very confusing. I think that you need to go into this book expecting things to be a little strange because I went in not knowing what to expect, and I felt sort of thrown for a loop. This book would be great for fans of Percy Jackson and Alex Rider, so if you know people that love them, they should check this out.
book4children More than 1 year ago
My husband accuses me of hiding. He's right. I place books all around the house in weird places so that I can hide when I need a break. I will sit in my closet with the door shut and read because no one thinks to look for me in the closet. I have what I call "hiding spot books". Obsidian Mirror started out as a hiding spot book, but it didn't end up as one. The problem with hiding spot books is that they take longer to read than books out in the open because you can't hide for more than a couple minutes. This is not the kind of book I could read a bit at a time. I found myself hiding for far too long as I dashed through the pages. The story is bone chilling. It's haunting and mysterious. A melding of fantasy and time travel that you can't walk away from. The characters are troubled - each trying to get to the mirror for their own reasons. But the mirror is not so easy to use. It doesn't work the way anyone expects, and the results are catastrophic. I can't wait to read the next installment! Content: Some violence, but I consider it clean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book! I stayed a up a couple of hours just to finish the book. Hope you love it like i did ; )
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WANT THAT MIRROR
CrazyForNewBooks More than 1 year ago
This book takes you on a trip into the past, as well as into the future. Oberon Venn, a man who lives for only one thing, to bring his wife back from the dead, opens his house to his godson, Jake