The Slanted Worlds

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Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night?s Dream, a genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron
 
In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called ?the first lady of British fantasy? by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their ...

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Overview

Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron
 
In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called “the first lady of British fantasy” by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future.
But the Mirror has plans of its own.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Sean Rapacki
The phrase “genre-bending” is often used when talking about Fisher's books due to her skillful ability to defy the traditional boundaries between fantasy and science fiction. While her works blur those lines, truly challenging the reader to differentiate, at times, the magical from the technological, her storytelling skills are decidedly—and wondrously—old school. Fisher deftly teases readers with cliff-hanging action, complex yet sympathetic characters with competing agendas, and villains that put a true chill in the reader’s spine. This series is unlike any time-travel saga this reviewer has had the pleasure to read, and Fisher's teen fans are going to be delighted by the new twists in this volume. Reading the second book in a projected series of four can be frustrating, however, for the simple reason that impatient readers want to know Now what happens next to Jake, Sarah, and Venn. This reviewer would even be willing to consider making a deal with creepy replicant triplets or the evil ruler of the Shee, to convince Fisher to hurry along the next installment—just as long as it does not involve the Black Death or the London Blitz. Reviewer: Sean Rapacki; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-08
This second in a projected trilogy provides a sumptuous genre-blend of time travel, dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic thriller, along with more complications than answers. It starts with a literal explosion, as most of the cast of teenagers, adventurers, schoolmasters, changelings, ghosts and duplicated cats hunker down at the crumbling Wintercombe Abbey, desperately trying to master the Chronoptika—excepting Sarah, sent from a ravaged future to destroy the enigmatic device, and Jake, trapped in the London Blitz. While none of them (with good reason) trusts the others, they agree to work together to save Jake, then to rescue his father. Meanwhile, the vicious queen of the Shee seduces and rages, the Victorian spiritualist Alicia meddles and schemes, and the future tyrant Janus sends back his "replicants" to threaten and mock. The fiendishly labyrinthine plot twists back and forth through perspectives and centuries, from England to medieval Florence to the dreamlike illusions of the Summerland, but elegant prose, deft characterization and an acute eye for telling details keep readers anchored. Although none of the characters, all imprisoned in the grips of their selfish obsessions, is particularly likable, the narrative hurtles at a breathless pace, compelling readers to follow to the final cliffhanger. Gorgeous, atmospheric, and addictive but ultimately frustrating; absolutely necessary wherever the first has fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803739703
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Series: Obsidian Mirror Series , #2
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 104,005
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Fisher, called "the first lady of British fantasy" by the London Times,  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 lives in Gwent, Wales.

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