Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Obsidian Mirror
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dial (April 23, 2013)
Genre: Fantasy/Time travel
Source: ARC Cycling
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
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.