Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
Rich in detail and wonderfully vivid imagery, The Obsidian Mirror, is a story that involves time travel, magic, and intriguing mystery. Her characters are fantastically complex and easy to connect with. One of the best elements that she employs, when it comes to her character's, is the fact that none of them are black and white. They are originally unique and full of lively characteristics and quirks of their own, that make them shine on the pages. Fisher manages to bring them to life in such an extraoridinary way that makes them believable, sympathetic, easy to love or hate, and hard to figure out sometimes. This is the mark of a true storyteller, in my opinion.
Involving the sci-fi element, such as time travel, with the paranormal aspects of the magical is superbly genius and it works in this novel, very well. The mirror in this novel, holds so much power, but at who's cost? Sarah, Venn, and Jake are three different and wholly interestingly complex characters that each have their own reasons for gaining access to the mirror. As Fisher takes reader's on an adventure, they will see how much power this mirror holds, what each character needs the use of it for, and why it can and will destroy at all costs. The world that each of them are catapulted into is dark, dangerous, and intensely suspenseful.
This is truly a novel that will have reader's on the edges of their seats. The world is so wonderfully imaginative and filled with creative quirks and fascets that, it is unputdownable. The Obsidian Mirror is possibly one of the best written paranormal sci-fi young adult novels that I've personally read in quite a while. If you enjoyed Catherine Fisher's previous books, then you are sure to enjoy this one.