Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Obsidian Mirror by Chatherine Fisher

Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
Published: April 26, 2013
Publisher: Dial
Age Demographic: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384

Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger ... The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn's estate: Sarah - a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne - who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror's power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

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True to her craft, Catherine Fisher, has managed to pen another stunning and mutli-layered complex, original, and unique story. The Obsidian Mirror is sure to wow and stun reader's, with its amazingly compelling and captivating storyline. The mystery and intrigue woven into this story alone, is enough to pique their interest. Her world building skills are absolutely astounding and her imagery brings the story to life in so many ways imaginable, on the pages. Her words and beautiful imaginative turn of phrase, has a way of pulling reader's into the story right alongside the character's.

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.



Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups of all ages. Her first novel, The Conjuror's Game, was shortlisted for the Smarties Books prize and The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H.Smith Award. Equally acclaimed is her quartet The Book of the Crow, a classic of fantasy fiction. Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America's Children's Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children's Book of the Year. The sequel, Sapphique, was published in September 2008..

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