15 Sep 2012

Book Review - The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

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.
Release Date:  4th October 2012
Publisher:  Hodder
Source:  Review Copy Received from Publisher
Links:  Goodreads  /  Amazon.co.uk  /  Amazon.com           

My Review     8 out of 10

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Anything that features time travel definately has my full attention and from the moment I read the blurb for this book, I was so excited to pick it up. 

Jake is the main character in this story.  He is a trouble maker at school to the point where he gets expelled and has to return to Wintercome Abbey.  Little does anyone know, this was his plan all along.  Jake believes that Oberion murdered his father, who had got missing recently.  Sarah in another character who appears mysteriously at Wintercome Abbey...

I did feel that the middle of the story dragged a bit and I was waiting for something to happen but it soon picked up and I absolutely loved the ending.  It has an amazing twist...   

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