Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: The Obsidian Mirror

The Obsidian Mirror
The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jake is on a mission. He has done everything he can to be kicked out of school, and now he has been successful. His godfather and guardian, Oberon Venn, has asked for him to be sent to his home, Wintercombe Abbey. Jake’s father disappeared two years earlier while conducting experiments for Venn. Jake believes that he was murdered, but Venn continues to say that he left the Abbey on his own. After Jake arrives at Wintercombe Abbey, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. The experiments his father participated in involve a dark mirror that can be a portal to both the future and the past, there is a runaway girl who has suddenly appeared with many strange men looking for her, Maskelyne arrives and claims that the dark mirror is his and was stolen long ago, and strange fey who know more then they say are lurking in the winter woods.

“The Obsidian Mirror” has a lot of potential, but this first book in the Chronoptika series left me feeling let down and deflated. Each chapter bounced between characters and time periods with limited signaling for the reader to notice. Readers of “Incarceron” may choose this book by Fisher because they enjoyed that series, but the story telling is not at the same caliber. Unfortunately I do not like the characters or story enough to look forward to the next book in the series.

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