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Mirrorscape (Mirrorscape Trilogy) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mirrorscape Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–8—The first in a planned trilogy, this well-written adventure will appeal to fantasy fans. The only child of a poor weaver, Mel Womper is a talented though untrained artist. When he is apprenticed to a master painter, he realizes that the imaginary creatures he has always loved to paint might actually exist. There is a way to step into a painting and travel through the Mirrorscape, a universe made up of various artworks joined together. In this amazing place, anything an artist imagines can come to life. As Mel soon discovers, Master Blenk's enemies are ruthless in their attempts to win control over the artist and gain access to the Mirrorscape. When Blenk disappears, it's up to Mel, with the help of his new friends, to use his innate sensitivity and creativity to fight the forces of evil. Though rich in detail, the narrative moves at a quick pace. The characters are interesting and well developed. Strange hybrid creatures, a talking house, and the textures of paint and canvas all blend together to create a fascinating world full of color and magic.—Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN
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"An endearing hero, a cast of incredible characters, and a plot that will keep you breathlessly turning the pages. Mirrorscape is magical and enthralling." -Jenny Nimmo, author of the Charlie Bone series.

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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a great new fantasy.
Sablelexi
I love the idea of hidden worlds within our own, so of course, I was drawn to Wilks' Mirrorscape, the world within paintings.
Rachael Stein
The bad thing about this book is the imagination of the author, he overwhelms us with it at every turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sablelexi on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought Mirrorscape for one reason, and one reason only; the cover art. I was completely fascinated by the cityscape that it depicted. In truth, the description on the back would have had to be completely out of my realm of interest (which can be pretty broad) for me to not buy this book. Thankfully, what was inside was as artistic and unique as that cover.

I really don't want to give away too much of the plot away, since I found find that so much of the pleasure is learning about the society and its secrets along with Mel. Therefore, I'll try to keep this vague, yet informative.

Mel loves to draw and through a series of events, both fortunate and not, he ends up apprenticed to the best artist in the land. There he meets and befriends a young maid, named Wren, and a fellow apprentice named Ludo. The group of friends discovers how to enter the Mirrorscape and quickly find themselves forced to hide there, search for those who are missing there, and use the Mirrorscape to save their own world.

I loved the world that this story took place in from the layout of the city to the structure of their society. The worlds of the Mirrorscape are even better. I love how each world were immediately made different and identifiable.

Mel is exactly what a hero should be. He wasn't perfect, but he was dedicated, a good artist though not perfect, and a good friend. Wren is a girl who wants to be more than society forces her to be, and she's a good enough artist to do it. Ludo is the skeptic, but what's more I found him a bit annoying. At one put someone tries to blackmail him, and I was greatly disappointed with how he responded. I'm still unsure if I think his behavior was simply a character flaw or if I find it a flaw in the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on October 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Melkin Womper has always loved to draw, so it's a dream come true when he learns he's eligible to be apprenticed to one of the greatest painters of the day, Ambrosius Blenk. And as soon as Mel leaves his home behind, he knows he's in for the adventure of his life. The danger starts almost immediately, and Mel has to be extra careful in the unfamiliar city of Vlam not to run into the red robed men from the Fifth Mystery who are convinced Mil is responsible for theft and must be punished. Luckily, Mel has some new friends to look out for him, and the Master also has seemed to take a shine to him. As much as Mel would just like to improve his craft, he can't avoid the power struggle between the Mystery and the Master he's been caught in, because Mel has stumbled upon Mirrorscape, the world within paintings in which imagination is the only thing that truly matters. Stumbling in between Mirrorscape and the real world, Mel and his friends will have to use their wits and creativity if they are to survive and ultimately defeat the Mystery.

Mirrorscape is one of the most unique and enthralling fantasy stories I've ever read. Like in most fantasies, the unusual setting and specified language take a little getting used to, but thankfully, the new places and words weren't so different that I couldn't imagine them at all. I love the idea of hidden worlds within our own, so of course, I was drawn to Wilks' Mirrorscape, the world within paintings. The very nature of this place lends itself to endless possibilities as far as one's imagination can go, and that leads to some highly unusual, sometimes strange, but always interesting situations in this story. I heartily commend Wilks for his creative and exciting plot; there wasn't a moment in this story that failed to capture my interest.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julieosis on November 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mel is living his dream. He's been plucked from his meager existence in his sleepy town and has been brought to the big city to study as an apprentice under a great Master painter. Once there however, Mel finds that life in the big city is not exactly what he pictured.

The head apprentice Groot has it out for him because he knows how much more talented Mel is, and Groot's uncle who is a big-shot within the main mystery also has Mel on his short list and will go to any lengths to fatten his own pockets and squash Mel like a bug.

But not everything is dim for Mel. He's made friends for the first time in his life: Wren, a kitchen girl, and Ludo, a fellow apprentice. When running from Groot one day, the friends see the Master doing something in his office they were not supposed to see, and are suddenly thrown into a mystery and a great adventure that could be the difference between life, death, and saving the beauty of art itself.

I've got to say right from the start that Mirrorscape was, for the most part, a disappointment. I was interested in the very beginning when poor Mel was torn away from his parents and dragged to the city to hone his skills as an artist. I was intrigued when Mel and Ludo discovered the secret of the paintings they could jump into and experience the sheer world of imagination, and I did think it was awful clever of Mike Wilks to include backward writing (or mirror writing) in his book which required the reader to hold a small mirror up to the book in order to read what was written. I found that to be a stroke of genius, and know that kids will go crazy for it (some people probably thought I was crazy as I came across this part of the book while sitting in the doctor's waiting room and was holding my compact up to the book)!
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