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The Gilded Mirror: Vesuvius Rising (Volume 2) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jocelyn Murray is a professional travel writer who also writes historical fiction. She is the author of The Roman General: A Novel; Khu: A Tale of Ancient Egypt, and the teen historical fantasy fiction series The Gilded Mirror.

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  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480146676
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QH1R46
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amber Fox on January 8, 2013
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This novel is another in the The Gilded Mirror series where fourteen-year-old Anna is transported back to another time through the mirror in her Grandma's attic. I read the first in the series and believe the series is getting better. The author uses many descriptive phrases that bring the ancient times to life. In Vesuvius Rising, Anna is transported back to AD 79 in which she becomes good friends with a family living to the west of Pompeii. She knows that without her help, they will not survive the eruption of the volcano. The scenes and activities of old Pompeii pop out of the pages and into the imagination. The characters are real and the emotions are high. I hope the author writes another in the series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kim Pulsipher on November 5, 2012
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This is one of a series of books written to describe life in various times of history. This one is set in Pompeii, Italy, just before the volcano erupted. I think it gives an accurate a view of life as we know it. I enjoyed it even though it is written for young readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jayescott on May 3, 2013
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This is the second book in the series, and though it is obviously intended for teens, the first book (which I got free on my Kindle) was enjoyable enough for me to purchase the second. I have always been fascinated by Volcanoes, so the subject matter appealed to me - I remembered the sad story of Pompeii.
This installment was entertaining and kept me interested throughout. Murray does a great job of making the reader sympathize with and relate to the characters. It is easy to read the story of Pompeii and not feel like it was real because it was such a long time ago. This book really takes the reader to that moment in time through the eyes of a modern girl, and the deadly eruption suddenly becomes personal - those were real families that suffered and died there - many never understanding what was happening because volcanoes were unknown to most people in that part of the world.
This is a great book for teens who have an interest in history, and the character of Anna is very endearing - sweet and brave, able to meet any challenge that she faces. I'm sure I will buy the next installment - this is a YA series but I am enjoying it immensely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 9, 2013
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I received this book because of a GoodReads giveaway for which I am infinitely grateful! It arrived on my doorstep today and I sped through it with all the alacrity and of a Roman escaping the eruption of Vesuvius.

Firstly, it's worth noting that I'm an adult reviewing a book intended for teens. Therefore, one must keep in mind that the selection criteria are entirely different from those of an adult novel. In today's world, the real criteria for how good a young adult book is revolves around the central question of, "Will they read it?" For this book, I think the resounding answer is simply that yes, they certainly will.

The reasons for this are many but at least initially I think the book does well to simply get down to it. Within the first page we know what the book's about, we've got a bit of suspense and we're ready to find out what happens next. There's little preamble or complex subtext but that's as it should be because typically thirteen-year-olds are looking for any excuse to put a book down and proclaim lustfully, "I'm Bored!" This book gives them no such excuse. Anyone saying so just wants use to get back to their XBox and should be told to sit back down and read.

The secondary selection criteria for such a book is whether the reader actually learned anything by the end of it. Again, in this case I think the response is in the affirmative. The setting is one of the most fascinating and momentous events in human history. The results of those few days are still written in sad and ashy stone, a monument to those hundreds who did not escape the mountain's terrible wrath. Is the book filled with fact-checked details from that day and absolutely accurate to the historical record? Of course not. See point one above.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Travis Winston on December 6, 2012
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This book is set within the days just before Mount Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii back in the first century. The main character Anna Moore finds out that she has stepped back in time through the gilded mirror to the Roman Empire, though she doesn't know the exact date until she arrives in Pompeii and sees Mount Vesuvius. The author does a fine job at building the tension and drama with the characters, setting, plot and all the circumstances that lead to the volcano's fated eruption. The descriptions of Pompeii and its people are very believable. The author also does a great job with describing the Roman festivals of the Consualia and the Vulcanalia, making them real and tangible to the reader. The story's ending is poignant and leaves the reader pondering the disastrous events that had a profound effect on that part of the world. Although the book is geared to a younger audience (teens) anyone who likes historical fiction would enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronda on March 16, 2013
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Well written, the story is interestingly woven within historical and events details making this book a captivating read. I would highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thorball on January 24, 2013
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My only issues with it...aside from the time travel bit...was that the locals used our calendar date's which didn't come into being until much later. That said, I enjoyed the story greatly and look to read others in this series as they are published.
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