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

Jocelyn Murray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Age Level: 12 and up

Fifteen-year-old Anna Moore is whisked back in time through the forces of a mysterious mirror to the first century AD during the Roman Empire.

The year is AD 79 and Anna finds herself in Pompeii just days before the deadly volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. As forces conspire against her, she struggles to escape the catastrophe that threatens the lives of thousands.

Set within historical events that rocked the ancient world, The Gilded Mirror: Vesuvius Rising, is a dramatic reenactment of the lavish seaside town of Pompeii in all its glory, and the terrible fate that befell it. It is a tale of danger, courage and survival that brings the past to life.


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About the Author

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

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  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QH1R46
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History Come to Life 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Guilded Mirror 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Second in Series does not Disappoint 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth Pompeii-ing a visit to January 9, 2013
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction for teens/young adults December 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive March 16, 2013
By Ronda
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
Such a well-written, engaging story. This book is a page-turner from beginning to end and one that I didn’t want to put down.
Published 3 months ago by CP
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
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Published 4 months ago by Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read from an Amazing Author!
The last book was really good, but in this second novel the writer has really hit her stride. Excited to see where Anna will go next! Read more
Published 6 months ago by GamerZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read.
This is another breeze through book. I could not put it down. It grabs you and pulls you into a wonderful adventure.
Published 11 months ago by barbara caddell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful intertwining of history, time travel, adventure, rich in...
Being dropped into Pompeii at the time the volcano is about to destruct: what a wonderful adventure with realistic views, I feel as though I'm there with Anna and as from the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Annette (Schrab) Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history lesson
Interesting read. Like "time travel" books and the history of Vesuvius was fun to read. It's nice there wasn't a lot of violence or sex - good book suitable for young... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Frickmom
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting time travel story.
I enjoyed the obvious research that was done on which to base the descriptions of life at the time of Pompeii's destruction. It helped to visualize the story.
Published 14 months ago by VKS
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed the book and the historical details. I am a fan of books that take us back in time.
Published 15 months ago by yomama433p
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this one better than first one...
Could be I was more interested in the subject matter than the English Civil War which was the setting of the first book in this series. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jadeshand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I enjoyed the first book so much, I had to read the second one, this one was even better than the first, I hope the writer keeps this series going, I couldn't put this one down, a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MaryAnn
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