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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dark Reflections (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; First Edition edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689877897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689877896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,606,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—Fans of The Water Mirror (S & S, 2005) will enjoy this wild ride of a sequel as Merle, with the Flowing Queen within her, is taken to Hell by the winged stone lion Vermithrax. As the Egyptian Pharaoh unleashes his army of mummies (unearthed dead bodies) on the city of Venice, Merle tries to find Lucifer, Lord Light, with whom she hopes to forge an alliance against Egypt, and her friend Serafin joins the rebels in a plot to assassinate the Pharaoh. With the appearance of the powerful sphinx woman Lalapeya, the plot twists and turns, so that readers, along with Serafin, do not know whom to trust. While this novel lacks the powerful sense of place that the Venetian scenes of the earlier title offered, Meyer shows great inventiveness in his portrayal of the environment and creatures of Hell. However, characters such as Junipa from the first book appear only toward the very end of this volume, and the water mirror appears only cursorily. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, leaving both Merle and Serafin's stories unresolved. While there is a great deal of action, the emotional heart of the novel seems to be missing. There is an occasional awkwardness in the phrasing that leaves the narrative feeling jerky. The British edition, with a different translation, reads much more smoothly. Although readers new to the series may be left unmoved, enthusiasts of the first book will fly through this one and await the conclusion of the trilogy.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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From Booklist

In this continuation of the Dark Reflections Trilogy, mirror-maker's apprentice Merle, who carries Venice's guardian deity inside her, travels to seek an alliance with the feared lord of Hell. Serafin, her friend and sweetheart, remains behind to help oust invading Egyptians. The serpentine plot twists resolve few of the major questions facing the protagonists, but the landscapes and creatures the characters encounter are jaw dropping, and readers of the first adventure will certainly want to go along for the ride. Jennifer Mattson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
WARNING: This book is the second in a trilogy.

Okay, so maybe I'm the only one who missed that. When I finally figured it out (the words "Book Two" on the cover were a good clue), I had to run out and buy the first one, The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections). I read that one as fast as possible, so I could get to this one. The first book was fantastic and ended with a huge cliffhanger. If I hadn't already had this second book in my possession, I probably would have been quite frustrated. My point being, read The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections) first! There is a certain amount of knowledge that is assumed in THE STONE LIGHT. You might be okay without it, but the story certainly makes more sense with it. Also, if you haven't read The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections) yet, but intend to do so, you might want to stop reading this now.

Vermithrax, the flying stone lion, Merle, the orphan girl, and the Flowing Queen, who rather defies description, have escaped from Venice and the Egyptian army. Their troubles are far from behind them, though. If they want to save Venice, they'll have to locate the only possible ally they can think of, Lord Light. After the things the people of Venice did to Lord Light's messenger, though, he might not be so willing to help. Even if he does, what will be the cost? Before they can even really worry about all of that, they'll have to get to him. He makes his home at the bottom of Hell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Boytim on February 25, 2010
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This is the second book in the Dark Reflections series and is the sequel to The Water Mirror. Merle travels with Vermithrax, the stone lion on a mission to visit Lord Light in Hell while her companion, the thief Serafin, joins a group intent on resisting the Eygptians occupation of Venice. The group is led by a sphinx who can appear as a woman. They plan to assasinate the pharoah and it is unclear if the sphinx can be trusted or if she has her own agenda. On their trip to hell, the group finds all sorts of unusual stone-like creatures, the Lilim who menace them and a man who claims to be Winter, in search of his love, Summer. In hell, Lord Light is surprising to them and brings back Junipa to the story. A horrifying doctor and the mysterious Stone Light also appear in hell. While the worlds and creatures portrayed are very imaginative, the translation seemed a little stilted and I missed the emotional connection that I had with the characters in the first book. The book ends in a cliffhanger on both stories, so I would recommend having the sequel at hand. On the whole, it was a good, but not a great book.
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I dont know how I feel about this second installment of Kai Meyer's Dark Reflections Trilogy. I loved book one and felt that the initiation into the story held promise for a wonderful experience. There was so much enchantment in book one. The romantic and mysterious Venice, with all it's darkness and sensuality, provided a unique setting for a fantasy world. The author started us out with great characters that were developed well so that we began to like them and to look forward to their adventures. The writing was also well crafted in Water Mirror, I thought this second book lacked both advanced writing and the additional character development that was needed. This installment was just plain goofy. I'm not sure if I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, or Dorothy on the Yellowbrick road to Oz. The story picks up right after the first book ends. It takes us on alternating rollercoaster rides of action scenes between Seraphin, Eft, and the Sphinx battling the Egyptians who are trying to invade Venice, and with Merle, the Floating Queen and Vermithrax the flying lion, that have decended into Hell to try and obtain help from Lord Light. Back and forth from one to the other, the reader gets non-stop, often dizzing action and fantasy scenes with no substance to support it. These scenes are not interesting, they get very tedious, and basically the story does not develop much since book one. I felt like this whole book could have been cut into just a few chapters, so we could then get on with the grand finale coming up in book three.

I also found that the whole invention of The Floating Queen's character, made no sense. She adds no value to the story, her character is often sarcastic and does not aid Merle in her quest at all.
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