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The Gilded Mirror: Corfe Castle (Volume 1) by [Murray, Jocelyn]
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About the Author

Jocelyn Murray 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: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093F30PA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very well written story that combines historical occurances with fantasy. The author's rich vocabulary gives the reader a great mental/visual description of the events that took place in 17th century England. Fascinating reading. I'm looking forward for another book by this author, Jocelyn Murray. Good job!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself caught up in the story and wanting more detailed information about the characters despite the info given at the end.
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I bought this for my 12 year old daughter as an alternative to the dystopian fiction that kids seem hooked on these days and when she took a break, I grabbed it and started reading it myself. What a great surprise! I occasionally read historical fiction so am familiar with the genre (and this is all based on a remarkable true story), but I never remotely thought I'd get pulled into this like I did. Murray is a very talented writer and story-teller and I'm again jealous of another author. If there indeed were punctuation and grammar issues when the book was first offered as one reviewer complains of, they have since been fixed, I noticed none.

The plot is simple: Anna, a bright and curious 15 year old, discovers an old mirror in her grandmother's house and magically steps into 1643, smack in the middle of the English Civil War. In the ensuing adventure she begins to learn the meaning of courage. Murray doesn't spend time explaining how or why this happens, but gets right into the telling of the story.

The first half of the book is very descriptive, thoroughly fleshing out the environment of 17th century English castle-life. Foods, clothes, customs, the darkness of the nights without electric lights, the quietness of the days without planes and cars, and all the little things that might not occur to you at first thought are explained in thoughtful detail:

~ Anna looked out over the landscape. It rose and dipped for miles, rugged and rocky, then soft and velvety as the meadows blended into the craggy heath. It was hard to believe that something so pretty had been witness to something so ugly. But then she remembered the spider and the butterfly they had just passed moments before...
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Nice little book about a girl who travels back in time via a magical mirror she finds in storage at her grandmother's house. The characters were engaging, and I found this to be a very good read and a nice piece of escapist literature. I may get the second book to see what happens next.
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A fascinating tale about the actual siege that took place in 1643 when Parliamentarians sought to capture Corfe Castle during the English Civil War. Some of the characters are based on the real people who were there. The story unfolds beautifully, drawing the reader into the lives of the characters and the conflict they experienced as the tension escalated. It brings the events that happened to life in exquisite detail. This is a great book for older children and adults who love historical fiction and stories about courage and bravery amid great odds. The mirror itself makes for a wonderful premise that lends itself well to future books, and something that I would definitely look forward reading.

The knowledge of the period that the author shows is amazing! This is a must read book! it will become a classic!
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I enjoyed reading this book because it made me feel like I was in the mid 1600s. The book provided great descriptions and made it easy to feel what it was like to live at that time. The tight bond between Anna and Elizabeth was carried throughout the book and I was sad when it was time for Anna to leave and go back to the present. The vivid descriptions of the castle siege and Anna's part in protecting it made chill bumps along my spine. This was a blend of the fantasy world and the historical world. The fantasy world explains why Anna was accepted readily by those in the seventeenth century. A good read for young adults.
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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 Corfe Castle, Dorset England about 1643 A.D. during the first siege of the castle. I think it gives a fairly accurate a view of life as we know it. I enjoyed it even though it is written for young readers. Wikipedia shows a picture of Lady Mary Bankes who led the defense of the castle.
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Very interesting and a fast read. Great for young adults. Keeps you interested and almost flipping the pages too fast.
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