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Obsidian Mirror Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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The book starts off with a fascinating premise--a boy out for revenge, a mysterious guardian. The name Oberon (Midsummer Night's Dream, anyone?) is already a clue that there might be some fae magic going on, so when more sci-fi elements get brought in, its a pleasant surprise. I personally always love to see the two combined, and I was also looking forward to Jake as a central character, since many YA books are written from the girl's point of view.
Jake initially intrigued me at first, but unfortunately, I quickly became bored of and disappointed in him. He starts off as a dangerous teenage boy, willing to do anything to get expelled from school. Eager to see why, I read on, only to discover that my questions were answered all too quickly as he immediately opened up to a teacher he barely knew. All of the sudden Jake was a big softy with little spine and a willingness to accept whatever explanation was told to him. Every now and then he went back to that fierce determination, but I saw nothing else of the dangerous boy I glimpsed in the first few pages.
The story was fast-paced, the plot interesting, but I think half the problem with this book is that there are so many plot points and sub-plots that the characters get lost in the story Fisher is trying to tell. I had a similar feeling with Incarceron and Sapphique, where there were so many mysteries that I lost track of them, and sometimes when secrets were "revealed," I still didn't really understand their significance.Read more ›
I am not too enamoured by a narrative that is told from of a multiple of points of view and I think I would have liked this book more if it were it told from Jake's perspective alone, and in first person. Third person narrative is my least favourite narrative choice here, this maybe me, but I feel you lose emotional bonds between the characters and the entire experience can come off being somehow seem cold and clinical in its delivery. For example the switching narration from Jake to Sarah and back, within a few short chapters with other narrative voices `jarred' the natural flow. Ms Fisher is an excellent writer with a good sense of pacing and wonderful imagination. Her sentences are short and clear, her style pleasingly concise, and yet she somehow avoids making it seem `wooden' in the telling. The Obsidian Mirror left so many questions unanswered and I look forward to the sequel.
That said the story is engaging, the plot arc inventive, and the attention to detail quite amazing. Ms. Fisher does leave you wanting more. I like the change that the reader sees in the character of Oberon as well as the change the protagonist makes in his understanding of Oberon. Her world building is rich and the relationship/feelings the son feels for the missing father is highly believable.
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If you're looking for the cover shown, be aware the ISBN is the SAME for the older version of the cover (generally cover... Read more
this book plus two others were bought for my son who had browed them from the libaray he just kept checking them out so I decided to get them for himPublished 22 months ago by mary
This book was sadly a victim of my apathy. I was looking for a book that would wow me and draw me into it, but instead I found that I didn’t care about finishing the book through... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nicole
The Obsidian Mirror drew me in, entangled me within its web, and left me wanting more, much more - which is good, as it's part of a series! Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals