Jera’s Jamboree review : The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

obsidian mirrorFormat: Kindle Edition

File Size: 606 KB

Print Length: 385 pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (4 Oct 2012)


Jake’s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger …

The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn’s estate: Sarah – a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne – who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror’s power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

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Straight off I have to say The Obsidian Mirror is AMAZING!  I was so caught up in the story that my notes are minimal! Why haven’t I heard of this author before?

The blurb is a good representation of the story.

Beginning with a scene of an angry student at Compton College in Switzerland, we follow Jake and his Humanities teacher, Wharton as they travel to Wintercombe Abbey in the search for his father.

Next we’re introduced to Sarah.  I had so many questions about her and the replicants.  What is it?  Who is it? Why is Sarah important?  What impact will she have?  Is she from the past?  From the future? How does she know Wintercombe Abbey which has been in Venn’s family for generations?

The scenes in London felt so real!  I was with Jake as he climbed that rope and locked in the musty cellar.

The author captures the ‘Shee’ (Sidhe) perfectly.   Everything I’ve ever read about the mythology came to life on these pages.

With a great cast of characters (most of whom are not what they seem) and fast-paced action at every turn, The Obsidian Mirror is a story that will totally engage your imagination.  There is not one place where I could put it down because I just HAD to keep reading.

The threads started to come together and I got some answers.  I can’t wait to see what happens in The Box of Red Brocade

Whether you’re a YA reader or an adult! if you love fantasy, folklore/mythology, dystopian/sci-fi then I highly recommend you read this.

The Obsidian Mirror is awesome.  Did I say I loved this?!?!?!

Buy it but be loathe to share your copy ... it's a keeper!

Buy it but be loathe to share your copy … it’s a keeper!

I bought The Obisidian Mirror a long time ago, and so glad I found it recently while browsing on my Kindle!

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9 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree review : The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

  1. Fabulous review! Love the title too, especially as I learned what ‘obsidian’ means. I shall try and use it in a conversation today! Congrats to Catherine on entering Shaz’s Hall of Fame, way to go! X

  2. Oh, no, another one I have now bought for my Kindle, just like that – it looks good.
    I can never resist the word obsidian (in fact I have been planning a blog post on it for ages) – I think my sentimentality for the word goes back to reading about the Aztecs and their obsidian blades when I was a teenager.
    Keep ’em coming (although I’m now thinking life is too short to read everything on my Kindle – I also just bought Booker winner The Luminaries)…

    • It is AWESOME Pat! You will enjoy it, definitely.

      I did read the Wiki page – it’s still used in surgical instruments (scalpel). I quote “It possesses the property of presenting a different appearance according to the manner in which it is cut: when cut in one direction it is jet black; in another it is glistening gray.” which really fits with the story 🙂

      Happy reading!!!!

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