Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (3 Oct 2013)
On a mission to recover his father lost in time, Jake finds himself in 1940s London. From the rubble of the Blitzed city, a clue leads him to an eccentric seer of ghosts, three sinister children and three strange prophesies. Two of them soon come to pass, but what is the Box of Red Brocade? Does it hold the secret of destroying the Obsidian Mirror? A talking bird, an invisible girl, a walking wood; the second volume of Catherine Fisher’s Chronoptika series is packed with mystery, magic and sinister intrigue.
Having loved The Obsidian Mirror (a keeper!) I couldn’t wait to get started on The Box of Red Brocade …
We’re straight into the action with Jake experiencing the blitz first-hand. This was an amazing scene, so real I felt like a part of it! This is our first introduction to John Harcourt Symme’s daughter, Alice. Jake is mistaken for being part of a spy network and is arrested …
Maskelyne is manipulating magic so that he will be recalled to Wintercombe Abbey.
George, Jake’s tutor, manages to find Sarah and despite trying to flee, she agrees to go back to Wintercombe Abbey and so our characters from the first book are back together.
With Alice’s diary entries revealed at relevant points, Janus from the future and time travel, there was plenty to hold my imagination. Also, we experience life in the Summerland with Sarah on a quest to find a half coin and Gideon (part Shee, part human) has a key part to play too.
Once again I have been totally swept up in this mythical and magical world. This time I have questions about Janus (is he the bad guy that everyone thinks he is?) and although there is a reveal related to the obsidian mirror, we still don’t have any more information about why. We also see a greed with Venn and I’m wondering if the pull will be too strong …
I am still highly recommending this series, you will need to start at the first book though!
In my interview (November 2013) with the author, we found out that the Chronoptika series is hopefully going to be a four book set (one for each season). Fisher was writing the midsummer book, to be finished by Samhain. I’m really eager to find out what’s next!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.