Time travel and the faery world collide in the first book in a stunning new sequence from the bestselling author of INCARCERON - for which film rights have been sold to the producer of THE GOLDEN COMPASS.
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.
... imaginative, rich in texture and vividly realised. Catherine Fisher writes with consummate skill and depth of feeling. - The Bookseller
Vivid, complicated, and thoroughly engrossing, this fast paced adventure keeps readers avidly turning pages until the majestic conclusion. - Horn Book Review May/June 06
Beautifully imagined and realised, this novel of future regression is rich with strong characters, big issues and a compelling plot. It is a barnstorming piece of serious fantasy that doesn't put a foot wrong. - The Bookbag
Catherine Fisher is an artist with words ... An engrossing, intricate story of an extraordinary journey undertaken by ricjly imaginative characters - Carousel
... wholly engaging and rushes along as a breathless and nail-biting pace ... a gripping read that should enthral both young and old fans - Buzz
the most cleverly comples and fascinating novel for teenagers I have read since His Dark Materials. - School Librarian
Time-travelling, historical, supernatural sci-fi thriller, with its replicants, fairies, crazed scientists, changelings, wolves, genies and Dickensian waifs. Don't ask, just enjoy. - Financial Times
Author of the brilliant Incarceron and Sapphique books embarks on an ambitious new series with The Obsidian Mirror. - We Love This Book
Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H. Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales.