The Obsidian Mirror, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780340970089



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Jake Wilde is convinced that his guardian, Oberon Venn killed his father. He has decided to go back to Wintercombe Abbey and confront him, however things are never what they seem and there's time-travel, mysteries, the fey and a lot of complications.It just missed something to grab me, I'm not sure what but it didn't grab me and made me want to continue reading the series. Some day I'll read book two but I'm not champing at the bit. It was interesting but the characters didn't really come to life or click with me.

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After yet another incident at his posh boarding school in Switzerland, Jake Wilde is sent home to his godfather for good, accompanied by one of his teachers. Jake believes that his godfather, an explorer and adventurer named Oberon Venn, is responsible for the death of his father while conducting some secret experiments involving a strange mirror at Venn’s secluded residence, Wintercombe Abbey. Unbeknownst to Jake, others are also making their way to the Abbey at the same time: a young woman called Sarah, who claims to have escaped from a high-security psychiatric unit nearby, a man purporting to be a police inspector trailing Sarah and a mysterious scarred man. Add to the mix Venn’s friendly factotum to whom there’s more than meets the eye, an ice wolf hunting Sarah and the host of the Shee, a group of faeries residing in the wood on the Wintercombe estate, and you’ve got the ingredients for a gripping and intelligent page-turner that will appeal to young adults and their parents alike. The novel deals with timeless topics like love, loyalty, friendship and betrayal, and there are echoes of Doctor Who and even Harry Potter, but it is also quite unique and ambitious in its scope. The first in a series, it leaves more questions than answers at the end of the book, and I for one eagerly anticipate the publication of the next volume. The reason the book only gets four and a half stars is the rather unlikely event that Jake was able to smuggle his pet marmoset through airport security.(This review was originally written as part of Amazon's Vine programme.)

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Hmm. Not sure that I really enjoyed this one. I had a hard time figuring out what was going on and it didn't hold my interest very well. I will probably still get it for those who are Catherine Fisher fans.

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