"Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron asks: If you had the chance to change the past, would you do it?
In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called “the first lady of British fantasy” by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future.
But the Mirror has plans of its own."- Amazon
I'm not even going to bother with an intro, because it all boils down to one thing. Expect more of the same. The same high calibre writing, the same cross-time troubles, and the same vibrant characters. Oberon Venn is still trying to rescue Leah, Jake is still trying to rescue his dad, and Sarah is still trying to save her future while (you guessed it) the Obsidian Mirror continues to squander their plans. While I'm ecstatic Catherine Fisher has managed to maintain the standard of her first novel, I must warn you this is the success and undoing of Slanted worlds.
In other words, The Obsidian Mirror's sequel, felt too much like the Obsidian Mirror. This is the second book in a trilogy, and we've only peeled back the first layer of Fisher's multi-layered story. Who are the Shee? Is Venn lord winter? What Happened to the Shee in the future? Slanted Worlds doesn't begin to answer these crucial questions, instead opting to erect even more mysteries.
"This was the third time tonight she had begged him, increasingly despairing, and she knew he had read it. Far off in time, surrounded by his empire, powered by the ferocious energy of the mirror, Janus was tormenting her with silence." - OM: SW
As usual, Jake Wilde, Oberon Venn, and Lady Summer were the highlights of the story. Their obsessive drive that frequently puts them in the face of danger, once again threw them in the crosshairs of Janus - and his most talented pupil. It was amusing to see how Sarah's agenda (saving the future at the cost of Leah) mixed with Oberon's single-minded determination, in a time where they were really stretched thin. Needless to say, that hint of turmoil added an extra "oopph" to the team dynamics.
"Venn, Jake, Maskelyne. They all think they need it. But they'll become slaves to it, and believe me, I know that's true, because I've seen it happen. I've seen how the mirror can devour people, mind and soul, how it can swell and pulsate with its own power"- OM: SWThis is one of those semi-cross-genre novels that appeals to a wide crowd. The spirit, the characters, etc.... are sterling. You may come across some other reviews that have stated it to be tedious, Naturally I disagree; but It may be worth taking notice if you are a unique/action-y type of reader. We all have our different tastes!
My Rating: 4.1/5
Check out the trailer for one of Fisher's other series, Incarceron!