August 04, 2014
Who is Oberon Venn? Explorer, iconoclast, mad scientist, wealthy recluse… Nobody really seems to know, not even Jake, whose father works for the elusive Mr. Venn. When Jake's father disappears while working on a strange set of experiments for Venn, Jake blames Venn and immediately goes AWOL from his Swiss boarding school to return to Venn's estate at Wintercombe Abbey and find out what's really going on. What he finds, though, is the obsidian mirror, which seems to be a portal to other times, other worlds. Is it scientific or is it magical? Again, it's mysterious, and seems to be a bit of both, and it just might be the key to finding Jake's father.
I can't tell you much without spoilers, but I will tell you that the characters are amazing: each one has a fully developed and intriguing backstory and each is believably flawed. Jake isn't fully likeable at first, and we hardly know Sarah or Venn or Maskelyne or any of the other oddball folks who begin to gather at the estate, and the fey are strange and inscrutable and selfish, but the characters all grow in complexity as the story proceeds through these two books, and as we learn more about each one's vested interest in the mirror and its powers. If you liked Incarceron, or Pete Hautman's Obsidian Blade; if you like Neil Gaiman or Nancy Farmer or Sarah Rees Brennan; if you like books that blend genres and are hard to categorize, I highly recommend this one.
You can find Obsidian Mirror and The Slanted Worlds by Catherine Fisher online, or at an independent bookstore near you!