The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections #1)

 
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The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections #1)
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June 01, 2001
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In Venice, magic is not unusual. Merle is apprenticed to a magic mirror maker, and Serafin -- a boy who was once a master thief -- works for a weaver of magic cloth. Merle and Serafin are used to the mermaids who live in the canals of the city -- beautiful creatures with hideous mouths that split their faces from ear to ear -- and to the guards who patrol the streets on living stone lions. Merle herself possesses something magical: a mirror whose surface is water. She can reach her whole arm into it and never get wet.But Venice is under siege by the Egyptian Empire; its terrifying mummy warriors and flying sunbarks are waiting to strike. All that protects the Venetians is the Flowing Queen. Nobody knows who or what she is -- only that her power flows through the canals and keeps the Egyptians at bay.

When Merle and Serafin overhear a plot to capture the Flowing Queen, they are catapulted into desperate danger. They must do everything they can to rescue the Queen and save the city -- even if it means getting help from the Ancient Traitor himself.

Kai Meyer's bold, original fantasy conjures up a land of magic and menace as Merle and Serafin begin a journey to unimagined realms in the extraordinary world of Dark Reflections.

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An alternate reality, a magical Venice
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If youre looking for something a little different, a little magical, and very original, The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer is exactly what youre looking for. The first book in the Dark Reflections series, it leaves you wanting more much more at the end. Im hoping the next book in the series makes its way to my desk.

The story is set in an alternate world, in the early 1900s. Venice is a magical place in our own world, but doubly so in Meyers vision. Shark-toothed mermaids glide down the canals, stone lions patrol the city, and merchants can craft magic mirrors. It is also a time of war the mysterious Flowing Queen is the only thing that has kept the fearsome Egyptian army from taking over the city.

Two orphan girls, adventurous Merle and blind Junipa, are sent to be apprentices to Arcimboldo, the magic mirror maker. He is a kind man and restores Junipas site with miniature magic mirrors to replace her own faulty eyes. The other apprentices are a mixed lot, led by the bullying Dario, who especially hates the Weavers apprentices that are just a stones throw across the canal. They are lead by Serafino, a cheeky boy who figures largely in the story.

Merle meets up with Serafino at a festival and he takes her to a deserted part of the city to show her how there sometimes seem to be two Venices the one they live in, and the one reflected in the water (perhaps ours?). While there, they uncover a plot whereby some of the rulers of the city have captured the essence of the Flowing Queen and are going to trade her to an Egyptian envoy for a place in the new government, once the Egyptians have invaded and taken over.

That would mean the end of the city as Merle and Serafino know it. They do what any brave citizen would (perhaps) they storm the meeting and somehow successfully capture the vial that holds the Flowing Queen. As they are being chased by the stone lions that guard the government officials, they get separated.

Merle, who had been touched by the Flowing Queen in the past (likely something that happened at her birth or soon thereafter, as she was found floating in the canal in a basket with only a magic water mirror with her), soon finds herself communicating with the Flowing Queen, who talks her into swallowing the contents of the vial.

Things move along at a rapid pace after that, including Merles rescue of Vermithrax, an ancient stone lion being held in a tower, a minion of hell appearing and offering help to the citizens, the secret mission of Arcimboldo&lets just say that a lot is packed into the end of the book, all of it leading to a cliffhanger-type ending that will leave the reader crying out for more.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of fantasy, especially if youre a little weary of the same-old, same-old stock stories. For readers aged 12 and up, both girls and boys will enjoy this one and even the cover art is mysteriously beautiful.
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Wow where did you get these ideas! She says sacastically. I know why not get in contact with Philip Pullman and see if he agrees. You have shamelessly copied idea and names from his Dark Matter trilogy! The names, the concepts, in fact the lot. Why waste your time writing - photocopying his book would've saved you sooooo much time! This book is an outrage and a complete disgrace! The author is SHAMELESS
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So FuRiNkIn' AdDiCtInG!!!!!
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OMG! This was one of the most awesome books that I had read during the summer. I swear that I literally refused to go to sleep! So when it wasn't Sims 2 it was reading Water Mirror! My mom would have to come in like 5 times during the night well more like early in the morning (2 a.m.). I want EVERYONE to read this book. It is extremely, super original and it keeps you hooked. The entire book is great! I wasn't bored one second while reading this book. Gosh BUT I HATE THE ENDING! It was soo good, but it had to be a cliffhanger! Well you'll have to read it yourself to get absorbed into the world of this book. It's totally awesome. If I wasn't broke I would soooooo buy this book (T.T)!
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