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The Water Mirror - Kai Meyer
The Water Mirror
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Kai Meyer's engaging fantasy portrays Venice as a city alive with wonder--stone lions pad with heavy paws on the canal banks and sometimes fly (as steeds for the Venetian Guard); the canals are full of mermaids with wide shark jaws, and the island city has been under siege by Egypt for 36 years.... show more
Kai Meyer's engaging fantasy portrays Venice as a city alive with wonder--stone lions pad with heavy paws on the canal banks and sometimes fly (as steeds for the Venetian Guard); the canals are full of mermaids with wide shark jaws, and the island city has been under siege by Egypt for 36 years. Only the power of The Flowing Queen, the mysterious spirit of the waters, has kept the city safe. But now the essence of the Queen has been stolen by traitors within the government, and the powers of Hell are offering a blood treaty. Two orphan girls, Merle, 14, and blind Junipa, 13, have become apprentices at the workshop of Arcimboldo, the maker of magic mirrors. He treats them kindly and restores gentle Junipa's sight by replacing her eyes with two round silvery bits of mirror. Merle soon emerges as the more adventurous of the two, and experienced fantasy readers are not surprised when she is given a quest to save the doomed city. American readers of this German bestseller will be reminded of Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord, by the intriguing mix of actual Venetian locations and a fantasy underworld, and also Neil Gaiman's Coraline, by the matter-of-fact acceptance of grotesqueries. In this unusually short (for fantasy) initial volume, Kai Meyer has planted enough backstory, hints, foreshadowings, and unanswered questions to fuel several sequels. (12 and up) --Patty Campbell
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780689877872 (0689877870)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Series: Merle-Trilogie (#1)
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Dakkar
Dakkar rated it
Merle è un'orfanella che ha appena iniziato il suo apprendistato con Junipa, una ragazza cieca, dal costruttore di specchi Arcimboldo. Quando incontra Seraphin, l'apprendista del negozio di fronte, scopre molti segreti su Venezia e sugli specchi. Cose che un apprendista tessitore non dovrebbe sapere...
N.T. Embe
N.T. Embe rated it
I feel... like this book went an entirely different way by the end than it had been going towards the beginning. Honestly, I feel a little betrayed, although most people may not have the same reaction. The book started off really interesting and unusual, with two characters that were intelligent and...
consoul
consoul rated it
3.0 Mein erstes Mal ...
... mit Kai Meyer! Obwohl ich Kai Meyer immer empfehlen würde und ihn für einen tollen Autor halte, ist mir erst jetzt bewusst geworden, dass ich noch nie ein Buch von ihm gelesen hatte, bis jetzt. Mit "Die fließende Königin" habe ich nun endlich diesen Umstand beseitigt und gleichzeitig einen Einst...
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Teccc rated it
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5.0 The Water Mirror
After reading many of the reviews... I have to agree, this book's ending is incomplete and leaves one frusterated. But... I loved it. Even after reconsidering I give it 5 stars. It has a 'Golden Compas'-esque quality, in the way it looks at a very trecherous and dynamic world from an innocent simpli...
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