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The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle (Horatio Lyle #2)

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There seems to be some odd things going on in the city of London lately. Take the murders, for instance; quite peculiar. And those missing statues. What's going on there? And shouldn't St. Paul’s Churchhave a roof? Odd. Horatio Lyle, of course, is no stranger to . . . well, strangeness.In fact, he finds the lure of the unknown quite invigorating. But having just survived t ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Little, Brown Book Group
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The Obsidian Dagger is the second book in the Horatio Lyle series by British author, Catherine Webb. As Horatio, Thomas, Tess and Tate work on their pressure-differential-velocity aeronautic device, their research is interrupted by Lord Lincoln, who insists that Her Majesty once again requires Lyle’s input into an important case. A ship’s captain and one of Lincoln’s agents have been murdered on board ship. As always, Lyle is given little to go on, but he certainly garners more information from ...more
Eustacia Tan
Back when I was still in MG, I came across the Horatio Lyle series. I've forgotten what they were about now, but I remember really enjoying them. So, when I went to the library, I hunted down the series - they only had one available, and sadly, it's not the first book. But, I still enjoyed reading it.

The Obsidian Dagger is a murder mystery. Two men are discovered dead in a boat. A series of murders follows. Horatio Lyle would like to stay out of this, but Lord Lincoln is basically twisting his a
I truly enjoyed this alternate history / fantasy / young adult series, and Horatio Lyle is now one of my new favourites. Lyle, a Darwin-era inventor, thinker, scientist and sometimes special constable, is called on by Her Majesty's agents to solve some mysterious goings on involving strange people with green eyes, magnets, machines and assorted other odd happenings.

I found the first few chapters awkward in their wording (especially the dialogue between Tess and Horatio), but after this Webb hits
This thing I find most difficult about these books is the same thing I love about them. They've such a unique style that sometimes it feels like I'm skimming the surface, rather than sinking in to the plot, but then this skimming the surface... brushing the edges of the conversations... is exactly the same thing that draws me in...

But one thing they always are, is fun (especially the relationships between the three main characters, which is the source of much of the humour!), exciting with fanta
This suffers from the same problem as the first Horatio Lyle book – Catherine Webb wants to be Terry Pratchett (of the earlier Discworld books). She is, however, not that funny nor insightful. All the characters are one-dimensional – Teresa is never more than the scrappy ingenious urchin, Lyle is Sherlock Holmes and Sam Vines rolled into one, and Thomas is the indiscriminately aged (he could be anything between 8 and 18, according to the schizophrenic characterisation) toff who seems uselessly n ...more
Reading this right after "Madness of Angels" was a rather weird experience. The atmosphere, the setting, the overall feel... was just like "Madness of Angels", albeit one that is lighter and less gloomy.

It is a good read for a younger audience, and was very well written. The characters were entertaining, the mystery was intriguing and the action sequence was well written. The plot itself was set up nicely to lead into the next book.

Unfortunately, I prefer the grittier reality of Matthew Swift co
Sue Smith
The extraordinary adventures of Horatio Lyle indeed!!! What a crazy story! Tons of action and a great mystery plot as well, all along the early Sherlock Holmes. Science and mystics all wrapped up in one. I enjoyed the characters, but did wish I had started with the first of the series. I think it would have filled in the details more and there were alot of hints of what had happened in the past without too much explanation in this story. But it's a great adventure none the less! Definitely worth ...more
Still more CSI type regency fun. This time I felt like I was missing more of the plot from not being born in London. I do find the little moments where the characters meet real people from that time (this book has six year old Arther Conen Doyle) just a tad annoying, especially when I don't always recognize what's going one at first. I still think it's exceptionally well written for a YA book, not the plot (which is also good) but the style of putting words on paper. I'm definatly going to buy t ...more
Wendy Palmer
A perfectly decent book, just not to my tastes. I liked the main character, Horatio Lyle, and his two sidekicks, but overall the ponderous style -- trying-too-hard descriptions straying from setting the scene to showing off research, trying-too-hard humour as exemplified by the scene where Thomas meets young Arthur [Conan Doyle:] -- and emphasis on action over character (the villains are particularly poorly developed) did not do it for me.
Horatio Lyle and his young friends are back!

The story is interesting and magical, although a bit tiring nearing the end, and the ending is a bit too flat.

You may count how many wounds Lyle get in the book - that could be a fascinating pastime that gives you a strange pleasure.
Once I found out Webb was writing these books as a series, I had to have the others. This one has all the characterisation and humour of the original but feels somewhat darker, partly due to the creepy nature of the antagonist.
The Obsidian Dagger is a well-written story. And as with all other Horatio Lyle books, it never fails to deliver the trademark humour of Horatio and his two helpers from very different backgrounds.
I love the prose, and Horatio is cool.. But the ending was unexpectedly flat and that's why I only give it 3 stars instead of 4.
There is nothing bad I can say about this book. It's the epitome of writing perfection.
My least favorite of the Horatio Lyle books, but still liked it.
Katie Watson
I love the characters. The plot is too faced-paced for me.
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Catherine Webb also writes under the name Kate Griffin and under the name Claire North
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