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The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer
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Aug 04, 2010

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bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, teen, foreign
Read in May, 2009

A beautiful glimpse into a dark alternative Venice full of magic and intrigue leads into a truncated adventure story. The general plot line is abruptly cut at the end of the book, apparently continuing into the second book of the trilogy. As a result, the action feels very inconsistent with some portions moving very quickly and others lingering over gothic detail. Expectedly, this would smooth out over a longer book, or in this case hopefully the trilogy, containing a complete plot arc. It’s also disappointing that the audio recording is pleasantly mysterious but only covers books one and two. Nonetheless, I’m still somewhat impressed at the mood created and the fabulous magical creatures including mermaids that avoid Disney cheesiness and returns to the darker, brutal moodishness of the Andersen tale and stone lions that have become the symbol of Venice’s power personified. Additionally, the character back stories are interesting and the initial scenes where they begin to interact are well done.

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