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Die Fließende Königin

(Merle-Trilogie #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,376 ratings  ·  314 reviews
Eine einsame Gondel gleitet die Kanäle eines abgelegenen Stadtviertels von Venedig entlang. An Bord befinden sich zwei Mädchen, die einem ungewissen Schicksal entgegenfahren. Der berüchtigte Spiegelmacher Arcimboldo hat Merle und die blinde Junipa aus dem Waisenhaus holen lassen und nimmt sie bei sich als Lehrlinge auf. Seine Werkstatt liegt am Kanal der Ausgestoßenen, wo ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 31st 2004 by Heyne (first published June 1st 2001)
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Flowing Queen/The Dark Reflections was a magical and captivating book. I fell in love with this alternate Venice, where winged Stone Lions rule the air, where beautiful mermaids with sharp teeth come to die and where there the mysterious Flowing Queen protects the City from Egyptian invaders.

I've read this book before back in my teens (gosh I've gotten old - the fact alone that I can say things like "back in my teens" frightens me). And I loved it just as much as I did back then. Kai Meyer i
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: walk-the-plank
Ahoy there me mateys! This was an young adult fantasy audiobook that I picked up because it takes place in a magical Venice, the author is German, and it has a wonderful cover:

I loved the setting of the book. The story takes place in an alternate magical Venice. The world is ruled by the Egyptian Pharaoh who controls mummies and flying ships. The exception is Venice, a city whose waters are protected by the Flowing Queen. Mermaids and living stone lions are only some of the creatures that call t
Note: This is the original German edition of the first instalment of the Dark Reflections trilogy. It is also available in English. I especially love the bind-up’s cover:
Dark Reflections The Water Mirror; The Stone Light; The Glass Word by Kai Meyer
Isn't it beautiful? You should totally read it. I know you want to. And no, I'm not getting paid to advertise this book ;).

I just finished re-reading this old childhood favourite and it was a pleasure to revisit the world. I’m glad to be able to say that I still enjoy is as much as back then.

The world Kai Meyer has created with
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Das war ja damals - lang lang ists her - das erste Buch, das ich von Kai Meyer gelesen hatte und seitdem bin ich ein großer Fan! Es hat mich wieder genauso in seinen magischen Bann gezogen wei beim ersten Mal und ich bin einfach nur begeistert, dass mich Merle und das magische Venedig so gut unterhalten haben!

Die Geschichte spielt in einem historischen Venedig, in dem die Ausübung von Magie zwar verboten ist, aber es dennoch genug Phantastisches zu bestaunen gibt: Steinerne Löwen als Reittiere
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of torn about this book. It really has some fantastic ideas, and the imagery is fantastic. But the writing style (one that didn't bother me originally) has slowly become increasingly annoying to me.

Before I go into more detail about the cons, I'd like to say what I did like about the book first. It was an intriguing idea of an alternate universe Venice where magic exists and Egypt is to them as Rome was to our universe hundreds of years ago. There was a fantastic explanation for all of
I read to page 36 and skimmed the rest. Here is the bit that made me stop reading: "Ever since the National Geographic Society expedition under the famed Professor Charles Burbridge in 1833 had proven Hell to be a real place in the interior of the earth, there had been several meetings between the ambassadors of Satan and representatives of humanity. However, no one knew any of the details, and that was probably just as well."

No, just no. I don't want that in my fantasy reading. I'm a Christian
Jun 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to get lost in Meyers world for awhile, a great escape. I can't imagine that anyone would be satisfied by the ending, not because it's unresolved, but because the writing leading up to it is inconclusive and abrupt. The fantasy-esque particulars, the adolescent protagonists, and the simplistic writing style subjugate the novel to the 'young adult' realm. But I think Meyer has some interesting things to say and very compelling well as some chilling and creepy plot strategi ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Rezension zu Band 1 UND 2

Die fließende Königin und Das steinerne Licht sind die ersten beiden Bände der Merle-Trilogie von Kai Meyer, die in Venedig spielt, bei der es um jede Menge Fantasywesen geht und darum, dass Merle herausfindet, was mit ihren Eltern geschehen ist. Ich muss leider leider sagen, dass mir diese beiden Bände gereicht haben. Ich habe nicht das Bedürfis noch Band drei zu lesen. Der Grund? Es war ein wenig wie bei Die Wellenreiter. Ich fand die Welt, die Kai Meyer hier geschaffe
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
I'm still not really sure how I feel about this book, even though I read it several years ago. I picked it up because it was a recent translation from a German book, and then discovered that it was set in a city based on Venice. Of course. I'm not really sure why the Germans are obsessed with Italy (Cornelia Funke, for example), maybe for the same reason I wanted to read about Germany: it's different. Anyway. This was a very inventive fantasy, lots of fun and interesting twists leading up to . . ...more
Asghar Abbas

Very interesting world building and new take on mermaids . Enjoyable .
N.T. Embe
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to N.T. by: My sister randomly picked it off the shelves.
Shelves: fantasy

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 became fast friends regardless of the oddities that they became part of. I admired both of them, Merle and Junipa, because these were girls that were willing to be friends with one another and give e
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressive. The worldbuilding was excellent, with strong Venetian cultural touches - I also loved the brief mention of the Czarist people protected by "the Baba Yaga." The book had all the inherent tension of any story of a pocket of resistance in a mostly-conquered world, and the Egyptian conquerors made great villains, with their scarab swarms and undead armies. The darker aspects of the book were a little surprising sometimes, but fascinating.

I forgave the occasional awkwardness in the writin
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Stephanie Campi
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primero que nada, muchas gracias Claudia por prestarmelo, aunque demoré un tanto en poder leerlo.
La historia es preciosa, me costó pasar las primeras páginas; pero en cuanto logré tomarle el gusto descubrí un hermoso mundo que está bien elaborado. Está ubicada en una Venecia que está asediada por el ejército Egipcio, pero en la que ellos no han podido ingresar porque La Reina de la Laguna protege a sus habitantes. Es un ambiente mágico en el que están los leones alados de piedra, las siernas y l
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This might've been three, if I was in middle school.

Merle is an orphan who was chosen to be apprenticed to a mirror maker, in Venice. Her blind friend Junipa is chosen as well. Serafin is an ex-thief who is apprenticed to a tailor, but Serafin has little importance except in a small section of the book, so we're not sure why he's mentioned. In that small section, Merle and Serafin discover a plot to capture the Flowing Queen--a mysterious entity that has been protecting Venice from the invading
Avid Booker
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was in 7th grade. I asked my teacher could I keep it and after a little bit of puppy dog eyes, she let me. I read this non-stop till I finished it and I was obsessed. One thing I can say is, that I didn't finish the series and I probably wont. YES. I recommend this. YES, I think this is a wonderful young adult fantasy novel, but it's not my speed. It never was and it still isn't.

As a girl, I forced a lot of romance into this book that most likely wasn't really there. Ser
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wir hatten dieses Buch in der Schulbibliothek und 8 Jahre lang hab ich jedes Mal überlegt es zu lesen wenn ich dort war (also ziiiiemlich oft xD)
Nachdem ich nun seit 4,5 jahren nicht mehr in der Schule bin, hab ich das Vorhaben in die Tat umgesetzt.

Meine Erwartungen: langes (Hardcover sieht ziemlich dick aus) Kinderbuch, mit einem Setting das ganz okay ist und einem komischen Wesen ohne Körper

Was hab ich bekommen? Ein erstaunlich schnell zu lesendes (dennoch eindeutig zu kurzes- die Trilogie in
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando termine de leer este libro me dije a mismo : Este es un excelente libro para empezar con el genero de lo paranormal y lo juvenil, esto es fantasy Una obra con muchos elementos que logran mezclarse muy bien entre si para convertirse en una historia espectacular. Primero que nada la ciudad de Venecia que nos aporta un ambiente de misterio y nos da la sensación de que algo grande va a pasar. Después tenemos la casa de huérfanos y a nuestra protagonista la cual al principio del libro logra d ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, young-adult
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"What is magic but technology that men do not understand - not yet, or no longer." In an alternate Venice, stone lions pace the streets and shark-toothed mermaids swim the Venetians canals. The city is stalemated under an Egyptian siege protected by the power of a mysterious "flowing queen" whose essence permeates the waters of Venice. When the flowing queen is captured by an Egyptian plot, the city is left vulnerable and it falls to intrepid orphan Merle to save her city from Egyptian enslaveme ...more
A great read, set in a world where Venice is at war with Egypt -- and Egypt that is still ruled by a Pharaoh. The story is full of enslaved mermaids, flying stone lions, alchemy, messengers from Hell and on and on. The protagonist, a teenaged girl from Venice, is taken from an orphanage to apprentice with a man who makes magic mirrors for a living, and from there things quickly start to get loopy. Don't miss this deep, complex fantasy tale, apparently only the first in a series. This one is extr ...more
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Schön geschriebener Auftakt zur Trilogie - hört leider genau dann auf, wenn es gerade spannend wird.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rasante und schnell zu lesende Geschichte. Leider konnte ich mich nur nicht richtig in die Charaktere einfühlen.
Erick Villalpando
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una vez mas queda demostrado que Venecia es sin dudas un maravilloso lugar donde crear historias increíbles.
Lauren Schumacher
My experience of reading this book was like:

"Ah! Hmm! Oh! Ah. Ahhhhh? Uh... Hmm. Um. What?"

It's super imaginative. That isn't really a compliment, in this particular case. With a more skilled writer, I think this vast number of ideas could juuuuust barely be tied together successfully without feeling overstuffed. But Meyer is not a skilled writer. (And I'm confident that it isn't a translation issue.) It's trying very hard to be His Dark Materials, but it's more like...Eragon.

The very start of t
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I found the entire trilogy in a nearby Little Free Library and was intrigued. Unfortunately, this volume is a disappointment. I'm picky about world-building, and the world-building in this book is slapdash heading for chaotic. Venice! Magic! Egypt! Mermaids! Living stone lions! Hell! (No, really, Hell.) When the book started, I thought it would be about Merle and her new friend and fellow apprentice Junipa...and then suddenly Merle meets a certain boy and the plot becomes all about her and him a ...more
Emma Kate
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*This was a reread*
I have always loved Venice and magic and this book combined both. Since I was little I have loved this book. This book contains an interesting look at magic and mythical creatures that I have never seen before. The world surrounding Venice is taken over by the newly risen pharaoh and he is closing in. The fate of Venice seems to fall into the hands of a orphan girl named Merle. With flying stone lions and mermaids, this book is a quick and great read. I highly recommend you ta
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This book was magical and whimsical—it gave me a lot of nostalgia and I know I would have absolutely adored it as a twelve year old. It was a bit of a strain on my suspension of disbelief at times but was charming enough for me to overlook that. Worth the read, and you will want the sequels on hand to find out what happens to Merle, the heroine. Great fantasy with unique concepts and vivid world building.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobook, favorites
What a great audiobook! Thanks Toby Longworth for a great narration. The story and the writing are very good, but the narration took it to the next level for me. I had so much fun listening to it.

Even though it is shelved as YA on Goodreads, I would consider it a middle-grade fantasy novel. But it definitely does have a feeling of darkness. In that sense, it reminded me Neil Gaiman's children books.

Lacey D-Bell
This book consisted of pages and pages of a character explaining the history of this fantasy/alternate version of Venice rather than allowing us to experience those pages as part of the story.

There were moments where this story had potential, which is why it didn't get 1-star only, but that potential was never seen, unfortunately.
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With millions of books sold worldwide, Kai Meyer is one of Germany's most successful authors. His novels have been translated into 27 languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

Kai Meyer was born in 1969 in northern Germany. He began college at the University of Bochum, Germany, where he studied film, theatre, and philosophy. After a year, he dropped out t

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