The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections Trilogy Series #1)

The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections Trilogy Series #1)

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The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections Trilogy Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Bear08RnO on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I liked the cover. I enjoyed the beginning of the story, even though the 'orphan sent to be an apprentice at a scary shop' wasn't the most original setup. There were intriguing bits to the story (I liked the mirrors and the stone lions) however, as the story progressed I felt like there were too many things pulling for my attention. There was the water queen and the mermaids, there was the competition between the mirror maker and the dress maker, there were the stone lions, there was a war, there was the devil and the underworld, there was too much. I was relieved when I was done with the book because it meant I didn't have to try to keep so many things straight. I think the story is not bad, it just needs a lot of the clutter pulled away to let it shine.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Water Mirror is set in an alaternate Venice of the late 1800 filled with magic, mermaids, and an evil Egyptian empire. Merle is an orphan and is apprenticed to a magic mirror maker. When she and Serafin - the magic weaver's apprentice - overhear a plot to allow the Egyptians to conquer Venice, they find themselves in the midst of danger.A well told story, especially with the audio narrator. It was quite different from other plots and I look forward to the next book. My only complaint is that the story ends on a cliff hanger and should have gone on for a bit more.
picardyrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids book, but interesting images.
coralsiren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing, there's so much I loved about it. I can't believe it's been sitting on my shelf for so long unread.
Vampirate_queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book as a birthday present years ago, and I just recently re-read it. The characters and objects in the book are very strange, but that is what I abslutely love about this book. The ideas put into the text are fascinating and original. The stone lions were, by far, my favorite things in the story, but everything in it was interesting.
vernefan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kai Meyer is one of those author's whose creativity is above and beyond talented. Within the market-flooded fantasy book world, there are so many books published with the same old sword and scorcery, dragons, and intergallactical space wars. Kai Meyer has managed to invent unique methods of using magic and fantasy like you've never seen before. I have already read his later trilogy, The Wave Walkers and found that his ideas were very fresh and innovative. Now reading this first book in the Dark Reflections Trilogy, I was still amazed at his ingenuity and was not disappointed. This is a story of two orphan girls, Junipa and Merle, who were both abandoned by their parents and left at an orphanage. For predestined reasons we the readers don't know yet, they are chosen to be apprentices to the magic mirror maker, Arcimboldo. This story takes place in the late 1800s in an alternative fantasy world of Venice where gondolas glide over canals of wonder and of hidden secrets below the water's surface. The reader enjoys meeting spectacular creatures like mermaids with mouths of shark-like teeth, giant stone talking lions made of obsidion and granite that fly, and water phantoms that are trapped in magical mirrors. Book one of this trilogy, Water Mirror, starts out very engaging and interesting. The reader soon gets very involved with the two girls who are very quickly led into a secret world of intrique, adventure, of love and of war.The story is very fast paced, written for the level of middle reader or early young adults, and is a quick read. This can not be read as a stand alone due to the cliff-hanger ending leaving us eagerly waiting for the second book in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Water Mirror for two reasons. One I love alternative fantasy worlds based on real places we know of and I am a big fan of high levels of writing creativity. If you are a fantasy fan who craves something fresh and new, try any of Kai Meyer's books within his two trilogies. You wont be disappointed. Two thumbs up for this story and I'm ready to dive into book two!
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in an enchanted Venice that has been held under siege for years by the Egyptians, Merle and Junipa are taken from an orphanage to apprentice with Arcimboldo, owner of a magical mirror workshop. Although the girls are not sure why they have been chosen, it is clear that they both possess some gifts. Junipa, blind since birth, is given mirror eyes that allow her to see. Merle is entrusted to save the life of the Flowing Queen, a goddess of the water. Complete with stone lions, mermaids, and mirror spirits, there are a host of magical creatures that coexist with the human characters. The political situation is coming to a head with war threatening and a messenger from Hell entreating the Venetians to form a pact. The book, translated from the German by Elizabeth D. Crawford, tries to do too many things at once and what seems to be key information is divulged when the book is about to end with no development. The book reads as a first chapter, as the main characters are all left in disparate situations and the reader must wait for the next installment of the series to discover their fates. It is an ambitious attempt to cover an expansive array of fanciful creatures, war, political intrigue, and even a little romance. Series readers would enjoy this book which develops an increasingly fast pace as the volume progresses, others may well find it an interesting but ultimately unsatisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book but i don't like the ending at all. :..(
TruNatrsChild More than 1 year ago
I would say makes a great adult story too.
JulieJJJ More than 1 year ago
Venice, Italy is a magical place with palaces built on islands in a lagoon. Gondoliers guide their boats down canals, stone lions stare down from buildings and gold glistens underfoot in St. Mark's Cathedral. Kai Meyer takes Venice's magic to another level. In "The Water Mirror" Venice's lagoon is filled with mermaids, stone winged lions fly overhead, and mirrors are made with solidified enchanted water. Merle is a girl apprentice learning the art of making magic mirrors. Serafin is a boy apprentice learning to be a magic weaver. Together they face the Egyptian Empire that threatens to take over Venice. Merle and Seraphim must save the city, in this very unique and beautiful book. Having been to Venice many times, and having always imagined the masses of modern tourists replaced by inhabitants of hundreds of years ago, I was immediately drawn in to Meyer's book. It took me to an enchanted Venice my imagination hadn't dreamed of, full of color and fantasy. I'll definitely be reading Dark Reflections #2.
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If you think this book is great you should check out Twilight,New moon,eclipse and upcoming Breaking dawn. This saga is one of the most red books across the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was superb! It keeps your grasp and lets go at the end, however you want to hold on..not letting go...wanting to listen..read..visualize....the next book....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book, which just proves that some of the best authors are from places other than the U.S.A.! I recommend this book for everyone who loves adventure and fantasy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that i have read in a long time!!!cant wait to read the SECOND!!
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This book is really great!
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Oh-my-goodness!! I absolutly ADORE this book! It is about these two young girls who are sucked into this amazing fantasy adventure only to find what they have in the middle. With little twists and turns and secrets around every corner, who couldnt fall in love with the characters, the places, and the plot?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing story and i just LOVED iT! i wish more people could notice the book because it's not a book you might see in every bookstore but it's an amazing, great book. it's (i say) a must read for fantasy lovers. OMG CANNOT WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK! I WANNA KNOW WHEN WILL IT COME OUT!lol