Too many books these days seem to be unfinished, as if having a series of books means that no individual one can hold a complete story. Refreshingly, this book does not fall into that category. It manages to tell a complete story, whilst still leaving just enough dangling threads to make the second in the series feel like a must have. That fact alone, in this day and age, is enough for me to give a high star rating to the book. It would be selling it short, however, to suggest that is the only reason I give it 5 stars.
The Obsidian Mirror very quickly drew me in. It moves at quite a pace, which fits the story very well. Events are happening in a short space of time (even as they happen in different times), and I really liked that the pacing of the story reflected this. I felt, as the reader, I was learning about the characters in parallel to them learning about each other. Their questions were my questions, and each answer propelled me along with them.
The page here on goodreads provides a perfectly good synopsis, so I won't repeat that information here. Suffice to say I found the setting, so evocatively described, to be enchanting and intriguing. The story felt original, whilst drawing upon familiar ideas. The characters were engaging. The end was satisfying. And I can't wait to start on the second book!