The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer
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In Venice, magic is not unusual. Merle is apprenticed to a magic mirror maker, and Serafin—a boy who was once a master thief—works for a weaver of magic cloth. Merle and Serafin are used to the mermaids who live in the canals of the city and to the guards who patrol the streets on living stone lions. Merle herself possesses something magical: a mirror whose surface is water. She can reach her whole arm into it and never get wet.

But Venice is under siege by the Egyptian Empire; its terrifying mummy warriors are waiting to strike. All that protects the Venetians is the Flowing Queen. Nobody knows who or what she is—only that her power flows through the canals and keeps the Egyptians at bay.

When Merle and Serafin overhear a plot to capture the Flowing Queen, they are catapulted into desperate danger. They must do everything they can to rescue the Queen and save the city—even if it means getting help from the Ancient Traitor himself.

About Kai Meyer

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Kai Meyer is one of Germany's most successful authors, with millions of books sold worldwide, and his novels have been translated into thirty languages. The British edition of The Flowing Queen (published in the U.S. as The Water Mirror) won the 2007 Marsh Award for Best Children's Book in Translation, and his historical novel The Vow was turned into a movie by celebrated German director Dominik Graf. Kai lives in Germany. You can visit him online at
Published October 2, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Merle, Junipa and Serafin will need to puzzle out who’s good and who’s bad as this flowing, offbeat tale continues.

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This isn't a fairy tale," Merle tells the Flowing Queen, who answers: "Unfortunately, it is not.

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Publishers Weekly

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In a mythical 1894 Venice, only the Flowing Queen has held off an Egyptian pharaoh's army, and orphans Merle and Junipa, who is blind, are apprenticed to Arcimboldo, who makes "magic mirrors for good and wicked stepmothers."

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The mysterious hand that grasps Merle's own inside the mirror and Merle's own dreams lead the girl to believe that she might have a secret connection to the Flowing Queen, the elusive power that has protected the city of Venice from the menacing Egyptians who have taken over much of the rest of t...

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Fantasy Literature

The Water Mirror is a strong start to a series that gives a small sense of resolution at the end but really ends mid-adventure.

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