“The Door in the Moon” – What Does This Title Reference?

Book Review: The Door in the Moon
Obsidian Mirror
Book 3
By Catherine Fisher

Spoiler Alert!

     This New York Times bestselling author once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. The vast, intricate world, fascinating revelations, and unexpected turns in the final book of the Obsidian Mirror trilogy will appeal to readers of Cassandra Claire, and will satisfy existing fans fully.
(Courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note this is actually a quartet and not the final volume, so I’m not so sure about goodreads summary.

It’s Midsummer Night. It’s hot. And everyone in Wintercombe Abbey is dreaming strange and disturbing dreams – until Jake and Sarah are swept through the Obsidian Mirror and time itself into a nightmare world of revolution and murder. Meanwhile, Oberon Venn faces a choice between staying mortal or losing his soul in the tangled green wildwood of the faerie realm.

Adult Point of View

I loved Incarceron and will still want to read anything Catherine Fisher writes! The Obsidian Mirror series is not pulling together because of the characters and too many plot threads. This one has turned into a mess and I still don’t feel vested in the characters. Of all the characters I identify the most with Moll and Jake. Hopefully this list will help you because I needed to keep everyone straight.


Jake Wilde : father has disappeared, he wants to rescue him at all costs
David Wilde: has traveled through time and disappeared
Oberon Venn: hopes to use the Obsidian Mirror to retrieve Leah, his dead wife
George Wharton: school teacher who had Jake in his care
Rebecca: college student, entangled with Maskelyne
Moll: Victorian urchin and now a cheeky girl-pirate
Sarah: descendant of Venn from the future, hopes to thwart Janus
John Harcourt Symmes: one time owner of the Obsidian Mirror
Alicia Symmes: daughter of John Symmes and time traveler

Maskelyne: undetermined identity, creator and original owner of Obsidian Mirror
Janus: evil owner of Obsidian Mirror in the future & has destruction of world imminent
Gideon: once a human who was kidnapped into the faerie world
Piers: something of a genie from a bottle, loves to cook in his kitchen
The Cats: have powers of understanding beyond normal cats, Piers can understand them
Summer: the Queen of the Shee, wants to torment men and particularly Venn

What is Fisher referencing with the title of a door in the moon?
I don’t have THE answer, but here are some thoughts on the matter:

The moon is frequently referred to in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Titania, Oberon, and Puck are names of the moons of Uranus. The Door in the Moon is certainly filled with the lunacy, misdirected love and the dream-like state of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. I am not aware of the play ever saying there was a door in the moon.

Could the door in the moon be a way to travel to the future? We know that Jake will need to go to the future in the final book and that Moll has provided the secret. In France, in the mansion about to be destroyed, she pops out of a door opened by Sarah described as “a  dark rectangle in the gold disc of the moon”. (p.201)

At another point Piers and Wharton are on the “moon” as created by the Shee in the Summerland. To escape this world they find, “A point of light, pure and golden and warm. It pierced the pure black of shadow like a keyhole in a door.” …”With a crack like the opening of an air-lock, a whole rectangle of stone was dragged open, debris dropping from the lintel, a cloud of dust rising to make Wharton cough.” (p.265) Is the door in the moon a way to work through the faerie magic?

At other moments the moon is referenced, Summer is described as wearing “a moon pale dress with lacy craters.” (p.301)
As Rebecca and Makelyne find the half of the coin that Sarah had stolen from Summer. “He reached out and she put the piece of gold into his hand, and saw how he held it up and how the moon caught its chipped edge.” (p.262)
As the Shee are overtaking the house it is described as, “the windows choked up with greenery, slashed with shafts of moonlight.” (p.271) Most of the quotes incorporate the words gold and moon together, perhaps this is accidental.

I’m sure there are more references to the moon through the novel that I have missed. These few examples show that Fisher has thoughts running through the book about the moon and I would like to know where she is headed. Maybe there are many doors out of lunacy. It’s not my favorite, but she is very creative.

3 out of 5 stars
3 star


  • Michelle



About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow-cooked in a tagine. I write stories and illustrate in ink.
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