The Mirror of Her Dreams

The Mirror of Her Dreams

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by Stephen R. Donaldson
     
 

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With The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen R. Donaldson changed the face of fantasy fiction forever. In The Mirror of Her Dreams, the astonishing first novel in the two-volume Mordant’s Need series, Donaldson shows us a world of wondrous beauty and seductive illusion, where mirrors hold the deadliest of magics and nothing is what it seems. . .

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With The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen R. Donaldson changed the face of fantasy fiction forever. In The Mirror of Her Dreams, the astonishing first novel in the two-volume Mordant’s Need series, Donaldson shows us a world of wondrous beauty and seductive illusion, where mirrors hold the deadliest of magics and nothing is what it seems. . . .

The daughter of rich but neglectful parents, Terisa Morgan lives alone in a New York City apartment, a young woman who has grown to doubt her own existence. Surrounded by the flat reassurance of mirrors, she leads an unfulfilled life—until the night a strange man named Geraden comes crashing through one of her mirrors, on a quest to find a champion to save his kingdom of Mordant from a pervasive evil that threatens the land. Terisa is no champion. She wields neither magic nor power. And yet, much to her own surprise, when Geraden begs her to come back with him, she agrees.

Now, in a culture where women are little more than the playthings of powerful men, in a castle honeycombed with secret passages and clever traps, in a kingdom threatened from without and within by enemies able to appear and vanish out of thin air, Terisa must become more than the pale reflection of a person. For the way back to Earth is closed to her. And the enemies of Mordant will stop at nothing to see her dead.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a followup to his bestselling Thomas Covenant trilogies, Donaldson presents another lengthy, dense fantasy adventure in the first of the two-book sequence Mordant's Need. This first volume introduces the land of Mordant, beset from without by armies and monsters and from within by plots, dissension and madness. The search for a champion goes awry as the Congery of Imagers first lures poor little rich girl Terisa Morgan from our world, and then snatches a mysterious warrior whose futuristic weapons destroy part of the castle he is supposed to defend. Terisa rises to the challenge, quickly becoming a key figure, a wild card among the many cliques and powers vying to save or seize king and kingdom. Donaldson scores with the magic discipline of imagery, in which mirrors serve as windows on alternate worlds. His characterization, however, is either derivative or programmatic (in a world without ordinary mirrors, no one can be taken at face value). Readers are likely to be hooked by the interlocking intrigues and progressive revelations among a large cast in a vast old castle riddled with secret passageshooked, but probably disappointed, for this overlong volume is all buildup for the second. 200,000 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo. (November 15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307819246
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2013
Series:
Mordant's Need , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
118,782
File size:
3 MB

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Mirror of Her Dreams 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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DragonflyBlue More than 1 year ago
I first read this book probably 25+ years ago when my brother, a big fantasy reader and Stephen R Donaldson fan, recommended it to me. I hadn't read a lot of fantasy at the time, but this was one book that drew me more and more in that direction. there is a lot of political intrigue which I don't usually care for, but it is done so well here and drives the story so well, I don't mind it at all. What I love about this book is the main character is female...there weren't a ton of fantasy books at the time with an interesting and believable female lead. Also, there is a real love story in this book...again unlike many fantasy books before this one, love "stuff" tended to be glossed over or too chivalric to be taken seriously. I get this book and it's sequel A Man Rides Through out every few years and thouroughly enjoy it every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mordant's Need consists of A Man Rides Through and The Mirror of Her Dreams. Terisa, a rich, neglected young woman, finds herself translated through a mirror to the kingdom of Mordant. Terisa and Geraden, an apprentice imager, are involved with discovering why horrors are being unleashed in the kingdom and why the king doesn't act to stop the horrors. A lot of adventure and a little romance make for a wonderful epic fantasy. Much better in my opinion than the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
LeslieN More than 1 year ago
I read this book...hmmm, about 20 years ago, and at the risk of sounding like some sort of groupie, I have to say, I still think about these  characters! I love them. The characters, the plot, and setting are simply unforgettable. A masterful story woven by a true story teller.  Highly recommended!  And now it's available on Nook--time to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read these two books years ago from the library, and have been interested in reading them again on my Kindle. Unfortunately these are not available in this format. I enjoyed the books and did not find them boring, or overlong. I especially liked the relationship between Terisa and Geraden. Donaldson created an interesting world and a new take on magic. I highly recommend these for any age of fantasy fan.
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songcatchers More than 1 year ago
The Mirror of Her Dreams is a fairly slow fantasy novel. It's about Terisa, a girl from our own world, who travels through a mirror into a world of Stephen R. Donaldson's making. This new world is a place where mirrors are used not for their reflections but for portals into other times and places. This is a world where a King seems to have lost his mind and treachery and betrayal run rife. This is where Terisa questions her role among an overlarge cast of character. The Mirror of Her Dreams had some interesting aspects that I really enjoyed. I loved the idea of mirrors as portals. Overall though the story seemed to move at a very slow pace. I got bored while reading this. I just wasn't feeling it. I have read much better fantasy but I've also read much worse.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 22 and when i was about 17 my sister brought home a used book from the library for 25 cents and told me i could have it. I had no idea i would be hooked. It was the huge hardcover edition. I spent about 2 years asking around trying to find that sequel it was hard to find that year. My sister found a copy in a used book store while visiting oregon and even took a picture with it. I loved the second one even more than the first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terisa lives in a glass tower in the middle of a large city. Her parents' wealth enables her to live a reclusive life, with little contact with reality. In fact, she has surrounded herself with mirrors, hoping to convince herself she is real. ...................... When a young man crashes through one of her glasses, all that changes. She is drawn into a different world, where no one is sure if she is real or a creation of magic. If she is real, she possesses a powerful enchantment that could be key to saving a kingdom ruled by a king lost in dreams. Here she first finds love and lust both. Choosing between the two may be key to saving herself and this new world. ............... *** In this adult version of Alice in Wonderland, Stephen R Donaldson again proves himself a master of fantasy. He explores a new world through the eyes of a woman who is as lost as his former protagonist, Thomas Covenant. In doing so, he forces the reader to examine their own hearts. ***
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mordant's Need is a story of personal growth filled with magic, adventure, and romance. I have read both books several times over the years yet my enthusiasum has not diminished. I strongy recommend this book and A Man Rides Through to anyone who is into Fantasy.