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.
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.
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The Mirror of Her Dreams
While on a college weekend trip in 1986, I visited friends at Yale. All they could talk about was how much they loved this book. As a result, I bought the book, read it and loved the story. I was so excited when Book 2 was released the following year...A Man Rides Through. This continuation of the story was awesome too, Donaldson did not let me down. If you are a fan of The Outlander Series by Diana Galbaldon and enjoy stories that travel through time this is worth a read, especially now when we are all looking for more to read during the coronavirus stay/safer at home time period.
Frustrating and Unsatisifying
Classic Stephen Donaldson: another highly unlikeable protagonist and many unconvincing characters. It was hard enough to keep reading to the end of the first book, now I don't even care to continue... much like most of the ineffectual characters in this story, I imagine. Good riddance.
Unimpressed and very disappointed
I read this book from beginning to end, hoping at some point the storyline would improve---and it never did. The characters were subpar, the growth of the protagonist was horrible and I just couldn't figure out what the hell was going on by the end of the story. Absolute garbage. Just garbage.