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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490380
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 4.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Dark is the Moon, the third volume of Ian Irvine's "The View from the Mirror" quartet, the web of intrigue and magical betrayal that passes for politics in the world of Santhenar has reached a point of complexity where even its master players are feeling the strain. One of the few constants in Irvine's imagined world--the passionate erotic love between scholar/chronicler Llian and woman warrior Karan--starts to become unravelled when they are trapped with the evil mage Rulke in his semi-material place of exile, the Nightland; his seduction of the obsessional Llian with eye-witness testimony of the past is painful to watch. Nor is Rulke the cliché dark lord of much fantasy writing, he is a man who thinks what he does is justified by greater good, and not so different from many of his officially virtuous enemies. Irvine's evocation of landscapes tortured into strangeness by aeons of magical intervention and cities wrecked by civil strife is crisply visualised; his set pieces of action--a fight with pirates, a trek through desert, a magical duel--are involving and viscerally exciting; his characters are complex individuals who grow and change--the semi-villainous Magraith has become almost a secondary heroine. --Roz Kaveney

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In Dark is the Moon, the third volume of Ian Irvine's "The View from the Mirror" quartet, the web of intrigue and magical betrayal that passes for politics in the world of Santhenar has reached a point of complexity where even its master players are feeling the strain. One of the few constants in Irvine's imagined world--the passionate erotic love between scholar/chronicler Llian and woman warrior Karan--starts to become unravelled when they are trapped with the evil mage Rulke in his semi-material place of exile, the Nightland; his seduction of the obsessional Llian with eye-witness testimony of the past is painful to watch. Nor is Rulke the cliché dark lord of much fantasy writing, he is a man who thinks what he does is justified by greater good, and not so different from many of his officially virtuous enemies. Irvine's evocation of landscapes tortured into strangeness by aeons of magical intervention and cities wrecked by civil strife is crisply visualised; his set pieces of action--a fight with pirates, a trek through desert, a magical duel--are involving and viscerally exciting; his characters are complex individuals who grow and change--the semi-villainous Magraith has become almost a secondary heroine. (Roz Kaveney, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Churchill-moss on 27 Jan. 2005
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This book had my heart pounding from the start to the finish. it is a fantastic, enthralling adventure filled with ingenius characters!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By guy@gswindle.freeserve.co.uk on 15 May 2001
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You can almost feel Irvine developing in stature as this quartet unfolds. The complexity of the plot and the depth of the characterisation continue to grow with the telling.
For me the attraction of these stories, apart from the richness of the world(s) Irvine creates, is the realism of the characters. There is no black and white here. The heroes and heroines are not all good, the malevolents not all bad - and it's often hard to work out which is which!
Set against an evocative backdrop, this volume reveals more about the characters already introduced; their story, their history, their hopes and their fears.
Has Llian sold out to Rulke? Will Karan betray Llian? What is Shand's secret past? Will Maigraith emerge from Faelamor's domination? Can Mendark regain his authority? Find out the answers to some of these questions in Dark is the Moon.
I can't wait for the (concluding?) instalment.
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I think Jan Irvine require no recommendation, he is a brilliant writer and this volume is just another example of it. Brilliant story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2001
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Well, if what you want out of a book is infallable charecters, or a very straight battle of good Vs evil then this book, indeed this series is not for you.
However if what you want is a compelling read, charecters who have faults, charecters who are human, then this is a series for you.
I really can't recommend this book, and this series enough, even though i finished the series 4 months ago, the book, and its charecters, still stay with me.
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