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  • Paperback: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345459857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345459855
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Donaldson lived in India for 13 years with his father, a medical missionary, who worked extensively with lepers; it was here that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant.
He was awarded the John W. Campbell Award as Best Writer of the Year for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever, which, with the sequel trilogy, became instant bestsellers.
He is also the author of the fantasy duology 'Mordant's Need', the SF epic quintet 'The Gap', and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He won the World Fantasy Award in 2000.

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g Joyse and the kingdom of Mordant are in dire need; threatened by the evil arch-Imager Vagel and the hordes of Cadwal from without, betrayed by unknown enemies from within, Terisa Morgan is Mordant's unlikely champion, plucked from a life of wealthy dreariness in New York by the accidental magic of the apprentice Imager Geraden. The kingdom is directed by the power of images, of visions and of mirrors and Terisa and Geraden must master this power if Mordant is to survive. But the traps laid for them are many and treacherous…

'The Mirror Of Her Dreams' is the first volume of 'Mordant's Need', the mesmerizing new series from Stephen Donaldson, internationally acclaimed master of fantasy.

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About the Author

Stephen Donaldson was born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. Between the ages of three and sixteen he lived in India, where his father, an orthopaedic surgeon, worked with leprosy sufferers. This inspired his fictional character, Thomas Covenant.

Donaldson served two years as a conscientious objector doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his M.A. in English in 1971. He now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and its sequel (A Man Rides Through). The world created is as complex as his Illearth chronicle, but lighter in tone. I occasionally lost track of the machinations of various characters in their different plot strands, but that is pretty common with Donaldson - concentration required. The world is good and fully thought out, with a specific type of magic applying. The heroine is pretty sympathetic although occasionally a tad passive (again a Donaldson trait, the main character paralysed through their previous problems, mindset etc). You want to find out what happened to everyone after the second volume finishes, just to keep reading. Highly recommended - if you claim to like fantasy then you shouldn't miss this one!
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Stephen R. Donaldson's Mordant's Need duology - The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through - is one of my all-time favourites. It is an original and inventive tale that somehow binds just the right amounts of ordinary, bizarre, adventure, dangers, romance, relationships, and intrigue. Characters are well-drawn, multi-faceted individuals, and yet at times representational of elements of society most will recognise. The two wonderful lead characters are far from obvious heroes, in their own societies almost invisible, in their own ways both flawed, damaged, fragile, near-useless. And yet both rise through dangerous experiences to become more than they were, to triumph over the subtle and not-so-subtle evils in their lives. I always find these two books a cracking read, and then the themes and characters stay with me long afterwards. Perhaps I like to believe that, though we are all quite ordinary, maybe we might each be capable of such growth and success. It's an almost poetic adventure of ordinary people in very extraordinary circumstances. There's a message to me there: out of all their hardships, failings and doubts, they strive anyway, and they shine.
(NB: Intrigued by the word Mordant? Look it up...)
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Excellent book, along with its second volume. I have owned since they were originally published in paperback, but ..... My Son has read them a number of times [they are his best book/story ever], my wife has read them and my daughter has nearly completed 'A Man Rides Through'. So my copies have become very dog-eared. Unfortunately this work is now out of print. Therefore I have had to purchase used copies. Both of these are clean copies, although they are are not mint, they are very suitable replacements for my old tattered ones.
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I was searching through my book boxes in the loft for something to read and came across book 1 of Mordant's Need.

I read it from cover to cover enjoying both the story line and characters, at the three quarter stage I searched Amazon for the second volume and ordered it. Book 2 arrived on the morning of my last chapter of book 1.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2002
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Donaldson has done it again. After creating the amazing world of Thomas Covenant he belts out this winner. His descriptive style envelopes you in the story and characters who are believable even given the circumstances of the story lead you on a rollercoaster of discovery. A young woman bored with her life isolated from the world needs mirrors to reassure her she is still alive. One night those mirrors changed her life when a young man appears through the mirror and persuades her to come with him. She arrives in a land where mirrors are magical gateways to other places. And the land is in conflict as war has been fortold. Their King, seems uninterested in the world and the Imagers, masters of mirrors try to decide the fate of the realm. Filled with sexual tension, lust, love and battles there is something for everyone. A brilliant two book series that should be on the shelf of all fans of Sci Fi and Fantasy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cornishlady@lineone.net on 7 July 2001
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Having read this and the 2nd book, I keep reading them, they are an addiction. I found the story to be very original, certainly Donaldson does unsual very well. I liked the mirror aspect of the story, and the clutz of a wizard, most of us could relate to him, I am sure. The woman who without mirrors did not know if she was real, was sobering, surely a mirror on people who live alone. A thunderingly good read, if you don't have these books, go get them, you will not be in the least sorry,. You may however feel as I did that there would be more to come, but then perhaps it is better to leave your audience wanting more. Since reading this, you know mirrors have never been quite the same. I wonder if I just touched that bi
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct. 1999
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I am now reading the "Mirror of Her Dreams" for the third time in eight years. The storyline is robust and compelling even though the heroine is, in keeping with Donaldson, bordering on being overtly passive. As with the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, I will again be sad to read the last chapter of the book, closing an enjoyable window into an interesting world.
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