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The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need) [Paperback]

Stephen R. Donaldson
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Jun 2003 Mordant's Need
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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  • Paperback: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345459857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345459855
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,956 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The message of Mordant's Need 18 Aug 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Son's best book ever - part 1 21 Oct 2014
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Swords, Sorcery and Silly Storytelling 6 Jan 2014
This book is quite a curiosity. The first half of the book is very slow paced and almost nothing happens but the story does pick up in the second half only for it to be a victim of silly storytelling. The plot: the kingdom of Mordant is almost on its knees - caused in no small part by its king who is an aging, senile old man who is more concerned with playing Hop-Board (a version draughts/checkers)than saving his own land. A team of magicians known as Imagers concoct a plan to bring a 'champion' into their world via magical mirrors to save their land. At first they only manage to bring a New York girl called Terisa Morgan into their fantasy land who becomes the lead character in the story before they bring who they think is the real 'champion' into their world who destroys part of the stone fortifications upon his escape from the Imagers.

This is where it suddenly gets curious. Two sides are formed before the halfway point of the book. The first is the kings side who appears to not care less whether his land survives or dies while the other side is the Imagers who want to try to save the land they live in. The author is clearly (but also oddly) on the kings side despite him being written as someone who deserves to lose while the Imagers (who are later replaced as the kings enemies with warring neighbouring countries who want to take the kings throne) are seen as traitors and evil. A further oddity comes in the form of Arch-Imager Vagel. He never appears in the book yet he is mentioned several times as the person who is causing some of the trouble described within. No proof of him being part of this is given however yet he is still blamed for much of the troubles.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars sorry ..snore
I have not read any thing else by this author, so could not comment if this book is usual. It was an impulse purchase based upon the blurb. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2007 by Mrs. C. S. Mcmillan
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest work
Of all of Donaldson's work, these two volumes are the best. He creates a vibrant, incredibly 'real' world, peopled with fascinating, complex and compelling characters. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2006 by Dill
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mirror of Her Dreams
I am a big Donaldson fan, and Mordants Need is an excellent two part series. The trouble with this book is it takes oh so long to get going. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2004 by P. Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic of a new kind
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. Read more
Published on 7 July 2001 by cornishlady@lineone.net
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably THE best book I've ever read
I've always been a huge fan of Stephen Donaldson. I first read Mirror of her dreams about 10 years ago. Read more
Published on 20 April 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A typically superb offering from Donaldson
An excellent work of fiction. I am a great fan of Donaldson - he is probably my favourite author ( I prefer the Mordant's Need pair, and The Gap Series to the Covenant books,... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book; classic Donaldson
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... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 1999
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