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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184149609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496092
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenda Larke writes stories of real consequence, and this is no exception. Powerful, down to earth and filled with the sharpness of the true storyteller, Mirage Makers is entertainment with an edge. Count me as a true fan. (Russell Kirkpatrick, author of the Fire of Heaven trilogy)

Those looking for a 'sense-of-wonder (fix need look no further.' STARBURST)

This skilfully written work may be fantasy, but the issues at its heart - political expediency, cultural imperialism and intolerance - are shamefully real. . . Bring on part two.' The Adelaide Advertiser ('[writing] so vivid and solid that at times it leaves me breathless or just plain green with envy. . . Ligea is fearless, bloodthirsty, vicious, sexy and determined. . . This character's conflict and transformation was entirely convincing and satisfying t)

Specusphere ('Glenda Larke.has again managed to add a thoughtful twist to the fantasy genre. Larke provided a refreshing approach in her previous Isles of Glory trilogy, and her new release, Heart of the Mirage continues to engage. . . Larke presents an examination of)

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A compelling new historical fantasy, set in a brutal world of empire-building and conquest.

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The first time I tried reading this I ended up giving up because I disliked the main character.
After finally completing it, I still dislike her, but for other reasons such as it was hard to tell how old she was as sometimes she would act like a sixteen-year-old girl and other times she would have the maturity of a forty-year-old woman.
I liked the story well enough and the ideas behind it were interesting, but the characters all fell flat for me. The main character had a habit of repeating herself constantly, or the author would write out her thought process over two pages, only to repeat it a couple of pages later as she told another character her plans. Things that were obvious to the reader from the beginning kept being brought up again as if to emphasize the point even though we already knew what was going on, and the plot twists were boring, if anything.
You could obviously tell that this book was written by a woman because, apart from Garis (who only had a very minor role), all the men basically acted like women because all they cared about were their feelings for her. Major things such as Tem's plans to free Kardi from slavery where pushed aside and for pages and pages all they would talk about were their feelings for each other and either a) how happy they were or b) why they couldn't be together. Though the fact she betrayed most of them was an issue, they got more upset that she didn't feel the same way about them as they did about her, and the web of relationships that could have been interesting became dull mainly due to the fact that none of the men reacted how a normal person would.
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What a wonderful story, so much detail, totally absorbing. Characters very likable and the story telling so complete, I couldn't put the book down and had to order the following two books before I had finished. They only got better and I was left with an empty pit in my stomach once all finished.
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Picking up this tale by Glenda Larke is perhaps best described as Ancient Rome running riot into Arabian Nights. Its full of intrigue, mystery and perhaps best of all subterfuge with the principle character learning to come to terms with their own heritage in a "Nature vs Nurture" battle from the very beginning.

Truly memorable and a tale that has the second installment flagged for an immediate read with the author allowing the reader a glimpse into a world where magic's battle force with neither side coming out on top but you can see the body count is going to be astronomical. With the forthcoming tale taking the protagonist back to the "Rome" of her world its going to be interesting to see how the two worlds collide especially given the characters personal quest.

Highly novel and interesting tale bound together with a historical world-building that makes this tale something that's going to be hard to put down.
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These books are one of my favourites. Ilove how glenda makes you feel emotionally attached right from the first few lines. The pages keep turning and when you are done you feel sad its over. The book Itself is very punchy and has an excellent flow. I really love Glendas work!!
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To all who enjoy fantasy novels and want a real escape: this is it! A story packed with mystery, pain and joy, self-discovery, shifting of alliances, action, and very well written. I just could not put it down. The Mirage episodes are gripping.
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I really enjoyed both this book and the following two. I liked the fact it was a bit different story wise. Although some elements were standard fantasy, there were enough that I hadn't come across before to keep me turning pages frantically. It was also nice to see some tension and some failings in the main characters.
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Glenda Larke has the uncanny ability to create a world that is achingly familiar and yet totally alien.

The main character, Ligea, comes from a culture that reeks of the Roman Empire yet the animals used for transport are unimaginable - I still haven't been able to work out what a shleth looks like!

Glenda has woven a story that sucks you right into the Mirage, a zany place where you go to sleep in an ordinary room and wake to find chamberpots hanging from the ceiling. The Mirage is ever-changing and wonderful and Ligea must find out what is threatening the Mirage and what it will take to preserve the Mirage Makers who live within it.

I am lucky enough to have read the entire series and all I can say is: the journey is well worth every moment.

Glenda Larke rocks!
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I bought this based on all the good reviews. I must say I am 37 so maybe a teenager would love this book. I like other YA novels like The Huger Games, Twilight,.. This book was gripping for a few moments in the middle but then it just goes slack. It is childish, the relationships are not believable (like all the connection is only because of magic). I will not bother to buy the follow up.
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