Heart Of The Mirage: Book One of The Mirage Makers Paperback – 2 Aug 2007
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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)
A compelling new historical fantasy, set in a brutal world of empire-building and conquest.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 was hoping for a book which gave me a good old-fashioned immersive experience and this one certainly delivered. I have already bought the next in the series.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although I enjoyed her previous series enough to buy this, I'm not getting the rest of the trilogy.Published on 16 Aug. 2014 by sue P
I thought that this book was great, and did not want to put it down. Good story and great characters.Published on 7 May 2014 by DS
Could not stop reading it. Really enjoyable, can not wait to get book two, and to carry on reading the adventure.Published on 4 Dec. 2013 by Mrs Moore
This is a wonderful trilogy. If you like Fiona McIntosh or Gail Z Martin you will love this series. A perfect balance of fantasy and relatable content. Just brilliant. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
i agree with the others,great read. thank you glenda larke for your talent with your heart of the mirage. really look forward to reading the next books.*****Published on 6 Jun. 2012 by annette