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The Mirror of Her Dreams (1986)

by Stephen R. Donaldson

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Series: Mordant's Need (1)

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Although this can't be called an entirely joyous novel, it is certainly more positive than the Covenanter books (yes, I've read a couple). Teresa is a young woman from our world who has been badly mistreated by her parents - not physically to give them their due, 'just' emotionally - and she has difficulty thinking of herself as a real person so when a strange young man suddenly appears in her apartment through one of the multitude of mirrors glued to her walls, babbling of her being the last hope of a kingdom in peril, she's so entranced by the strangeness of the event that she says 'yes' before fully thinking things through. Taken through the mirror, she finds herself in Mordant where Imagers can do horrible things using specially shaped mirrors but neither they, or the country's king will treat Terisa as a real person and she finds herself at the centre of a power struggle she didn't understand. This book of the series sets up the problems facing Mordant so, as I indicated above, it isn't full of hope but the relationship between Terisa and Geraden is fun as is Geraden as a character and at the time it was written, the Imagers were pretty unique, and magic using mirrors isn't particularly common even now so it still read quite fresh which was quite a fun experience in its own right. ( )
1 vote JohnFair | Apr 20, 2017 |
An interesting premise, though long and drawn out, with the characters exhibiting the same behavior over and over again to the frustration and annoyance of the reader. I felt like the characters weren't learning anything about their situation or themselves. To me, Terisa was extremely unlikable. I didn't feel sympathy for her plight at all. As I said, the premise of the book was interesting, using mirrors to translate between worlds instead of to look at one's image. ( )
  briandrewz | Jul 30, 2016 |
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.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Despite this being sort of a slow read, I really enjoyed this story. The magic was interesting and filled with philosophical queries. Whilst the plot was slow paced, it was quite enjoyable and really interesting.

I will definitely be reading the sequel, soon. ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 17, 2015 |
Despite this being sort of a slow read, I really enjoyed this story. The magic was interesting and filled with philosophical queries. Whilst the plot was slow paced, it was quite enjoyable and really interesting.

I will definitely be reading the sequel, soon. ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 17, 2015 |
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"Steeped in the vacuum of her dreams,
A mirror's empty till
A man rides through it."
---John Myers Myers, Silverlock
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To Ross McGuire Donaldson:
for love,
laughter,
and just enough dignity.
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PROLOGUE: TERISA AND GERADEN

The story of Terisa and Geraden began very much like a fable.
ONE: CALLING

The night before Geraden came for her, Terisa Morgan had a dream---one of the few she could ever remember.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345346971, Mass Market Paperback)

Once again Stephen R. Donaldson, has created a shining example that proves his gift as a master storyteller. It is the story of Terisa Morgan and Geraden, son of the Domme, set in the strange land called Mordant. It is a rich and finely textured novel of love and lust, power and court politics, in a place where nothing is ever what it seems....

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"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."--Back cover.… (more)

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