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A Man Rides Through (Mordant's Need) (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Stephen Donaldson

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Title:A Man Rides Through (Mordant's Need)
Authors:Stephen Donaldson
Info:Voyager (1989), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 672 pages
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A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson (1988)

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Better than the first of the books in the series. The characters seem to come into their own and become more comfortable in their own skin in this volume. Some of the characters are horribly despicable, and some are completely wonderful. Enthusiasts of science fiction will like this. ( )
  briandrewz | Oct 31, 2016 |
This book was just as good as I remember it. The break between books is almost artificial, as the events pick up only moments after the end of the last volume. This book, however, has a much faster pace than the previous one. At least part of the reason is that Terisa is finally figuring out at least some of what is really going on, and actually taking action on her own behalf. It is wonderful to see both Terisa and Geraden begin to come into their own self and abilities, though not without making mistakes along way, with occassional fatal results. The end is very satisfying, as has a somewhat fairy-tale feel. ( )
1 vote puttocklibrary | Apr 24, 2013 |
A Man Rides Through is the exciting conclusion to Mordants Need. More action than Mirror of Her Dreams, characters come into their own and 'fulfil their destiny'. It can be quite gruesome at times, and the epilogue is a little 'happy families' living happily ever after. These are minor niggles in a well thought-out and plotted book. ( )
  SpicyCat | Jan 20, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
I read these years and years ago and generally liked them. I had a chance to pick up the first book on super discount and swiped my querido's copy of the second, so now I have the set in my library. The only other Donaldson I've read is Daughter of Regals. According to my querido, those three books are the only ones worth reading. Of course the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever books were all over the bookstores for decades, but they never looked interesting enough to actually read.

Anyway, this is the story of Terisa and Geraden. She's in a meaningless life in New York living in an apartment full of mirrors (to reassure her of her own existence) when Geraden arrives through the mirror to ask her to help save his world. He comes from Mordant where mirrors are magical portals, but unknown enemies threaten the kingdom and the old king is ineffective and his chief advisor is insane. It's a classic fantasy adventure with plots, counterplots, plot twists, swordfights, chases, secret passages and secret plans, seduction and romance, magical attacks, and more.

I think the story is quite imaginative and character driven. It explores the morality of magic and power to some degree, and the nature of human relationships. Most of the characters are quite likeable in their separate ways: the king, the princesses, several of the Imagers (who make and use the mirrors), Geraden's family, the prince from the neighboring kingdom, guardsmen. But sometimes I just wanted to kick Terisa for her stupid existential angst and her stupidity in trusting the wrong people in the face of accumulating evidence. I understand why the author developed her the way he did--it was essential to the story--but couldn't he have done it without so much internal monologue, which made the story drag in places? Most of that was in the first book where Terisa is trying to understand what is happening and what her role is. At the end of it she has figured things out and declared herself. The second book is just a straightforward quest to defeat the enemies now revealed as the myriad characters who have a role in the outcome come together. They even have the chance to revisit New York so that she can confront her past (a childhood of neglect and emotional abuse) and put it to bed before getting on with her new, fulfilled, adult life as a survivor. And of course the traits that display her apparent weakness and victimhood turn into her strengths by the end. Certainly it is a story with many positive messages and it all works out in the end. What more can you ask for in a fantasy? ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stephen R. Donaldsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dayre, ValérieTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dudar, Janet C.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, HollyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcus, Helen c1978Photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pukallus, HorstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sahlin, OlleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Steeped in the vacuum of her dreams,

A mirror's empty till

A man rides through it."

- SILVERLOCK, John Myers Myers

To Perryn Laura Donaldson:

for sunshine and flowers

whenever you need them

and love

whenever you want it.
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Early the next morning, the siege of Orison began.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345356578, Mass Market Paperback)

In the thrilling conclusion to THE MIRROR OF HER DREAMS, Terisa Morgan finds herself face to face with the monstrous evil that threatens to destroy everyone and everything. Now, the masterful storytelling that is A MAN RIDES THROUGH, will delight readers everywhere--and reaffirm Stephen R. Donaldson's position as the foremost practitioner of the epic fantasy form in the world today!
"Donaldson has created his best work yet."

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Terisa and Geraden's talent for mirrors and imagery make them extremely dangerous and powerful.

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