The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need Series #1)

The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need Series #1)

by Stephen R. Donaldson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345459855
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2003
Series: Mordant's Need Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 454,913
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author

Stephen R. Donaldson is the bestselling author of the series The Gap Cycle, Mordant's Need, and the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, including Lord Foul's Bane and The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; and other works, such as Daughter of Regals and Other Tales and a mystery series under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He is the recipient of the first prize of the British Science Fiction Society and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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Mirror of Her Dreams 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
bookheaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting but too long.
meersan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clumsy apprentice accidentally dorothies a timid nonentity to a kingdom beset by enemies with mirror magic.
justchris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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?
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually have had this book since it was first released. It was a gift from a co-worker when she made her first 250K month in sales - in the 80's. At the time I had never read anything by Donaldson, and went on to read most of his work, grabbing most of them from college libraries.Here Donaldson creates a world in a medival setting/time, filled with power thru the use of Imagery, the ability to translate/send/pull objects/people/creatures thru mirrors. Mordrant, the kingdom where this tale takes place, was created to house people with the Imagery talents, and put them to productive, rather than destructive uses. Terisa is from our world. she is taken to Modrant thru a mirror by Gerarden, a young imager who s fiercely loyal to his King. Together they become embroiled in the struggle for Mordrant against multiple forces, all with their own agendas.As with all of Donaldson's writings, the characters are incredibly robust, very well developed, and the reader gets an excelllent sense of what it is to be each of those players in the grand scheme. The world he has created is wonderful, powerful, and trasnports the reader right into the heart of where Terisa and Gerarden spend their time and adventures.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Donaldson does not write cheery books. However, this one is not nearly as dark and difficult as his Covenant novels. It once again features a person from our world, unwillingly and unintentionally drawn into a fantasy world where she is desperately needed. However, figuring out what that need is, and what her role will be is never easy in a Donaldson book. The strong characters will draw you in and keep you interested in this book. This was Donaldson's first book after the Covenant series, if you enjoy his work, you'll like this, and if you aren't familiar with his previous novels, this would be a good place to start.
monroecheeseman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was ok, but I struggled with the plot. Seemed like this book was unfinished, guess I need to get the second book
randirousseau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Sweet and endearing, the "mirror" satisfies more than one person's dreams. Sucks you in and you can't put it down!
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**Warning -- cliffhanger ending: you may want to track down the sequel and have it ready to start as soon as you finish.The kingdom of Mordant is threatened. Its king is mad, and his main adviser is senile. The king's Congery of Imagers is divided, and the kingdom's borders are under attack. Apprentice Imager Geraden believes the worlds in the Congery's mirrors offer a solution.In another world, Terisa Morgan is gradually fading away. Surrounding herself with mirrors is her only reassurance that she still exists. But one day, someone else looks back. Can Geraden and Therisa survive the Congery and a mad king's favor? I absolutely loved this book -- stayed up all night to finish it the first time I read it, and went back to the used bookstore the next morning to find the sequel. I'm not a Stephen R. Donaldson fan ordinarily, but this book, and A Man Rides Through, the sequel, were great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many look to Tomas Covenant for an example of a anti-hero and Covenant lives up to his world and demeanor. But then so does this unlikely and unique heroine and the cast of diverse company that is the tapestry that is Mordant. An excellent example of character building and taunt suspense built with subtleties and prose that few can claim mastery of which Donaldson has earned rightly. Do not mistake this series as being a lesser image of his more read works.
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DragonflyBlue More than 1 year ago
I first read this book probably 25+ years ago when my brother, a big fantasy reader and Stephen R Donaldson fan, recommended it to me. I hadn't read a lot of fantasy at the time, but this was one book that drew me more and more in that direction. there is a lot of political intrigue which I don't usually care for, but it is done so well here and drives the story so well, I don't mind it at all. What I love about this book is the main character is female...there weren't a ton of fantasy books at the time with an interesting and believable female lead. Also, there is a real love story in this book...again unlike many fantasy books before this one, love "stuff" tended to be glossed over or too chivalric to be taken seriously. I get this book and it's sequel A Man Rides Through out every few years and thouroughly enjoy it every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mordant's Need consists of A Man Rides Through and The Mirror of Her Dreams. Terisa, a rich, neglected young woman, finds herself translated through a mirror to the kingdom of Mordant. Terisa and Geraden, an apprentice imager, are involved with discovering why horrors are being unleashed in the kingdom and why the king doesn't act to stop the horrors. A lot of adventure and a little romance make for a wonderful epic fantasy. Much better in my opinion than the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
LeslieN More than 1 year ago
I read this book...hmmm, about 20 years ago, and at the risk of sounding like some sort of groupie, I have to say, I still think about these  characters! I love them. The characters, the plot, and setting are simply unforgettable. A masterful story woven by a true story teller.  Highly recommended!  And now it's available on Nook--time to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read these two books years ago from the library, and have been interested in reading them again on my Kindle. Unfortunately these are not available in this format. I enjoyed the books and did not find them boring, or overlong. I especially liked the relationship between Terisa and Geraden. Donaldson created an interesting world and a new take on magic. I highly recommend these for any age of fantasy fan.
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