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The Mirror of Her Dreams

The Mirror of Her Dreams The need is real Geraden said And it s urgent my lady Somewhere in the realm there are renegade Imagers Masters of mirrors and they re opening their glasses and to every kind of horror and foulnes

  • Title: The Mirror of Her Dreams
  • Author: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • ISBN: 9780345332981
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The need is real, Geraden said And it s urgent, my lady Somewhere in the realm there are renegade Imagers, Masters of mirrors, and they re opening their glasses and to every kind of horror and foulness I don t have any power to compel you If I did, it would be wrong to use it And you aren t the Champion the Congery expects But I might be right You under The need is real, Geraden said And it s urgent, my lady Somewhere in the realm there are renegade Imagers, Masters of mirrors, and they re opening their glasses and to every kind of horror and foulness I don t have any power to compel you If I did, it would be wrong to use it And you aren t the Champion the Congery expects But I might be right You understand mirrors You might be the help we need Please Will you come with me Terisa Morgan had no idea what to make of all of this She had been preparing to spend another evening alone in her apartment when, without warning, he appeared in the mirror Not as a reflection he was in the mirror At once, the glass shattered soundlessly, and then a young man calling himself Geraden lay on the floor of her living room To her astonishment, he began babbling a story about Mordant s need a strange kingdom in dire trouble He wanted her to return with him to save his world from destruction.She didn t understand what he was talking about She was only a mission secretary not the sort of woman who saved worlds Yet his eyes were so full of light and laughter, appeals and promises, that she accepted his invitation and thereby changed her life forever.The Mirror of Her Dreams is the story of Terisa and Geraden 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 and reality intertwines with powerfully seductive illusion.

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    1. Main character too frustrating and not entirely credibleI was disappointed and even slightly disgusted by "The Mirror of Her Dreams" and its sequel, "A Man Rides Through."SPOILER ALERT! I don't give away the end or even the middle, but still a bit of a SPOILERMy biggest complaint was that this was too obviously a middle-aged male author's botched attempt at portraying a young female protagonist (Terisa). Terisa's thoughts and motivations were heavily-influenced by MALE psyche and ego to the poin [...]

    2. Unlike his Thomas Covenant, this duology is one of my favorites. I really love the characters, and the story is really interesting and well-told.

    3. ++Spoilers++5 starsThis is a reread for me. The book was published in 1986 and I believe I originally read it in 1993. I LOVED it then and I Love it now This is the first book of a two book series, and although there are elements of romance, I would not say this is a romance driven book. It is a character driven book for the most part, but the romance is secondary. You should know, that the writing style is a bit outdated old fashioned IMHO. I am not saying it's bad because it is not it is excel [...]

    4. In a word: Boring. Prolix.In two words: glacial plotting. Unsympathetic characters.In five words: Pathetic, colorless, wimpy uninteresting heroine. I'm 1/3 of the way through listening to this (9 hours or so!!) and I'm thinking of quitting. Maybe I'll read it so I can skim. God he's wordy and keeps saying the same thing over and over and over again (maybe I don't exist, my father didn't love me). Boohoo. Hullo? We get it!!Mostly, I want to slap the heroine. And the king. Or kill them both so the [...]

    5. I first read this book about 15 years ago and it's still one of my top favorite fantasy novels today. When the book opens Terisa Morgan is a beautiful girl, living in a busy city but she feels cut off from the rest of humanity. She has no close friends, no family that really care about her, no ties to anyone- and that lack has left a deep impression on her. It's gotten so bad that Terisa has covered her entire apartment in mirrors and she spends hours sitting in front of them, trying to prove to [...]

    6. Every three years or so, I go back and read these two books. Terisa Morgan is a rich girl living in a high-rise in NYC when a handsome young man from an alternate reality stumbles into her apartment through one of her mirrors. His home is in danger; he was headed somewhere else to pick up a champion with armor and weapons and ended up in Terisa's apartment instead. You see, in his world, mirrors are portals to other worlds. "Imagers" do research and create these mirrors. One Imager creates a mir [...]

    7. I loved this book. I read this way back in 1987 when I picked up a copy at the library. I wasn't reading much at that time and I had yet to discover Thomas Covenant. The blurb on the back intrigued me so I checked it out.I loved this book! I fell in love with Terisa and Geraden. I think part of me related to Terisa or maybe part of me WANTED to relate to Terisa. And of course I was in love with Geraden. Since it's been so long since I've read it, my mind is fuzzy on some of the details but I cer [...]

    8. This is one of my favourite two-part series, which is interesting because the main character is not really that likeable of a person. She's indecisive, easily pushed around and a bit of a whiner. That being said, it makes sense that she is these things because of the way she was raised and for some reason, it made me want to see her come into her own.I think it's the universe that is the most interesting to me. To be able to travel between worlds via mirrors was something I always pretended was [...]

    9. I chose this book because the author was said to have redefined the Fantasy genre and since I write fantasies, I thought it a good idea to check this one out. While the world was compelling and the plot was interesting, I could not get over my dislike for the main character. Teresa was weird at first, and her sense of detachment to the world was a little sympathetic -- but I stress "at first." As the plot continued forward, I grew to hate her. Midway through the book, I wanted to bash my head a [...]

    10. Reviewed for THC ReviewsI first read The Mirror of Her Dreams probably close to twenty-five years ago, so when I picked it up for a re-read, I barely recalled anything about the story. As I read, some small things started to come back to me, but by and large, it was like reading it for the first time all over again. The thing I did remember was really liking the book the first time around, and while I did still enjoy it this time, I picked up on a few things that I would kind of consider flaws. [...]

    11. Really enjoyed this. New York girl who is from a wealthy family but leads a nothing life is transported to Mordant - a land being threatened by two neighbour who seek control of the cadre of Imagers who reside there. Is she there by accident or is she really their saviour ?? Aided by the accident prone apprentice Geraden the heroine battles all the intrigues of Court, the assassins sent to silence her, the smooth talking rogue Eremis and tries to fathom why the brilliant King sits idly by whilst [...]

    12. One of my favorite fantasies. The protagonist is passive and unsure of herself, but that just makes the political intrigue of the world she's taken to that more intricate and fascinating. I love books with twisty political mysteries, and this one is full of them.

    13. Subtle is a good description of this book. It has an almost Alice in Wonderland quality, with more time spent being lost in the main character's confusion than lost in the unfamiliar customs and creatures of an alternate world. Although complex, and at times bogged down with its own intricate details, this book was very well-crafted. Context clues leave no room for last moment twists and yet somehow the suspense still remains. It's like the proverbial train-wreck you can see coming a mile off an [...]

    14. I got so far through this book. I was halfway done. And that's saying something because this book is a massive brick! I wanted to finish. I really did, but I've realized after putting it down in April and not picking it back up a few months later that there is no way I can force myself to read it. At first I was interested. I thought that the magic with the mirrors was very cool, but that can only carry the book for so long. The main character, Terisa, was far too frustrating for me to handle an [...]

    15. I loved this 2 book series. As always, the main requirement of crisp well-defined characters has been met. The storyline is unique (to me) and I totally relate to the main character, which as I have read in other reviews totally irritates many of the other readers explains alot on other peoples irritation for me through the years (I guess). (I also relate to her counterpart lead character) But yet I totally understand the feeling of invisibility the struggle the feeling of having valuable skills [...]

    16. This 2 book story is my favorite fantasy novel of all time. I reread it every couple of years. While it's obviously well written, because Donaldson never puts out a book that isn't, I think it's the core of each character that moves me the most. Each recognizes their imperfections, doubts their strength, but just keeps moving forward and accomplishing more than they thought possible. And while recognizing their own weaknesses, they also recognize the strengths in each other and band together to [...]

    17. It's been a while since I read this book. Stephen Donaldson has a way of creating thoroughly dislikeable lead characters. I found the same with his Thomas Covenant series, where I was getting increasingly annoyed with Thomas' whining and poor action. This book is much the same in that regard as Terisa's self-involved ignorance gave me, to put it crudely, the shits. There were so many instances in which even a young child would have thought 'hang on a sec, this doesn't seem right' and yet she is [...]

    18. NO spoilers. (July, 2012)This is my 'go to' duology. When I'm feeling blue, or need a pick-me-up, I pull out these two novels. I have no idea how many times I have read them, but I have read them a lot.I have no idea why, as it's not the most uplifting of stories, but then perhaps it's the fight for good, or something along those lines? I'm not too sure, and I don't really want to analyze it. Suffice to say, that I've had the series for two decades now (ick, that long? Where DOES the time go?), [...]

    19. Edited: Dear Stephen R Donaldson-- Write shorter books!!heh- This book happens to be part one of two. No part of the book actually mentions it, not the dust cover, nor the title page, nor any other decent location. You realize that this is a two booker series when you get to about thirty pages before the end, realize that all of the threads he has opened can't possibly finish by the end of those thirty pages and scream in frustration because 'damn it! it was getting really good'. Donaldson seems [...]

    20. My god this book draaaaags. It is an interesting story about a girl who ends up in another world and has to deal with that world and all of its intrigue but boy does it need a good editor. It isn't that he goes into too much detail about the world. The problem is that there is so much detail about every little decision that the main character makes. Actually, a different heroine would be good too. She is just so dense you want to scream at the book. "NO! Don't do that! What are you doing? How mu [...]

    21. OTP GAME TOO REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I don't know why I had so much trouble with this last year, unless perhaps I was so repelled by Master Eremis that I just ollied right out (to my past self: that's fair. Dude is 500% ollie-worthy), as this time around I just about blasted through it. Truth be told this is fairly standard swords-and-sorcery fantasy with thinly sketched supporting characters and a great deal of emphasis on the usual Fake Europe Fantasyland political machinations with the bad guys fai [...]

    22. Actual rating: 2.5 starsStephen Donaldson is a decent writer—he writes plots that make me want to keep on reading. But he creates characters that I just hate! I couldn’t stomach any more of Thomas Covenant after reading two books. Now, I’m confronted with Terisa Morgan, possibly the dullest, most slow witted, whiniest protagonist that I have ever encountered in science fiction and fantasy. Hand her over to the Castellan, she could benefit from a bit of torture, just to make her realize tha [...]

    23. The book is well-written, and some parts are actually enjoyable, but I only gave it one star because half of the book focused on a character which I found to be absolutely irritating. Halfway into it, I was prepared to throw it away. I found the character to be that annoying. But, I didn't throw it away. Instead, I skipped all the way to the end, and found out that this character, Terisa Morgan, doesn't get any better. She stays almost as weak and stupid as she was at the start of the novel, onl [...]

    24. After 11/22/63, I needed a palate cleanser. Something I didn't have to worry about too much. This book--which I first read back in junior high or high school--fit the bill perfectly. It's a fat, fluffy, fantasy novel and you know it's all going to come right in the end. What I didn't remember (this is a recurring theme with books I revisit as an adult) is quite how sexist the whole thing was. I'm not going to complain about Terisa's passivity; he made a good case for why she is the way she is, a [...]

    25. I know the author wanted to show the reader the progression of a timid girl into a strong, fierce woman, but the protagonist started out so insipid and cowardly, she irritated me constantly. I made myself read the sequel--it is a two-part story--and it was a more enjoyable read once the heroine got a backbone. However, Donaldson uses too many similes and metaphors for my taste. He also has a low regard for his readers' ability to figure anything out, so everything is explained in excruciating de [...]

    26. I really enjoyed the feel the prologue gave to the whole book. Several of the characters were week and frustrating, but the teased curse in the prologue made it excusable.This was a book club book and I didn't do my due diligence to realize before the last 20 pages this was a duology, which gave out a very sudden and unsatisfying ending. After I read the 2nd book I may come back a chance my star rating. Up if it wraps up many of the mysteries the 1st book has me invested in our down if it doesn' [...]

    27. The best kinds of books—like the best kinds of teas—are the ones able to be savored over and over again, without losing their magic. "The Mirror of her Dreams" is this kind of book for me. Just like St. Paul's London Breakfast Tea, my BookTasting companion to Donaldson's novel. Together, it's poetry in notion. Find the full review here: graspingforthewind/201

    28. I keep reading Donaldson's books, hoping he will eventually write a "protagonist" character I don't hate. I mean, really hate. There's no doubt Donaldson is a good author; no other writer in my memory has ever made me hate their characters like Donaldson does. This book is no different; as others have mentioned, the primary starts out so weak, so spineless and cowardly, I can generate zero empathy for her. It's true genius how Donaldson keeps writing about such winning personalities over all the [...]

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