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. 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 story would be over. 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character driven book for the most part, but the romance is secondary You should know, that the writing style is a bit outdated.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 excellent for it s time What the writing lacks is emotional impact I found the characters responses to very important matters were softer than they should have been, and easily forgotten I also felt the characters physical actions were over exaggerated and animated, kind of like comparing old silent film acting to modern day acting.To be honest, I wonder if I would love it as much if it was my first time reading it, and if my enjoyment is based on my fond memories of reading this book back in 93 or if it is because I know the outcome Curious.Summary The entire story is viewed through the perspective of heroine Terisa Terisa is the daughter of a wealthy businessman She works in a NYC mission that helps the poor She does this because she doesn t need the money and wants to feel like she is making a difference. but she never feels that she does She doesn t NEED to work Her father pays for everything. her apartment, her bills etc..she just drifts through life with no purpose Her main problem is that she also doubts her existence. her reality. why because no one notices her. no one cares about her and she cares for no one She has no friends, her family ignores her, people on the street ignore her. so therefore, she constantly tries to reassure herself that she even exists One way she does this is by surrounding herself in mirrors In her apartment, mirrors are everywhere confirming she is real. until one night. a man comes crashing through her mirror, asking if she will come with him. to his world. to help save his landGeridan, our hero is the one asking for Terisa s help So she follows him to his world which is medieval in nature There is no magic persay in this world but there are some people who have a gift of Imagery These people craft glass mirrors which depict images of alien places and creatures The Imagers can translate these things or people through the mirror into their world Geridan is not an Imager, but an Apt He is 25 years old and known as a bumbling accident prone lad He should have been made into an Imager by this time, but his clumsiness and mistakes have kept him from his lifelong dream of Imager Because Geridan is expendable, the Imagers of the Congery decide to send Geridan to fetch their Champion who they believe will save them This champion was seen in the augury, so the Congery is pretty certain this is the path to take The problem is. when Geridan goes through the glass with the fierce and powerful alien man who has weapons that shoot fire, he comes back with Terisa Was this a mistake Or is Terisa the Champion Much happens in the story We as the reader who sees through Terisa s eyes, are just as baffled as to who are the trustable ones and who are the traitors to the King The King. the one who everyone believes has gone senilewho is letting Mordant slip into the hands of the enemy..Overall, I love the story I have very few problems with it My biggest beef is with Terisa Terisa s character in itself is not written poorly It sa matter of personal preference She starts off mousy, timid, weak and stupid All things I loathe in a h The saving grace is that Donaldson slowly and brilliantly evolves her character. he shows her progress into a woman who can stand up for herself That said, as much as I wanted to throttle Terisa numerous times. I can appreciate the talent the author has in patiently growing her character into someone I can relate to and like.I hated Terisa s relationship with Master Erimis It s a bit cliched that she is drawn to the rakeor maybe it s because I love beta hero s so much that I just couldn t fathom how she didn t fall for Geridan right away He s just so lovable, sweet and loyal He was also so protective of her But no Terisa has to go for the seductive, manwhore Erimis The man just screams greaseball Anyway, just to let you know, she finally wises up and realizes Geridan is the man for her took her long enough Even though I hated that she was so naive to fall for Erimis, it did seem realistic Being an avid romance reader, I have certain expectations with regards to how characters act, and feel How they show their emotions, how their feelings develop But here I didn t get what I expected I guess it s good thingit was different that Donaldson gave arealistic feel.One thing I will say, is that Donaldson takes the reader through a fantastic journey His world building is magnificent, his characters well developed and complex the story has great pace, action and layers of plots The secondary characters are just as well developed and complex as the MC s All have their own distinct personalities and backgrounds What I really like is the theme about trust and loyalty AND the moral Don t be quick to jump to conclusions Not everything is what it seems The book ends on a cliffhangerso make sure you have the second one at hand to go right into it Safety Hero Confirmed in second book hero is a virgin 1st only and last time with h confirmed in second book Heroine Definately a virgin Still a virgin by the end of this book In book 2 confirmed her first only and last time is with the heroCheating Terisa is drawn to Eremis and not Geridan at first SHe does not sleep with Eremis, but she does kiss him and he fondles her There is nothing said about Geridan being with a woman Only that Terisa s maid tried to seduce him and it appears he refused. saying she made him want to vomit.OM OW See above cheating Rape One of the secondary characters wife was a victim of a brutal rape Not detailed.Violence Yes with some details of blood and goreCursing Not that I can rememberAdultery NoSex Not between the MC s There is a scene where Terisa walks in on Eremis and her maid having sex, but it is not detailed.Marriage baby ILY s HEA No to all You have to read the next book 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 herself that she really exists That she s important That she s real This background makes her an interesting but slow to action character even after she is thrust into an entirely different world and surrounded by people who all seem to want something from her She spends a great deal of the first book just listening, asking questions and observing the world around her instead of taking action This might be frustrating or boring to some readers as so much of the book is focused on world building, politics and heavy descriptions but I really love watching Terisa come alive TheTerisa learns about the world of Mordant and it s people, thereal it becomes for her and herself along with it Terisa slowly realizes that not only is she real, she s important and she can change things But like I said, it s a slow build She isn t the typical kind of main character so this book series won t be for everyone but if you like heavy plot lines, complex worlds, politics and slow building tension then give this one a try And the magic system is AWESOME Just sayin. One of the most problematic reads I have ever picked up It ended up in my trash can Never Again. 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 mirror in which all that can be seen is a steady downpour of rain Their King is pleased with this technology, as this rain could be translated out of its place of origin to relieve drought, for example But, like any other power or talent, Imagery can be misused, and some renegade Imagers are doing just that, bringing beasts and lava and malicious creatures into the kingdom Imagers with particular talents are able to cast auguries, creating mirrors with small images that can foretell the future These images are small, appearing only after the original mirror has been broken into bits it s intentional the mirror was created specifically for the augury Stay with me Donaldson s plot is quite intricate, but satisfying, and the story worth sticking around for Geraden, the handsome young man who accidentally found Terisa in her apartment, figures strongly in one of the auguries cast But at the time he meets Terisa, he s still an apprentice, beginning to despair if he will ever become an Imager.So in spite of the fact that this world doesn t have electricity, women wear gowns and everybody goes on horseback, it s an interesting, exciting and, at the time Terisa enters it, dangerous place to be Her innocence and bewilderment at her suddenly finding herself in this strange new place cause her to make a few nearly fatal mistakes At the beginning, she s almost a Mary Sue, except that, in spite of being a rich kid who never has to lift a finger, she works in a soup kitchen She wants to make something of herself, but hasn t dared try because her father is so domineering The first half of The Mirror of Her Dreams, you really want to reach into the book and bitch slap her By the end of Book I, however, she s starting to figure things out, and you just have to go on to the second book, as Donaldson leaves you with a serious cliff hanger at the end. 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 AgreesNow, In A Culture Where Women Are Little 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 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 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 certainly remember the mirrors I think I kept looking in my bathroom mirror after I read this, just hoping I d catch a glimpse of another world So far no luck, but still looking I did not know it was the first of two Actually, the version I read said it was the first of a trilogy I saw the blurb on the last page Oh, no What happens to these people I went back to the library but A Man Rides Through had just come out so I had to go on a holds list Oh, the torture, waiting for the next book At last, the book came through I could finish the story.Once I had some money saved up, I bought the two in paperback so I could have my own copies I loaned this one to a co worker but didn t think to loan him the second He comes back to work on Monday having spent all weekend reading this book Why didn t you tell me there was another book Where s the other book I have to find out what happens This is awful So I explained How do you think I felt, when I had to actually wait for the book at the library I was nice and loaned him the second.Fond memories thinking of this story I actually haven t re read it I know it won t be as magical I think I prefer my memories of coming home from work, curling up on the easy chair in the living room and reading this. 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 against the wall By the time she took any action at all, I was done with her I didn t care any My enjoyment of Gerarden could not balance out this hatred, so I have to give the book two stars. 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 possible when I was young That there might be another place on the other side of the mirror is fascinating to me and I enjoyed how they showed the use of mirrors in Mordent.The characters are not always likeable, but they re not suppose to be They succeed and fail in spectacular ways and have very real motives The way castles and daily life are portrayed felt real to me and it gave the story a believable quality that many times fantasy does not have.The book isn t for everyone perhaps, especially if you prefer your female characters strong of will but I would always suggest that you read it with an open mind and are willing to meet the book on it s terms.