Stephen R. Donaldson
- Title: A Man Rides Through
- Author: Stephen R. Donaldson
- ISBN: 9780345459848
- Page: 409
- Format: Paperback
In The Mirror of Her Dreams, the dazzling first volume of Mordant s Need, New York Times bestselling author Stephen R Donaldson introduced us to the richly imagined world of Mordant, where mirrors are magical portals into places of beauty and terror Now, with A Man Rides Through, Donaldson brings the story of Terisa Morgan to an unforgettable conclusionAided by the poIn The Mirror of Her Dreams, the dazzling first volume of Mordant s Need, New York Times bestselling author Stephen R Donaldson introduced us to the richly imagined world of Mordant, where mirrors are magical portals into places of beauty and terror Now, with A Man Rides Through, Donaldson brings the story of Terisa Morgan to an unforgettable conclusionAided by the powerful magic of Vagel, the evil Arch Imager, the merciless armies are marching against the kingdom of Mordant In its hour of greatest need, two unlikely champions emerge One is Geraden, whose inability to master the simplest skills of Imagery has made him a laughingstock The other is Terisa Morgan, transferred to Mordant from a Manhattan apartment by Geraden s faulty magic Together, Geraden and Terisa discover undreamed of talents within themselves talents that make them than a match for any Imager including Vagel himself.Unfortunately, those talents also mark them for death Branded as traitors, they are forced to flee the castle for their lives Now, all but defenseless in a war torn countryside ravaged by the vilest horrors Imagery can spawn, Geraden and Terisa must put aside past failures and find the courage to embrace their powers and their love before Vagel can spring his final trap.
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++SPOILERS+++5 StarsPoints I'd like to make:1. You MUST read the first book before this one. This is NOT a stand alone.2. 25 years later I still LOVE this series.3. Some of the best writing I have ever read!4. The POV here does switch to show other characters view not just Terisa's.5. This is written in 3rd person.In shortThe first book for the most part is all character, plot and world building and this book is where all the action is.We leave off at the end of book one on a cliffhanger where G [...]
Terisa has been taken prisoner, Geraden's brother has been taken prisoner (read the book; I promise it will make sense--there are just too many plot threads to do justice to them here). BUT. . . Terisa has discovered she has talent with mirrors too. And she's left behind the strange attraction to power that was her crush on one of the masters of imagery, an attraction which nearly broke her spirit.Romance fans, this is also a love story. Forget Edward Cullen and his sparkly marble perfection (an [...]
Read A Man Rides Through ages ago, back when I was still in high school and I loved it. I received it as a Christmas present from one of my closest friends. She'd also given me The Mirror Through Her Dreams as a Christmas present the year before. When I moved to Sweden, I had to leave many of my hardcover books in the US. I ended up donating both books to a local high school library. One day I was in the Science Fiction bookstore in Stockholm's Old Town and I found both books in paperback. I was [...]
Reviewed for THC Reviews"4.5 stars" A Man Rides Through was a great wrap-up to the Mordant's Need duet. The first book of the series, The Mirror of Her Dreams, ended on a cliff-hanger, so A Man Rides Through picks up the plot exactly where it left off. It's a complex story rooted in the political intrigues of the medieval-style fantasy realm of Mordant. I would have loved to have a map to refer to while reading the story, and apparently many others fans concurred. I did find a fan-produced one o [...]
Became a favorite. About a lonely girl, who feels incredibly insignificant because of her cold parents, she becomes lost in starring at the mirrors that are the only decoration in her apartment. She feels that if she looks at the mirrors that is proof that she exists. When she finds herself in a world where Mirrors are not a source of reflection but of magic. She is mistaken to be a "Champion" that is summoned by the congerers to save their world. She is clumsy and very self concious. She has no [...]
The Mordant's Need books still rank among my favorite fantasy books of all time. The plot is complex, the characters vivid and the story is neatly contained within two volumes. Donaldson seems to love creating the anti-hero - and Teresa Mogan is, to me, a more compelling one than his Thomas Covenant. I warn everyone who reads this for the first time to not let themselves get near the end of the first volume without having the second volume nearby.
Duology with "Mirror of Her Dreams." I love this duology. In fact, I'd like to read it again.
Excellent end to this two book series. Terisa begins to conquer the magic of Imagery as the kingdom crumbles. She and friends must get allies for the King, which includes a displaced space marine, before a huge battle of the various factions settles everything. Superb premise, great characters, tons of action and magic and a giant slug beast. Loved this - must look out for more from this author.
First off, read both books of this duology, if you're going to read it at all. There is NO POINT to reading just one.Minor spoiler: Book 1 ends with a MAJOR CLIFF HANGER so you HAVE to read book 2"The Mirror of Her Dreams" (book 1)"A Man Rides Through" (book 2)So with that out of the way, I will review both as a single work.There are so many cool ideas and concepts in this duology. The story in itself has a pretty good pace that chugs along evenly and with good momentum.The writing style is a bi [...]
Very very enjoyable books to read but spoiled by inappropriate scenes
A worthy end to Donaldson's somewhat uneven yet enjoyable "Mordant's Need" duology. The story of Terisa, a woman from our world shunted into the midst of a fantastic conflict in another realm, and Geraden, the bumbling but good-hearted young man responsible for her arrival, reveals itself to be a story about coming into one's potential and having the courage to use it for good and not ill.The weaknesses of the previous volume are still evident here, most notably the near incomprehensibility of t [...]
Definitely one of Donaldson's best series. What I love about these books is that for once they have characters who seem far more human and normal in their motivations, thoughts and behaviours than his characters in the Covenant or Gap books. Terisa and Geradan the main protagonists are just not as extreme, and because of this (being normal people in an abnormal situation) the story is far more human and engaging.The world of Mordant, Cadwal and Alend could be considered to be a quite stereotypic [...]
A much faster pace than the first book. While still an epic fantasy with a lot of intrigue, this book is the one that finally has battles, struggle, and the heroes secret skills coming to the forefront.Terisa and Geraden finally get together (sorry kids, no sex scenes) although their relationship feels a little too easy for everything happening. Donaldson, nevertheless, is able to create entertaining and distinctive characters both female and male. Are there better series out there? Sure. If you [...]
Donaldson's writings are a mass of contradictions; characters you hate, but care about, descriptions and explanations that go on and on but fail to bore you He's a writer I have an unusual love/hate relationship with because he takes the unlikeliest of heroes (the anti-hero)and drags them thru every awful thing imaginable before he lets the hero justify or redeem himself. By the end, you just want to scream in frustration over all the fumbling and stupidity you've had to suffer thru, only to see [...]
I loved the tension between romance and desparation. The author held a fine line between these two emotions -- something often missing in his Thomas Covenant Chronicles.
Copyright 1987, my copy is the reissue from 2003. The second book in the series, this one contains part 3 & 4. Well, this is what I remembered loving so much. If you can through the first book, this one more than makes up for the boring parts 1 & 2. This whole story has action galore & we finally get the answers we need. Terisa is in a tough place at the start of part 3. Thrown in the dungeons, awaiting the Castellan's wrath, she starts thinking with her head. Through parts 3 & 4 [...]
The second pair of fantasy books I read following the Thomas Covenant Trilogy also by Stephen Donaldson.I preferred them to the TC Trilogy, in fact. Imaginative transfer of a modern woman into this fantasy world. Also my first introduction to the potentially magical properties of mirrors between worlds!OK, it’s pre reality fantasy of the GRRM era, so the goodies are pretty nice and the baddie pretty evil, with not a lot of nuance. But it’s a cracking, paced story with an imaginative plot. Ma [...]
This is my third reading of the series and it has lost none of its appeal for me. I did find that in this reading I still loved Terisa, Geraden, Artagel, Myste, the Tor, and the Castellan as much as ever, But I found myself far less forgiving of King Joyce and his policy than in past readings. Great fairy tale/ fantasy read. I will certainly return for a 4th re-read in the future. Well worth it.
Man, Donaldson knows how to write, as well as tell a story. So good. Havelock was the shining star in this story. Such a good character. The magic system was fleshed out well and made the whole thing that much better! It is easy to draw parallels to his Covenant saga--and if you like them, you will like this. This was a Fantasy/Mystery series, and it was really well done. Read it!
The only reason I read this was because I read the first book and it ended mid story. Even though I didn't like it, it was so long and so painful to finish that I didn't want it to be for naught. This one was even worse, in my opinion. It got more and more far fetched and dramatic and I lost all connection to any of the characters and activities.
Originally read this series in high school. I liked them a lot more then. This book dragged and I had a difficult time finishing it before it was due back at the library. Some decent action near the end.
There were some things in the book that kept me from enjoying it fully as a whole but overall I liked it.
My love for this series continued with the sequel. For my book review: mybookabyss
This pair of novels seems to garner less attention than some of Donaldson's other works, but it is no less entertaining. As with the Covenant chronicles, a character from our world (Terisa Morgan) finds herself in another - but in this instance, that other world features the much more traditional fantasy trappings of a feudal land (Mordant) with castles and kings. In Mordant, magic is accomplished through the use of mirrors, through which other worlds (or other places in Mordant) can be seen, an [...]
Excellent epic story with fantastic characters, sprawling and breath-taking battles and complex plots! Would love to see this made into a movie. Great conclusion to the Mordant's Need story line.
I felt as if this book completely redeemed any level of complaint I had regarding the first book's long line of characters I was driven to hate, coupled with characters I was disappointed in, followed by characters who were entirely depressing. This book picks up immediately following the events of the first book and in fact even carries the current number of the chapters over as if the two were cleft apart from one enormous tome. In that regard if you haven't read the prior book for some time i [...]
7/15/2004 - 2/10Mordant's Need is about a woman from our world that gets transported to a magical world where mirrors are powerful. The first book didn't start off that bad - it had some nice political and court intrigue. The plotting quickly became rather simplistic, full of holes and obvious as to what was going to happen. I thought all the characters were stupid and did plenty of annoyingly idiotic things. They were all predictable one dimensional caricatures. Character development is limited [...]
Wonderful continuation of the first book. These two books are one continuous story and should not be read separately (or out of order). A continuous narrative for about 1,300 pages, it is entertaining for the entire length. Near the end of what is now the 3rd reading of these books, I did start to nit pick and wonder why certain problems weren't more easily solved with the mirrors. Clearly the characters figured out how to fix some problems with them, but other problems could have easily been so [...]
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