After a week's walk she finally arrives home in Gothryme, only to be snatched off again by Maigraith, a woman to whom she owes her life.
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And when the latter asks her to go to Fiz Goro and help her steal a legendary relic, the Mirror of Aachan, from the hands of the powerful mancer Yggur, Karan simply cannot refuse. But in the citadel, Maigraith is made prisoner, and Karan barely escapes. The book then describes Karan's flight through marshes and mountains chains, hunted by a band of alien Whelm, Yggur's servants. When Mendark, the Magister of Thurkad who is also Llian's former sponsor and Yggur's bitter enemy, asks Wistan to help Karan and bring back the Mirror to him, the headmaster is only too happy to get rid of the dangerous Chronicler and sends Llian.
But the young man is tremendously awkward, and obsessed by the secrets he has recently exposed and which could be the key to the discovery of Great Tale, and in the end it is he who becomes a real burden for Karan. It's only after several weeks of running and hiding that she faces the fact that he probably is her only friend. A Shadow on the Glass is a bit shallower than what I expected. Although I can say I enjoyed it, I found it hard to concentrate on the story, which somehow failed to grip me, and I hope that in the next volumes it'll become a little more intricate, the characters better developed.
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East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Of course it goes on to establish some interesting characters, some rather gripping descriptions, and a brisk, engaging pacing. But ever so often, sometimes without warni Ever have someone telling you a really interesting anecdote and someone else interrupts with a boring, only vaguely related story? But ever so often, sometimes without warning, there will be several dull pages explaining the history of their world. Most of the modern sword n' horses fantasy we owe to one Mr.
Tolkien, but they often forget the things he actually did right. Though functioning in an elaborate world, the Lord of the Rings books never felt bogged down by history. All the characters functioned knowing their own history, and only explained something if someone else didn't already know that aspect of another character's culture. Those books are full of appendixes covering all the crap he didn't feel the need to discuss in the context of the story.
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And that's fine, if you're so curious about a passing comment that you need to know more about elf history, go wild, but the rest of us don't care. Appendixes, like maps, are metadata I can accept in regards to fantasy, as it removes some of the burden from the story. A lot of Irvine's history explanations about the multiples races should have been cut out and moved. But you know what it does have in the back? A glossary, my nemesis. And why you ask? Because it contains names like Llian and Yuggur, and suggests that the double consonants are said as two separate sounds.
I don't know why you would do that. The 2 stars is really for spite, because without the 20 or so pages of needless exposition it's really a solid 3. View all 4 comments. It's been a long time since I've re-read this series, but from memory, I really loved the unique take on the fantasy genre Ian Irvine has. It's not your traditional high fantasy, incorporating some interesting sci-fi elements that make The View from the Mirror series truly one of a kind.
I am always looking for obscure authors with impressive talent, something a little left of middle that has all the execution of a polished, mainstream writer, but without the cookie-cutter plots and cliched char It's been a long time since I've re-read this series, but from memory, I really loved the unique take on the fantasy genre Ian Irvine has.
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I am always looking for obscure authors with impressive talent, something a little left of middle that has all the execution of a polished, mainstream writer, but without the cookie-cutter plots and cliched characters. Irvine's characters are his crowning glory in this series, Karan, Llian, Magraith, Mendark, and dozens of others, along with such imaginative races and an incredible history fraught with twists and turns that effect the present story in shocking ways.
The only thing rivaling his characters and plot is the world-builing labor of love he has set this epic within. The towns, land, history, races, traditions, artifacts and practices are so broad and deep, it feels as if this world could truly exist somewhere. The basic plot surrounds a secret magical flute possessing the ability to open the Way Between the Worlds three different worlds connected throughout the cosmos by 'wormholes' and accessed only through tones played by the flute.
Whoever has control of the flute, can control the Three Worlds, for good or for bad. But the flute was said to be destroyed centuries ago, it's memory buried deep in the history of Santhenar.
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But a young scholar studying to become a Master Storyteller discovers proof the flute was not destroyed, retelling the true story of the flute and it's devious creator's betrayal. This revelation sends several different entities seeking the flute's power into a frenzy, casting the land in turmoil as they fight to claim the ultimate power.
Llian, the young scholar, is now a target to those seeking the flute and must flee the only life he's known at the colleges. Karan, a young sensitive who has the ability to connect with others minds and perform certain magical feats no one else can struggles to keep her bleak family estate from ruin amid the endless drought, when she is ordered to repay a debt to Maigraith, a Charon one of the races from the other worlds who demands Karan retrieve a special mirror that can reveal the answer to whatever is asked of it.
Asking the mirror where the flute is would be extremely useful, you see. But the mirror is possessed by Yggur, a formidable warlord feared by all. Using Karan's special sensitive talents, Maigraith helps Karan sneak into his fortress undetected and compel Yggur to hand over the mirror with her mind control. But once the deed is done, and Magraith parts with the mirror, Karan is left to be hunted by Yggur and his fearsome army of Whelm, a race of doglike sentiment bipeds with a panache for cruelty and blind devotion. Her escape leads her to cross paths with Llian, both headed toward an ancient city containing secrets that might just save the both of them.
Karan is my favorite character, an incredibly strong, selfless young woman born as a sensitive, but not just any sensitive. She is a blending of races, effectively doubling the strength of her magical skills, making her even more unique--and an especially coveted asset in the quest for the flute. With her special gifts making her the target of those that would seek to use her sensitive powers for their own gain, she must do everything she can to hide her true identity and escape their pursuit.
I typically can't stand overly-tough, cliched ball-buster chicks in stories--it just doesn't appeal to me. But Karan has a lot of human qualities that make her much more relatable. Even though she's been through a lot, she doesn't act like a victim, nor is she vengeful. She has her moments of insecurity and fear, and even irrational emotion I can very much relate to that! But she's also feminine and a bit innocent, despite her strong will and potential, and in an endearing way, not overly sexed up or wanton.
Llian is less appealing in that he's the pretty boy scholar who hasn't had a day's hard labor in his sheltered life at the boarding college, becoming a master storyteller, an accomplished and noble station. He doesn't know how to live off the land or travel hundreds of miles without complaining his feet hurt.
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And throwing these two vastly different characters together on a dangerous journey makes for a very compelling, tension-fraught adventure, with lots of built-in humor to boot. At points you're afraid Karan might just kill Llian in his sleep, for all the whining and lack of capability he has. But over time, she comes to see his strengths, and can't deny the way he can so easily see through the walls she puts up to protect herself Overall, A Shadow on the Glass is the beginning of an epic, refreshingly-different fantasy adventure, with a unique and compelling plot, fleshed out characters and an immersive world that won't disappoint!
Although the writing improved over the course of the book, I never got comfortable with the jolting, action-packed style.
The conversations between characters, in particular, were especially uncomfortable to read. The book was essentially a constant chase-scene, with the PMS-laden heroine and the unlikely sometimes-inept-sometimes-invincible hero leading a merry chase across the face of the earth, pursued by virtually every other character and race in the book.