I'm reorganizing my library and I keep seeing books I should reread. The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need, Book 1) by Stephen R. Donaldson is one of them. I love his writing. He has flashes of being a wordsmith that utterly captivate me. I especially love the fairy tale quality of the first chapter.
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.
The story of Terisa and Geraden began very much like a fable. She was a princess in a high tower. He was a hero come to rescue her. She was the only daughter of wealth and power. He was the seventh son of the lord of the seventh Care. She was beautiful from the auburn hair that crowned her head to the tips of her white toes. He was handsome and courageous. She was held prisoner by enchantment. He was a fearless breaker of enchantments.
As in all the fables, they were made for each other.
Mirrors had a seductive beauty which spoke to her--but that wasn't the point. The point was that there was virtually no angle from which she couldn't see herself.
That was how she knew she existed.
I love high fantasy and urban fantasy. This is a wonderful blend of the two. Would you keep reading?
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