My biggest complaint was that this was too obviously a middle-aged male author's botched attempt at portraying a young female protagonist (Terisa). I felt like I was reading the thinly-disguised and slightly perverted fantasies of a middle-age man who wants to pretend that teenage virgins still desire him.
It is a character driven book for the most part, but the romance is secondary. 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. Summary: The entire story is viewed through the perspective of heroine Terisa. She does this because she doesn't need the money and wants to feel like she is making a difference.. Geridan, our hero is the one asking for Terisa's help. The Imagers can translate these things or people through the mirror into their world. when Geridan goes through the glass with the fierce and powerful alien man who has weapons that shoot fire, he comes back with Terisa. Terisa's character in itself is not written poorly. That said, as much as I wanted to throttle Terisa numerous times.. I hated Terisa's relationship with Master Erimis. Anyway, just to let you know, she finally wises up and realizes Geridan is the man for her. Being an avid romance reader, I have certain expectations with regards to how characters act, and feel. I guess it's good thing...it was different that Donaldson gave a more realistic feel. His world building is magnificent, his characters well developed and complex... The secondary characters are just as well developed and complex as the MC's. 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 hero Cheating- Terisa is drawn to Eremis and not Geridan at first. There is a scene where Terisa walks in on Eremis and her maid having sex, but it is not detailed.
In a word: Boring. In five words: Pathetic, colorless, wimpy uninteresting heroine.
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. 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. 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.
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. Imagers with particular talents are able to cast auguries, creating mirrors with small images that can foretell the future. Geraden, the handsome young man who "accidentally" found Terisa in her apartment, figures strongly in one of the auguries cast.
I loved this book! I think I kept looking in my bathroom mirror after I read this, just hoping I'd catch a glimpse of another world. He comes back to work on Monday having spent all weekend reading this book. 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. I think I prefer my memories of coming home from work, curling up on the easy chair in the living room and reading this.
This is one of my favourite two-part series, which is interesting because the main character is not really that likeable of a person. The characters are not always likeable, but they're not suppose to be.
I chose this book because the author was said to have redefined the Fantasy genre ...
Donaldson spent the years between the ages of 3 and 16 living in India, where his father was working as an orthopaedic surgeon. PROMINENT WORK: Stephen Donaldson came to prominence in 1977 with the The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which is centred around a leper shunned by society and his trials and tribulations as his destiny unfolds. These books established Donaldson as one of the most important figures in modern fantasy fiction.