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The View From The Mirror Quartet

The epic fantasy classic. More than 600,000 copies sold.

 

“In a world full of epic fantasy clones, this stands out as a world-building labour of love with some truly original touches.” Locus.

  1. A Shadow on the Glass
  2. The Tower on the Rift
  3. Dark is the Moon
  4. The Way Between the Worlds

ONCE THERE WERE THREE WORLDS, each with their own human species. Then, fleeing out of the void came a fourth species, the Charon. Desperate, and on the edge of extinction, they changed the balance between the worlds forever.

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A Shadow on the Glass

KARAN, a young sensitive with a troubled heritage, is forced to steal an ancient relic in repayment of a debt. It turns out to be the Mirror of Aachan, a twisted, deceitful thing that remembers everything it has ever seen.

At the same time, LLIAN, a brilliant chronicler, is expelled from his college for uncovering a perilous mystery. Thrown together by fate, Karan and Llian are hunted across a world at war, for the Mirror contains a secret that offers each species survival, or extinction!

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Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 1998.

Listed in Sciencefiction.com’s Best of 2001.

‘Ian Irvine is a great find! He writes beautifully about a vast and intricate world that seems utterly real. His characters are as well drawn as any I’ve come across in fantasy. Best of all, none of them are quite what they seem when first introduced: no white hats, no black hats. I found them refreshing, complicated, and compelling.’ Kate Elliott, author of King’s Dragon.

‘As good as anything I have read in the fantasy genre.’ Adelaide Advertiser.

‘Irvine has built a history and wonderful culture for his vivid world. His first novel vibrates with originality.’ The West Australian.

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The Tower on the Rift

WAR RAGES ACROSS SANTHENAR as Aachim, Faellem and old humans pursue the Mirror of Aachan. A desperate Tensor, leader of the Aachim people, flees with it into the wilderness, taking the brilliant young chronicler Llian with him.

Only Karan can save him, though she’s not sure that she can help herself. Tensor wants her dead, the other powers are hunting her for her sensitive talents, and Rulke the Charon broods over them all from his Nightland prison.

The Twisted Mirror holds knowledge that the world can only dream about. How will Tensor use it in the final confrontation? Will Llian be seduced by it too? Or will the Mirror betray them all, in the end?

REVIEWS

The Sydney Morning Herald’s BEST BOOKS OF 1998.

Listed in Sciencefiction.com’s Best of 2001.

“High suspense and tense character interaction – great reading!” Van Ikin, Sydney Morning Herald BEST BOOKS OF 1998.

‘Wonderfully deep, fast-paced adventure.’ Barnesandnoble.com (US).

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Dark is the Moon

RULKE THE GREAT BETRAYER is free at last, to use the deadly construct he has spent a thousand years perfecting. To succeed he needs just one thing – Karan’s sensitive talent.

Karan and her lover Llian are lost in the Nightland, in an alien palace that is collapsing around them. Only Rulke can open the gate and send them home to Santhenar, but Karan is terrified that he will corrupt Llian first.

Yggur and Mendark, sworn enemies, struggle to tame the power of the rift. They must seal the gate before Rulke brings forth his construct. If they fail he will ravage the world. And if they succeed, Karan and Llian will be trapped in the Nightland for eternity.

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‘Dark is the Moon pulled me along like a tidal wave to its powerful ending.’ Hilary Williamson, Bookloons.com (US).

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The Way Between the Worlds

THERE IS A DARK FULL MOON on midwinter’s day. The foretelling has come to pass. Rulke the Charon is unstoppable now.

Karan is held captive in desolate Carcharon tower. Rulke plans to use her to find the Way between the Worlds. On the mountainside below, the allies await their fate. Karan’s lover, Llian, is in chains, falsely accused of betraying her to the enemy.

As the dark moon rises, Rulke begins to open the Way. If he succeeds, the world will be overwhelmed by the dread armies of the void. There is only one solution. Karan must be the sacrifice .

REVIEWS

“Irvine has brought both a lively intelligence and a keen moral sense to the heroics and spell-play of the modern fantasy novel.” Roz Kaveney, Amazon UK.

‘Hugely ambitious – an epic, tragic tale of history’s implacable impact on the present, full of driven, often unlikeable and inept characters, and betrayal. Interest and originality there is aplenty – and action.’ Starburst, UK (4 stars).

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OTHER EDITIONS

The View from the Mirror has also been published in the UK and US, and in Czech, Russian, German, Dutch, Korean, Bulgarian and Polish translations.

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