November 17, 2004

Mordant's Need

Another Parallel World Needs Help.

In Mordant's Need (two book series: "Mirror of Her Dreams" and "A Man Rides Through"), Stephen Donaldson again puts a world in need in parallel with our own. This time, the world is a bit more of a conventional fantasy world, where mirrors are the key to magic, and they can open up portals to other worlds. From our world, a girl named Terisa is drawn to the land of Mordant to try to save the day.

Like Thomas Covenant, Terisa is loaded with personality problems. She's insecure, sheltered, and she's an emotional wreck. She kind of hates herself, but it is nowhere near the magnitude of Covenant's self-loathing. Unlike Covenant, Terisa is more or less powerless (at first), and it isn't because of paradox or a lack of understanding. She doesn't possess any kind of wild magic equivalent, and she must learn to develop some talent that will help her, make her useful to others, enable her to survive and maybe even help out the people she comes to cares about.

Donaldson is good at writing villains, and the two main bad guys here are deliciously evil. This whole story is more along the lines of a classic romance set in a fantasy/magic world, and it is more suited to a younger audience. I liked it a lot, but I haven't felt the urge to re-read it. I may do that, though, just to check and make sure it is ok and good enough for the kids.

Posted by Observer at November 17, 2004 08:07 PM

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