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The View from the Mirror

"Once there were three worlds, each with its own human race. Then, fleeing from out of the void came a fourth race, the Charon. Desperate, on the edge of extinction, they changed the balance between the worlds forever..." - The Tale of the Forbidding

The View from the Mirror is the first series in Ian Irvines Three Worlds Universe. It is a quartet, the books called A Shadow on the Glass, The Tower on the Rift, Dark is the Moon, and The Way Between the Worlds.

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Karan, a sensitive with a troubled past, is forced to steal an ancient relic in repayment for a debt. But she is not told that the relic is the Mirror of Aachan, a twisted, deceitful thing that remembers everything it has seen.
Llian, meanwhile, 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 of incredible power.
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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?
Available as an audiobook.  


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.
Available as an audiobook.  


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
Available as an audiobook.

 

The best thing about this series is "history is as it's written" - and it's always written by the winners. This, although it may seem like it at first, is not your typical 'good versus evil' fantasy story. All characters are good and evil at the same time, each fighting for the survival of their own race and each willing to do anything to prevent extinction. Rulke, your typical 'big bad evil guy who wants to rule the world and it will be very very bad if he gets free' at the beginning of the books becomes one of the heroes by the end. This is what sets these books apart from other fantasy stories.  

 


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