A Shadow on the Glass

A Shadow on the Glass With this stunning and original debut Ian Irvine begins the saga of The View from the Mirror a brilliant epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and J V Jones Once there were three world
  • Title: A Shadow on the Glass
  • Author: Ian Irvine
  • ISBN: 9780446567596
  • Page: 212
  • Format: ebook
  • With this stunning and original debut, Ian Irvine begins the saga of The View from the Mirror, a brilliant epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and J V Jones 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 betweenWith this stunning and original debut, Ian Irvine begins the saga of The View from the Mirror, a brilliant epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and J V Jones 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 In ancient times the Way Between the Worlds was shattered, leaving bands of Aachim, Faellem, and Charon trapped with the old humans of Santhenar Now Llian, a Chronicler of the Great Tales, uncovers a 3,000 year old secret too deadly to be revealed while Karan, a young sensitive, is compelled by honor to undertake a perilous mission Neither can imagine they will soon meet as hunted fugitives, snared in the machinations of immortals, the vengeance of warlords, and the magics of powerful mancers For the swelling deluge of a millennial war is rising, terrible as a tsunami, ready to cast torrents of sorcery and devastation across the land
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    1. I m an Australian author of 32 novels, mainly fantasy They include the bestselling Three Worlds epic fantasy sequence, which has sold over a million print copies It comprises The View from the Mirror quartet, The Well of Echoes quartet and The Song of the Tears trilogy I m currently writing The Gates of Good and Evil, the long awaited sequel to The View from the Mirror Book 2, The Fatal Gate, was published worldwide by Hachette on June 27, 2017 Facebook, facebook ianirvineSignup to my email newsletter and get a free ebook of A Shadow on the Glass, Book 1 of The View from the Mirror eepurl S_6Pj LATEST BOOKWHY I WRITEFunny thing is, I never wanted to be a writer From an early age my ambition was to be a scientist I m an expert in pollution and I ve spent my professional life studying it in far flung places like Mauritius, Sumatra, Mongolia, South Korea, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Western Samoa, as well as all over Australia Often scuba diving to the bottom of foul, smelly harbours and hammering tubes deep into the polluted mud to collect samples for chemical analysis Now that s living I was a small, quiet kid who devoured books from the moment I learned to read When I was naughty, Mum wouldn t let me read anything for a week talk about a cruel and unusual punishment I discovered fantasy in the early 70 s, with The Lord of the Rings and the Earthsea trilogy, and was immediately hooked But there wasn t much fantasy in those days within a couple of years I d read everything available I wanted and bigger tales, on vaster canvases, but they didn t exist That s why I had to become a writer to write the kind of stories I wanted to read WHAT I WRITEI ve never wanted to write about superheroes or huge, reckless warriors who know no fear I write epic fantasy about underdogs and ordinary people who, in pursuit of their goals, are put to the limit of human endurance My characters aren t fantasy stereotypes, they re real people with believable motivations and unfortunate flaws I m well known for strong female characters who have as many adventures as the men, and frequently get them out of trouble I have five sisters My characters are often small or clumsy or inexperienced or handicapped in some way, yet they make up for it with cleverness, ingenuity or sheer, low cunning My antagonists are real, complex people who do bad things for strong and deeply held reasons never just because they re evil.Though my characters suffer every kind of torment imaginable, at their lowest point they discover the truest form of courage they keep fighting because the fate of the people they care for, and the world they love, depends on them never giving upME RECENT REVIEWS Irvine is a veteran storyteller who excels in sustaining complex plots with well rounded characters Here, he delivers a compelling tale of vengeance, loyalty, and the search for a place in the world Starred review, Library Journal US That Grand Master of the vast epic is with us again The first gripping volume of what promises to be a vintage Irvine treat More please Crisetta MacLeod, Aurealis Express Incredibly exciting The end will have you eagerly anticipating the next book Good Reading Aus He knows how to spin an epic yarn and tell it with real gusto ambitious in scope and tirelessly action stuffed SFX

    2. I will never forget the first time I started reading this book It was at a very awful time in my life following a severe family dispute and temporary homelessness Isn t this what fantasy is really for, perhaps so then any other genre To escape our world, to escape to another universe to leave behind sadness, grief, tension, or simply boredom To immerse ourselves utterly within an alien culture, amongst characters that are so different in so many ways yet still we can relate to All this and fol [...]

    3. It s been a long time since I ve re read this series, but from memory, I really loved the unique take on the fantasy genre Ian Irvine has It s not your traditional high fantasy, incorporating some interesting sci fi elements that make The View from the Mirror series truly one of a kind I am always looking for obscure authors with impressive talent, something a little left of middle that has all the execution of a polished, mainstream writer, but without the cookie cutter plots and cliched charac [...]

    4. Ever have someone telling you a really interesting anecdote and someone else interrupts with a boring, only vaguely related story That s how Ian Irvine writes.It starts off with the main character telling a story about this fictional universe, which for me is tantamount to beginning a college lecture with a long, growling fart.Of course it goes on to establish some interesting characters, some rather gripping descriptions, and a brisk, engaging pacing But ever so often, sometimes without warning [...]

    5. I m not quite sure how to start here, so I ll just jump in and say I didn t like it Here s why 1 It was far too convenient Anytime the author seemed to write himself into a corner, the plot would miraculously solve itself by introducing previously unrevealed information, new magical powers, or another character It was Deus ex Machina to the extreme, and I found that frustrating as a reader 2 The writing was awkward and jarring initially, and had I not been reading this book based on a recommenda [...]

    6. i don t like the way Irvine stops everything to describe new characters in detail it feels like fan fictione blurb on the front says, a worldbuilding labor of love And that s a nice way of saying Irvine spends too much time trying to tell you how awesome and well thought out his fictional world is.Irvine has no feel for pacing whether that s narrating long passages of time or expressing action, he always hits the wrong tone or rhythm with his words.but, at about a third of the way through the bo [...]

    7. Onverwacht een leuk boek van Ian Irvine Ik had nog nooit iets van hem gelezen en dus paste hij prima iin de september challenge van de ff leesclub Lees een boek van een voor jou onbekende schrijver En dat was dus een verrassing en een leuke Lekkere ouderwetse fantasy, met een geheim voorwerp, een jongen en een meisje en veel avontuur.

    8. Eventually I came to appreciate this book as a creative story, but it was long in comming The story starts out very slowly and it takes a long time for the reader to get to know the characters and just as long to care about them Eventually I really came to appreciate Llian because he was an unlikely hero In fact, he was so normal that many of the other characters come to despise him for it Also, most of the other characters are blind to his attributes once they have created a flawed picture of h [...]

    9. A wonderful read I found The View from the Mirror serise of which this is Vol 1 when I was driving a lot bought the Audio Books The story line sounded interesting, so I thought I would give it a go Wow I was hooked I enjoyed it so much that when I d finished listening to all 4 volumes I went out bought the books as well I have read the books twice listened to the audio books at least 4 times If your looking for an epic Sci Fi Fantasy you cant go past these by Australian auther Ian Irvine

    10. I was beginning to get seriously burned out on the fantasy genre when I picked up this book by Ian Irvine back in my first year of college I didn t get into this series much at first it tends to move slowly at times but Irvine does a wonderful job of weaving a fantasy tale that throws the traditional fomula of the genre out the window The world is carefully crafted, and the characters in it are richly flawed and wholly human.

    11. I found this book in a charity shop and i picked it up simply because of the cover in those days i wasnt much of a reader However from the moment i picked this up to read i was completely hooked on this three world series I have now read this complete collection as well as the second three world series and i am currently awaiting the new arrival of the final boook of the third series.Really good read but annoying that each book ends on a cliff hanger GIVE IT A GO

    12. Big fan of this book The Chronicler s style of story telling magic is quite unique It brings strong themes of how history is just artistic interpretation, never the truth or reality of what happened So clever A powerful story teller, who comes close to the true version thereby comes close to actually bringing the past to life before us Love it.

    13. I adore the characters of Karan, and especially Lian The whole series, and all his fantasy books really, are just novels I keep returning too, although this one, as the earliest in the View from the Mirror Quartet, is one of my favorites,before the stories all split a lot and things started getting very twisty and backwards.

    14. This is a really good story Full of names that I can t pronounce, lots of back history and full of made up races of quasi human characters with strange mental abilities who could ask for anything From A Reader s Journal, by d r melbie.

    15. Tonite is my review A thonbout to get my groove on with the keyboard, and complete some late but most likely unread book reviews let get it ON Irvine, Ian lets call him DUBBLE i Well, i picked up this little ditty called A SHADOW ON THE GLASSd for a book author i aint never heard of this shit was SOOOOOO fucking good SHIT it was such a damned surprise the and i contiued to read the book just sucked me in like a cock thirsty whore, fresh off a 15 yr stretch of solitary confinementOOO id have to [...]

    16. Originally reviewed on The Oaken Bookcase on 28 7 2012.Karan is a young woman, a sensitive with powers of the mind, who is recruited to help Magraith break into a fortress and steal an ancient relic All does not go to plan, however, and Magraith is captured Karan manages to escape with the Mirror of Aachan but is pursued away and across Meldorin for weeks Eventually she flees into the mountains, where she runs into Llian, much to her disgust.Llian is a graduating student Chronicler who is cast o [...]

    17. Very hard to get excited about The author has obviously developed a formula for structuring sentences Everything he says is structured in terms of this formula It reminds me of the sort of advice my year 6 school teacher gave me in Creative Writing class For example, he seems to take every opportunity to insert an adjective, a la The tall man carefully handed the old paper to the suspicious woman Okay, it s not that bad, but it s on the way thereThe themes are also cliched and boring There is a [...]

    18. A Shadow On The Glass is the first book in Ian Irvine s fantasy series A Tale Of Three Worlds As the name of the series suggests it follows the tales of three different worlds that are connected and inhabit different human species among others This particular book follows two characters who paths cross due the stealing of a powerful mirror that everyone in the world of Santhenar the world in which it is set seems to want Irvine is clearly influenced by Tolkien, as this series opens up a whole ne [...]

    19. SUMMARY With this stunning and original debut, Ian Irvine begins the saga of The View from the Mirror, a brilliant epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and J V Jones 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 In ancient times the Way Between the Worlds was shattered, leaving bands of A [...]

    20. This was the start of my favorite Epic Fantasy series to date I am still searching for something to compare.There are 10 books in this fantastic series, full of great characters, action, pace it takes you away to another world that you will remember for a long time to come It s a big read, but you will be hang in out for the next book I highly reccommend this seriers and Big Ups to Ian

    21. A bit of a slow start, and I struggled to get into it, but soon found myself gripped by the story of Karan and Lian a proper epic fantasy story, the two main characters barely get time to breathe before being thrown into pursuit, torture and perilous escapes Can t wait to see how the next book turns out Really good, well thought out fantasy world and races, and the characters are believable, and rather lovable

    22. A bit too wordy with the descriptions which bogs the story down, but overall a solid start Karan irked me in the book and drove me nuts I will defiantly follow up with the other books in the series

    23. A little slow to start but once I got into it I really enjoyed it His character development was very detailed and clever and the plot flowed along as the building of a great saga Made me want to read the next installment.

    24. I liked this book, however it took me three separate tries of starting and putting it down and starting over again to make it through the first book and then the series While it has been a while since i read it, I do recall finally enjoying the story

    25. I would rate this book about a 3.5.It was a nice, fantasy adventure book An enjoyable ride, with some unexpected twists and turns Overall it was good, although I think it could have been cut back at least by 100 pages.

    26. The narration has something of the style of the old 1970s fantasy and some science fiction, but my nostalgia for that style doesn t make up for how meh this book left me By the end I was tired of everyone s misery and backstabbings.

    27. This is a great fantasy novel, part one of a trilogy, which had action and drama to a shocking end of the story I rarely read fantasies But I m up to making allowances I had his name under eco thrillers, in which he did write one I might read of his next year.

    28. This was a cracking series and the characters were excellent They were unusual characters, very flawed The story is quite long and again descriptive, but the writing is very strong.

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