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Dark is the Moon (The View from the Mirror #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,709 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In the third volume of this stunning and original saga, Ian Irvine continues The View from the Mirror, his brilliant epic fantasy.


Rulke, the last and most powerful of the Charon, escapes from the alien dimension where he has been imprisoned for a millennium. As he amasses a conquering army of telepathic monsters, the other immortal mancers scatte

Paperback, 674 pages
Published 1999 by Penguin Books Australia Ltd (first published October 1st 1998)
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Jul 27, 2009 Cassy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I originally read this book, it deterred me from reading the final one for years. I read the first three and never read the end. Now, a good six years later, I finally went back and reread everything and I can't figure out why this made me stop reading. This book was by far the best of the three. You finally meet the enemy that everyone has been afraid of for all three books and he frees himself from his prison. You start to have a lot of conflict in this one and you learn a lot of back ...more
Kayla Quay
Mar 03, 2009 Kayla Quay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree, it really reminds you that there is always two sides of a story. It makes you wonder if the good guys con be trusted and takes it all the way back to the age old question: who/what is good or evil??
Dec 26, 2008 Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I know I'm bad with reviews but I just loved these books. The story behind it was just so interesting. It was one of the series I just sat down and read doing as little else as possible.
David Melbie
Dec 05, 2010 David Melbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to David by: Jeannie Yarbrough
Burnin' through this stuff. It is awesome! --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.
Ward Bond
Jul 01, 2013 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

'In Dark is the Moon, the third volume of Ian Irvine's "The View from the Mirror" quartet, the web of intrigue and magical betrayal that passes for politics in the world of Santhenar has reached a point of complexity where even its master players are feeling the strain. One of the few constants in Irvine's imagined world--the passionate erotic love between scholar/chronicler Llian and woman warrior Karan--starts to become unravelled when they are trapped with the evil mage Rulke in his s

Sep 21, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2016
One of the better books of the series. Great character development but some of the characters irk me
For the third book in a series, this was a real disappointment. Though I generally like to rate book series as a whole rather than individually, my issues with this installment compelled me to review it separately.

Dark Is the Moon opens immediately after the Aachim leader Tensor, in a doomed effort to vanquish the villain (?) Rulke, ends up freeing him from the enchanted dimension where he's been imprisoned for a thousand years. The majority of the book chronicles the attempts of Mendark, Yggur
Aug 11, 2013 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While very few of the characters are completely likable, they have become more complex in the 3rd book of The View from the Mirror quartet. And while there continue to be seemingly interminable journeys, they are shorter than in previous books. There is definitely more action.

One thing that bothers me, however, is the way some of the key characters revert back to being one or two dimensional after struggling to develop some skills or abilities or strengthen some traits. Llian becomes the proud,
Георги  Димитров (Grim)
A little bit better than the second book. At least here there are some actual, action and story development, despite the lack of clarity about the temporal and geographical placement of the events. The other problems still remain- inadequate character development and behaviour, virtually no magic system or any real clarification of the back story of the three worlds. Well, there were some attempts for the last one but they just made the things worse. And last but not least, the love story is a ...more
Victoria Young
Oct 04, 2011 Victoria Young rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Better than the 2nd installment of the series, perhaps because the characters are becoming more complex as their histories are more fully revealed. Dark is the Moon is more tightly written than The Tower on the Rift, and that's probably due to the increasing sense that the tensions in the plot are going to be coming to a head soon. The fact that there was a clearly described six month count down to what the reader knew would be the climax of this novel in the series helped a lot too. Quite a bit ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Moosh rated it really liked it
Book number 3 done and dusted! What an adventure it was, to be fair to those who are familiar with The View From The Mirror series I'll vague. What Irvine is best at is his character development, especially of his main character: Llian. I find my feelings mixed about this guy, how Irvine managed to get a guy who in the previous book irritated me, to make me feel such pity. Although Irvine likes to abuse his characters (with possible enjoyment) he is no George R.R. Martin, so he's fair to ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Ellise rated it liked it
This book was difficult to read. The plot seemed to just keep dragging on. I'm really not sure why Irvine needs a fourth book for this series as he could have easily taken parts from this one and pushed in the ending. But i despite the length and difficulty, i finished it and i am going to read the next one because i'm still in love with Karan and Llian. I do want to find out what happens so i'm hoping the last book is magical and overpowers my disappointment of this book.
Sep 27, 2015 Connie53 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Dit derde deel leest net zo makkelijk als de eerdere twee delen. Het is vermakelijk leesvoer. Niet direct hoogstaand (veel herhalingen) maar ik wil wel weten hoe het verhaal van Llian en Karan afloopt. Dus door in deel 4
Das einzige was man dem Buch ankreiden könnte, ist, dass ich zwei RS-Fehler gefunden haben.

Ansonsten ... ich wollte es nicht zu ende lesen, ich wollte einfach das die Geschichte noch etwas länger lebendig bleibt. Zum Ende wurde es wieder richtig spannend, ein wahrer kleiner Geheimtipp.
Nikki Kelly
Aug 29, 2007 Nikki Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally melds and disforms the line between good and evil. It makes me upset that his other series were not published in the US.
Jun 12, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I just simply cannot put these books down. I feel like I know the characters, that I'm right there with them. This is Vol 3 from the View from the Mirror quartet
Apr 06, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More engaging than the first 2 I think. But I'm still not finding myself addicted to the story as much as I think I should be.
Apr 18, 2015 Johan rated it liked it
More balanced than previous books, but the never ending turn of allegiances and trust lost and re-found is tiresome.
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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 and has been published in 11 countries. 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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The View from the Mirror (4 books)
  • A Shadow on the Glass (The View from the Mirror, #1)
  • The Tower on the Rift (The View from the Mirror, #2)
  • The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, #4)

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