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To the princes of Maggiar, over-mountain was a land they knew only from gran's stories; few people in their little kingdom had ever ventured so far from their valley. But now the wizard Karoly announced that he must make the journey there to seek advice from his witch-sister. For things hadn't been right in Maggiar this last season, not right at all... The princes Tamas an ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published December 4th 1993 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1992)
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Red Haircrow
Jul 04, 2014 Red Haircrow rated it really liked it
I am a long-time thru-and-thru fan of Cherryh, and this was one that had escaped me over the years of collecting and reading. I love her style, most storylines and the unique wordy, repetitiveness that is unmistakable as hers. It was a true pleasure to read one of her older works that I'd missed. The only reason I rate it less than a 5 is I would have preferred a little more detail and explanation in certain areas and the "heroine" was the kind I really dislike: meaning very headstrong into dang ...more
Anna
Oct 15, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Love it. Taps into Russian folklore & fairy-tales, which is strongly & refreshingly apparent (refreshing since most fantasy lit draws on English, French or maybe German setting/folklore). Real-feeling story & characters with a good degree of complexity. The fact that you may feel a bit lost now and then I found bound me more to the main character--he's not completely sure what's going on, so neither does the reader, and you both have to figure it out. It may help to be acquainted wit ...more
Peter
Sep 30, 2014 Peter rated it it was ok
Published in 1992, The Goblin Mirror is one of the dozens of stand-alone novels produced from the fertile mind of Caroline Janice Cherryh. Starting out as a pilgrimage by a small kingdom's wizard escorted by the King's oldest two sons and a few others, the story evolves into the unveiling of a world dominated by a goblin queen, sometimes in conjunction with wizards and witches, sometimes in conflict where the task is unclear and the role of the key actors is unknown.

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Chris Duval
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Camilla
Feb 10, 2008 Camilla rated it liked it
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Interesting stand-alone fantasy story with a Slavic flavour, which you don't often get in a genre dominated by generic medieval England settings.

Following a winter of unusual omens, the local wizard sets out with the local Lord's two elder sons to find the source of the trouble. Their younger brother, resentful at having to remain at home, runs away to follow them. Predictably, things go horribly wrong, the three brothers are separated, and must get to the bottom of things while searching for on
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Paul
Feb 26, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
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She has an interesting take on magic: when the spell is cast, it carries everyone along with it, whether you are good or evil. At one point, the characters in the story are discussing this, wondering which magic is moving them, good, or dark.
Rob
Jan 30, 2013 Rob rated it did not like it
I bought this book way back when I was in the Science Fiction Book Club. The cover looked cool and the short blurb in the SFBC catalog sounded like it might be a good read, plus Cherryh is a well known author. Well... boy was I mistaken. I ended up forcing myself to finish it. It started out alright, but by the middle of the book I could tell that it was going south. I couldn't wrap my brain around the whole magic thing (it's not your typical magic seen in most other fantasy novels). The second ...more
Jim
Mar 13, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
I prefer Cherryh's SF to her fantasy. She just does SF better. This book had some interesting features including a different view of magic, but it felt sluggish and a bit disjointed and essentially uninteresting until the last 30 pages or so. It took me longer than usual to get through the book partly because it was not good enough to keep me awake on the train. Even the climax felt flat as the villian never did really make an appearance. She flitted in and out of a couple of scenes. The final c ...more
Jacob
Jun 28, 2008 Jacob rated it liked it
I hadn't read much old-school fantasy lately, and I found this as we were packing and unpacking. Overall, not bad. The plot kept me going, and I liked the feel of the world. Everything had an eastern European feel to it, mysterious forests and ruined towers and so on. The characters felt a little cookie cutter, but interesting enough. I definitely didn't like the way Cherryh's magic worked. It felt like she wanted it to be mysterious, but mostly it came off vague and confusing.
Beguine
Jul 12, 2007 Beguine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: dessert, fairytales
This is an above average fantasy novel that I love beyond it's objective merits. I love the uneasy truce with a character that should be an antagonist, I love the dark tinge that's generally present in Cherrryh's fantasy novels, and I read this book and fell in love with it when I was but a wee dorkling so it will always be the literary equivalent of comfort food for me.
Betty
Aug 13, 2012 Betty rated it liked it
I really intriguing YA from one of my favorite authors. I liked some of the plot twists that raised it above a lot of other stories in this genre'.
Gail
Dec 27, 2011 Gail rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Three minor princelings discover their true heritage when called on in a giant magical machination.
Jonathan
Aug 29, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it
In which the author's concept of magic works for once. Charmingly.
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Based on Russian/Slavic folklore
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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