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A Man Rides Through (Mordant's Need #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  10,376 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
In the thrilling conclusion to THE MIRROR OF HER DREAMS, Terisa Morgan finds herself face to face with the monstrous evil that threatens to destroy everyone and everything. Now, the masterful storytelling that is A MAN RIDES THROUGH, will delight readers everywhere--and reaffirm Stephen R. Donaldson's position as the foremost practitioner of the epic fantasy form in the wo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Published October 12th 1988 by Del Rey Books (first published November 1st 1987)
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Jul 22, 2009 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: smart fantasy and romance fans
Recommended to Lynne by: my husband found it in the Science Fiction book club we were in
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Terisa has been taken prisoner, Geraden's brother has been taken prisoner (read the book; I promise it will make sense--there are just too many plot threads to do justice to them here).

BUT. . . Terisa has discovered she has talent with mirrors too. And she's left behind the strange attraction to power that was her crush on one of the masters of imagery, an attraction which nearly broke her spirit.

Romance fans, this is also a love story. Forget Edward Cullen and his sparkly marble perfection (an
Nov 06, 2015 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of High Fantasy w/a Little Romance
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"4.5 stars" A Man Rides Through was a great wrap-up to the Mordant's Need duet. The first book of the series, The Mirror of Her Dreams, ended on a cliff-hanger, so A Man Rides Through picks up the plot exactly where it left off. It's a complex story rooted in the political intrigues of the medieval-style fantasy realm of Mordant. I would have loved to have a map to refer to while reading the story, and apparently many others fans concurred. I did find a fan-produced one o
May 25, 2008 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Became a favorite. About a lonely girl, who feels incredibly insignificant because of her cold parents, she becomes lost in starring at the mirrors that are the only decoration in her apartment. She feels that if she looks at the mirrors that is proof that she exists. When she finds herself in a world where Mirrors are not a source of reflection but of magic. She is mistaken to be a "Champion" that is summoned by the congerers to save their world. She is clumsy and very self concious. She has no ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read A Man Rides Through ages ago, back when I was still in high school and I loved it. I received it as a Christmas present from one of my closest friends. She'd also given me The Mirror Through Her Dreams as a Christmas present the year before.

When I moved to Sweden, I had to leave many of my hardcover books in the US. I ended up donating both books to a local high school library. One day I was in the Science Fiction bookstore in Stockholm's Old Town and I found both books in paperback. I was
Liz Fricke
Jul 10, 2010 Liz Fricke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mordant's Need books still rank among my favorite fantasy books of all time. The plot is complex, the characters vivid and the story is neatly contained within two volumes. Donaldson seems to love creating the anti-hero - and Teresa Mogan is, to me, a more compelling one than his Thomas Covenant. I warn everyone who reads this for the first time to not let themselves get near the end of the first volume without having the second volume nearby.
Feb 20, 2008 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Duology with "Mirror of Her Dreams." I love this duology. In fact, I'd like to read it again.
Mar 11, 2015 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
Very very enjoyable books to read... but spoiled by inappropriate scenes
Alex Andrasik
Dec 14, 2014 Alex Andrasik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, owned
A worthy end to Donaldson's somewhat uneven yet enjoyable "Mordant's Need" duology. The story of Terisa, a woman from our world shunted into the midst of a fantastic conflict in another realm, and Geraden, the bumbling but good-hearted young man responsible for her arrival, reveals itself to be a story about coming into one's potential and having the courage to use it for good and not ill.

The weaknesses of the previous volume are still evident here, most notably the near incomprehensibility of t
Dec 12, 2013 Charlie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
First off, read both books of this duology, if you're going to read it at all. There is NO POINT to reading just one.

Minor spoiler: Book 1 ends with a MAJOR CLIFF HANGER so you HAVE to read book 2

"The Mirror of Her Dreams" (book 1)
"A Man Rides Through" (book 2)

So with that out of the way, I will review both as a single work.

There are so many cool ideas and concepts in this duology. The story in itself has a pretty good pace that chugs along evenly and with good momentum.

The writing style is a bi
Sep 27, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donaldson's writings are a mass of contradictions; characters you hate, but care about, descriptions and explanations that go on and on but fail to bore you... He's a writer I have an unusual love/hate relationship with because he takes the unlikeliest of heroes (the anti-hero)and drags them thru every awful thing imaginable before he lets the hero justify or redeem himself. By the end, you just want to scream in frustration over all the fumbling and stupidity you've had to suffer thru, only to ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
Definitely one of Donaldson's best series. What I love about these books is that for once they have characters who seem far more human and normal in their motivations, thoughts and behaviours than his characters in the Covenant or Gap books. Terisa and Geradan the main protagonists are just not as extreme, and because of this (being normal people in an abnormal situation) the story is far more human and engaging.

The world of Mordant, Cadwal and Alend could be considered to be a quite stereotypic
Graeme Mc pherson
Jun 04, 2016 Graeme Mc pherson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars.
If you're not familiar with the genre of Fantasy, images of hobbits, dwarves, elves, dragons, wizards etc probably come to mind. So if all of that stuff makes you roll your eyes at the thought of such childishness, Stephen Donaldson's "The Mirror of her Dreams" books might be the perfect place to see that there are writers out there who can write original and compelling Fantasy miles away from the cliched and juvenile "classics" of the genre.
My first experience with Fantasy was being f
Thomas Evans
Feb 15, 2015 Thomas Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 17, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Stuart Lutzenhiser
Mar 17, 2014 Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wonderful continuation of the first book. These two books are one continuous story and should not be read separately (or out of order). A continuous narrative for about 1,300 pages, it is entertaining for the entire length. Near the end of what is now the 3rd reading of these books, I did start to nit pick and wonder why certain problems weren't more easily solved with the mirrors. Clearly the characters figured out how to fix some problems with them, but other problems could have easily been so ...more
Jan 08, 2013 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013
I felt as if this book completely redeemed any level of complaint I had regarding the first book's long line of characters I was driven to hate, coupled with characters I was disappointed in, followed by characters who were entirely depressing. This book picks up immediately following the events of the first book and in fact even carries the current number of the chapters over as if the two were cleft apart from one enormous tome. In that regard if you haven't read the prior book for some time i ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Stephen R. Donaldson, in finishing Mordant's Need I have nearly completed all of that which he has written. That said, I found A Man Rides Through to be an excellent second half to the intrigue generated by the first book of the duology. I found myself quite fascinated by the denizens of mirrors that are a fairly large portion of this story. As a gamer, a lot of these denizens, these creatures, that Stephen writes have been explored before, at least in part, and yet I found them ref ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Brian rated it did not like it
7/15/2004 - 2/10

Mordant's Need is about a woman from our world that gets transported to a magical world where mirrors are powerful. The first book didn't start off that bad - it had some nice political and court intrigue. The plotting quickly became rather simplistic, full of holes and obvious as to what was going to happen. I thought all the characters were stupid and did plenty of annoyingly idiotic things. They were all predictable one dimensional caricatures. Character development is limited
Jul 09, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was really ready for this all to be done with. The books are fun reads, but they're far too long. This could easily have been edited down to one tightly-plotted fantasy novel, not two behemoths. The first ends on such a cliff hanger that it really felt like this was meant to be one long book, only one that no one could lift, let alone carry to lunch.

As with the first one, the adventure is fun, if you don't think too much about it, though the physical (and sexual) violence in this one got progr
Sharon Plumb
As other reviewers note, this is the second book in the series, after The Mirror of Her Dreams. While I enjoyed reading both books, and was kept guessing to the end, I found the long battle scenes a bit tedious. Sometimes I was confused about exactly how the mirrors worked, and why some characters were able to do certain things and not others--although I assume it was all explained and I just missed some details as I read. The main character, Terisa, was sometimes unconvincing, especially in her ...more
Nov 19, 2014 DJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
This is the conclusion of the first book written by Donaldson "A Mirror Of Her Dreams." If you are tempted to read this book without first reading the first I implore you to DON'T DO IT. lol. You'll miss alot of excitement as well as character development. In book 1 Donaldson seems to have developed most it characters and in book2 he seemed to just let them spread their wings and fly. If you enjoy a good fantasy/mystery then this book is indeed for you. I'll be rereading these books again one da ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read these books because I liked The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I think Mordant holds up. Like Covenant, Terisa is a flawed, unlikely hero. Covenant however was extremely unlikable in the beginning, as he did some rather despicable things. Terisa however is meek to the extreme, which is not such an unlikable flaw. And while I enjoyed The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant it is kind of nice to have a "short" fantasy of 2 books rather than the 10 of Covenant.
Sep 06, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is among my three very favorite swords and horses fantasies--The Lord of the Rings, Tale of Fire and Ice (starts with A Game of Thrones) and now Mordant's Need (consisting of two books--The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through). Exciting, romantic, scary, and satisfying! Hurrah for Stephen Donaldson. I just ordered The Last Dark (came out last Tuesday), the last of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. If he destroys "the land" in this book, I will never forgive him! The title sounds o ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
The conclusion to The Mirror of Her Dreams. You get to see all the plots reach their end as all the characters miraculously end up together for the final battle. I love that there are some many people's stories told and unfortunately they don't all have a happy ending (view spoiler). But there are lots of happy endings as well (view spoiler) ...more
Mark Holmes
Feb 09, 2012 Mark Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb fantasy novel by Donaldson.
This series of just 2 books is, in my opinion, far more digestible than the Thomas Covenant series (though I thought the first book in that particular series, Lord Foul's Bane, excellent).

The first book, The mirror of her dreams, vividly set the problems that confronted Geraden and Terisa. But I think that this follow up is even better. I felt that this book had more action/events than the first - the first having to allow for the characters to establish them
May 31, 2012 Bingo rated it really liked it
I read this two volume story when I was about 20. I came across it again recently and wanted to reread it because in spite of trying, I could remember nothing more than what the cover art gives away.

And it almost felt like the first time. I never knew, had no memory of what was coming next, but through each turn of the tale, I would begin to experience the sensation of having been there before. Impressions of the places, the comings and goings, but not their details, would dawn on me slow and s
The story picks up immediately after the conclusion of "The Mirror of her Dreams".

This sequel is full of political twists and turns, with magical thrills aplenty. The intensity of the battle scenes is grand and comparable to those depicted in the LOTR movies.

At 536 ebook pages (on my Aldiko reader) this was a satisfying page turner.
Elise Lawrence
I enjoyed the debates on the ethics of Imagery and it's always good to have a book where good and evil are not clearly defined and you're not sure who to trust. This uncertainty is balanced by the distinctly Good and Evil characters of Geraden and Eremis, with Terisa as the mediating force between the two.

I was fairly underwhelmed by the series overall but really enjoyed the final battle (about the last third of this book) and the slow unravelling of Castellan Lebbick as a character. He was my f
Angela Wallace
Feb 04, 2014 Angela Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading a review on another book, & remembered I had read this a long time ago! So this is just a note on what I thought then... I'd have to re-read to give an updated review! I loved these books! It was a perfect escape for me at the time... I was swirled up in the story, & a little bit wished I was there ;)
Apr 24, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the ending to the Mordant's Need duology and finally the plot moves forward!

As I was too young for many of the more complicated themes when I first read the series many years ago, I was also too young to see the lens through which most of the female characters are written. While a dearth of strong females does not imply that the author has issues with women, his portrayal of some of them does. He does not even seem to treat the main heroine's neuroses and fears - the ones he ostensibly c
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Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novelist; in the United Kingdom he is usually called "Stephen Donaldson" (without the "R"). He has also written non-fiction under the pen name Reed Stephens.


Stephen R. Donaldson was born May 13, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prostheti
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