Jan 25, 12
Read from January 02 to 25, 2012
'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 new world to the reader (A Shadow In The Glass being an introduction to this world along with mentions and interactions with the inhabitants from the other two worlds). Both characters seem to be outcasts in Santhenar; Llian being a Zain (a race known for their treachery) and Karan being a blend (the crossing of two races). But both are thrown together as Karan must steal the powerful mirror in order to pay a debt, and Llian to escort her to his sponsor: a mancer (means a person of magic, like a wizard) called Mendark. Irvine gives us adventure, betrayal, violence and takes us all over his beautiful world, teaching us of it's people along the way. It is a must read, it takes the reader to another world, inside the mind of a genius.