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Dark Is the Moon

(The View from the Mirror #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,109 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Rulke the Great Betrayer is free at last, to use the deadly construct he has spent a thousand years perfecting. To succeed he needs just one thing Karan's sensitive talent. Karan and her lover Llian are lost in the Nightland, in an alien palace that is collapsing around them. Only Rulke can open the gate and send them home to Santhenar, but Karan is terrified that he will ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Bolinda Publishing (first published 1999)
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is slowly drawing me in. I still don't think it's as well written as the Well of Echoes series but I'm enjoying the characters and plot, and the universe he has created is great. Irvine does a strange thing in his books: He gives you very little lead up to each character but then suddenly focusses on them heavily and gives you the action from their perspective. Somehow it alienates you from the characters generally so you don't empathise as much in the focussed sections. Why not spen ...more
Mar 19, 2009 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 sto ...more
Kayla Quay
Mar 03, 2009 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 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. ...more
David Melbie
Dec 05, 2010 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. ...more
Steven Poore
I'm beginning to realise why I never made it this far into The View From The Mirror first time around - it suffers heavily from "here's another thing that happened on the way and this is how they felt about it" syndrome, with a heck of a lot of travel, a lot of it inconsequential, and argh the food descriptions and Karan's sudden burning need to go into landscaping....

There's a murder mystery buried here in this quartet, the murder that hooked Llian into the story to begin with way back in book
Karen Field
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sorry to sound like a broken record but, again, if I had to "read" the books, I would have abandoned the series. For this series, in my opinion, audio is better.

If you have read the first two books, you know what to expect and don't need to read reviews. I guess the thing that annoys me the most is the long, dry spells in the story. You know what I mean, the long periods of time when nothing much happens. Yet I listened every day and do not regret that decision or action.

The Llian and Karran rel
Eran Osishkin
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was by far my least favorite out of the first three. Its beginning and end are okay, but the most of it is just dragging and monotonous. I really had to struggle to keep reading to the end. The two protagonists are quite intolerable in this book.
Patrick Harrison
Another past delight

Rereading after so many years, it has lost nothing. Occasionally self-indulgent writing, but what compelling characters and story. Well worth it.
Adrian G.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OOOOH! So...damn wonderful!
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Too long and the dialogue was sub-par. At the moment nostalgia is the only thing keeping me going.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have already started Volume 4!
Debby Kean
I am pretty sure that I have read this before, maybe 10 years ago?
I am really enjoying it again, it's the culmination of a truly awesome series.
Ward Bond
Jun 23, 2012 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

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
Angelika Belko
This book could've been so much better if only there was more action and less tedious descriptions. But it's still a good piece of storytelling. ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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  Бранкованов (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 g ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 them... ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An epic read. Irvine builds his story and his characters to a crescendo and holds them there.

The danger some of the characters are in, and how much Irvine has made his readers care about them makes it almost difficult to read at times, but when it becomes too much, you switch to another storyline and follow that for a while, and though these characters are also having difficulties, it's almost a relief to get away from the other characters, for a little while. The structure helps the plot build
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. ...more
Nikki Kelly
Aug 28, 2007 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.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irvine, how I love thee.
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately the series is getting worse, had better be a cracker of a final book.
Oct 16, 2011 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. ...more
Jun 12, 2012 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 ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the home stretch & really enjoying this series.
Natasha Davis
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continues right from where the last one ends, a fantastic way to start!
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 34 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’ve just finished The Gates of Good and Evil quartet, the long-awaited sequel to The View from the Mirror. Book 3, The Perilou ...more

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The View from the Mirror (4 books)
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