A Shadow On The Glass

by Ian Irvine

3 avg rating
Book 27 of 37 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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With this stunning and original debut, Ian Irvine begins the saga of The View from the Mirror, a brilliant epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and J. V. Jones. "Once there were three worlds, each with its own human race. Then, fleeing from out of the void came a fourth race, the Charon. Desperate, on the edge of extinction, they changed the balance between the worlds forever..." The Tale of the Forbidding In ancient times the Way Between the Worlds was shattered, leaving bands of Aachim, Faellem, and Charon trapped with the old humans of Santhenar. Now Llian, a Chronicler of the Great Tales, uncovers a 3,000-year-old secret too deadly to be revealed-while Karan, a young sensitive, is compelled by honor to undertake a perilous mission. Neither can imagine they will soon meet as hunted fugitives, snared in the machinations of immortals, the vengeance of warlords, and the magics of powerful mancers. For the swelling deluge of a millennial war is rising, terrible as a tsunami, ready to cast torrents of sorcery and devastation across the land...

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Piggledy-Anonymous | 2015-06-27 04:29:38
You show four entries in this series.... but the fourth is by a different author, unless the series was continued under a pseudonym? I am bemused that many of the previous entries in this "worst of" list are by authors well-known to me by repute but whose books I have not actually read. Conversely, I have never heard of the Shadow on the Glass, or its author, Ian Irvine.
Anonymous | 2015-07-07 06:24:49
If you think it was that terrible then you clearly haven't read many bad books. It was about 3 years ago that I read it and would put as just above average with it being slow for at least the first third and rather poor ending. However I did like the later books quite a bit more.
Anonymous | 2015-07-24 02:54:08
YOu are so right. This book was terribly written and just plain awful. One of the few fantasy books that I could not finish.
Anonymous | 2017-01-22 10:09:33
I actually read this series and have recommended it as quite interesting in the past5. The trouble is getting used to the writing, which is very difficult to follow until you get into the rhythm of it, after which it becomes a bit easier. Not one of the worst stories ever, but it certainly could have benefited from a better editor.
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