A Man Rides Through

Volume II of Mordant's Need
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Mordant's Need, Book 2
Length: 29 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In The Mirror of Her Dreams, the dazzling first volume of Mordant’s Need, New York Times best-selling author Stephen R. Donaldson introduced us to the richly imagined world of Mordant, where mirrors are magical portals into places of beauty and terror. Now, with A Man Rides Through, Donaldson brings the story of Terisa Morgan to an unforgettable conclusion.

Aided by the powerful magic of Vagel, the evil Arch-Imager, the merciless armies are marching against the kingdom of Mordant. In its hour of greatest need, two unlikely champions emerge. One is Geraden, whose inability to master the simplest skills of Imagery has made him a laughingstock. The other is Terisa Morgan, transferred to Mordant from a Manhattan apartment by Geraden’s faulty magic. Together, Geraden and Terisa discover undreamed-of talents within themselves—talents that make them more than a match for any Imager... including Vagel himself.

Unfortunately, those talents also mark them for death. Branded as traitors, they are forced to flee the castle for their lives. Now all but defenseless in a war-torn countryside ravaged by the vilest horrors Imagery can spawn, Geraden and Terisa must put aside past failures and find the courage to embrace their powers—and their love—before Vagel can spring his final trap.

PLEASE NOTE: A Man Rides Through: Volume II of Mordant's Need opens with Book Three, as it continues the story begun in The Mirror of Her Dreams: Volume I of Mordant's Need.

©1987 Stephen R. Donaldson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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ugh

The first book in this series is enjoyable even though it has some extremely questionable parts but this second book is the author giving into all his worst instincts with multiple almost rape scenes, the characters acting completely dumb in the latter half of the book, pov chapters from characters that have little to no personality, and ending it all with an insanely long and boring battle scene that takes hours to listen to. I read this book series years ago when I was in high school and really loved it so I'm not saying its without value but the 1st book and the 1st half of this book are much more interesting then the last half of this book which is a slog to finish.

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Thinking person's fantasy

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 forced to read The Hobbit in high school English, and that would have put me off the genre for life had a friend not handed me a copy of the first book in Donaldson's "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" series a few years after that. That book both gave me an appreciation for the genre but also by its sheer brilliance and originality left me finding most other Fantasy boring, cliched and juvenile.
Possibly it is because the Thomas Covenant books, and the book I am reviewing now, "A Man Rides Through" begin in the "real world" before heading off into the realms of the fantastic, that more conventional fantasy doesn't do it for me (well, rarely anyway). But more importantly, it is the characters Donaldson creates that make his writing so original and compelling. His characters are SO flawed, messed up and often sociopathically crazy and morally ambiguous that the cardboard cutouts in other fantasy books read like cartoon characters.
A Man Rides Through is the second and final part of a story called Mordant's Need. Terisa Morgan, daughter of rich American socialites is a shrinking violet so low in self esteem she surrounds herself with mirrors to prove to herself she exists. One night, a klutz of a young magician simply slides out of one of her mirrors and she finds herself translated to his world, a medieval kingdom where the king seems to have gone mad and the kingdom crumbles around him as he locks himself away to play "hop board" , which is a game identical to Chess, with his even madder closest confidante. The plot is too complex to summarise quickly but if you think of a strange brew of House of Cards crossed with The Madness of King George and throw in some magic (which operates by translating images from flat and curved mirrors) that will suffice, for it is the characters and not the plot that makes Donaldson's books so great.
Donaldson loves to cast characters at both ends of the spectrum - from stoically strong to pathetically weak, resolutely strong of mind and will to antisocially crazy and evil.
Mad King Joyce. Even madder Adept Havelock - who is driven mad when he is translated through a mirror he should not have entered, and is also the chief strategist behind the "defence" of the crumbling kingdom. Castellan Lebbick - whose decent into violence and insanity is the result of his unflinching loyalty to the king and the memory of the brutal mass rape of his wife and is the last person in authority to continue trusting The King. Master Eremis - a cunning sociopath bent on manipulating events to overthrow the King. The Tor - a fat, drunken lord who comes to the King seeking justice for his dead son who was killed in the Kings name but is left abandoned and questioning his continued loyalty. Prince Kragen, who is a lifelong enemy of the King but decides that this mad King may actually be worth forming an alliance with as events move forward.
And then there are the "heroes" Terisa & Geraden, who as in many Donaldson tales are often the least likeable characters as they battle their confusion, fear, self doubt and self hate. No one does anti-hero better than Donaldson. The only caveat I would mention is that I am not a fan of any of Donaldson's major female characters throughout his books - he seems to have a predilection for creating weak and demure females - and while often they find their way to some inner strength later in the story, I can see why some people object to his portrayal of females, especially female leads.
Highly recommended if you are interested in seeing what a master of the genre can do without needing to trot out the cliches and stereotypes that most fantasy finds itself mired in.

Narration - previously I've never understood the hype around Scott Brick - but his performance is nigh on perfect and nails Donaldson's tone and style. I read the traditional print format for the first book of this series, but the audiobook of the second, this book, kept me in its spell for the entire week or so it took me to get through it.

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Great Story...great ending to a two part story..

Would you listen to A Man Rides Through again? Why?

Yes...to catch all the little things ....it is so interesting and entertaining. Several points in this second part....I cried. It was so moving...and not always in a good way...sorrow...pain...betrayal...self doubt...

What other book might you compare A Man Rides Through to and why?

Wow...hard one. I would have to say....Terry Goodkind series The sword of Truth...just not so many in a series and sweeter...not so depressing. Good VS Evil....Self discovery and the awkardness of a sexual pull to someone who is not good for you....and pulling away before you do something to hate yourself over!!

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have read the books...I actually own the books...I actually own all books that I buy with Audio...because If I really love a book...I want to also listen to it. The Auditor Scott Brick brings a deeper character to the book. He makes the People in the book come alive and has me review the way I was picturing them because of the nuance in the voices of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

It was well worth the credit....but you have to get the first one Mirror of Her dreams or this one will not make sense....It make the story line flow with out a great repeat of what happened in the first book.

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A Man Rides Through

What made the experience of listening to A Man Rides Through the most enjoyable?

I read the book years ago. I still have copies in storage. It was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read and listened to.

What other book might you compare A Man Rides Through to and why?

There is no comparison. Stephen Donaldson is beyond compare. One of my favorite writers

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His tonality and inflection bring the story to life for me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In a world where mirrors lead to horrors or pleasures, Terisa and Geraden must save the king, the kingdom and themselves.

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Imaginative and epic

A master storyteller with the perfect narrator. Well paced and satisfying. The blending of the two worlds is novel

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great book

I love this book. Third time listening to it. Will listen to it again. wonderful

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Great series

This book is actually much better to me than the first. It was such fun to revisit Terisa and Geraden in an audible way. I read these way back in the 80s and loved them then too. I did realize listening , how much detail I skim over when I read. I started adult fantasy with the Thomas Covenant series. I’m thinking I may have to revisit them too. I actually recently listened to ALL of the books in Goodkind’s sword of truth series. Scott Brick as always did a wonderful job.

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Book 2, and Still my favorite fantasy series

Book 2 of Mordant's Need, and a great ending to my favorite book series! Again Mr. Brick narrates and I don't hate it!

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Even Better the second time

I read these books several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them. I loved the Audible version. It brought Donaldson"s wonderful writing to life again. I would highly recommend the Mordant's Need books to any fantasy reader, or to anyone who just loves a good story excellently told.

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great author but average reader

Liked the book as a read. Donaldson usually he a good play on reality of circumstances. the narrator I didn't care for. barely any inflection nor dialect change. There was a female narrator who gave this book a lot more passionate but I cannot find that version. Could have been a decent movie if it weren't so late to the party.