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The start of a brand-new epic fantasy series from fan favourite Ian Irvine, set in the world of his million-copy-selling View from the Mirror series.

The Merdrun, cruel warriors blooded by thousands of years of slaughter, are gathering in the void between the worlds. Their long-hidden summon stone is waking, corrupting good people as well as bad and turning arcane places into magically polluted wastelands. If it is not destroyed, it will create a portal and call the Merdrun through.

In a nightmare a nine-year-old girl sees the Merdrun leader - and he sees her. If her parents, Karan and Llian, are to save their daughter and their world, they must find a way to stop the greatest warrior in the void.

©2016 Ian Irvine (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A family in pursuit by many antagonists

I regret that I was unable to finish even half of the story. The plot was a bundled mishmash of mini-plot arcs made tedious by important, yet unknown, backstory as to how the MCs family became entwined in the machinations of the their pursuers. It was as if the author started with a rough draft of the story but never outlined it in detail beforehand. Then, proceeded to write the story by adding one conflict and confrontation after another in a wing-it-as-they-go fashion; throwing in a conflict here, a confrontation there then a bizarre intrigue over there, all in an unguided fashion. This had the effect of making all of the characters seem like pieces on a checkerboard, moved this way and that to make a maze-like dash to reach some nebulous goal. However, in doing so, the author made all of the characters and their roles terribly uninteresting.

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ALWAYS a showstopper!

couldn't burn through this story fast enough, totally went crazy to see there was another in this series. this guy knows epic fantasy!

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  • Danielle
  • 07-06-20

Thrilling!

I love Ian Irvine and have read all his Three Worlds books. This was my first audiobook and I really enjoyed the narration. It was clear and easy to understand, built excitement in the more thrilling scenes, and I really enjoyed all the character voices which were nicely different and I felt they suited the characters. That said, it was kind of funny to listen to a man say “mummy” in a child’s voice! Really good narration.

Now as for the story, I read an interview once where Irvine describes his style of writing as putting his characters into worse and worse situations and somehow writing them out of it. Sometimes this will leave your frustrated and feeling like can’t something go right just once please?! But it makes their victories and success all the more satisfying.

It was great going back to Santhenar and learning more about the magic and history of things. I loved seeing some old favourite characters again, and also really loved the new ones too! Really good mix of male and female protagonists - strong and brave, but also weak and flawed. No one is black and white in Irvine’s writing.

I definitely recommend this one, but only after reading his A View from the Mirror series, or it won’t make much sense.

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  • N
  • 08-30-20

Great for teens I’m but I’m past that


A Great for teens I’m but I’m past that

Great for teens I’m but I’m past that

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-18

A welcomed sequel to the originals of Santhenar

Throws you right into the latest Mission Impossible for our families heroes, not much in the way of backstory of the past 12years but child rearing and financial hardship is hinted and doesn’t hold much intrigue really anyway. The new villainous characters are balanced well with my sentimental attachment to the old heroes and anti heroes. Honestly - this one is so full of betrayal I can’t say anymore!

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