Mirror Sight

Mirror Sight

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Karigan G'ladheon is a Green Rider--a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. This corps of messengers, each gifted with a brooch of office that imparts a unique magical ability to its wearer, was founded over a thousand years ago during the terrible time of the Long War. During that spell-fueled war, Sacoridia was besieged by the sorcerous armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by Mornhavon the Black. When Sacoridia finally triumphed, Mornhavon resorted to dark magic that rendered his twisted spirit immortal. Determined to keep the realm safe from this terrifying enemy, multitudes of Sacoridian magicians sacrificed their lives to build the immense D'Yer Wall, imprisoning the dangerous spirit of Mornhavon in Blackveil Forest, which uncontrolled magic had mutated into a perilous and unnatural place. For over a thousand years, the magic of the D'Yer Wall protected the people of Sacoridia, but as the centuries passed, memory of how the wall had been built was lost as a traumatized nation turned its back on magic. And when a malicious entity cracked the immense wall, there were none left who knew how to repair it. Desperate to regain the knowledge and repair the ever-expanding breach in the wall, agents of the king scoured the kingdom for magical relics and information. Finally, in a last-ditch attempt to gain time, Karigan, whose Rider brooch enabled her to "fade"---sometimes traversing the layers of time and space--was able to catapult the spirit of Mornhavon into the future. But how far into the future was anyones guess. Realizing that this might be their only chance to enter Blackveil and examine the tainted peninsula, King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the wall, along with an equal number of Eletians--the immortal race that eons ago lived in what is now Blackveil Forest. But in addition to the unnatural dangers of the forest itself, Karigan and her small delegation have been followed by a secret rebel sect -- descendants of the original Arcosian invaders. And during a showdown between these two groups, Mornhavon suddenly reappears. In the magical confrontation that follows, Karigan is jolted out of Blackveil and wakes in a darkness blacker than night. She's lying on smooth, cold stone, but as she reaches out, she realizes that the stone is not just beneath her, but above and around her as well. She's landed in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin. Is this to be her end? If she escapes, where will she find herself? Is she still in the world she remembers, or has the magical explosion transported her somewhere completely different? To find out, she must first win free of her prison-- before it becomes her grave. And should she succceed, will she be walking straight into a trap creaated by Mornhavon himself?
Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
ISBN: 9780756408794
0756408792
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Bri
Characteristics: 775 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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lizsept
Dec 04, 2017

This was definitely my favorite of all the Green Rider series. The overall feeling of this book was very different than the rest, but I loved it because Karigan really grew as a character and shined in this installment. I also love the fact that finally, FINALLY Karigan has a real love interest. This book was hard to put down, it was fast paced, and incredibly raw.

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gwynalynn
Aug 29, 2016

Book Five of Green Rider

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julia_sedai
Jun 25, 2015

I was hesitant to read this because it's the last book out and the author has a tendency for a 2 year or longer wait period before the next one comes out. But I really wanted to know what happened, so I did read it. At first I thought I wouldn't like it because Karigan goes ahead in time (not a spoiler, you figure this out right away). It's a kind of steampunk-y, industrial revolution era and there are a lot of depressing things hapening. BUT I actually loved it. It's not set in the Green Rider days but it's still so good! I like how Kristen Britain shows possibilities of what could happen in the future. There are a lot of surprises. I liked all the new characters and Karigan also grows and matures a lot. It's slow in the beginning but gets very cool later on. Now I really can't wait for the next book.

stephafae Jun 16, 2014

A very different setting from the other Green Rider books, but great read nevertheless.

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