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Publisher's Summary

Once there were three worlds, each with their own human species. Then, fleeing out of the void came a fourth species, the Charon. Desperate, on the edge of extinction, they changed the balance between the worlds forever. Karan, a sensitive with a troubled heritage, is forced to steal an ancient relic in repayment of a debt. It turns out to be the Mirror of Aachan, a twisted, deceitful thing that remembers everything it has ever seen. At the same time, Llian, a brilliant chronicler, is expelled from his college for uncovering a perilous mystery. Thrown together by fate, Karan and Llian are hunted across a world at war, for the Mirror contains a secret that offers each species survival, or extinction!
©2001 Ian Irvine (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Scott Simons on 03-13-12

Not quite good enough.

I really wanted to like this book. I seem to be currently waiting for the next installment of 3 or 4 different series. I was looking for a series of books that were already complete, and this story looked like a good one. I listened to the preview before downloading, and the narrator seemed to have a good voice, and I was excited to get started.

Unfortunately, I listened through this story, and never seemed to get into it. I kept listening, hoping it would get better as many books do, but it never did. Initially the story seemed to have promise. I liked both the characters of Llian and especially Karan. But soon Llian began to seem like a spoiled kid, and I lost interest in his part of the story. I continued to like Karan, but her story seemed jumbled and tedious. In one scene she is being chased by creatures through a swamp. The description of her struggle goes on forever. Just when you think it can't go any longer, she is suddenly free and the story takes up days later. Another thing that lacked was the magic in the story. Some sort of mind fighting between the characters that made little sense.

The last thing I didn't care for was the narrator. While I initially thought this would be a strength of the book, I soon found out I was wrong. Cartwright has a decent voice that was initially pleasing to listen too, but I started to notice that he continually stopped to swallow, and make noises that seemed like he was licking his lips. It became very distracting. I have never heard anything like it before in an audiobook.

Overall, this book had promise, it just never seemed to fulfill it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By Jennifer L on 09-13-10

Fabulous Read

This book is full of wonderful drawn characters, who exude warmth. You can feel their pain, sorrow and joys. I didn't want it to end. So much so that when it did I went right away and downloaded the next book. My daughters (age 11) loved it too. Especially since she is dyslexic and finds reading difficult. I make them listen to these books in the car and they love them.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By John on 06-09-11

Good book and excellent narration

I read this book about 10 years ago. I also read book 2 and half of book 3. I dercided to start again from the beginning and also decided to go for the audio book. The book itself is very good & I don't read many books, let alone a number of books in a series. The thing that made this audio book even better was the narration. The first thing I always do now when looking for an audio book is to listen to the sample and read reviews of the narration. As far as I am concerned the narration is a very big part of the book. No matter how good the story is, if the narration is monotone and boring you simply woin't finish the book.

So yes you guessed it. As far as I'm concerned the narration in this series is first class. Grant puts on the voices of a wide range of charachters which adds greatly to the reading.

I would highly recommend this book and the narrator.

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By Clare on 11-10-10

compelling and fascinating

I liked the cover for this book as it reminded me of something. It turned out that I had read this book about 5 years ago. This was not a disappointment though as the narrator has one of the best voices I have heard in a long time for an audio book. It is also a great story in its self and as always in books it nice to finally know how the names are pronounced I will definitely get the rest in the series on audible even thought I have read them as it is such a compelling book.

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