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The Goblin Mirror [Paperback]

C. J. Cherryh
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Aug. 19 1993
A mix of myth, fairy tale and adventure, by the Hugo Award-winning author of "Downbelow Station". To the princes of Maggiar, over-mountain was a land they knew only from Gran's stories, but now the wizard Karoly announced that he must make the journey there to seek advice from his witch-sister.

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Cherryh's third book in a scant three months (after Chanur's Legacy and Hellburner) does not meet her usual high standards. When Karoly, a wizard of Maggiar, announces plans to consult with his wizard-sister about recent ominous events, the lord Stani sends along his eldest two sons, Bogdan and Tamas, and other soldiers for protection. Much to his chagrin, the third son Yuri is left behind-but he sneaks off to follow the troupe. Along the way Karoly and his party are attacked and separated. Tamas is rescued by Ela, a sorceress's apprentice who has a shard of the Goblin Mirror, the source of the goblin queen's power. Ela eventually defeats the queen's invaders, with the help of Tamas and a group of rebels against the queen and, eventually, Yuri, Karoly, and the others of their party. While occupied with a favored Cherryh theme, the complexity of nonhuman races--goblins and trolls are more fully dimensioned here than is usual in fantasy--the novel lacks such Cherryh staples as a fully imagined setting, unexpected plot twists and engrossing characters.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

As a vague sense of menace threatens the small country of Maggiar, three young princes, a wizard, and a huntsman become caught up in a magical battle to save their land from the Queen of the Goblins. Veteran sf/fantasy author Cherryh ( Chanur's Legacy , LJ 8/92) makes good use of Eastern European myth in this otherwise standard fantasy, which combines traditional fairy tale elements--magic mirrors, trolls, and enchanted forests--with modern fantasy conventions. Though not as strong as her Russian-based novels ( Rusalka , LJ 9/15/89, and its sequels), Cherryh's latest work should appeal to fantasy enthusiasts.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK IF YOU CAN FIND IT July 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story grabs you from the beginning and keeps you along for the ride. The boys are wonderfully real. The youngest of three brothers innocently follows his brothers into a world beyond his imagining through his jealous wish to be included because he's too young to go out into the world and try to find a solution to a perplexing problem his country is experiencing. All of the interactions of the characters are fun. Not always happy and safe, but they make you smile nonetheless. The magic within is intrieguing, and the young magicians innocently dangerous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goblins made good Aug. 27 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best aspects of Cherryh's fiction is the close,
almost claustrophobic environment she creates in almost
every book. She certainly manages that here, with a
fantasy tale with more folkloric and fairy-tale elements
than her other fantasy novels. This is definitely one of
her stronger fantasy novels. I tend to prefer her science
fiction, generally having trouble getting into her
fantasy work, but The Goblin Mirror is a notable
exception. This is one of her best books - and I've read
them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goblins made good Aug. 26 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best aspects of Cherryh's fiction is the close,
almost claustrophobic environment she creates in almost
every book. She certainly manages that here, with a
fantasy tale with more folkloric and fairy-tale elements
than her other fantasy novels. This is definitely one of
her stronger fantasy novels. I tend to prefer her science
fiction, generally having trouble getting into her
fantasy work, but The Goblin Mirror is a notable
exception. This is one of her best books - and I've read
them all.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK IF YOU CAN FIND IT July 25 2000
By Robbie Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story grabs you from the beginning and keeps you along for the ride. The boys are wonderfully real. The youngest of three brothers innocently follows his brothers into a world beyond his imagining through his jealous wish to be included because he's too young to go out into the world and try to find a solution to a perplexing problem his country is experiencing. All of the interactions of the characters are fun. Not always happy and safe, but they make you smile nonetheless. The magic within is intrieguing, and the young magicians innocently dangerous.
5.0 out of 5 stars Early works! Feb. 3 2013
By Thomas Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This author; C.J. Cherryh is absolutely, hands down the best author ever. This is an early works, and still excellent, but she has gotten so much better, even using some of this conceptual magic in later stories but better articulation - would recommend anything she has written!
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