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''The Mirror of Her Dreams'' is the first installment in Stephen R. Donaldson's series, ''Mordant's Need''. Terisa Morgan is a ShrinkingViolet living in a mirror-covered condominium. Obsessed with the idea that she is vanishing and that she exists to no one, she works the toneless days away until the night she meets Geraden. He comes through one of the mirrors in her room and persuades her to accompany him back through the mirror to his world, Mordant.

Once in Mordant, Terisa realizes that she is there for a reason ó the mirror-wielding magicians, called Imagers, believe she is TheChosenOne to bring peace to Mordant, which is about to be attacked and is slowly deteriorating under the control of a mad king. Terisa thinks they are mistaken, but she cannot go back, especially after one of the most powerful Imagers, [[HandsomeLech Master]] [[TheCasanova Eremis]], begins to notice her.
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This novel provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Both of Terisa's parents, but especially her father, who is described as a cold, sarcastic man.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Elega, to Nyle.
* AnachronismStew: Due to the Imagers' ability to access many worlds, at many different stages of development, a lot of anachronistic technology gets pulled into Mordant, but only in isolated examples which cannot be replicated (and advanced technologies have no way to maintain their power, so eventually run down and become useless).
* ApologisesALot: Geraden. Almost anything he says in the first half of the book is followed by "sorry." Terisa puts her foot down.
** [-'''Terisa''': If you apologise more than three times a day, I'm going to kick you.-]
* ArrangedMarriage: Almost, between Elega and Geraden, before the events of the book. Elega put her foot down, because of Geraden's lack of drive and talent.
* BadAss: ''Artagel.''
* BashBrothers: Argus and Ribuld. They are introduced at the beginning of the story and then treated almost as the same character. They are reasonably good at fighting, at least able to hold off [[spoiler: Gart]] for some time. And the moment they're separated [[spoiler: Argus dies.]]
** [[spoiler: [-'''Ribuld:''' He doesn't have any family. Somebody has to bury him.-] ]]
* BatmanGambit: Master Eremis seems fond of these, but they don't always succeed ...
* BettyAndVeronica: Geraden (Betty) and Eremis (Veronica), in a gender-flipped example. Geraden is a loveable, innocent man who trips constantly, has an infectuous smile, and is treated as an "amateur" by many. Eremis is TheCasanova, and, [[{{KavorkaMan}} while not handsome like Geraden, has no trouble with women.]] He oozes sexiness, power, and dominance. [[spoiler: Fortunately for Geraden, Eremis is [[DerailingLoveInterests also]] the BigBad who has been trying to have sex with Terisa before killing her for the entire book. "Betty" is victorious.]]
* BigBrotherWorship: Artagel gets this a lot from Geraden, [[spoiler: and also Nyle.]]
* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: The castle, Orison, with its secret passageways, dead ends, and misshaped architecture.
* BlackSheep: [[spoiler: Nyle. Instead of being loyal to the King like the rest of the Domne's sons, he chooses to plot insurrection. Both Artagel and Geraden are '' furious'' when they find out. Geraden eventually stops his brother, but before Nyle can divulge any more information, he's killed for his trouble.]]
* BookcasePassage: In a non-bookcase example, the secret passage in the Peacock Room. It's used at different times by Terisa, Master Quillon, [[spoiler: Gart, and Adept Havelock.]]
** Castellan Lebbick knows about it and attempts to use it to [[spoiler: prove Terisa is conspiring against the king.]]
** Saddith knows about it as well, and [[spoiler: tells Master Eremis, who then tells Gart.]]
* [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie: Geraden. He starts deteriorating with Artagel's near-death experience and keeps sliding ... and sliding ... and sliding ... until you think he has nothing left to lose. Then [[{{DracoInLeatherPants}} Nyle]] dies and the shit hits the fan.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Artagel. He is the best swordsman in all of Mordant, among other things, but he never rises in the ranks of the army.
* BrownEyes: Terisa and Geraden.
* ChekhovsHobby: For both Myste and Elega, it is [[spoiler: exploring the secret passages throughout Orison.]] Elega uses this to [[spoiler: hide from the Tor's men and the Castellan and also poison the water supply;]] Myste uses it to [[spoiler: escape Orison and chase after the "Champion."]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Geraden's constant clumsiness. It may inconvenience him throughout the book, but [[spoiler: it has also taught him how to recover quickly, and that makes all the difference when he attacks Nyle.]]
** For Terisa, knowing how to play [[strike: checkers]] ''hop-board.'' [[spoiler: It aids her in playing Prince Kragen to a stalemate and therefore saving him face.]]
* TheChosenOne: Geraden and Terisa, but no one knows how ... yet.
** They are both suspected of harboring hitherto unknown powers of Imagery, and it's said outright that [[spoiler: Terisa can sense where mirrors are focused]] and that Geraden features prominantly in the augury.
** The disbelief in Terisa and Geraden's powers causes the Congery to pick who ''they'' think is TheChosenOne. [[spoiler: This causes a wall to be blown out of Orison by the half-crazed futuristic warrior and for Geraden and Terisa to almost be killed by the subsequent rock fall.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Myste, with her ''romantic notions''.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Hoo, boy, lots of this.
** Terisa has to choose between [[{{BettyAndVeronica}} Geraden and Eremis]], and Eremis even [[spoiler: tries to get her to distrust and/or spy on Geraden because he's an [[{{BigBad}} evil bastard.]] ]]
** [[spoiler: Nyle choosing between serving the King like his father and brothers, or betraying them to Alend for his love, Elega. Unfortunately for him, he chooses the latter and ends up being stabbed.]]
** Geraden's choice is the King's orders ... or Terisa.
* TheCorruptible: [[spoiler: Gilbur.]] No one knows by who yet, but he is.
** [[spoiler: Probably Master Eremis.]]
* DeclarationOfProtection: Geraden, to the point of assigning two guards illegally to watch over her, and then, after that, his [[SuperSoldier brother]] [[{{Badass}} Artagel]].
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: With Terisa in the hands of Castellan Lebbick, Geraden in a strange land, possibly out of reach of everyone, Nyle dead by someone's hand, Alend on the verge of laying siege to Orison, and Master Eremis getting away with his evil scheme.]]
* FantasyWorldMap: Subverted. A distinct lack of one, actually. {{Justified|Trope}} in that the story is told through the eyes of Terisa, and when names of places are thrown at her, the reader is as confused as she is.
* [[spoiler: [[{{FirstGirlWins}} First Guy Wins]]: Played '''''completely''''' straight.]]
* GambitPileup: At first the book looks like this, both to Terisa and the reader. However by the end it's pretty clear there's only [[spoiler:three]] factions.
** Neatly pointed out by Terisa to Master Quillion in quite a touching moment. When Quillion asks Terisa why she didn't tell anyone about Gart trying to kill her again Terisa asks, quite fairly, who Quillion expects her to trust.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Terisa.
* HoYay: The scene where [[spoiler:Geraden and Terisa are rescued from the rock fall, and Artagel gets a little [[IncestIsRelative too]] caring over his brother's possible death. And then a little too cuddly afterward when it's revealed Geraden is still alive. Also, with Geraden "fainting away in Artagel's arms? Yeah]].
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Oh, Saddith knows how to use ''this'' to her advantage, and even lectures Terisa on it.
* [[{{SmartPeoplePlayChess}} Insane People Play Hop-board]]: King Joyse and Adept Havelock. All. The. Time.
* InstantMessengerPigeon: [[spoiler: Used between Prince Kragen and his father. Averted in that Terisa desperately lectures Castellan Lebbick on the one-way usage of such birds.]]
* KeepingSecretsSucks: As Terisa finds out the hard way ...
* TheMadHatter: Adept Havelock. He went insane after following Arch-Imager Vagel through a flat glass, and now spends his days playing [[strike: checkers]] hop-board and talking about [[{{AllMenArePerverts}} sex.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: A strong point of the series, the rules of 'imagery' are well defined, interesting and major elements of the plot. Essentially mirrors in Mordant's world don't show whats in front of them but rather show what's happening at a specific point in the same world (if they're flat) or another world (if they're curved). Those with the talent can step into the mirrors themselves, teleporting themselves to the location shown, and potentially pass back through the mirror if they didn't step through completely (which is how Geraden enters our world and brings back Terisa. They can also do the reverse, teleport a creature or object visible in the mirror to where they are. Working with flat glass carries two dangers: stepping through a flat glass sends you mad unless you are an arch-imager, and should you happen to look in a flat mirror focused on where you're standing and thereby see yourself in the mirror your mind is permanently erased of everything, meaning you are for all intents and purposes dead. Most imagers focus on working with curved glass. This is both to avoid these dangers and because the number of weird and dangerous stuff that can be potentially found and summoned from curved mirrors makes an imager one of the most powerful people found in fiction - if they have the right glass.
** It's also worth mentioning however that [[spoiler: what makes Geraden and Terisa so important is that they can break just about every rule of imagery there is]]
** Itís also worth mentioning that up til recently Imagers were feared distrusted and hunted down by mobs with pitchforks and thus forced to live in hiding conducting solitary research or be forced into service by whatever army happened to occupy that part of Mordant. It wasnít until King Joyse formed the Congery (within the last 60 years or so) that Imagers were given a place of safety in which to conduct research and share knowledge and even then they still keep secrets from one another as old habits die hard so imho its not that much of a stretch to find that what everyone believes to be the major unbreakable rules of imagery are not as set in stone as previously believed.
* MagicMirror
** Geraden believes that Terisa is TheChosenOne because she keeps a houseful of mirrors that show her own image and hasn't been harmed.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MissedTheCall: Verdict's still out on who: [[spoiler: The Champion]] or [[spoiler: Terisa]]. [[spoiler: Geraden's]] fate seems secure, though.
* [[{{FrenchMaid}} Mordant Maid]]: Saddith.
* NiceGuy: Oh, Geraden ... [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he begins a very dramatic downwards slide after his brother Artagel is injured, and the subsequent plots around Nyle that begin to pop up.]]
* PinballProtagonist: Terisa, all the way.
* ReallyGetsAround: Saddith and Eremis
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Given by both [[spoiler: Eremis and Nyle. Eremis' speech has to do with convincing Terisa that Geraden and Gilbur have been plotting together all along and is effectively an attempt to get her on his side. Nyle's speech is given to Geraden as to why he is betraying the king instead of aiding him like all his other brothers. Both times, the recipients of such speeches are unmoved.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Elega. [[spoiler: Especially since it turns out she's been plotting against King Joyse the entire time with Prince Kragen and Nyle.]]
** [[spoiler: But also Myste, when she goes after the Champion and attempts to reason with him.]]
* RoyalBlood: Played straight with Elega, Torrent, and Myste. Subverted in Alend, where heirs - and not necessarily the king's sons - have to fight over who gains the throne. This provides the (innocent) reason why Prince Kragen arrives in Orison.
* SafetyInIndifference: Terisa developed her 'fading' as protection from her emotionally abusive parents, and is now sometimes able to invoke it at will, however other times it occurs spontaneously (hence why her apartment is full of mirrors - to prove she still exists when it comes over her).
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: In a rare male example, Eremis is this to Terisa. She dreams about him and even dresses up in her sexiest gown and goes to his room, [[spoiler:but finds him having sex with Saddith]].
* SnowMeansDeath: An interesting inversion on this trope. When Terisa arrives in Mordant, it's near the end of winter. All of its inhabitants are hoping for a late snowmelt, because the longer that the snow is on the ground, the harder it is for [[spoiler: Alend and Cadwal to use the roads to attack Mordant.]]
* [[spoiler: SpaceMarine: The Champion]]
* SuperSoldier: The High King's Monomach, Gart. He is the most skilled swordsman there is out there, and his Apts are no less deadly. For Mordant, this exists in the form of Artagel, Geraden's eldest brother, [[spoiler: although he's not as good as Gart, as revealed when they meet twice and both times Artagel is defeated.]]
* ThickerThanWater: [[spoiler: played straight with Artagel guarding Terisa for Geraden's sake and almost dying for it. Also with Nyle, when he comes back to save Geraden and Terisa from the strange monsters. Inverted with Terisa's parents being completely loveless and Elega betraying her father for Prince Kragen.]]
* TriangRelations: Type 7, with Terisa as A, and Geraden and Eremis as B and C.
* TricksterMentor: Adept Havelock, being a blend between this and a MadScientist
* TheUnFavorite: Eremis -- although he's able to work around it with his wits -- and [[spoiler: Nyle.]]
* TheVamp: Saddith. She sleeps with men to rise in social position.
* [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist: Nyle and Elega.]]
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