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Publisher's Summary

Bridei is a young nobleman, a fosterling of one of the most powerful druids in the land, Broichan. All of Bridei's earliest memories are of this dark and mysterious man he trusts above all others. Broichan seems to have plans for Bridei, seems to be training him for a special purpose the older man will not divulge.

One bitter Midwinter's Eve, everything changes when Bridei finds a child on their doorstep - a child abandoned by the Fair Folk.

It is the height of ill fortune to have truck with the Fair Folk, and all in the area counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions.

As Bridei comes to manhood, he watches the shy girl Tuala blossom into a beautiful woman, and feels things he didn't know were possible.

Broichan sees the same process and feels only danger, for Tuala could be a key part in Bridei's future...or could spell his doom.

Public Domain (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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The narrator xp

Most characters in the story are young, there are many girls and the narrator sounds like an old man. So wrong xp The most important line in the book is said in such an awful voice, that it destroys everything.

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Story has interesting parts, but also lagged a bit

Listening to this story, I realized that most of the time I was "listening to a story" and had not "dived into another world." There is a good foundation here, and a good framework with interesting ideas. But, I kept wondering why I wasn't getting involved in the story.

After a while I decided that it was a lack of of both reminder and sensory descriptions. Reminder descriptions are the ones I find useful in a long book or one with many characters and sensory descriptions are great for enhancing the experience. There were some in this book, but not enough to fine tune the mental imagery.

A really good author that enhances the reader's experience with fantastic sensory descriptions is Larry Correia. Dark Mirror was lackluster at points and I had to sometimes back up the audio once I realized I had been thinking about other things while the book was playing. Since this book took so long to get to any points of intersecting plots, some enhanced sensory descriptions would have been great to help hold interest. The book waited until the last hour to pull together some action and meaning to the plot.

The main characters go through a lot of grief and it would have been nice to have some wit or humor interspersed liberally thoughout the story to give some balance.

I've already bought the second of the series due to a Sale, but hope the second book gets better in order to decide to purchase the third book of the trilogy.

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ok but slow and very little excitement

This is a very well written book, but nothing really happen in it. if not for Michael Page I would not have finished the book.

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One of my favourite audiobooks

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys following the unfolding of a deeper storyline. The story is fully absorbing, but one caveat is that if you prefer a fast-paced book peppered with exciting battles, this one may not be for you.

What did you like best about this story?

The complex relationships between the characters is what really shines in this book.

Any additional comments?

The Dark Mirror contains some of the most memorable characters that I have encountered among the hundreds of audiobooks that I have consumed, and Michael Page gives a flawless performance.

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Great

Where does The Dark Mirror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have more than 300 hrs of audio books and I've enjoyed this one as much or more than any so far

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Very enjoyable

I did not find this book slow. I enjoy books that have good character development. I loved Bridae and Tuala's story and was sad to see this book end. I am hoping that audible will get the other stories in this trilogy soon. I will definitely buy them.

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The Dark Mirror

The story is set beautifully! It weaves and winds around each charater until you fall in love with them. I understand the last reviewer, but we all can not have every book that we read unfold they way WE wish. As for my reviewing friend just listen to that last 1/4...... I know why you were upset... because these charaters are so well created and presented! I am sad that my story is over and here searching for the 2nd addition! :)

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Strong female characters and mature writing

Would you listen to The Dark Mirror again? Why?

I DID listen to it again, in fact I listened to the whole trilogy twice. But I also listened to the whole Blackthorn and Grim trilogy (by Juliet Marillier) twice and can definitely say that Blackthorn and Grim is 5 stars and this trilogy, although good - is 4 stars. The main reason for that is the narrator, who in this Bridei trilogy just can't compare to the multiple narrators in Blackthorn and Grim. Also, there were times where the dialogue seemed to drag in this book..the political machinations of Bridei's court bored me and god I just wanted to punch the druid Broichan (or however the hell you spell it, OR say it, because THAT changes after book 1) in the face for being such an ass. But hey, stay the distance to book 3 and you'll find yourself warming up to the Druid. But the things I enjoyed the most was the growth and strength of the protagonist Tuala, who endures much and grows through it. And although this trilogy is set in a dark ages period which is so inherently masoginistic, the female characters are allowed to display strength and (justly) win respect, so they still come across as strong. I love fantasy but don't love fluffy YA, so I enjoyed the mature writing style displayed here.

Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

The narrator did a pretty good job of all the characters, lending most of them with a distinctiveness that helped the listener to easily distinguish between all of them. The only problem I had was that the narrator infused many of the voices with a gravelly, growling tone that made them seem much older than they should be. This was even more noticeable in the second and third books. Bridei is in his early twenties but sounded WAY older, which was distracting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, rather savoured over a longer period, then listened to again to pick up details missed in the first listen

Any additional comments?

Overall an enjoyable book, but I enjoyed books 2 and 3 more because I was more invested in the characters by then.

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Mixed Feelings

Was The Dark Mirror worth the listening time?

Yes and No. I found the basic characters interesting but thought most were under developed. The plot and world were generic, unimaginative and incredibly predictable. I did finish the book on the hope that it would surprise me - it didn't. On the up side, I enjoyed the narration.

Any additional comments?

It's not horrible, but I would only recommend this to someone that loves a traditional fairy tale formula and doesn't mind seeing the plot twists from a mile away.

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The Dark Mirror

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Mirror the most enjoyable?

Read this in book form before listening on audio book. Audio always puts opinions and life to a book. Gives real feeling of what the author meant by writing this book! The history and mystery of this book are excellent!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bridei

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extraordinary writing, get real feeling of character and what is going on! You can picture it in ur head like ur watching it happen!

Any additional comments?

recommend to anyone young or old, male or female!

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  • Raymond K. Penman
  • 11-30-08

smashing

drew me in and got me hooked, listened to it twice already

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  • Serrai Arriannai
  • 07-30-16

Series: Bride Trilogy

I have bought the whole of the Bride Trilogy now, all of which are excellently written, & loosely based on historical accuracy. The first, is most certainly my favourite of the series, yet all are enthralling, enchanting & full of mystery and intrigue.
a truly unique and creative interpretation of our druidic and pagan hereditary. Further into the trilogy, touching upon the amalgamation of both Pagan, & Christian ideology, at the crucial point of change from the old, into the new.
I would highly recommend this series if myth, magic, love & hate, life & death, & beliefs of the past and present is something that would be able to grab your attention and hold you transfixed. Well worth a listen!

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  • Daryl-Anne
  • 05-31-09

enthralling

I found this book enthralling - the story is fast flowing, the characters believable, I became immersed in the setting. The narrator does a great job, I had no trouble listening to him. My only complaint is that the other books in the series are not available on audible!

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 12-28-19

Deeply involving, magical, absorbing world

Wonderful story, gripping, fascinating, magical and suspenseful. Really great characters too, well narrated highlighting the different people .

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  • Dave
  • 09-01-17

Gripping

very substantial story. Lovely characters very well narated. simply have to recommend to all that like character rich fantasy stories

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  • Head Coach
  • 07-25-21

Another lovely tale from Marillier

I really enjoyed this, a good plot and it has some very touching moments. The characters are, in some ways, deeper and better developed than in her Sevenwaters series, excellent as these are.

The narration is fine except early on I found it too fast and so turned it down to 0.9x. What a great feature!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-18

Very good read.

Lovely tale. Great production. Not enough magic for me but the excellent writing and narration kept me interested.

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