This book is almost a four. The only thing holding me back is the annoying narrator (I listened to it on Audible.com), really. I think reading the book is probably even more satisfying than the audiobook.
The development of the protagonist from unhappy boy to powerful mage is fraught with conflict and missteps, like any person at this age, no doubt, but so much more complex due to the family and societal values and norms forced upon him. It's fantasy but it's also a metaphor for life today for any young person who doesn't fit in with mainstream life. The underlying homosexual themes are important to the story but do not overwhelm it.
Unfortunately, the next two books in this series have the same narrator, so I will forego the audiobook option on those.
While it was well told it lacked the action of some of her other books. It felt like most of the book was a set up. I was bored by the end and no longer liked the main character despite the fact that he was more likeable at the end than the beginning. The main character's sexual orientation overwhelmed the story.
Overall the book was done well, read well but reading is my escape from the world. Even though it was done well, I will not be buying the next book.
This wonderful story is marred by the narration. With weird phrasing, mispronounced words, misspoken words (fair instead of far, etc.) and no difference between the various characters, the narrator makes it hard at times to follow who's saying what or when the scenes change. If you're familiar with the story this is a good addition to the ways you can enjoy it, but if you're not familiar with the story the oddness of the narration will make it hard to follow.
The story itself is as moving and exciting as I remember from the multiple times I've read the book and when I'm doing something like knitting or driving it's nice to get to listen to the story, even if I am mentally correcting the narrator every so often.
Single dad here...
Is this a trick question? They are different in many ways. The story is the same, but with the print or kindle version, I am stationary in my comfy chair. With the audio version I can go on my daily (10 mile) walk or clean the house, do laundry, driving, etc. Both options are great, but the audio version has more flexibility.
Probably Vanyel.. But his aunt is a very close second.
When Vanyel kills the Frost dragon and realizes he has a calling.
In a world where magic is possible, a young man finds power, love and himself.
I would read it again before the next part.
The female teacher (aunt of the protagonist) is may favorite, because she was very likable. Almost like the aunt you wish you had.
This was a great fantasy and by an author with real knowledge of psychic and magical abilities!
Vanyel. He was the main character and it is his story.
When Vanyel is healed by the Tayledres.
Just beautifully written.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
SOMETIMES BEING ALONE IS A HURT WORSE THEN DYING
Yes, I know, your saying, why would I get a book with a cover done in pastel colors, a horse and a tortured boy on it. The cover alone screams chick lit. The answer is: I have read Lackey before and found her not lacking. I liked The Serpents Shadow and was alright with Take a Thief, Brightly Burning and Owlflight. This is a combination of Chick Lit and Gay Lit. Lackey uses the word Fay to mean Gay. This also follows the same pattern she uses in 95% of her books. The story is about a young tortured soul who is an outcast, but finds peace and understanding in a Magic School.
HE GAVE ME THE KEY TO HIMSELF, HE WANTED ME TO HAVE IT.
I have nothing against the Fay, I just don't have much interest in the coming of age of a Fay. The main character is very melodramatic, you know your typical teenager. He does not know he is gay or even that gayness exist until he goes to this school which seems to be full of the fay. I don't like melodrama in real life and really can't stand it in my novels. It may be true to life, just part of life I try to avoid.
THE HIGH TABLE WAS HIGH
Due to a homophobic mentality. I found it difficult to get through the story.. I am a fan of the author; so I kept on. I'm very pleased to have completed the book. Great story of discovering self and over coming obstacles.