In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!
©1991 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
When Van stood up to his father.
The end but I don't want to spoil it.
A well done production spot on. Homosextual main charactor done with such care that you could even let a young adult listen to it.
I've long held that Vanyel just was not a very relatable character, or at least not as likeable as many of Lackey's other protagonists. Very whiny, and a lot of the plot seems weirdly paced. But the performance was by far one of the weakest I've heard for her novels.
The narrator often puts weird emphasis on certain words, as if he is reading the sentences by seconds instead of in one long flow. several times, it's meant that I have to play catch up in my mind when his pronunciation of a sentence doesn't match what it's trying to get at. He also pronounces many of her names, foreign language words, and place names in what I would have thought to be the LEAST likely manner when I was reading it versus listening. maybe that's just me, but overall the performance was awkward, inconsistent, and distracting.
it's still an awesome story now and this performance was fun to listen to while keeping my hands busy.
Main Character needs to grow up
Savil Ashkevron. She was strong enough to not care about what others thought.
Would have been if... (see additional comments...)
The narrator paused when he shouldn't have and didn't pause when he should have. This could have been editing. Sometimes there was a pause when there should not have been: "he climbed down the back........ stairs" (listener starts to question how anyone can climb down a back and finally the sentence is completed. Oh, okay. He climbed down the stairs!!!).
There were not pauses between separate segments when there definitely should have been. Whenever there was a scene change, the lack of separation created confusion in the mind of the listener.
This broke the flow of the story and made it difficult to fully enjoy.
I love this book, but the lack of a simple pause when there is a scene change takes away from the story.
This is one of Mercedes Lackey's best series. I wish it had been given the attention it deserves.
Sometimes a weak narration ruins a book, other times it just makes it less... sparkly. This falls somewhere in between.
If you're a fan of the Valdemar stories by Mercedes Lackey then you might not mind listening to this while doing chores or whatever. Especially if you own the kindle version so you can buy the audio version for 3.99.
If you haven't read the series before this audio version might well turn you off. The narrator is not awful, but his character voices fluctuate quite a bit so that oftentimes it's not clear which character is speaking. I particularly disliked the Companions' voices, which came off as insipid. Overall, I felt like the narrator didn't even like the book and was just trying to get through it.
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