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Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1 | [Mercedes Lackey]

Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

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!
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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.

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    April Gillilan Stillwater, OK United States 07-12-13
    April Gillilan Stillwater, OK United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent book (and series), but ..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Pawn to be better than the print version?

    No! The audio version is not as good as the print version, simply because of the horrendous narration. The narrator mispronounced words regularly throughout the series, and not just the unusual words of Valdemar.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

    No!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael HERCULES, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Michael HERCULES, CA, United States 04-30-13
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    "Solid read. :)"
    Would you listen to Magic's Pawn again? Why?

    I would read it again before the next part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female teacher (aunt of the protagonist) is may favorite, because she was very likable. Almost like the aunt you wish you had.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rouben Framingham, MA, United States 03-11-13
    Rouben Framingham, MA, United States 03-11-13
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    "Simply one of my favorite coming of age stories!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great fantasy and by an author with real knowledge of psychic and magical abilities!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vanyel. He was the main character and it is his story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Vanyel is healed by the Tayledres.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just beautifully written.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ron Crawfordville, FL, United States 08-06-13
    ron Crawfordville, FL, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "not my type of book"

    This book is more about a gay guy adjusting to his sex than about magic....the last part of the book is the only real part about magic and his struggle.... book is not worth my time.

    Narrator is good.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark S Clingan Brooklyn Center, MN United States 08-24-13
    Mark S Clingan Brooklyn Center, MN United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Gag... Gay Wizards... REALLY?"
    What would have made Magic's Pawn better?

    Next thing you know they will try to sell us on sparkly vampires.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing in this series/author


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Any series but this


    What character would you cut from Magic's Pawn?

    All of them


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steven OPELIKA, AL, United States 07-31-13
    Steven OPELIKA, AL, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A disappointment..."

    I had read other books by Mercedes Lacky and enjoyed them, but this book disappointed me. The writing was not bad, and the narration was good.
    If you want to read more you will have to be spoiled, so scroll down.










    SPOILER WARNING
    The problem that I had with the book was that the main character turns out to be very homosexual. This is not a fatal flaw in a book and I would not tell other people it is terrible or anything, but I did not like reading a book and finding out that the main character who I had grown to like and feel for had feeling that were so foreign form mine and which I don't have any desire to explore. I also don't like reading books in which the characters enjoy feeling pain or where then lust after children or where they have self harm issues among other things.
    So all that to say, If you dont want to read a book where the main character is very gay, dont read this one.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jack R. Flint 04-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not really what I thought it would be"
    What would have made Magic's Pawn better?

    The book was like a cheap gay romance novel it a fantasy setting. Way too much time spent on overly dramatic broken hearts and not much in the way of plot.


    What was most disappointing about Mercedes Lackey’s story?

    The book was like a cheap gay romance novel it a fantasy setting. Way too much time spent on overly dramatic broken hearts and not much in the way of plot.


    What didn’t you like about Gregory St. John’s performance?

    All the characters sounded the same. It hard to tell who was who.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Magic's Pawn?

    Well after the first 30 minutes or so I just hated the book...


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    keith Midland, TX, United States 10-04-13
    keith Midland, TX, United States 10-04-13
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    "I found it again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Pawn to be better than the print version?

    Some what


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When thanyell got pulled from the river.

    Yes I can't spell


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book and well narrated but several of the names were mispronounced I know this because I heard the original which I have and I have heard several of the songs with the character names in it. Minus the mispronunciation its as good as the original.

    If you wont the originals email me.
    svenstanley@gmail.com

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Owel Northern VA USA 09-22-13
    J. Owel Northern VA USA 09-22-13 Member Since 2012

    jtodvm

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    "Don't overlook this older gem!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Pawn to be better than the print version?

    Well, no, but it's great to have an audio version finally.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vanyel, because he's such a human, flawed hero and his journey is epic.


    What about Gregory St. John’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job making all the characters' voices distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    Great gay role model for teens!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay TRABUCO CANYON, CA, United States 08-08-13
    Jay TRABUCO CANYON, CA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Writer of The Majick Series

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    "Too many adverbs"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Two items - I would have Mercedes Lackey and the editor go back and remove all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.

    The other item is the lack of commitment to the homosexual relationship(s). There is nothing wrong with it other than it seems that the author never allowed the characters to evolve beyond the surface of a relationship except in some amped up over dramatic scenes.


    What was most disappointing about Mercedes Lackey’s story?

    Lack of character development (though a better job was accomplished with the following books)


    What does Gregory St. John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing really. For those who do not read with different character voices, he does a great job at it. I have distinct voices in my head when reading so it was not a huge change for me.


    Could you see Magic's Pawn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps... I wouldn't want any known actors since I think it would detract from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was a challenge to get through. I nearly stopped after the first two hours. However, I managed my way through it and it was interesting enough by the end to continue the journey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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