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.
Ever read something when you were young, think it was amazing, then come back to it and wonder what you were thinking? That's my relationship with my highschool obsession with Mercedes Lackey. I used to think her works were the most imaginative, romantic, intense things I'd ever read, and I honestly paused Magic's Pawn before I could even finish it.
I don't know if that's because this is one of her early works, but I did not make it all the way through this book. The prose was flowery and purple, the people's inability to communicate for the sake of plot-tension unbelievable in the extreme, and characters who were supposed to be tragic and sympathetic came across as snotty rather than flawed.
If you do like fantasy, or if you have a young person in your life who has just finished Twilight and wants to know what to read next, recommend this author to them- but maybe start with Owlflight or the Black Gryphon or Oathbound. They're perfectly lovely books- just more tween than I had remembered.
Overpowering teen angst.
Since I'm not a fan of excessive teen angst, that eliminates Vanyel. My favorite part of the story on listening after 20+ years was actually Savil.
Someone who actually knows how to narrate a story? The narration was dreadful. The pacing was off (someone explain to Mr. St. John about punctuation and what it means), the pronunciations were off (some of them made me want to claw my ears off), there were often instances when I literally said to myself, "WHAT did he just say?" I found myself wondering what the narrator was using as his source for the reading. Was it OCR errors that he was actually reading rather than questioning? An example from the second book, which stopped me dead and threw me out of the story: a character says, "Count your messings!" What? I'm sure it was actually "blessings". That is not the only jarring instance. There are a lot of them. Honestly, Audible, did you not have anyone checking these readings for consistency and proper English? Direction would be good. Post-production editing would be good. Getting the pronunciations from the author would be good. At one point during listening (to one of the other two books), I literally pulled out the hardcopy and read along and was boggled by how... off it all was. This is not the first bad experience I've had with this narrator; so yeesh. No thanks.
It probably did when I was younger, but honestly, I was often rolling my eyes. Maybe I'm just too old to empathize with the teen angst and I was just "Oh, god, get over yourself." too much.
I have read these books occasionally since the first time when I was much younger. The story mostly holds up as a fairly decent coming of age tale. But after so long, my tastes changed and I realize in retrospect that the author as a writer does things that annoy the blazes out of me. It might be the supremely poor narration making me react more critically to Lackey's writing, but I don't think so. Still, these books are the only ones of Lackey's I can still tolerate, so there is that.
Magical Horses, Heroes, and Love and Loss.
Errors. lol. Honestly, I've read this book many times since I was young, and when I first heard this audio book I had to check the original twice. Small errors in the reading, but very obvious ones. Other than that, he definitely brings the characters to life.
Yes. Every time.
This series is one of my favorites of all time. I first read it when I was twelve and I have read it hundreds of times. It never gets old. The true humanity of the characters, the depth of emotion in the story and the imaginativeness of the world combine to create a tale that stays with you. It was the first real fantasy genre novel I read, and what an intro!! I love all of Mercedes Lackey's works, but these books have a special place in my heart.
Imagine my disappointment to have the novel ruined by narration. The narrator was completely bizarre. The cadence of his words was off, at times making me question if he actually knew how to read the English language. To quote Mike Myers, he often "puts the EM-pha-sis on the wrong sy-LLAB-le". He leaves out words... And no only mispronounces names of 90% of the characters, but periodically changes how he pronounces them.
Scenes with intense emotion were read with almost no inflection.
I was so horrified by the reading that I felt the need to read the book out loud to myself just to feel better about what was being said.
I have very very few books on tape that I do not enjoy. This is the first one EVER that I returned to audible rather than keep it in my library. Horrific.
Skip it, get the print version.
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.
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.
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