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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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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 05-05-15
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, tainted somewhat by the reader"

    I love this story. It's one of my favorites in this series. Mercedes Lackey is a great author.

    The reader or the producer needs help. We can see the extended break in the written word to know time change just happened. He gave no pause. Just continued. Accents are a personal expectation. Pronunciation - his or the authors? I think... Him. Didn't like it

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    A. A. Baldwin Fort Smith, AR USA 05-02-15
    A. A. Baldwin Fort Smith, AR USA 05-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, annoying narrator"

    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.

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    Carrie 03-15-15
    Carrie 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lacked Action"

    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.

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    Brian Taft, CA, USA 02-18-15
    Brian Taft, CA, USA 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Gay romance is not my choice for entertainment"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 02-16-15
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    "Amazing story, sub-par narration"

    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.

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    Roberta 02-12-15
    Roberta 02-12-15
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    "Great series"

    I adore all of the Valdamar books and would love for audible to acquire all of them.

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    Joe Thompson Riverside, CA, USA 05-22-14
    Joe Thompson Riverside, CA, USA 05-22-14 Member Since 2014

    Single dad here...

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    "Great Book from a favorite author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Pawn to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Vanyel.. But his aunt is a very close second.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Vanyel kills the Frost dragon and realizes he has a calling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In a world where magic is possible, a young man finds power, love and himself.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Gandalf The Grey Middle-Earth 03-11-13
    Gandalf The Grey Middle-Earth 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Gandalf

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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Chick and Fay Lit"

    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

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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