The final chapter in Mercedes Lackey's spellbinding fantasy trilogy!
The Herald-Mage, Vanyel, and his Companion, Yfandes, are alone responsible for saving the once-peaceful kingdom of Valdemar from the forces of a master who wields a dark, forbidding magic. And if either Vanyel or Yfandes falters, both Valdemar and its Herald-Mage must pay the ultimate price.
©1990 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
A favorite of mine. The story of a man that survives, a rough youth and into a love that surmounts all, to the horrible loss of that love, and being given his greatest desire of his youth, before he learned what he really desired. His survival and giving of his life in to selfless acts of honor, through the pain that stays fresh to the finding of a new life, to his death. That sums all three books. This is the final installment of those books. Now take that man's story and put it in a world of magic and magical creatures, of life by the sword, in serving a cause greater then yourself. Amazing story
The narrator was perfect. He brought the characters to life, the world to life and even managed excellent pronunciations of strange words in non existent languages, I wish he narrated all the books. but then perhaps it is the fact that he portrayed Vanyel so well is some of the reason he is so good.
Writer of The Majick Series
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.
It was a very good way to sum things up. Like in life, nothing was perfect but it was good.
I disliked a scene where some mercenaries had captured the last Herald Mage. It was hard to get through but it did elicit a strong reaction from me. Any scene that is written in such a way to get a strong reaction, whether I liked the feelings or not, is a good scene.
Most likely... Depends on how well the first two were made.
Book one was not great. Book two was better and Book Three is certainly the best of the trilogy. Not my favorite but it was entertaining and I looked forward to listening on my commute each morning.
Not sure because of the narration.
When the Hawk Brothers tell Vanyel's aunt the truth about Stefan...
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 story 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 have read this story many times over the last twenty-some years I have always cried at the ending. I just finished the audio book and, even with the lousy pausing and though I know how it ends, I still cried.
I find that the story over the last tree books. Well worth their price in my mind, skimms over the parts of the story that i am most exited about. The Action. I begun listening to them because of a song preformed by Heather Alexander, named Demonsbane.
I thus had expected a bit more about the actual last battle that the series fortell in the previous books.
I do like how the use magic is told and I totaly belive it.
I love the characters, and creatures told about in these tree books.
The story and the narration. Gregory St. John's voice is perfect for Vanyel.
Other books in the Valdemar series.
Toward the end of the book, the action moves back and forth between settings. There should have been a slight pause between these, but there was not. The first few times it happened, I thought I had missed something, but after the narrator did this several times, I figured out what was going on. This is my main criticism of this book. Not that it was written that way, but that there was not a pause to warn the listener that the scene was about to change.
I am writing this review after listening to all three books in this series. I’m glad I waited to review because I have adjusted my ratings from 5 to 4 stars on the overall story. This series is about Vanyel, a Herald Mage. It starts in Book 1 when he is about 16 and ends in Book 3 in his late thirties. This series was written in the 1990s, so I tried to listen to it with that filter. Back then, gay themed YA books were rare and gay themed fantasy book even rarer. Overall I really enjoyed this series. There were plot holes and misaligned time frames, but overall it is worth a listen. The narrator does a great job; 5 stars for him.
Vanyel was put through the ringer in the first book (his life as a teenager) and his growth and recovery in the 2nd book to become the hero of the land was great. What I didn’t understand was why the author built Vanyel up as a hero for 80% of the series, only to take some of that away from him at the end of the 3rd book. There was some violence and violations in the 3rd book that doesn’t seem to serve any purpose to the story and I don’t believe it was appropriate for a YA book. In reaction to this violence Vanyel inadvertently kills innocent people; something that goes against everything he is for the previous two books. Then, the ending seems rushed and there are a bunch of things that remained unanswered. The author kind of gives a non-traditional HEA in the epilogue, but it was still a disappointing conclusion. That said, I’m still glad I got to know Vanyel and went along with him on his journey.
LIfe-long reader, fond of mysteries, scifi, fantasy. Prefer good story-tellers, with interesting premises. Road warrior-so listen a lot!
Well written, with a meaningful take and a ethical consideration. You care for the characters and their growth. Satisfying yet sad.
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