Magic's Price

Valdemar: The Last Herald Mage, Book 3
Narrated by: Gregory St. John
Series: Last Herald Mage, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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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.

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excellent

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.

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Good Closure

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was a very good way to sum things up. Like in life, nothing was perfect but it was good.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Most likely... Depends on how well the first two were made.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Vanyel's end

Vanyel has much to pay for magic; the safety and future of Valdemar. A great story. So much pain, but so much hope.

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my favorite series

magnificently done. my favorite series. perfectly executed. magnificently written. read amazingly well! love it so much!!!

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book 3 in the series

very good listening to or reading if you prefer, however you might be lost if you have not read the first one or two in the series.

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Can reading be re-done?

Such a terrible listen for a great book. No pauses so your mind can shift scenes, etc. Maybe because this was recorded long ago. But it doesn't give the book justice. Hope this can be re-done.

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the voice actor was my least favorite

voice actor was subpar. nasally at times. pronunciation of names and at times words were off. jarring at other times. its nice to have the stories on audio, but the quality takes getting used to.

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A favorite story

I've always loved this book, but the narrator doesn't pause when the timeline skips. That makes it occassionally difficult to understand.

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Great storey and narrator was wonderful

Mercedes Lackey sure knows how to keep you enthralled! Love her books! Hope she keeps writing.

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Great book and great trilogy!

Overall a good performance, but the narrator pronounces some words and pronouns a bit weird for my taste.