Magic's Promise

Valdemar: The Last Herald Mage, Book 2
Narrated by: Gregory St. John
Series: Last Herald Mage, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (778 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The wild magic is taking its toll on the land, and even Vanyel, the most powerful Herald-Mage to ever walk the world, is almost at the end of his strength. But when his Companion, Yfandes, receives a call for help from neighboring Lineas, both Herald-Mage and Companion are drawn into a holocaust of dark magic that could be the end of them both.

©1990 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Better than Book 1

What did you like best about Magic's Promise? What did you like least?

I liked that the characters had more depth in Book Two when compared to Book One.

I least liked 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.

If you’ve listened to books by Mercedes Lackey before, how does this one compare?

Better than Magic's Pawn

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

Nothing really.

Do you think Magic's Promise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has one.

Any additional comments?

Again, the homosexuality seems to be placed as an afterthought. It is never fully developed. It seemed the author was trying for an epic romance and it just sort of fell short.

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Stands the test of time

First read this when it came out and I was a teenager. Still as heart wrenching and fascinating and spellbinding as then.

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One of my all-time favorite series.

The Last Herald Mage series is what got me hooked on Mercedes Lackey and all of her other stories in this world. The audio version does not leave me wanting or lack in any way, quite pleased actually.

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first and favorite!

pleasant to listen to. this is my favorite book and the first ever I read by Mercedes Lackey.

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Wonderful story

I can't begin to count how many times I've read this book, so when I was able to listen to it on audible, it brought me so much joy. Mercedes Lackey has a wonderful way with words. Her characters feel real and when I'm listening or reading one of her books, I feel like I'm in the story. As her characters grow and transcend what is expected of them, I've grown more attached to attached to them than ever - I laugh with them and cry over their sorrows. Vanyel is such a complex person and I wish I could meet him! These books are so full of character and depth that I can't recommend them enough. If you love fantasy, what are you waiting for? Step inside Valdemar and you'll never want to leave.

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Continuing story of Herald Mage Vanyel

Vanyel is in whites and finally able to take downtime from the constant border war. Except he walks directly into another Situation. A wonderful tale.

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the narration suck!!!

i love the story, which is why i have born with the atrocious narration.
The narrator is chopping the story to pieces in some places, creating illogical bridges between unrelated paragraphs.
and his pronounciation of Valdemaran names, nouns and words for animals is unbelievably horrid. especially since there are pronounciation guides in all Valdemar books.
this narrator should be fired and never be allowed to narrate another book!

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great book!

I love this series and all the Valdemar books. I've read the series several times and still find it riveting. looking forward to the next release.

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Good story but again narrator inserts wrong words

As the bridge between major story elements it is good; I wish we had a better glimpse of the backstories for many of the characters as this trilogy covers 20 years...very surprised it hasn't been explored. Overall a good snapshot of what Herald Mage duties entailed...

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second book in the series

love the storyline actually love everything the Mercedes Lackey is done so far in this is series.