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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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great story, frustrating narrator

First, I love this book. I have lived it since I was ba teen. However. Can we PLEASE have consistency in how character/place/tribe names are pronounced in the overall Valdemar universe? If that is too much (as it obviously is), can we at LEAST have consistency within the same series, read by the same narrator? Or even in the same book?? The narrator actually used the correct Ashkevron name maybe 3 times in this book, other times going back to the mispronunciation he used in the first book of the series (he kept saying "Ashkrevon" instead of the correct "Ashkevron"). It is distracting and frustrating. the narrator also skipped words a couple times, which was also frustrating. Additionally, narrators should probably match tone to description explicitly mentioned in the book. IE, if someone is to have whispered a phrase or said it in a gentle tone, maybe don't read that phrase in the same voice as you read everything else.

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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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Incredible as always

Just an exciting and (still) emotional book. It still hits me strong emotionally. Doesn't matter how much time has passed, it is still one of my favorite books.

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A Great Middle

Things are happening on the borders of Valdemar, and Herald Mage Vanyel Askevron needs a vacation after holding the place of Five Herald Mages all on his own. His family may be stressful, but at least he won't be battling dark wizards and demons... Family members not withstanding.

This is a story 12 years after the events of Magic's Pawn. Van still hasn't forgotten about Tylendel and he is battleworn. Vanyel and Yfandes are planning to relax and recharge. A nice middling, almost slice-of-life story between two heart-wrenching novels. Just enjoy Van et al.

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Wonderful!

Read this many years ago and it's still wonderful. Love the whole mystery of Tashir and the death of the House. My heart aches for Vanyel.

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Great!

Loved it. Hero took some getting used to but by the end. .. Highly recommended

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My favorite character. Great opening

Loved it. Read it nearly a hundred times. Listened to it 2-3x a year.

No spoilers, it is a great tale about people, relationships, fears, and potential in one's self.

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My favorite Valdemar Herald so far!!

I just love Vanyel. This is my new favorite Valdemar series. 💙 The humorous lines had me looking like an idiot walking around with a huge grin.

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Beautiful Book (I tend to go on a tangent)

I love this book and tend to reread it at least every three months. The most memorable moments for me is how the shadow lover switches Gender depending on who beholds them (and likely what attracts them), when he's told that he won't be alone (excellent foreshadowing, by the way), and how Jervis says "stick to the sheep, they don't snore." I personally love how Vannyell made a friendship with Jervis despite all that happened. In fact, I believe that may be my favorite part of the book. I also really thought that the narrator was the perfect person for the job, they bring the book to life in a way more profound to me than the book as it is. All in all, this is by far my favorite book in the series and I dearly hope that others are able to read this amazing work