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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Jay
  • TRABUCO CANYON, CA, United States
  • 08-08-13

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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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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  • M. Ranum
  • Minneapolis, MN United States
  • 12-05-16

Great book and great trilogy!

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

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a good book series with a gay/bi protagonist.

ending wasn't what I expected. story as a whole seamed rushed. wish there were more then three books of this storyline.

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Fantastic Book..... My favorite

Amazing sorry, i thoroughly enjoyed it and I'll be listen to this again and again

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Wonderful trilogy

This is a wonderful final part of the trilogy. And a beautiful ending. Gregory St John did a great job of reading it. Thank you!

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Great story - rendition was horrible!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not sure because of the narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic's Price?

When the Hawk Brothers tell Vanyel's aunt the truth about Stefan...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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!!!). <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>This broke the flow of the story and made it difficult to fully enjoy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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a dissapointing end to a fine tale.

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.

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Awesome series

What did you love best about Magic's Price?

The story and the narration. Gregory St. John's voice is perfect for Vanyel.

What other book might you compare Magic's Price to and why?

Other books in the Valdemar series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

Any additional comments?

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.