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

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.<br/><br/>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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  • Lori
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 03-24-13

A great listen! Don't pass it up!

Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Promise to be better than the print version?

Yes

Have you listened to any of Gregory St. John’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard him before but now I'll look for his other audiobooks for sure!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't stop listening!

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amazing amazing amazing

amazing, great story, fantastic performance, LIVED IT!!! Will most likely listen again! thank you for having created this

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great book, great series

Mercedes Lackey is an excellent writer and story teller, this is my second favorite trilogy of hers. I whole heartedly recommend this.

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Great story - rendition was horrible!!

If you could sum up Magic's Promise in three words, what would they be?

Bad performance of a great book.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was absorbing and fast-paced. Characters were multi-faceted and engaging.

How could the performance have been better?

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 separate 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 would have - if the rendition had been better.

Any additional comments?

Narrator had a nice voice but the inappropriate pauses throughout all three books made the stories difficult to follow.

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Excellent!

One of my favorite authors. Masterful performance and incredible story. Only complaint is that you cannpt get ALL of the Valdamar books from Audible.

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good book

What did you love best about Magic's Promise?

it is a captivating book and the story keeps me wanting moor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

van, he is a vary deep person and he touches you with his story.

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Stunning

This book truly is magnificent and the reader follows the voices and intonation very well

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  • Angela
  • Denton, TX, United States
  • 06-08-15

Well done, needs pauses

I adore this story and this series. Gregory St John does a beautiful job. My only issue is with the lack of pausing between segments of the story. When you are cruising along, listening to one set of characters interact and there is no pause at the scene change, it strains understanding. Other than that, this is an excellent rendition of this book!!

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Bring plenty of tissues

If you could sum up Magic's Promise in three words, what would they be?

Love. Magic. Pain.

What did you like best about this story?

The companion bond. Wept and wept. You want to comfort poor Vanyel

Which scene was your favorite?

Same as above

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Magics promise

Any additional comments?

Love this book. I cry during many parts but it is a good cry