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Magic's Pawn (The Last Herald Mage) School & Library Binding – Jul 2003


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  • School & Library Binding: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc. (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061363053X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613630535
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chronicles the story of the most powerful Herald-Mage ever born, tracing his growth from youthful arrogance to a position of power and maturity in the kingdom of Valdemar.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Furio on 6 Jun 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before buying an item I always take care to read many reviews to get a general idea of what I am going to purchase and, before writing my own, I read them again to fix my first impressions.

For sure this is no masterwork: as one angry reviewer writes, Ms Lackey writes for money, so it was probably not meant to be.
True as it may be, I simply could not stand many of the negative reviews because they were not discussing points of some importance or the evident flaws of this work but rather the choice of a gay male main character: everyone is entitled to his own opinion, for sure, but one simply CANNOT say a book is bad because one does not like the sexual orientation of the characters.

As far as THE book is concerned the plot, though a little slow and atypical, works very well: the quest of the hero is not a journey through perilous lands peopled by scaring monsters but a journey to self discovery: he grows up, changes, learns to love and to suffer.
Of course he WHINES, as many have pointed out, but I guess a non whining sixteen-year-old would simply not be believable.

Ms Lackey has an unfortunate tendency to overwrite physical and mental pain, and the characterization of the lesser characters is sometimes vague.
The writing is neither beautiful nor refined; still there is nearly nothing out of place, except quite a redundant use of italics.

I suppose that, if you love fantasy novels and manage to drop homophobic attitudes, this can be a most entertaining read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vittani on 5 April 2005
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This book Magic's Pawn is the first in Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald Mage Trilogy. I am reviewing this as a complete trilogy, though i have chosen to review it under the first book because it is my favorite of the three, the second book is Magic's Promise and the third Magic's Price. In my mind it is her best work to date. Though I have read most of her books bordering on all i have never come across a trilogy that will leave you as emotionally drained as this. Vanyel a youth struggling with his fathers oppression and his own feelings is one of the most lovable characters of all time. In my mind no one can rival him. He is the most powerful Herald Mage in Valdemar and after the pain and tragedies of his life who could ever deny him their love. The pain of a heart broken in two is palpable through the pages and reaches you in such a way that you are left breathless by your tears. Never have i read a book with an ending like this, heart-renchingly beautiful and tragic at the same time. And after that it is a wonder that you can manage to smile when you read the last lines, but you do and it is a credit to misty (miss Lackey) that she can make you feel such pain one moment and completely relieve your heart the next. An Author who can create such a work should be named among the greats, buy the book and you will see what i mean if you dont thats you're perogative...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 1999
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Without doubt the Magic's Pawn trio are the best fantasy books I have ever read, bar none. I first found these books several years ago and have since read them about a dozen times - oh no, I'm not a sad fantasy buff, but each book contains enough to keep my spell bound no matter how many times I pick the volumes up. Mercedes Lackey had created characters more real and situations more credible than any other fantasy writer and I would call these her 'finest hour'. If you have not read them I suggest most strongly that you take the time to do so. You don't get the chance to read something this good that often.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb 2000
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The best book I have read in a long time. Misty opened my eyes to gay peoples relationships and wrote a fantastic story at the same time. After I finished this book I could not wait to get my hands on the other two. The story of Vanyel and Tylendel made me cry laugh and cry allover again. I haven't read many Lackey books but of those I have read (although the others are good) this series has got to be the best and Magic's Pawn the greatest of the three. For people who enjoyed this book I would recommend David Eddings and Terry Goodkind.
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If you are looking for something that isn't flat, boring and sleep-inducing.....
This book is definitely what you need.
Magic's Pawn is an unbelievably fantastic story that just sweeps you off your feet into the world of Vanyel. It will leave you laughing, crying, pulling your hair and biting your nails all at once.
But, be warned, this book is a little bit tiring to read. NOT because it is boring, but because you have to force yourself to read it slowly and NOT to peep at the ending!! And that was the most difficult part for me!! Hehe...
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