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The Rivers Gift [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451457595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451457592
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining short fairy story. 5 Oct 2000
By Aldyth
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fairy story that is entertaining reading in spite of conforming to the general cliches: light entertainment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A short fairy tale for young adults 7 Nov 1999
By Claire Maier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mercedes Lackey fans, please do not be fooled into thinking this is a typical novel of hers. It is a short story (or novelette at most), geared toward young adult readers. While it isn't bad, it certainly isn't what I expect from a typical Lackey read!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to give it a chance 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was not intended for the authors normal readers. When you pick up the book you can tell it will be short. I read it in an hour. However for what it is intended to be it is wonderful. Yes I would like her to extend the story to give the reader a little more to chew on. However you know it is a short story when you pick it up to read it and they rarly are in depth as a novel.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misty Lite 13 Feb 2000
By Jennifer Mo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The River's Gift is a rather predictable short fairy tale (Mistified, of course). The characters all seemed exceptionally two-dimensioned, and Ariella was particularly annoying. She just HAD to be smart, brave, altruistic, Talented, lucky and beautiful. A little original character is surely not too much to ask? If possible, the men were developed even worse, and Merod, while interesting, needed much more exposure. The plot was also predictable, though charming in a slight sort of way. Fluffy, even by Lackey standards. Oh well. If you can stave off the cynicism and are in a mood for unrealistic fairy tales, you might try this one. However, I much preferred her longer retellings, such as The Fire Rose and The Firebird.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better books by Mercedes Lackey 29 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only reason to buy this book is if you are absolutely desperate to own/read everything this author has ever written. If you have read all the Heralds of Valdemar series, and are looking for that depth and quality,I think you will be as disapointed as I was. The depth of characters and storyline is just not here. Girl has healing powers, heals forest creatures and faery, enter a magical horselike being, father dies, enter bad-guy and suprise arranged marriage, saved by man of her dreams, with suprise ending similar to a Hans Cristian Anderson tale.This should have been a short story. The cute little book with borders and embelishment,takes up just enough space to stretch it into a hardback. Can we say, "waste of money!" If you want to read wonderful series by Mercedes Lackey with unforgetable characters Vanyel, Elspeth and Tahlia are waiting.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute 13 Oct 2003
By Laura Lea May - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As this is being my first title read by Lacky I have nothing else to base her writings on, although i must say that I enjoyed the story. I thought it was cute, and although it was a bit predictable it had its own innocent and altruistic qualities. I didn't purchase this book, i got it from the local library, and I wouldn't buy it...because 16$ for that is quite a lot of money. LOL.
I felt that Merod should have been developed more, and I also thought that he should have been less "dainty". He is supposed to be this luring & ominous creature and yet he falls in love with a mortal, that which he has despised his whole being.
I could appreciate that the girl had these healing abilities, and I did wonder if her mother could do the same. I also wondered why she didn't make an attemp to heal her father when he had his "heart attack". It was sappy and cute and allowed for my needed catharsis at that moment so I cannot be too disappointed. I feel that if you are going to read this then remind yourself that it is a damned short story and won't have tons of character development.
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