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A horrible, horrible book that I can only love,
This review is from: The Last Herald-mage: Magic's Pawn v. 1 (Roc) (Paperback)
You may think my choice of title odd, but it's actually quite accurate.
At first Vanyel, the main character who is a beautiful young man around fifteen, does little to earn sympathy. He's spoiled and vain, although he does stir some measure of sympathy from us due to his family. His mother is the source of his vanity, his father can't be satisfied with Vanyel (unless the boy's shoulders suddenly got four inches wider each, his jaw got broader and he started throwing girls over his shoulder and sprint of with them to a bedroom), none of his cousins or brothers have any respect or liking for him, the armsmaster is hellbend on beating him to a bloody pulp and his only friends are his horse and sister, the latter of which leaves early on.
And then he's send into exile. Or, more accurately to his aunt in Haven, he capitol. This period is when it's hardest to deal with Vanyel, because he doesn't seem to like the golden goose that's landed in his lap.
Then Vanyel learn that there's such a thing as homosexuality and... Oh yeah, that's why his father hated him! Because he might be shay'a'chern (the word used in the book). How many have heard stories of how young people have had trouble realising, accepting, sharing and gaining acceptance for his sexuality? Well, now we also have a young man finding out that there's more than one sexuality, why his father couldn't like him, finding out about his own sexuality, falling in love, hiding that love from his father and...
I can't reveal the rest, but lets suffice to say that it's best read at home or with no dignity, because you will likely lose hold on your emotions. Lots of pain.
This is a heart-ripping, soul-baring story, filled with raw emotions and pain both very physical and extremely emotional, which is all horrible and painful for the reader.
But that's what makes it so loveable.