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Owlnight Paperback – 11 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (11 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857987411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857987416
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,464,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Owlknight follows on from Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon's two earlier novels about Darian Firkin , Owlflight and Owlsight. By now the boy who ran from barbarian invaders is both Knight of Valdemar and a Master Mage; he is governor of a small province and in love with Keisha who returns his feelings, but he still has problems and responsibilities. For one thing, he has never solved the mystery of what happened to his parents; for another, Keisha refuses to marry him lest his role as governor and hers of healer come into conflict--and there are still barbarians beyond the border and one day they will come back.

The story of how these problems are all resolved is told in a quiet tone unusual in this sort of epic fantasy. Darian has as much to look within for the solution to these issues as to struggle in the outside world, and the woodland journey in the course of which he does this is much of the time a celebration of the renewal of the human soul by the natural world.

Lackey and Dixon have found a courtly meditative way of telling an attractively simple story; Darian's growth to final maturity is inevitable, but still fascinating. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Final book in a glorious fantasy trilogy set in Lackey's popular world of Valdemar

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This is a great addition to the Valdemar series - with some interesting insights into Tayledras life. Darrian's development throughout these novels from sulky adolescent to accomplished adult is a pleasure to discover.
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Owlknight is the end of the Owl series where Darian, a young Valdemaran who was adopted by the Taleydras (Hawkbrothers) has to deal with the pressures of being a adult. Darian Firkin's third adventure is well worth a read. This Trilogy does not follow the usual formulaic Fantasy plot of 'saving the World from ultimate doom'. The plot of this trilogy is carried only by strong characterisation and their eventual growth and development. If you read all three books in the Darian's Tale in the correct sequence you will see what I mean. In this trilogy Misty Lackey and Larry Dixon haven chosen to avoid your typical royal politics and court intrigues, and I found this a breath of fresh air into the sometimes-stale Fantasy realm. Darian's slow maturation in the course of three novels from an obnoxious teenager in 'Owlflight' to the heroic adult in 'Owlknight' is a pleasure to read.
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I was fascinated by Owlflight and Owlsight and eagerly went out and bought Owlknight only to be dissapointed by a poor plotline from the normally flowing Lackey.
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This book continues the story of Darian and answers many of the questions that had arisen within the first two. Like them it will keep you hooked all of the way through, Mercedes Lackey has succeeded in making this book unforgettable, the characters are so real that you could swear you knew them. The character development is intriguing and the fast pace will keep you hooked.
This book will keep you glued to your chair until you're finished and leave you with a huge grin on your face once you've done.
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The third book about Darian is not my favorite. The storyline is easy to follow, but I miss the character development. This has more "angsty teen" type feel to it and it gets boring after awhile. Still its a good book to read while relaxing or travelling.
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This book has surprised me by taking the barbarian enemies once again, but using them in a way that kept the plot pretty fresh. I was surprised once or twice, and burst out laughing on a few occasions, which is a good indicator to the quality in my opinion. The characters are up to the normal high standards of a Valdemar book, and a couple of things are revealed about them that keep the reader guessing about their actions. All in all this is a very good read.
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She has done it again! I could'nt put it down and once finished I started it all over again. so loath was I to leave her wonderful world where heros exist and a true heart and love really do make a difference. More please Mercedes! Valdemars story has many tales left to tell and I want to read them all!
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I am increasingly disappointed with Mercedes Lackey's efforts with her main creation, the world of Valdemar. This book is the latest in a trend that has seen the quality of the books set in this world (one of the most attractive in fantasy) diminish in style, rigour, and appeal. With the first trilogy (Herald-Mage Trilogy), there was exploration of the darker sides of human nature, a depth to the emotions and characterisations wholly lacking in recent offerings, and a joy in the writing that communicated itself to the reader effortlessly. This ease became less prevalent in the Gryphon books, returned somewhat in the Mage Winds and Mage Storms trilogies (more so in the latter, I think), but petered out in the middle of this trilogy. In my opinion, Lackey needs to explore more of her world, of which much has been mysteriously hinted, but very little revealed. She is at her best when exploring and revealing to the reader aspects of her creation that have heretofore gone unwritten. If she returned to this, or at least started to explore the actions and repercussions of the adults in the books - this continual diet of young-person-is-Chosen-and-must-prove-their-worth plots is becoming thin - she would regain much of the ground that was lost when this trend was first remarked upon.
Having said all that... Lackey fans _will_ enjoy this book, let us make no mistake about that. I enjoyed this book, once I realised that yet again I was not going to get what I continue to hope Lackey will eventually deliver - what I know she _can_ deliver. I did not allow my disappointment to colour the rest of the book, which is straightforward quest-for-knowledge/discovery-of-purpose.
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