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Magic's Promise (Last Herald Mage Series #2)

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    I was jarred from the beginning when I surprisingly realized that this book takes place 10 years after Magic's Pawn. So as I'm reading along and trying to get into it, in the back of my mind I'm hungry for the Valdemar short stories that will fill in this time gap. I assume what I miss is how Vanyel learns to control his awesome ability and how he deals with his loneliness. In Magic's Promise Vanyel discovers that his friends, family, and the population are not leery of him because of his sexual preference, but are scared of him because of his power. In addition to his new found celebrity status as a hero of Valdemar, he'll keep coming back and questioning his own feelings for Shavri, who is lifebonded to Randale, the King of Valdemar. For me, this book doesn't get good until Van and Yfandes cross the border into Highjorune and find the palace that sits on top of a very powerful node. There's the mystery of why would the Tayledras leave the most powerful node Vanyel has ever known still operational with its incredible power? And then there is the young boy Van rescued, who looks identical to Tylendel. Naturally it stabs Vanyel in the heart to even look at him. Also somehow Vanyel finds himself forced into taking a more authoritative and active role in his own family. He'll play the role of the mediator/peacemaker in his own home in the keep of Forst Reach when he is actually supposed to be resting because his own energy is down to life-threatening zero. Emotions run high for me when Van desperately attempts to prevent a war between Valdemar and Lineas without sacrificing his own life. Although Vanyel is rightfully still in turmoil over his lost love Tylendel, Mercedes Lackey steps away from their intimate relationship and goes in another direction in this book, (which I believe keeps the story of Vanyel and Valdemar interesting.) She addresses those who are unfortunate to fall in love for the wrong reasons and/or fall in love with the wrong persons, which can tear a heart just as badly as Van's lose on Sowan.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    I was jarred from the beginning when I surprisingly realized that this book takes place 10 years after Magic's Pawn. So as I'm reading along and trying to get into it, in the back of my mind I'm hungry for the Valdemar short stories that will fill in this time gap. I assume what I miss is how Vanyel learns to control his awesome ability and how he deals with his loneliness. In Magic's Promise Vanyel discovers that his friends, family, and the population are not leery of him because of his sexual preference, but are scared of him because of his power. In addition to his new found celebrity status as a hero of Valdemar, he'll keep coming back and questioning his own feelings for Shavri, who is lifebonded to Randale, the King of Valdemar. For me, this book doesn't get good until Van and Yfandes cross the border into Highjorune and find the palace that sits on top of a very powerful node. There's the mystery of why would the Tayledras leave the most powerful node Vanyel has ever known still operational with its incredible power? And then there is the young boy Van rescued, who looks identical to Tylendel. Naturally it stabs Vanyel in the heart to even look at him. Also somehow Vanyel finds himself forced into taking a more authoritative and active role in his own family. He'll play the role of the mediator/peacemaker in his own home in the keep of Forst Reach when he is actually supposed to be resting because his own energy is down to life-threatening zero. Emotions run high for me when Van desperately attempts to prevent a war between Valdemar and Lineas without sacrificing his own life. Although Vanyel is rightfully still in turmoil over his lost love Tylendel, Mercedes Lackey steps away from their intimate relationship and goes in another direction in this book, (which I believe keeps the story of Vanyel and Valdemar interesting.) She addresses those who are unfortunate to fall in love for the wrong reasons and/or fall in love with the wrong persons, which can tear a heart just as badly as Van's lose on Sowan.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    The Story Continues...

    I admit it took me a while to figure out what was going on; however, after the initial few chapters, the story picked right up and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Lackey's characters are well developed and interesting, and I love that we are still learing about them as the story progresses. This second book was as well-written as the first, and I liked it just as much.

    If you enjoy reading Mercedes Lackey, be sure to check out her "Joust" series. They are some of the best dragon books I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    Awsome!

    This book was awsome! I loved it. It ran smoothly from the begining even if it was a bit slow for a while. Vanyel really grew up in this book. He still fell into bouts of self-pity, yet his acts of selflesness made you want to weep with sympathy and more than made up for it! I can't wait to read the next instalment of this outstanding series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    More Vanyel

    I love this character. The plot asks for some leaps of faith but I willingly gave them. It is unfortunate that she did not do this well in her other series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Rivetting

    Vanyel's saga continues in the second book and he seems to get his groove back. I read this book about 4 years ago and I still remember the plot perfectly. Not as good as Magic's Pawn, but still awesome.

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