Magic's Pawn (Last Herald Mage Series #1)

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In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life—an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom—and her most powerful series to date!

In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life--an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and ...

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Overview

In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life—an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom—and her most powerful series to date!

In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life--an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom--and her most powerful series to date! Reissue.

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Vanyel's disdain for swordsmanship earns him an unexpected exile--at the High Court of Valdemar under the guardianship of his stern and implacable Aunt Savil, one of the legendary Herald-Mages. A young man's painful discovery of his own immense talents and his true nature form the core of this richly detailed fantasy, the first in a new series set in the same world as ``The Heroes of Valdemar.'' Lackey's talent for characterization lends depth to this coming-of-age adventure that will appeal to most fantasy readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886773526
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Series: Valdemar: The Last Herald Mage Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 164,238
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    What a Unique Book!

    I have a love/hate relationship with this book! It was by far the most emotionally draining book I have read in a while, but, at the same time, to drain my emotions means I was heavily invested in this book and its characters. The writing style of this novel engaged and excited me right from the start and kept me reading continually until the end! <BR/>Be aware of some controversial issues this book addresses, but know that if you are open-minded, this book will really entertain you! It is truly one of a kind!<BR/>Another book to try is Lackey's "Joust" of the "Dragon Jouster's" series. It is my favorite Lackey book (so far) and is one of the best dragon books I have ever read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Loved this book and series ever since i was 16

    And just rebought it for my nook

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    One of my most favored books in my forty years.

    One of my favorite books within my forty years of being alive. This book was a refuge, in-spite of the great difficulty the character goes through.

    The main character goes through a discovery of his sexuality (which does not become the center of the story). Then goes on to suffer loss but with a gift that again makes him unique and powerful. For the right person, this story will, grab you, make you love the characters, then put those characters through hell and take you along for the ride. It is a story of being unique, different, unaccepted, finding safety, empowerment, and then even greater difficulty. It can be depressing, but it is also beautiful. Sometimes the best images are framed by the difficulty that created them. It reads easily, innocently, without sophistication, and yet manages to grab me still, some twenty years after my initial read. If the cathartic journey could be conveyed on screen it would be one hell of a movie.

    The last two novels in this series do not live up to the first book, but are still enjoyable to catch up on the character of Vanyel.

    Note; If you have difficulty with male homosexuality, skip it, it is your loss.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    There is nothing wrong with someone who is different.

    Magic's Pawn, tells a wonderful story about love, friendship, revenge, pain and more. It proves that love is a valuable thing that should not be taken for granted. That revenge is not the answer and friendship can cure many hurts. Also, that without pain, some things may never have come about. And that just because something horrible happens, you should not give up, because what if you are the last hope to others. An exciting novel, that transports the reader to this wonderful land of Valdemar and let's them see into the minds of people who are different. This book keeps you turning pages all the way through and encourages you to read it more than once.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    This is my favorite fantasy series ever

    Rarely dose a fantasy book (or series) include gay characters in it, and Lackey dose it really well. Her entire world that this is based in has a very tolerant view on homosexuals, which is refreshing. The best thing about it is the fact that the main character is gay is secondary to the other trials he goes through. It is considered just part of who he is and what he dose with his life and accomplishes is more important to both the story and how he is treated by the other characters. A book I go back to time and time again when I want an enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Mercedes Lackey doing exactly what she does best.

    This book truly shows us what Mercedes Lackey can do that no one, that I have read, has been able to duplicate and that is showing real, true human emotion. While this book is grim in most parts(depression suicide, abuse ect.) it does not skimp on how a real person really would feel about those things if they had them do onto them. Normal people don't bounce back the next week about losing the one that they are in love with, and this is what the author believes and she shows it quite amazingly! While it can be a hard book to read at a couple of parts, it truly is genuine and will even have you look within yourself for similar feelings. Empathy is what this book demands! (but not in a bad way, don't worry ) I recomend this to any fantasy lover who is looking for a book to 'feel'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    not a great book

    this is not a very typical Mercedes Lackey book. all those planning to read this book need to know that the main character is gay, as are several other characters. some descriptions are disgusting if you are offended by homosexuality. the book is filled with the recurring themes of depression, death, suicide, and heart break. it was difficult to keep reading, and is definitely the worst Mercedes Lackey book I have read.

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    Great Read!

    I couldn't put this book down. This series is the best Mercedes has written. She had very imaginative characters and though most of her books can be rather dull at times, this one was inticing form the first chapter. Defiantly Recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Excellent!

    Misty Lackey has done a superb job of beginning to tie up some loose ends from the Arrows Trilogy. Well worth thr read for any Valdemar fns...or the RE-read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    An adventure in the making

    This book was my first introduction to the world that Mercedes Lackey created, and I was hooked from the start. This is the start of a wonderful series. The entire series is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I promise you will have a hard time putting it down, I did, and I have read and reread it many times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Too emotional

    This story was centered on the hero's love for his boyfriend. As a result it was way too emotional. There is way more emotional drama than action. Yes, I am homophobic, but I not a gay basher. To each his own. But I can't read anymore of this series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Best book ever

    My new favorite author/book ever omg Vanyel is amazimg and i love him and his character... agh I am addicted I need the next one now!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    My favorite series from one of my favoritr authors

    I have loved this book since I was in high school. A compelling story filled with well-crafted characters, you can't help rooting for Vanyel and hoping he finally gets the happiness he deserves. I highly recommend this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Loved it

    Excellent. Great charactet, great story. LOVED it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Wonderful

    Beautiful story. I really enjoyed the read. I found that I could connect with Vanyel and some of the things he went through. I bought the other two books before I even finished the first one.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    Loved it

    This is Lackey at her be5t. Vanyel is, by far, her greatest character, and one of the best fantasy characters in an age. It is must reading for any fans of Valdemar, of course, but also any fantasy fans -- nay, this is required reading for any serious fantasy fan. If you like the works of Brandon Sanderson 0r Terry Goodkind, you will love this book.

    The on(y problem with the Nook book is that it is OCRed, and not edited at all. In fact, the word "only" is spelled with a parenthesis early in the book. It would have been nice if it was read through once by a human with an eye for catching those errors. Crowdsource it. I'd volunteer.

    I have read this book about five times, and it has made me a loyal fan to her writing. If you want a great, if heartbreaking story, you will love this.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    One of the Best I've Ever Read!!!

    Magic's Pawn is absolutely brilliant! It took me about 100 to 150 pages to finally get into it, (when Vanyel finally meets his aunt Savil and her Herald trainee Tylendel, (too dangerously close to the OTC Tylenol)), but once I did I couldn't let go. Mercedes Lackey had me smiling as I read, falling in love, crying my eyes out, and joyously cheering Vanyel on. It's one of the best emotional roller coasters I've read. I've only read her work The Obsidian Trilogy, which I loved and there are just as many big differences between the two as there are similarities. When she talks about Vanyel's home, family, and upbringing, it reminded me of Kellen Tavadon. Primarily when it comes to magic and its practitioners, you can always tell when it's Mercedes Lackey's great handiwork. Her magic can be just as destructive as it is romantic. Also, like Kellen had his magical friend the unicorn Shalkan, the Herald-Mages of Valdemar have horses that choose them as Companions. I was really looking forward to reading a great and adventurous fantasy adventure with a gay character, (the bonus would be if it had romance too.) There are so very few of them which are one of the things that makes this trilogy a jewel. Magic's Pawn definitely delivers. The main character Vanyel is so vain in his obvious good looks, but like just about every son he tries so hard to please his father. In the end all his efforts gets him nothing but beat down. It's no wonder he decides that whatever he does, he'll never be good enough, so why even try. Vanyel will go through so many trials of being shay'a'chern. He'll try to hide his non-masculine behavior, he'll find and loose his ashke, (beloved), he'll know pain, lose, and despair as only I believe a shay'a'chern can know them. It will be him literally dying that will force him to choose to give in to its darkness or to become so much more and stronger and chose to continue to live on. (There are other coming-of-age issues addressed in this fantastic novel, which are obvious to members of the openly gay community. Because face it, not everyone was supported when they were a closeted gay teen. Mercedes's book is entertaining, easy to relate to, and an overall great read. I would highly recommend that parents read this book along with their maturing adolescent readers, even if their son or daughter isn't gay there are similarities that heterosexual adolescents can relate to. Along with responsible parenting, there is so much tragedy in the world today that can be prevented with this great book.) This is a trilogy that I'm looking forward to revisiting again and again. It's a true gem and a must have for any fantasy reader's permanent library.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    One of the Best I've Ever Read!!!

    Magic's Pawn is absolutely brilliant! It took me about 100 to 150 pages to finally get into it, (when Vanyel finally meets his aunt Savil and her Herald trainee Tylendel, (too dangerously close to the OTC Tylenol)), but once I did I couldn't let go. Mercedes Lackey had me smiling as I read, falling in love, crying my eyes out, and joyously cheering Vanyel on. It's one of the best emotional roller coasters I've read. I've only read her work The Obsidian Trilogy, which I loved and there are just as many big differences between the two as there are similarities. When she talks about Vanyel's home, family, and upbringing, it reminded me of Kellen Tavadon. Primarily when it comes to magic and its practitioners, you can always tell when it's Mercedes Lackey's great handiwork. Her magic can be just as destructive as it is romantic. Also, like Kellen had his magical friend the unicorn Shalkan, the Herald-Mages of Valdemar have horses that choose them as Companions. I was really looking forward to reading a great and adventurous fantasy adventure with a gay character, (the bonus would be if it had romance too.) There are so very few of them which are one of the things that makes this trilogy a jewel. Magic's Pawn definitely delivers. The main character Vanyel is so vain in his obvious good looks, but like just about every son he tries so hard to please his father. In the end all his efforts gets him nothing but beat down. It's no wonder he decides that whatever he does, he'll never be good enough, so why even try. Vanyel will go through so many trials of being shay'a'chern. He'll try to hide his non-masculine behavior, he'll find and loose his ashke, (beloved), he'll know pain, lose, and despair as only I believe a shay'a'chern can know them. It will be him literally dying that will force him to choose to give in to its darkness or to become so much more and stronger and chose to continue to live on. (There are other coming-of-age issues addressed in this fantastic novel, which are obvious to members of the openly gay community. Because face it, not everyone was supported when they were a closeted gay teen. Mercedes's book is entertaining, easy to relate to, and an overall great read. I would highly recommend that parents read this book along with their maturing adolescent readers, even if their son or daughter isn't gay there are similarities that heterosexual adolescents can relate to. Along with responsible parenting, there is so much tragedy in the world today that can be prevented with this great book.) This is a trilogy that I'm looking forward to revisiting again and again. It's a true gem and a must have for any fantasy reader's permanent library.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Awesome

    one of the best series she's ever written. read more than once

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