Owlflight (Owl Mage Trilogy Series #1)

Owlflight (Owl Mage Trilogy Series #1)

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by Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon
     
 

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Apprenticed to a venerable wizard when his hunter and trapper parents disappear into the forest never to be seen again, Darian is difficult and strong willed—much to the dismay of his kindly master. But a sudden twist of fate will change his life forever, when the ransacking of his village forces him to flee into the great mystical forest. It is here in the

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Apprenticed to a venerable wizard when his hunter and trapper parents disappear into the forest never to be seen again, Darian is difficult and strong willed—much to the dismay of his kindly master. But a sudden twist of fate will change his life forever, when the ransacking of his village forces him to flee into the great mystical forest. It is here in the dark forest that he meets his destiny, as the terrifying and mysterious Hawkpeople lead him on the path to maturity. Now they must lead the assault on his besieged home in a desperate attempt to save his people from certain death!

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VOYA - Donna Scanlon
Young Darian chafes at being apprenticed to the mage Justyn in the Valdemaran Border village of Errold's Grove, just as he chafes at having to be grateful to the entire village for taking him in after his hunter/trapper parents disappeared in the Pelagiris Forest. When the village is overrun by a barbarian force led by some kind of mage, Darian witnesses Justyn's death in an attempt to save the village and is nearly captured himself. He is rescued by the Hawkbrother Snowfire, is accepted into the Clan, and helps to rescue his village. The action, such as it is, takes place after the events in the Mage Storms trilogy, and the book is intended to stand alone. The story, however, often gets bogged down in the characters' introspection and probably would not be a good choice for a first-time Lackey/Dixon reader. Even loyal fans may be frustrated by the amount of time spent analyzing and evaluating How Mean the Villagers Were to Darian but How They Probably Did Not Intend to Be Cruel, usually at the expense of the plot. This title, although readable, lacks a lot of the suspense and fast-moving plot that one expects from a Lackey/Dixon work, with much of the action taking place in the final chapter of the book. The narrative is weighed down by descriptive passages that, although beautifully written, often only serve the purpose of directing the character's thoughts to Darian's situation. This is not to say that introspection and gorgeous description are out of place in a Lackey/Dixon novel; it is simply that in this case, they outweigh the usually dynamic plot and the characterization. The cover by Jody Lee is a grabber, with a huge owl flying out from behind a dramatic portrait of Darian. Interior art by Dixon was unavailable for review. Buy this for your Lackey/Dixon fans, but steer new readers to one of the earlier series-for them, this title just will not fly. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Kirkus Reviews
Stand-alone Valdemar yarn from the wife-and-husband team (The Silver Gryphon, 1996, etc.). Chronologically, this follows the events of Storm Breaking (not reviewed), but it's otherwise unconnected. Young orphan Darian lives on the edge of the vast Pelagiris forest. Though apprenticed to the wise old wizard Justyn, he's contemptuous of magic in general and unwilling to make the effort to develop his own talents. When invading barbarians burn the village and kill Justyn, Darian flees into the forest and meets the Hawkbrothers, a magical elflike race who bond with birds and bear such names as Snowfire, Starfall, and Nightwind. What ensues is a standard coming-of-age fantasy involving the usual Lackey and Dixon suspects (yes, of course, gryphons). Should entertain the more junior and unsuspecting sections of the audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886778040
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Owl Mage Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
472,203
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

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Owlflight (Owl Mage Trilogy Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
I'm generally a fan of Lackey's Valdemar books. This one starts in a way very common to her, as we follow a young man, Darian, who is orphaned and alienated from all around him. One thing that makes this one different from the usual Valdemar books though, is this particular young man isn't destined to become a Herald. Instead we get to learn more about the mysterious Tayledras featured in other books. I don't know that I'd start here if I were new to Lackey or her Valdemar books--you'd do better, I think, picking up "Arrows of the Queen," the first published in the series. But this story, not having characters in common with the other books is independent enough you wouldn't need to read the other books, and though I think others among those books are better, this is still an engaging and entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book got me hooked on Mercedes Lackey's books. It was about a boy named Darian, an orphan raised by his village. Set in a fictional place called Valdemar, Darian is confronted with life without his parents, learning to deal with the villagers he detests, and barbarians that attack his village. He meets the mysterious Hawkbrothers, and tries to prove to everybody he is not the worthless screw-up they think him to be. Lackey did a very good job of seeing the story from many people's points of view, and their reactions to different situations. I enjoyed that her characters were like real people, flaws and all, and weren't perfect. I would recommend this book to any fan of fantasy, as well as people who want to see what the genre is about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Owl Flight is the second book in Mercedes Lackey's Owl trilogy. These books take place after the Mage Storms have been stopped. It tells how darian works in two worlds while trying not to deny either one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book greatly. The deep characters, accompanied by the rich surroundings that they live in create a vast world. Along with the captivating action is fun humor that will cause you to laugh out loud. I took a chance when I bought this book and I was immediately sold after the first chapter. Now I have the dilemma of finding money to buy the other books that Mercedes and Larry have written. I immediately went out and bought OWLSIGHT after finishing this book. I can't wait till OWLKNIGHT comes in paperback, [what can I say, I'm cheap!} This is truly a great book.
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Sighs sad that they still didnt trust her.
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