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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Though apprenticed to a legendary wizard, the young orphan Darian remains difficult and strong-willed. But a sudden twist of fate changes his life forever. The sacking of his village forces him to flee into the great forest, where the mysterious Hawk People lead him on the path to maturity. See more details below

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Though apprenticed to a legendary wizard, the young orphan Darian remains difficult and strong-willed. But a sudden twist of fate changes his life forever. The sacking of his village forces him to flee into the great forest, where the mysterious Hawk People lead him on the path to maturity.

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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:
9780886777548
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
Owl Mage Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)

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