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by Mercedes Lackey

eBook Magic's Pawn (The Last Herald-Mage Series, Book 1) ePub
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Language: English
ISBN: 0886773520
ISBN13: 978-0886773526
Publisher: DAW; Reissue edition (June 6, 1989)
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: LGBT
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 986
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ePub file: 1346 kb
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Magic's Pawn (The Last Herald-Mage Series, Book 1). 223 Pages·1989·1. 19 MB·6 Downloads·New! In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life-an age when the kingdom. Lackey, Mercedes - Last Herald Mage 01 - Magic's Pawn. 11 MB·0 Downloads·New!. Lackey, Mercedes - Valdemar - Last Herald Mage 02 - Magic's Promise. 317 Pages·2016·999 KB·22 Downloads·New!. Lackey, Mercedes - Valdemar - Last Herald Mage 03 - Magic's Price. 11 MB·18 Downloads·New!.

Magic's Pawn is a 1989 fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. The first of The Last Herald Mage trilogy, the book centers around a powerful Herald-Mage named Vanyel Ashkevron, who lives in the kingdom of Valdemar. In the book, Heralds are individuals with extrasensory or psychic abilities who have devoted their lives to using their abilities to help others in the kingdom of Valdemar. A small number of Heralds have mage capabilities and are called Herald-Mages.

Mercedes Lackey Last Herald Mage Trilogy 01. Magic's Pawn. He has a point, Vanyel thought, hoping they weren't about to take an uncontrolled dive down the last of the stairs. One. "Your grandfather," said Vanyel's brawny, fifteen-year-old cousin Radevel, "was crazy. Radevel's remark had probably been prompted by this very back staircase, one that started at one end of the third-floor servants' hall and emerged at the rear of a linen closet on the ground floor.

Читать онлайн Magic's Pawn. The book was on the "approved" list, Vanyel remembered with relief, as he recalled his tutor Istal assigning certain chapters to be memorized. Last Herald Mage Trilogy 01. Magic’s Pawn. Your grandfather," said Vanyel's brawny, fifteen-year-old cousin Radevel, "was crazy. It's Herald Seldasen, Father," he said defiantly, finding strength in rebellion. It's from a book Istal assigned me, about tactics. The words he remembered strengthened him still more, and he threw them into his father's face.

The Last Herald-Mage series consists of three books, Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise and Magic's Price. It tells the story of the last Herald Mage until Princess Elspeth in the Mage Winds series. 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. Magic's Promise is the second book in the Last Herald Mage Trilogy. Mercedes Lackey. Download (pdf, . 9 Mb) Donate Read

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Magic's Pawn v(lhm-1 (Valdemar (02): Last Herald Mage Mercedes Lackey. Year Published: 1997. Year Published: 2011. The free online library containing 450000+ books. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Groundbreaking epic fantasy series in Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar universe • Lambda-Award winning novels with heartfelt high adventure and magic     Though Vanyel has been born with near-legendary abilities to work both Herald and Mage magic, he wasn’t no part in such things. Nor does he seek a warrior’s path, wishing instead to become a Bard.   Yet such talent as his, if left untrained, may prove a menace not only to Vanyel but to others as well. So he is sent to be fostered with his aunt, Savil, one of the fame Herald-Mages of Valdemar.   But, strong-willed and self-centered, Vanyel is a challenge which even Savil cannot master alone. For soon he will become the focus of frightening forces, lending his raw magic to a spell that unleashes terrifying wyr-hunters on the land.   And by the time Savil seeks the assistance of a Shin’a’in Adept, Vanyel’s wild talent may have already grown beyond anyone’s ability to contain, placing Vanyel, Savil, and Valdemar itself in desperate peril.
Young Vanyel is despised by his father for being shey'a'chern - gay - but through a tragic accident that takes his soulmate, he learns a hard truth. He learns that he has come to possess terrible mage powers and must learn to control them, or they will control him. When he realizes he has been given awesome power that can protect the weak, the simple folk whose lives are threatened beyond their ability to survive, Vanyel uncovers the gift to be the strength the weak don't have.

Magic's Pawn was the first story I ever read that addressed the gay community with a young man growing into love and then into maturity. There are so few good books that humanize a gay character, and no, the author isn't trying to push homosexuality on others; she is providing a good role model for young adults struggling with same-sex attraction in a culture that would stigmatize, or even destroy all same-sex relationships.

I highly recommend this book that challenges the old social hatred of love same-sex partners find. Love, even same-sex love, should be approved for making two individuals a loving couple.
But I didn't have a choice. I first read this years ago, on the cusp of coming out. To say that it had a tremendous impact on me is an understatement.
I cried multiple times reading this because there was a lot of sadness to go around.

Yes, Vanyel is that "more special than anyone" character, but not without a major cost. It set him on the right path. Can't wait to dive into the next book in the trilogy.
I adore all the Valdemar books! I have never been disappointed with one of them, and this particular series (of which this book is the first of) is no different. I have read reviews that claim a love for the content but that Lackey's writing style was...well, lacking. Personally, I love her writing. She is my favorite fantasy author, and one of my favorite authors, period. The characters are believable and REAL to me; that's not something I find often, and I am an avid reader.

As far as this book goes, I would give it 6 stars if the option was available. Yes, there is a lot of teenage angst and family issues, but Lackey puts just the right amount needed to build the story and develop the characters without making you want to strangle the angst-y teenager (as a mother of 2 teenage boys, I can relate to this feeling very well). I remember being surprised the protagonist was gay when I first read it, but seeing whereas I had no opinion regarding that particular issue in society at that time (I was a sheltered kid) and I was invested in the story, I kept reading. For those worried about homoerotic scenes - don't be. There is some flirting, romance, and a few suggestive lines between the lovebirds - that's it. Lackey translates the attitudes and reservations about homosexuality into this book well, giving the reader a chance to glimpse the thought process behind both sides of the issue, especially regarding parents coming to terms with their children being gay. Don't worry, the book is not entirely focused on that, either; it's just a vital element of how the protagonist develops into an adult, and into the use of magic. Overall, my emotions went through triumph and heartbreak and back again. It's a roller-coaster ride in a book, and I highly recommend it!
I love all of the series and singles that make up the entire Valdemar saga, and this one has always been one of my favorites. Vanyel is a character that I think, in some way, is a universal character that we can all identify with in one way or another.

Vanyel Ashkevron is the eldest son of a rather minor noble in the out country. His father is a rigid man, believing very firmly in certain things. And if you do not fall into his idea of what should be or what is right, then you are somehow lacking. This describes the relationship between Vanyel and his father for most of his childhood. His brothers and cousins, while not stupid, were far more interested in weaponswork and women than intellectual pursuits. Vanyel was intelligent and a gifted musician that took after his mother far more than his father. None of these things raised him in the eyes of his father. His mother, however, celebrated most of these things. She was a flightly woman who knew all too well how to play all of the "womanly" games and she loved having a son who could entertain her so well. However, she spent a lot of time throwing her lady's maid at him, despite his repeated assurances that he was not interested, often creating a bit of a mess for them both.

When Vanyel's father finally tires of trying to change him, he sends him to his aunt in Haven, a rather brusque woman who is a Herald. Vanyel knows, even as he lives the prison that ihis own home has become, that he is really only trading one prison for another. But things at Haven aren't what he expects and his life changes so very much.

I absolutely love the blend of characters in this book. No matter what your life story is, there is a character in this book that is relatable. No two characters are the same, giving a rich tapestry of characters in a wonderful story. I have heard many complain about the rather whiny attitude of Vanyel throughout the book. They are not wrong; he is whiny. But it is totally appropriate for the story. He is a young teenager, a fact easy to forget, and the reality is that he has a lot to whine about. I love that the character isn't portrayed to be perfect, that he is portrayed as realistic.

My Recommendation: As with every book in the Valdemar series, I am in love with this book. Such a wonderful epic read!

This review originally posted on my blog, The Caffeinated Diva reads.
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