Magic’s promice review

Magic's promise

(Vanyel and Yfendes, scene taken from the book where Vanyel is hiding in the stables xD I laughed so hard when I read it)

Magic’s Promise (book two of the Last Herald-Mage series) by Mercedes Lackey

28760Rating : four stars

After I finished Magic’s Pawn I just had to dive into the next instalment of the Last Herald-Mage series by Mercedes Lackey. I really want to finish more of her series this year, I did remember really liking them as a kid but I could not remember them and there are a lot I never read.

This book takes place more than ten years after the events of Magic’s Promise so this review might spoil some events of the book. We found an older Vanyel Herald-Mage and best friend of the new king of Valdemar.  He just came back from a war zone at the borders of the kingdom, tired and battered and is going to his childhood home. He will have to face his father Withen but also new trouble arising near their lands.

I must say I had a bit of problems with Vanyel at first. He is grown up, but we did not see him grow up so it feels like we are missing something when we share his thoughts and doubts especially the ones Shavri the king’s lifebounded. At first, when Vanyel was questioning her feelings for her I fels like “WOAH! Slow down her! What was that have you forgotten Tylendel?” and in fact the explanation which is given was logical so I was reassured.

Don’t worry, I still hate Savil. She feels exactly like Dumbledor and that is not a kind description coming from me.

By the way, random historian fact time, did you guys know that Valdemar was actually the name of the king of Denmark in the 12th century? It was the historical minute of Panda xD

Something I felt a bit problematic is the fact that we don’t see Vanyel’s training or him during the war hence the very long prologue/context which is why I did not gave this book five stars. In fact the plot really kicks off about a quarter in the book but I feel like the next one will be more bouncy (in a good way).

The writing is also very good, still consistent with all the books I read from Miss Mercy (except the last book in the Heralds trilogy Arrow’s fall) it is very fluid and is not heavy which makes a fantasy book always more enjoyable.

I do hope to finish this series in May (promises, promises….) and I will have a review of the last book as well as a wrap-up of the series when the time comes ^^.

Hey everyone! So I am still very much in the process of writing my dissertation but I have hope to finish it mid-May or at the end of May until then posts will be only once a week. I hope you will all have a great week and until then bye!!!

Magic’s Pawn review

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Vanyel and Yfendes (sorry my bacground and horse drawing skills are not that good T-T)

Magic’s Pawn (book one of the Last Herald-Mage trilogy) by Mercedes Lackey

28759Rating: four stars

Vanyel ,the firstborn son of the strict Lord Withen, has always felt out of place in his home. Passionate by music and poor in anything warrior-like, he wants to become a bard but his father has other plans. Out of anger and dissatisfaction against his son, Lord Withen sends him to Haven in the care of his aunt Savil to learn how to be a proper lord. But Vanyel will uncover that there may be more to him than a simple want to be a bard.

I cannot say too much on this book without giving up major points of the plot. As you can all guess, it is a fantasy series that takes place in Valdemar (the land where most of Mercedes Lackey’s books are taking place). It is the first instalment in the Last Herald Mage trilogy that is centred on the character of Vanyel. The book is very fast paced and felt more like an introduction to the trilogy than a real first book (well at least until chapter 10).

I did read Mercedes Lackey’s works before with her Heralds of Valdemar trilogy and I remember really enjoying it. Her style is definitely a good start in the fantasy genre. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE NO ONE IS SPARING HER A GLANCE IN THE BOOK COMMUNITY!!!! Seriously (rant time sorry guys), all the booktube channels and book blogs I am following concerning fantasy books never talk about her! I always feel like they are redundantly blabbering about the same authors and when I do admit they are great as well (of course not for the ones I haven’t read, there I cannot say until I do read them) there is no reason to ignore Mercedes Lackey’s series. Because she did write many series and I believe, from what I read, that everyone can find one they like! Rant over moving on to the characters of the book (again sorry for it but it did annoy me).

 If you are not familiar with Valdemar, it is a land where magic is pretty common. Heralds are chosen by companions (horses usually white if my memory is correct) and are there to protect and care for the kingdom. They have certain Gift, basically powers, to help them. Some of them possess the Mage-gift which is the highest gift one can possess (I might do a full article on Valdemar if anyone is interested).

The characters in this book are very diverse (cannot spoil more sorry) and I especially liked Vanyel. He is a teenage boy with many emotional baggages and has to try to learn to live in society without shielding himself from others. On the other hand, I absolutely despised (strong words here to show hatred xD) Savil, for me she is self-centred and don’t truly care for her nephew and especially after the tragic events I was so angered by her reaction. Also I find her to be not consistent because of that.

I really thought this was a good book, a bit too fast and slow at the same time (yes it felt like a long into) but I fell back in love with Mercedes Lackey’s style and will definitely read more of her series. In fact I already ordered the next two volumes xD (what is taking so long Book Depository TT-TT).

Hey everyone! Sorry for the hectic posting schedule but I am fully working on my dissertation right now xD (T-T) but the usual posting days (monday and wednesday) will be back next week ! Until then have a great week!