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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Magic's Pawn (Last Herald-Mage, Band 1) (Taschenbuch)
I acquired Mercedes Lackey's "Last Herald-Mage" trilogy on a hunch several years ago. To this day I am grateful that I followed intuition as I've rarely read such a sad, but beautiful story. I was sceptical about other readers recommending having loads of tissues ready but never has anything been more true. Mercedes Lackey tells the story of Herald-Mage Vanyel Ashkevron with a skill and beauty, it's a joy to read. Her words paint the world of Herald-Mages with such an intense emotion, I was hardly able to stop reading to get something to eat. There are authors describing a tragic event and I as the reader follow said tragic event intentently but do not get emotionally involved. Then there is Mercedes Lackey. While I was well within book 2 of the series, I was still breaking into tears every time I thought about the tragic happenings in the first novel. This speaks highly of the author's skill to capture her audience. Bravo!
"The Last Herald-Mage" follows the life of Vanyel Ashkevron over the course of approx. 20 years. "Magic's Pawn" deals with his arrival in the capital of Valdemar because his father hopes he will loose his disdain over swordsmanship under the tutorship of his aunt Herald-Mage Savil. While there the emotionally distraught and nearly traumatized boy gains the tentative friendship of trainee Tylendel. With the older boy breaking through Vanyel's walls, they fall in love...but people do not regonise the depth of this love until it is too late and tragic befalls them. To tell more would spoil too much of the story but I can tell that the novel grows more intense with every minute. I almost immediately feel in love with the main characters and even knowing that more heart-ache would await me in the following books, I wasn't able to lay the novels aside.
"The Last Herald-Mage" trilogy although part of Lackey's Valdemar-series can be read on its own without fear of missing anything important in this universe. And even to this day it is still the most beautiful tale in the chronicles of Valdemar. A well deserved 5 stars for all three books. "Magic's Pawn" should get at least another 5 though.