A great conclusion to a tragic and beautiful tale!,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Magic's Price (Last Herald-Mage, Band 3) (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 read. 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 Price" takes place another 5-10 years after "Magic's Promise". Herald-Mages keep dieing in Valdemar. There are only a few left, Vanyel and his beloved aunt Savil included, and they have to find out who kills them before it is too late. While investigating Vanyel crosses path with the young bard Stefen again and again, Stefen who is determined to prove his love to Vanyel, Vanyel who is convinced that Stefen is much to young for him and who still cannot forget his beloved bond-mate Tylendel. He will soon learn that there is more to Stefen than he could ever have hoped for.
Once again I won't tell more in order to not spoil the reading pleasure. I can admit though that tissues will be necessary in order to get through this last novel. Beloved characters will be lost, sacrifices will have to be made and in the end...that spark of hope and love will come to life again. Intense and hauntingly beautiful!
"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.