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Magic's Pawn
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Magic's Pawn
Valdemar: The Last Herald Mage Series, Book 1
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.
    From the Paperback edition.
  • 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.
    From the Paperback edition.
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      PLEASE—LET ME DIE. . . .

      I deserve to die, Vanyel thought in anguish, closing his eyes. I want to die.

      :No.: The mind-voice was bright, bright as a flame, and sharp as steel, piercing his dark hope for death. :No, you must not. You must live. Chosen.:

      Vanyel thought bleakly back at the intruder, :Let me alone. No one wants me, nobody should want me; I kill everything I care for.:

      :But I am here—:

      Unable to escape the unknown mind-voice, Vanyel finally opened his eyes—and met a pair of glowing sapphire eyes so full of compassion and love that he knew their owner would forgive him anything. That love reached out for him, and flowed over into him. It couldn't erase his loss, but it could share the pain—and it didn't blame him for what had happened.

      He groped for the Companion's smooth white neck and clung there, sobbing himself into exhaustion. And all the while, that bright voice murmured, like a litany, over and over, into his mind—

      :I am here, my Chosen. I love you. I will never leave you.:

      NOVELS BY MERCEDES LACKEY

      available from DAW Books:

      THE HERALDS OF VALDEMAR

      ARROWS OF THE QUEEN

      ARROW'S FLIGHT

      ARROW'S FALL

      THE LAST HERALD-MAGE

      MAGIC'S PAWN

      MAGIC'S PROMISE

      MAGIC'S PRICE

      THE MAGE WINDS

      WINDS OF FATE

      WINDS OF CHANGE

      WINDS OF FURY

      THE MAGE STORMS

      STORM WARNING

      STORM RISING

      STORM BREAKING

      VOWS AND HONOR

      THE OATHBOUND

      OATHBREAKERS

      OATHBLOOD

      THE COLLEGIUM CHRONICLES

      FOUNDATION

      INTRIGUES

      CHANGES

      REDOUBT

      BASTION

      BY THE SWORD

      BRIGHTLY BURNING

      TAKE A THIEF

      EXILE'S HONOR

      EXILE'S VALOR

      VALDEMAR ANTHOLOGIES:

      SWORD OF ICE

      SUN IN GLORY

      CROSSROADS

      MOVING TARGETS

      CHANGING THE WORLD

      FINDING THE WAY

      UNDER THE VALE

      Written with LARRY DIXON:

      THE MAGE WARS

      THE BLACK GRYPHON

      THE WHITE GRYPHON

      THE SILVER GRYPHON

      DARIAN'S TALE

      OWLFLIGHT

      OWLSIGHT

      OWLKNIGHT

      OTHER NOVELS

      THE BLACK SWAN

      THE DRAGON JOUSTERS

      JOUST

      ALTA

      SANCTUARY

      AERIE

      THE ELEMENTAL MASTERS

      THE SERPENT'S SHADOW

      THE GATES OF SLEEP

      PHOENIX AND ASHES

      THE WIZARD OF LONDON

      RESERVED FOR THE CAT

      UNNATURAL ISSUE

      HOME FROM THE SEA

      STEADFAST

      And don't miss:

      THE VALDEMAR COMPANION

      Edited by John Helfers and Denise Little

      Book One of The Last Herald Mage

      MAGIC'S PAWN

      MERCEDES LACKEY

      Table of Contents

      One

      "Your grandfather," said Vanyel's brawny, fifteen-year-old cousin Radevel, "was crazy."

      He has a point, Vanyel thought, hoping they weren't about to take an uncontrolled dive down the last of the stairs.

      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. The stair treads were so narrow and so slick that not even the servants used it.

      The manor-keep of Lord Withen Ashkevron of Forst Reach was a strange and patchworked structure. In Vanyel's great-great-grandfather's day it had been a more conventional defensive keep, but by the time Vanyel's grandfather had held the lands, the border had been pushed far past Forst Reach. The old reprobate had decided when he'd...

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      June 15, 1989
      Vanyel's disdain for swordsmanship earns him an unexpected exile--at the High Court of Valdemar under the guardianship of his stern and implacable Aunt Savil, one of the legendary Herald-Mages. A young man's painful discovery of his own immense talents and his true nature form the core of this richly detailed fantasy, the first in a new series set in the same world as "The Heroes of Valdemar." Lackey's talent for characterization lends depth to this coming-of-age adventure that will appeal to most fantasy readers.

      Copyright 1989 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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