Owlflight (Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy #1)
I remember being drawn to the essence of community and whole-minded ...more
The book makes use of several time-honored tropes: the orphan youngster of low social status, disdained by the villagers; his master, the village mage; and disaster in the form of an attack by northern barbarians, a ...more
When I started this book again (I've read it more times than I care to remember) I was reading to purge a very bad book from my mind. This is my comfort book, one I read purely because I know I already love it. I have loved it since I was around 13. I used to pick books entirely by the cover, because none of my friends read like I did. I had no one to recommend books to me, so ...more
Not that the messages were bad or anything, but really, do I have to dwell with Darian's grief so much?
It could have been better. This is more like an essay to the insight of a character instead of a book which I hoped would be action packed. I am not a pro writer, but shouldn't such essays be kept only for the author's eyes, as a guideline when she built the character a story?
This is Lackey's first book that I read, and I understand that there are other Valdema ...more
Darien escaped, only to be rescued by the Hawkbrother Snowfire. The Hawkbrothers take him and make him feel like one of them, but Darien can't forget his village, as much as he wants to make his home with the Hawkbrothers.
The beginning is a little rocky as you deal ...more
Darian terminuje u miejscowego czarodzieja. Nie jest to jednak zajęcie, którym chciałby się zajmować. Chłopak wolałby bowiem ta ...more
The story makes use of several time-honored tropes: the orphan youngster of low social status, disdained by the villagers; his master, the village mage; and disaster in the form of an attack by northern barbarians, ...more
### Amazon.co.uk Review
Orphaned when his trapper parents failed to come back from the forest one day, young Darian is resentful when apprenticed to the damaged magician Justyn. He sees little point in the few tricks he manages to learn, and what has magic done for Justyn save leave him under-employed, sick and despised in a remote village? Then half-human invaders take the town and Justyn dies heroically helping people escape while Darian looks on in horror. Lost in the forest, Darian is rescu
I recently “rediscovered” Mercedes Lackey after a friend recommended one of her series. Waiting for the next book in the series to come in, I went to the library and pulled pretty much everything off the shelf that she had written and this series happened to be one I read before hitting author burn-out.
You can read any synopsis to find out what the ser ...more
The story begins with orphaned Darian, mistrusted by the villagers of Errolds Grove, being taught in wizardry by the incompetent Justyn. Darian sulks and runs off into the woods a lot. Stuff from previou ...more
After a slow start, this book was engaging. Darian, a young orphan boy in a village called Errold's Grove, is about as frowned on as a boy can be. Not only is he the orphaned child of unloved parents, he has been apprenticed to Justyn, the village healer, who is at the bottom of the village pecking order.
Darian is out in the woods when Errold's Grove is attacked by barbarian invaders, and he gets back in time to see Justyn, whom he hasn't tak ...more
I'm a big fan of Mercedes Lackey and her Valdemar series is one of my favorite fantasy series.
I read the Owl Mage Trilogy directly after the Mage Storms Trilogy, and unfortunately after the action packed epic of that trilogy the Owl Mage Trilogy came off as slow paced and not particularly compelling.
Darien is the main character for all three books, with Keisha as a second main character in the second and third. They come off as being very simil ...more
In the Pelagir
They Don’t Know
Bad Magic Day
Song of the Bear Clan
On the Bridge
Send in the Silver Gryphons
Snare and Deadfall
Song of the Hertasi Water Killers
Raucous, Rude and Rowdy
Darian lives in a very isolated and insular area. While the town is basically self-sufficient, it also has several not-so-pleasant traits -- no appreciation for anyone different, especially those of a more adventurous bent.
With a tit ...more
This book focus' on Darian, an orphan that is being raised by a village that seems to begrudge his very exist ...more
***Okay, I reread it! It was almost as enjoyable at 22 as it was the first time, though a younger person would certainly enjoy it more. The ending might have been a little rushed, but that might be just because the climax is at the end of the book....? I don't know. Being olde ...more