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The Conjurer Princess (Spellbound #2)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  213 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A young princess, Lylene apprentices herself to a wizard in order to gain the power to rescue her older sister, kidnapped during her wedding by armed knights, and, armed with her new magic, she joins forces with a couple of handsome outlaw companions as she embarks on her quest. Original."
Mass Market Paperback, 229 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Harpercollins (Mm)
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Janice (Janicu)
Lylene's life changes when at her sister Beryl's wedding, the groom is killed and Beryl is kidnapped by another man. Desperate and worried about her sister, Lylene appeals to all she can for help but is turned down. Finally she seeks out a wizard and asks to learn magic in order to save her sister. She gets what she wants - but for a price she didn't realise she had to pay. Eventually she finds herself in the company of a couple of mercenaries who agree to help her. I thought the premise for the ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Shadowshock rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not really
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I did enjoy The Conjurer Princess, but... I find it strangely hard to remember. I don't know if it's because I was ridiculously busy while I was reading it, or if there's something just unremarkable about this particular story, but it's not all that memorable.

I will say that it wasn't what I expected. I read the first chapter and thought I had the plot figured out, but it didn't do what I thought it would, and it still worked. The characters weren't fantastic, but weren't awful.

Sometimes the wri
Vande Velde likes to play with irony and moral ambiguity, but the problem with her nihilistic tack is that somewhere in the midst of this novel, nothing seemed to matter anymore. Near the beginning of the book, Lylene receives her wizarding power (note: one crappy power) through something suspiciously like a demonic summoning ritual, and in exchange ages eighty years. She can will away the years onto other people to make herself younger, but what kind of jerk would do that, right? Apparently, th ...more
Jun 05, 2009 Kathy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: magic
I don't even remember putting this on my to-read list, but it was waiting with the rest of my books at the library so I went ahead and checked it out. This was just okay for me, and was luckily a pretty short read. The plot idea was pretty good, the execution not so much. It felt like there was too much going on and at the same time not a lot of actual character development. It moved along a bit too quickly. I liked Weiland and Shile much more than I liked Lylene. The "aging" she goes through wa ...more
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Anita Lee
Not the best I read from Velde. Being familiar with her style, the ending was predictable. As a great fan of fantasy, the lack of explanation for the magic in the story was disappointing. A 3/5 just because it's Velde and unlike many other young adult authors, she's not afraid to kill off characters and/or involve a great deal of fighting and blood.

Overall, an ok read if you just want/like stories involving magic, violence and damsel-in-distress.
Not my favorite VVV book, but a fun and fast read. Apparently there is a prequel to this book called the Changling Prince, but not sure if I'm attached to the characters enough to pick it up. VVV does a great job with action and tension with humor thrown in, so if you have a few hours and like a Medieval romp this is the book for you.
I wasn't that there was anything bad in this, but it just wasn't very well written. The "romance" is one sentence in passing and the story wraps up with, "oh well guess she didn't want to after all." I won't be reading the sequel.
Odd little book. Woman's sister is kidnapped so she becomes a wizard to save the sister. Adventures with two mercenaries... Good story, interesting twist. Looks like a sequel.
Johna K-w
Loved it. I just couldn't give it 5 stars after it broke my heart.
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