Magic's Promise (Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage #2)
Reluctantly returning to his family's esta...more
I adore the language in this book, it is so uplifting, even in the parts where everything goes to hell with a bang. And the humor is outstanding, listen to this, s...more
Vanyel decides to go visit his family instead of...more
There is a very interesting e...more
Vanyel is now a full Herald Mage and has gotten over the sniveling of the first novel. He is a competent warrier and magician, giving his all to Valdemar. Most of this novel is taken up with him and his travel to his home, and the (sort of) reconciliation with his family. But the trip home is a disguise for a border war and magic dealings beyond...more
In Magic’s Promise Vanyel discovers that his friends, family, and the population are not leery of him because of his sexua...more
Magic's Promise is so much better than the first book you have no idea. Here we finally see Vanyel getting some use out of his amazing Herald-Mage powers. It also means that he's exhausted most of the time and trying desperately to hold things together even though he's so painfully lonely--and those are feelings I can definitely get behind.
Bit of a jump from the first book to this one: Vanyel is older, more experienced, more confident, and easier...more
This book allowed us to see more of Vanyel and how his decision to isolate himself was harmful in many ways. However, the action at the beginning is miniscule, and although it picks up with the locked room mystery, it could have been better.
Synopsis: The neighboring kingdom has a prince, Tashir, who is central to the plot of WHAT HAPPENED to a magic-related butchery of an...more
But I love Vanyel and it was great to see the changes in him interacting with his family again and the armsmaster compared to the first book.
Again, this was a reread for me. It had been 10 years or so since I had last read this trilogy. Unlike the first and last book, I hardly remembered a thing about this one.
Don't get me wr...more
There are some interesting young characters introduced also. Unexpected characters crop up again and for the better this time.
My only issue is the writing seemed slow an inconsequential. I found myself confuse...more
With King Randale stricken by a mysterious illness and the powerful Herald-Mage Vanyel at the end of his strength, a neighboring kingdom is threatened by a magical holocaust.Annotation
The wild magic is taking its toll on the land, and even Vanyel, the most powerful Herald-Mage to ever walk the world, is almost at the end of his strength. But when his Companion, Yfandes, receives a call for help from neighboring Lineas, both Herald-Mage and Companion are drawn into a holocaust of dark magic t
As this book takes place 12 years after the first, much has happened in the...more
The story takes p...more
This book opens twelve years later, and Vanyel is now a very powerful and respected Herald-Mage. He is still alienated, he's a loner and most fear him since his power is so far beyond others like him. He is still grieving for Tylendel, unab...more
The details about magic and the functioning of Valdemar politics never gets boring.
I always have a hard time writing about sequels. Vanyel has grown, years have passed. He is hardened and scarred by war. His vanity has faded some to be replaced by ex...more
This protagonist of this book, Vanyel, is gay--unusual in fantasy even now. In this book he returns home and deals with some unsettled business....more