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The Phoenix Unchained by Mercedes Lackey
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Jul 06, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** Despite the fact that I generally enjoy Mercedes Lackey, I found this one did not grab me. I am not sure about the division of labor here between Lackey and her co-author James Mallory, but I found that the characters didn't really have "real" challenges. They are always blessed with all the resources they need, and whenever you think they might not be quite so neat then they come across things like a magical doorway to the land of the elves. Seriously?

Even the basis of the story strikes me overly convienent. Boy is "mage-born" not seen for hundreds of years. Unlike wild-mages they *must* be taught (not just book learning) or they will *die*. Only he doesn't get taught, and the wild mages and elves don't help either. He just seems able to muddle it out by himself mostly through trial and error (though possibly continued in the series).
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message 1: by Taelynna (new)

Taelynna Oh I love Mercedes Lackey!

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