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433 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 1995
"True Christian doctrine told her that suicide was a sin, but the ancients had held it no more a sin than healing a wound was."Come again? Is this really how Lackey characterizes her scholarly heroine? Misinformed and cowardly? In fact, in Graeco-Roman society, suicide was only condoned when honor was lost, as a substitute for life imprisonment or capital punishment, or when resisting political edicts. "As an answer to petty misfortunes, suicide was frowned upon as a cowardly and disgraceful act." (source).
"I should have had him horsewhipped out of here when I first found out about his hobby. I thought it didn't matter; after all, many Masters had little peccadilloes when they were Apprentices..."Peccadilloes? The reason our hero feels contempt is NOT because his apprentice Paul destroys young girls, but because he is too lazy to study his magic books:
"Paul believes that he will become a Master because he deserves to be one, not because he is willing to study, work, and sacrifice. Paul is a fool."But, wait! He's not so bad! That same lazy-ass apprentice who wouldn't study his assigned texts voluntarily studied Spanish so that he could break the Mexican girls in their own language. (Inconsistent characterization.)