|Submitted by Christopher Ware|
(May 15, 2001)
This is the first book in Mercedes Lackey's THE LAST HERALD-MAGE trilogy. It is the second series to take place in her land of Valdemar. It takes place a few hundred years before the ARROWS trilogy, but was written afterward. If I had gone to write a review of this book about halfway through the book, I would have had to give it three stars. The book started out really well. The main character was very sympathetic and I kept hoping for him to escape the torturous life he was living. As usual, Lackey's characters are vivid and engaging. You actually start to care about them in the first few pages. Unfortunately, from about page 50 to page 200, not a lot happens. It's 150 pages of gushing, sappy proclamations of love and arguments of who loves who more. Yes, this part of the book is vital for setting up what happens afterward, but I think it could have been done in half the space. After that, though, the action really picks up. We get to see what the Mage powers truly bring to the characters (in the ARROWS trilogy, no one had Mage powers anymore if I recall correctly). The book became an absolute page turner after this. As always, Lackey's plot and action are top notch. This book was definitely a page turner. Even when there wasn't really anything much happening, I still felt compelled to keep reading in order to find out what was going to happen next. This is what I like best about the author: she always knows how to keep the reader engaged in the story. Definitely an enjoyable read and a must for any Lackey fan.