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Throwback Thursday (8) August 16, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: Magic’s Pawn

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Series: Heralds of Valdemar, The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy

Original Publication Date: June 6, 1989

Available at: Amazon Barnes and Noble

Summary: Vanyel is exiled from his family home into the care of his domineering Aunt Savil at the High Court of Valdemar. It is under her care he will discover his hidden talents and true love.

The Heralds of Valdemar truly enchanted me, but the Last Herald-Mage Trilogy is my all-time favorite. It features Vanyel who is a homosexual which is something you don’t find very often in fantasy books. It also features Companions, horse-like partners to the mages that are sentient and empathetic beings.  I really enjoyed the addition of Companions, they added a bit of humanization that might not have been there.

Vanyel’s growth throughout these books was remarkable. He started off as a whiny, spoiled, over-privileged brat. He grew into a caring and considerate man. The other characters in the book had depth and layers to them that gave the book weight.

I haven’t read this book in quite a few years but it’s a book I’ve read more then once and will likely read again in the future!



1. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait - August 16, 2012

Two random thoughts that are only kind of related to this book:
1) The cover reminds me of the movie The Last Unicorn, which I loved as a tween. And now I feel the need to unearth it and watch it again.
2) The idea of Companions reminds me of the Farseer series by Robin Hobb, which is GREAT because I love that series and the human-animal bond the main character has.

I love books where the main character changes so much throughout the course of the book. Great pick!

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