Master of the Five Magics: (#1) [Lyndon Hardy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Brand new. 1st Ed. Printing. Excellent. Editorial Reviews. Review. From Goodreads To tell you the truth, I wasn’t too impressed with the book at first. It really came down to me not liking the main. Each of the novels has a different protagonist; the titles are: Master of the Five Magics, Secret of the Sixth Magic, and Riddle of the Seven Realms.

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The specification of basic “Laws” for each type of magic adds enormously to the credibility of the set-up. Tje the adventure keeps scaling up in engaging ways throughout. In the sixth and final part, Alodar uses his knowledge of all five magical disciplines in combination to defeat the leader of the demon army.

maagics Some of which don’t every woman’s ent This is a really solid – if kind of pulpy – fantasy novel. The settings and characters are stock figures and the prose is effective, sometimes callow.

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Refresh and try again. I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoyed I read this back in the early 80s and almost loved it Held my interest throughout the book and could wait to read the next in the series. This will take me some while, but I have started working on it.

For example, Ursula K. The Queen, of course, is busty and beautiful. The specification of basic “Laws” for each type maagics magic ov enormously to the credibility of the set-up. Late 80’s Young adult series, Fiive is apprentice and is learning magic. While the plot sometimes rolls along well, at other times, it becomes an annoying inconvenience between you and the end of the book. Aldor, spurred on by his “love” for the queen, seeking to become, Archimage Retrieved mastr ” https: The things this character mastrr himself through are brutal, yet he meets it all head on, putting together all of his knowledge from the different crafts he has learned to allow him to go through things no one else in this world would likely be able to accomplish.

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I am running a tabletop RPG, and using Thaumaturgy, Alchemy, and Magic in the game to explain the differences between a few of the types of magic in the system, and also to demonstrate how magic items can be made. Meanwhile, the women can be divided into impossible love interest and achievable love interest.

The masster and characters are stock figures and the pro I’m a semi-lapsed fan of both Megadeth and epic fantasy, but I couldn’t resist picking up this book when I saw it on sale at a bookstore near Candolim during my Goa holiday. This isn’t a spoiler as these books only have that sort of ending. Contains additional chapters, masterr, and author’s afterword.

Still the best ending though. Number of want to read changed 4 22 Oct 29, Magic was an art of perfection that could take years to yield results. I am unable to switch the default edition for three books 3 24 Oct 29, The book itself tells the story of Alodar, who desperate wants to be a suitor to the Queen, so that he can restore the fortunes of his once noble heritage.

Typical of the day, it is action and story driven with a protagonist easy to identify with.

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The later chapters increasingly ground on me not that the early chapters didn’twhile the end, the part that should have been most engaging because it was the accumulation of everything that came before, could be mostly waved off as filler and ignored. While at Caltech, in he organized and led what has been called the best college prank ever pulled — The Rose Bowl Card Stunt Caper.

This review covers the Del Rey paperback.

It’s a fun puzzle-box world as the more interesting framing for a kinda whiny and unearnedly-competent chosen one narrative; it’s the setting that catches my mind and makes me want to tinker with it.

Aug 21, Murph rated it liked it. Jul 18, Dean Isaac rated it liked it. Secret of the Sixth Magic.

While at Caltech, in he organized and l Lyndon Hardy Author, prankster, grandfather He became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom when he was at Caltech. Product details Paperback Publisher: One of my top ten books to read in the fantasy adventure genre.


Master of the Five Magics (Magics, #1) by Lyndon Hardy (5 star ratings)

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Yes, there has been something of a renaissance the last few years, but for a while there, things looked bleak, and I mostly abandoned fantasy as a genre because of the dearth of good material. Jan 03, Ashley Lambert-Maberly rated it it was ok Shelves: Alodar seeks the black robe of ov master but for him it is only a means to an end: Sophisticated system for magic, that contributes well to continue the plot.

So we get alchemists who have to mass produce, contrasted with magicians who have to be absolutely precise, and sorcerers who risk their minds contrasted with wizards who risk their souls. I’ve totally disliked other books, and found people saying the same about them that I’m saying about this one.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Aimed squarely at a male sword-and-sorcery audience, the book is saved from being just another piece of fantasy dreg by a few characteristics, namely Hardy’s approachable prose and his unique take on the “chosen one” trope.

All five if of magic invented by the author are explained in detail and are consistent. I had no idea it was the start of a series, and having never read the other books, I can only judge this one as a standalone. Alodar must eventually do battle with the Demon Prince as the fate of his world hangs in the balance.

It keeps a fast pace magcis the story, and yet has just enough romance and intrigue to keep the story from seeming like a video game scenario, as many fantasy novels have a tendency to do.