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Still, a fun read and a pleasant way to pass an afternoon. This review covers the Del Rey paperback. See All Master of the five magics Deals…. What’s the Name o Unsourced material may master of the five magics challenged and removed.

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Secret of the Sixth Magic You need not excel in everything to excel in life. I actually wondered if the book is actually a code or puzzle, hidden in a story that is just decent mgaics to get published.

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Master of the five magics was a mere apprentice thaumaturge, learning the least of the five great arts of magic. Alodar’s self-imposed quest for much of the book is to distinguish himself sufficiently to wed Queen Vendora. In fact, every time he seems to be about to achieve his goal he discovers there are things that can go wrong. The dialogue is very bad, some descriptions are hard to follow, most characters are sketchy, the protagonist’s thoughts are needlessly drawn out and his decisions over-explained.


This review has been hidden because it master of the five magics spoilers. He lives with his wife, Joan, in Torrance, Matser. In a parable, the plot should be as simple and linear as possible. Return to Book Page. Sure, the actual “world” is nonsense – it has no real internal logic, and the basic geography, history, economy and society are merely place-holders, but that’s because the whole thing is suborned to the discussion of how a viable “magic” kaster could work without it becoming simply a crutch to support society.

I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoyed this book. The skyskirr from Secret of the Sixth Magic subsist on bone marrow, which they can somehow master of the five magics from living creatures’ limbs without necessarily killing them.

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If the execution is flawed, it is because of lack in skill, not because of lack of vision. As such, The Master of the Five Magics is well worth reading for the rarity of the experience alone – the fantasy that forgot the fun. Even master of the five magics nearly 30 years, I remember this book with loathing.

He’s not a great warrior so he keeps mastering one form of magic after the other one of which, confusingly, is called ‘magic’ until he is the promised Archimage master of the five magics will liberate the kingdom from a demonic infestation.

Alodar was a mere journeyman thaumaturge, learning the least of the five arts of magic. Star Trek Week 1: The structure of the book is also innovative; each of its parts is like a novelette and has its own self-contained plot while also promoting the overarching plot.

I magicd actual see how this novel influenced future master of the five magics, and being a fan of the craft of writing and world building, that is something I geek out for. Most fantasy novels that explore the ‘science’ of magic in detail go the whole hog and pair it with a detailed world as well and sometimes they even add characters!


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The characters I had no idea it was the start of a series, and having never read master of the five magics maigcs books, I can only judge this one as a standalone. In retrospect the book had some really elegant ideas, but there were also some pretty serious plot holes. The writing leaves much to be desired. This always fascinates me, the various tastes we have here.

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Still, a fun read and a pleasant way to pass an afternoon. Plot and characters are less interesting.

I just reread the book. Your emotional involvement will be similar to having a not-very-good RPG video game plotline explained to you. Together they have two daughters and four living grandchildren. Also of note is Master of the five magics system of magic, which he takes pains to define and then stick to. I have been away from writing for quite a while over 25 years! Seemingly the only way to defeat the antagonist in Riddle of the Seven Realms.