- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; Reprint edition (1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552126799
- ISBN-13: 978-0552126793
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Master of the Five Magics Paperback – Import, 1985
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Hardy's spellbinding tale of Alodar's quest through the five paths of magic, and the climactic culmination of his talents at the end, is a thrilling adventure no matter how many times you've read it. Hardy's detailed explanations of the tenets of each of the magical paths are some of the most logical I've ever encountered in this genre.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that the romantic scenes read like a daytime soap opera, and not a particularly good one at that. Fortunately they only last a page or two, and then our hero is back on his quest.
Master of the Five Magics is simple to read, complex in scope, and thorougly compelling to the last page. Get it if you can find it; you'll probably never sell it.
It is a great fantasy novel for someone with an analytical mind and a penchant for subtlety. A good book for imaginative intellectuals (as opposed to entertainment-seekers or cyincal intellectuals who like to find fault in everything not of the mundane).
Hardy is a good writer who has an excellent grasp of human nature and a natural bent for keeping complex theoritical constructs internally consistent. His story is imaginative and fantastic, and yet at the same time not an affront to one's "common sense". The story line moves along at a nice pace with a few nice twists and turns.
This whole series is well worth a read or two. I can't say enough good things about this book.
Of his three published works, I liked 'Master of the Five Magics' the best, followed closely with 'Secret of the Sixth Magic'. 'Riddle of the Seven Realms' comes in third, but keep in mind it's been over 20 years since I purchased the books, and I've moved six times and had to parse my book collection. I still have these wonderful novels, which I've re-read about once every five years.
Now about the book -- it follows Alodar, an apprentice Thaumaturgist. The magic system used by Lyndon Hardy is unique and self-consistent, hitting the right balance of rules vs power to make fantasy magic truly interesting. The closest modern equivlents I can think of are David Farland's Runelords or even Robert Jordan's One Power.
Alodar's journey takes him into enclaves of each magic practitioner across the land, and he meets adversaries that constantly beat him down. Yet he doesn't give up! I could really feel for Alodar by the end of the novel, so the primary characterization is wonderful.
The plotting was strong, and kept me with the book until the end. I never expected some of the twists thrown at me by Hardy.
As for the settings, I can still conjure up the inner heart of the Volcano with uncut gems waiting like burning fruit, the wizard's library with the spell barrier gongs, and the imposing black tower surrounded by minor demons. Those images have stayed with me for years, and have become benchmarks I measure new fantasy by. Lyndon Hardy hit the right mix of dialogue, pacing, and description I find lacking in so many 'modern' fantasy efforts.
If you haven't read this wonderful novel, I urge you to try it.
The writing is not the best you will ever read. However, it is a fun read. It is significantly better than most of the crap that is being published by Wizards of the Coast stable of authors -- I have to apologize to R. A. Salvatore (he still puts out a good book now and again).
The approach to the story, magic and character development are a bit different that most other books. If you see a copy in a used bookstore, it is worth picking up and giving a try. If you like this book you will like the two follow up books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A surprisingly good book from an author I had only heard of in passing. There were times in the beginning that I thought it was going to be a run of the mill pulp fantasy novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This series presents the most logical, believable magic system I've ever encountered in fiction. Alodar, the main character, as the title would suggest, learns all five. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Clifford Hall
A fun story on a good premise.
Lyndon Hardy is not one of my all time top favorite authors but the strong storyline makes up for the slightly lackluster writing style. Read more
the Kung Fu Panda movie also uses a similar format in that you do not have to master each area of interest at times, but knowing which application to use at a particular time is... Read morePublished 23 months ago by lefty
Book arrived as ordered. Read this when I was a kid and loved it. Now I have the chance to read it again and put it in my personal library. ThanksPublished on January 13, 2014 by theo rippy
Lyndon Hardy is a little known fantasy writer I discovered by accident. His stories are well written and compelling, and I would highly reccomend his work to any sci fi fantasy... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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I actually bought this item way way way back when, in the 1980s, or possibly... Read more
title says it all, well written, a new twist on the world of magic. swords and sorcery at its best.Published on April 24, 2013 by jahornby