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Master of the Five Magics [PDF / Epub] ★ Master of the Five Magics By Lyndon Hardy – Thomashillier.co.uk Alodar was a mere journeyman thaumaturge, learning the least of the five arts of magic As such, he had no right to aspire to the hand of the fair lady, Queen Vendora, not even when he saved her during Alodar was a mere journeyman thaumaturge, learning the Five Epub Ý the least of the five arts of magic As such, he had no right to aspire to the hand of the Master of PDF/EPUB ² fair lady, Queen Vendora, not even when he saved her during the siege of her frontier castle But aspire he didContains additional chapters, glossary, and author s afterword.


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  1. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Maxwell s Demon Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy Original Review, 1980 10 02 Just out from Del Rey is MASTER OF THE FIVE MAGICS by Lyndon Hardy who became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom as an undergraduate at Caltech My skepticism was challenged by the cover blurb s claim, one of the most logical detail of the laws of magic ever to appear in fantasy If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Maxwell s Demon Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy Original Review, 1980 10 02 Just out from Del Rey is MASTER OF THE FIVE MAGICS by Lyndon Hardy who became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom as an undergraduate at Caltech My skepticism was challenged by the cover blurb s claim, one of the most logical detail of the laws of magic ever to appear in fantasy


  2. Douglas Milewski Douglas Milewski says:

    The Master of Five Magics 1980 by Lyndon Hardy sits at that annoying place between being a good and a bad book 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 In doing so, he tries each magic.The structure of the story is rather fun, with the early parts of the book acting as independent stories, and the later part acting as a single story The episodic breakdown worked out rather well, The Master of Five Magics 1980 by Lyndon Hardy sits at that annoying place between being a good and a bad book 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 In doing so, he tries each magic.The structure of the story is rather fun, with the early parts of the book acting as independent stories, and the later part acting as a single story The episodic breakdown worked out rather well, giving the reader a coherent tale for each segment This broke down towards the end, making the episodes slide one into the other, presumably because the story just worked better as a singular narrative as opposed to a sequential narrative.Lyndon s exploration of magic proved rather fun, as each magic had its own twists, turns, and downfalls These differences lent themselves well to each distinctive type of of story.The world itself is a slapdash sword and sorcery style world, where there s no need for a map, history and politics are shallow, and all those fussy world building details don t matter much.At the same time, the characters are stiffer than wallboard anddifficult to swallow Their dialog is so stiff that you could starch your drawers There isn t a naturalistic line in the entire narrative Meanwhile, the women can be divided into impossible love interest and achievable love interest The Queen, of course, is busty and beautiful Meanwhile, the achievable love interest is a redhead, rough and tumble, and not like all those other stuffy girls.By the end, our hero has become mighty studly, defeated the enemy, gotten the girl, and restored himself This isn t a spoiler as these books only have that sort of ending.While the plot sometimes rolls along well, at other times, it becomes an annoying inconvenience between you and the end of the book The later chapters increasingly ground on me not that the early chapters didn t , while 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.If you made me choose good or bad, I would describe this books as a good bad book The book is objectively bad enough to throw against the wall, but it s not without it merits and avoids most of the excesses of bad book Unfortunately, it doesn t have enough good qualities to qualify as a good book


  3. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    I read this back in the early 80s and almost loved it.between 4 and 5 stars, I decided not quite 5 but close Follow Aldor as he on his quest which could be said to change as he gathers knowledge of the 5 schools of magic, mastering each as he progresses Aldor, spurred on by his love for the queen, seeking to become, Archimagewill he make it Okay it s an old line, but it s a fun book I found it right after the Magician Apprentice etc series I d almost forgotten how much I enjoyed I read this back in the early 80s and almost loved it.between 4 and 5 stars, I decided not quite 5 but close Follow Aldor as he on his quest which could be said to change as he gathers knowledge of the 5 schools of magic, mastering each as he progresses Aldor, spurred on by his love for the queen, seeking to become, Archimagewill he make it Okay it s an old line, but it s a fun book I found it right after the Magician Apprentice etc series I d almost forgotten how much I enjoyed this book.Funny I saw a review of someone who thought just the opposite of what I did hereI found the book fun and light I ve totally disliked other books, and found people saying the same about them that I m saying about this one This always fascinates me, the various tastes we have here To each their own as I ve said elsewhere


  4. Michael Jandrok Michael Jandrok says:

    Somewhere in the latter part of the 80s I was working summers in the maintenance department at the residence halls at the University of Houston, where I was an anthropology major One day I wandered over to the carpentry shop to grab something, and found Rick the carpenter dude finishing up this book He and I liked to talk books, and he ended up giving me that battered little paperback copy of Master of the Five Magics I read it over the next few days, enjoyed it, and then pretty much forgo Somewhere in the latter part of the 80s I was working summers in the maintenance department at the residence halls at the University of Houston, where I was an anthropology major One day I wandered over to the carpentry shop to grab something, and found Rick the carpenter dude finishing up this book He and I liked to talk books, and he ended up giving me that battered little paperback copy of Master of the Five Magics I read it over the next few days, enjoyed it, and then pretty much forgot about it for the next 30 years or so As I have gotten older, though, I have found some value in rereading books that I had read when I was younger It s interesting to discover what 30 years of perspective can do to a literary experience And thus it was that I wandered across Lyndon Hardy s durable fantasy one day in the racks at Half Price Books The first thing I noticed was that the original book had spawned two sequels, Secret of the Sixth Magic, and Riddle of the Seven Realms I plucked all three off of the shelf and checked out with a satisfied smile.Hardy s novel had created a bit of a stir when it was first published back in 1980 It was a popular enough book that it influenced a song by Megadeth called Five Magics Author Pat Rothfuss gave it some love as an influence on his own Kingkiller Chronicles series The five color magic code in the Magic The Gathering card games was also inspired by Master of the Five Magics That s a pretty fair amount of pop cultural credibility for a book that isn t going to replace Lord of the Rings on anyone s bookshelf at any point in time.The other big calling card for this book was its very detailed system of magical laws that defined and directed the storyline It was logical and solid and served as the backbone of the universe that Hardy had created for his characters Thaumaturgy was the simplest of the magics, the engineering hub of the world, practical and simple Alchemy was also reasonably useful on a day to day basis, creating everything from potions to salves in a sort of assembly line style Sorcery was a darker art, concerned with glamours and mind control Magic was an art of perfection that could take years to yield results And the darkest art of all was Wizardry, which meant controlling demons, or conversely being controlled BY demons The main hero, Alodar, must master all five of the arts in order to restore his family s honor and standing He strives to become a suitor to the Queen of Procolon, the busty and vivacious Vendora But Vendora has a comely court adviser, Aerial, who truly makes an impression on our hero and makes his decisions a bitdifficult as the pace proceeds Alodar must eventually do battle with the Demon Prince as the fate of his world hangs in the balance It s a straightforward plotline with a couple of neat surprises that manages to stay away from a few of thecommon sword and sorcery tropes My impression reading this 30 years ago was that it was fun but mostly forgettable I was playing a lot of Dungeons and Dragons at the time, and it kind of seemed like it was tailor made for the DD crowd, which was really not a bad thing at all It didn t have much depth of character, but that was okay as the main calling card for this book was its detailed system of magic From a DD perspective, that was awesome in and of itself My thinking now is that Master of the Five Magics is a better read than I remembered it to be Part of that 30 year perspective is that a lot of truly AWFUL and derivative fantasy has been released in the interim 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 Overall, though, the book was an enjoyable reread I was able to get acinematic view in my head this time, and the plot worked better for me because of it The characters are still kind of wooden and stock, but they function perfectly well in the context of the story The big star is still the intricately designed magical system, and you can tell that this is where Hardy really wanted to expend his effort It does pay off, though, as I really wanted to know how this universe worked and reacted for each different class of the arts At its heart, this is a fun novel that manages to deliver the basic sword and sorcery goods The action really picks up in the final stages of the story as Alodar takes on the role of Archimage to do battle with the dreaded Demon Prince whose machinations have been revealed as the driver for all that has come before In the end, its essentially genre pulp fiction, but it s pretty damn GOOD genre pulp fiction I will ultimately judge and rate a book like this by whether or not I enjoyed it and had fun reading it, and I definitely had fun with Master of the Five Magics I m currently reading the follow up, Secret of the Sixth Magic So far it s a worthy successor to the original Stay tuned for my review when I finish that volume


  5. Terence Terence says:

    I rail if only to myself when I see extreme reviews 1 or 5 stars without any accompanying explanation, and I m certainly no saint in this regard in my defense, I ve been pretty good about making some comment on books I ve read since joining GR So, where and when I can, I ll try to justify myextreme ratings In re the volume in question it s dreck, and boring dreck Even after nearly 30 years, I remember this book with loathing The idea of a science of magic is fine but the e I rail if only to myself when I see extreme reviews 1 or 5 stars without any accompanying explanation, and I m certainly no saint in this regard in my defense, I ve been pretty good about making some comment on books I ve read since joining GR So, where and when I can, I ll try to justify myextreme ratings In re the volume in question it s dreck, and boring dreck Even after nearly 30 years, I remember this book with loathing The idea of a science of magic is fine but the execution was awful


  6. Scurra Scurra says:

    One of my favourite fantasy series, it works because the underlying principles have been properly thought out and are then explored in interesting ways 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 system could work without it becoming simply a crutch to support society So we get alchemists who have to m One of my favourite fantasy series, it works because the underlying principles have been properly thought out and are then explored in interesting ways 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 system could work without it becoming simply a crutch to support society 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 The specification of basic Laws for each type of magic adds enormously to the credibility of the set up.In the first book of the series, the principles and laws of the Five Magics are explored through the device of sending our hero on a series of increasingly dangerous quests involving a whole array of credible minor characters and even a couple of quite good surprises, especially when the inevitable exposition scene arrives And the quest plot is pretty clever, with some great moments of tension even as you think you know how it will work out But then you go on to the next book, and everything changes.Secret of the Sixth Magic


  7. Ελευθέριος Κεραμίδας Ελευθέριος Κεραμίδας says:

    The writing leaves much to be desired 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 And also many minor grievances such as anachronisms or syntax inversions that sound weird instead of pompous.However, this is a must read, a bold book that you need to read if you want to know what fantasy is and what it can be All five types of magic invented by the author are ex The writing leaves much to be desired 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 And also many minor grievances such as anachronisms or syntax inversions that sound weird instead of pompous.However, this is a must read, a bold book that you need to read if you want to know what fantasy is and what it can be All five types of magic invented by the author are explained in detail and are consistent They are not obscured behind the faux wise words of compulsively mysterious old masters, nor are they stretched to fill plot holes 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 The arxs are tighter and this seems to have the potential for asatisfying experience than the multi volume epics that have become standard in fantasy.If the execution is flawed, it is because of lack in skill, not because of lack of vision I for one, wish there werebooks in this mold


  8. Bill Bill says:

    This is the 1st book in an early 1980 s epic fantasy series Typical of the day, it is action and story driven with a protagonist easy to identify with Characterization is sparse, but that doesn t really matter It was the nature of mass market fantasy in 1980 It is an easy, smooth read Its plus is an investigation of different types of Magic I enjoyed it and a hero who never gives up.6 of 10 stars


  9. Pam Baddeley Pam Baddeley says:

    I approached this book not knowing whether I would enjoy it on this re read as I first read it years ago I did still enjoy it but not as much as I recall however, that was a positive as I was doubtful at first The beginning seemed farmuddled and difficult to envisage re what the protagonist was doing this apparently was the author s first published novel and he certainly had taken onboard the advice to plunge straight into action Alodar is trying to raise a gondola into the air to ta I approached this book not knowing whether I would enjoy it on this re read as I first read it years ago I did still enjoy it but not as much as I recall however, that was a positive as I was doubtful at first The beginning seemed farmuddled and difficult to envisage re what the protagonist was doing this apparently was the author s first published novel and he certainly had taken onboard the advice to plunge straight into action Alodar is trying to raise a gondola into the air to take a soldier across to a vantage point from which he can fire a projectile weapon onto encircling invaders of the Iron Fist fort Gradually, it is revealed that he is a journeyman thaumaturge and that there are five magical disciplines.Alodar seeks the black robe of a master but for him it is only a means to an end that of recovering his family s lost social position The Queen is present in the fortress and the attack was unexpected led by a local lord who, it is rumoured, is demon possessed To win favour, Alodar decides to become a suitor to the Queen but has a rival the son of a powerful lord Alodar works hard and his insights are pivotal in saving the Queen, but the credit is given to his rival.This becomes a repeating pattern throughout the novel as Alodar moves from one magical discipline to another, each time using something he has acquired in the service of the previous one to try to secure his sought after position as a suitor Along the way he is brought to acknowledge that he has feelings for Aeriel, the Queen s closest advisor who returns them but she, too, has to put aside her personal feelings in favour of ensuring that the best possible suitor wins the Queen s hand, and so far that is Alodar Meanwhile, the initial revolt grows in scope and becomesandmenacing until the entire kingdom is in peril.The way magical disciplines are worked out in this book is probably the most complete attempt I can recall reading in any fantasy Each has its own rules and procedures There is also quite a lot of action and suspense regarding Alodar s progress each time and his continual frustration by someone else who steals the credit The weakness of the story, however, is in the characterisation Alodar is driven, determined and rather too lacking in actual convincing emotion although we are led to believe he is struggling against having feelings for Aeriel, and she, too, is rather thinly sketched whereas other characters are thinner still to the point of sometimes being caricature as in the case of the Queen But it is a good adventure tale with the added spice of the magical systems so I rate it at a 3 star read overall


  10. Doc Opp Doc Opp says:

    Its been a long time since I read this series, but my recollection was that the first book was excellent, and the other two were just ok The first one in particular has some very creative ideas that I haven t seen elsewhere, and was a very well written and engaging story.Update I just reread the book In retrospect the book had some really elegant ideas, but there were also some pretty serious plot holes Still, a fun read and a pleasant way to pass an afternoon.


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