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Secret of the Sixth Magic [PDF] ✍ Secret of the Sixth Magic Author Lyndon Hardy – Thomashillier.co.uk The laws of the five magics were being set aside If the world was to be saved it was up to Jason the scribe But what was he to do He had writer s block and suffered from agoraphobia He was not a hero The laws of the five magics were the Sixth PDF/EPUB ¿ being set aside If the world was to be saved it was up to Jason the scribe But what was he to do He had writer s block and suffered from agoraphobia He was not a hero for the sagasEdited to change the characteristics of the protagonist Contains glossary and author s afterward.


About the Author: Lyndon Hardy

Lyndon Hardy Author, prankster, grandfatherHe became the Sixth PDF/EPUB ¿ interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom when he was at Caltech In addition to reading and writing, he has sporadic bursts of enthusiasm for collecting stamps and playing cards As of yet, he has not figured out a plot line for a stamp collector who saves the worldWhile at Caltech, in Secret of ePUB ½ he organized and led what has been called the best college prank ever pulled The Rose Bowl Card Stunt CaperIn , he retired from business endeavors and began a new full time career of writing Time will tell if he still has any gas left in the tankHe lives with his wife, Joan, in Torrance, California Together they have two daughters and of the Sixth eBook ☆ four living grandchildrenWikipedia Lyndon Hardy.



10 thoughts on “Secret of the Sixth Magic

  1. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in April 2001.Having written his first novel around a carefully constructed theory of magic, Hardy undermines it in his second It is set in a different country in the same world, with a new central character who is unfortunately very similar to the hero of Master of the Five Magics Having someone who studies all the different magic arts is of course a useful device for exposition of the theory The plot of Secret of the Sixth Magic is based around a crisis Originally published on my blog here in April 2001.Having written his first novel around a carefully constructed theory of magic, Hardy undermines it in his second It is set in a different country in the same world, with a new central character who is unfortunately very similar to the hero of Master of the Five Magics Having someone who studies all the different magic arts is of course a useful device for exposition of the theory The plot of Secret of the Sixth Magic is based around a crisis, when the art of sorcery ceases to work This spreads to magic a serious problem when this art is used to guarantee major currencies Finally, Jemidon works out what is happening magic is not being destroyed its laws are being changed by the mysterious Melizar When Melizar s minions become the only people to know the new laws, they will have immense power, so Jemidon has to work out how to transform the laws back again.The whole thing seems to be simultaneously contrived and unimaginative It also undermines an interesting facet of Master of the Five Magics, the correspondence between the branches of the magic arts and our scientific disciplines to change the laws of physics would have muchfar reaching and interesting effects probably fatal than just putting physicists out of work Repeating the same plot with essentially the same poorly drawn characters is dull, and the one really remarkable aspect of this novel is just how uninteresting Hardy can make a completely alien world in which Melizar imprisons Jemidon and how unalien its supposedly completely different inhabitants seem to be There is a further sequel, but this novel has always quashed any desire I might have had to read it


  2. Michael Jandrok Michael Jandrok says:

    Trying to fill out a few of the gaps in my book collection has been a goal for me over the past couple of years That quest inevitably means that I have been searching for missing volumes of various series that I either started at one time and abandoned, or replacing books that may have gotten lost or damaged somewhere along life s various pathways So it was with a triumvirate of fantasy novels by author Lyndon Hardy I remember reading the first book in the series many years ago after it was f Trying to fill out a few of the gaps in my book collection has been a goal for me over the past couple of years That quest inevitably means that I have been searching for missing volumes of various series that I either started at one time and abandoned, or replacing books that may have gotten lost or damaged somewhere along life s various pathways So it was with a triumvirate of fantasy novels by author Lyndon Hardy I remember reading the first book in the series many years ago after it was first released, and you can read my review of Master of the Five Magics here if you are interested knew there was a second book in the series, though I hadn t read it I was also surprised to find out that there was a THIRD book released, making this a complete trilogy Now I come to find out that there is a recently published fourth book, and I suppose I will have to chase that down at some point as well But I digress Secret of the Sixth Magic is the second book in Hardy s original set, and it s a clear case of the sequel being better than the first installment Not that Master of the Five Magics was bad by any means I gave it a solid three star review upon my reread, and although it was a bit generic, the world building fascinated me and kept me interested enough to stay with the story Lyn Hardy played the success of the first book into this sequel, first published in 1984, four years after Master Like the first book, I acquired the original Del Rey printing with the Rowena Morrill cover art I m a sucker for these old paperback gems, and the Del Rey line rarely disappoints Secret of the Sixth Magic introduces us to a new set of characters, though the hero of the first novel, Alodar, now the Archmage and master of all five magics, does make an appearance towards the end of the story It was smart of Hardy to set this plot line years after the events of the first book ended The fresh faces make for new insights into Hardy s complex system of magic, and it s fun to learnabout other aspects of the universe s these characters inhabit From the back cover The laws of the five magics were being set aside First to go were those of the high art of sorcery Then true magic, upon which the commerce of all Arcadia depended, had been voided And now even thaumaturgy, the engineering knowledge of the world, was under attack Jemidon had traced the trouble to Melizar, the strange, cold being who had seemingly appeared from nowhere Somehow, Melizar could alter or negate the laws that had always existed by using a mysterious metamagic something which only he understood If the world was to be saved from Melizar, it was up to Jemidon to save it But what could he do He was only an outcast, unable to perform even the simplest ritual without ruining everything Secret of the Sixth Magic is athan worthy sequel to the original book Lyn Hardy uses the plot to give the reader a ton of new insight into the mechanics of his magic system and how it interacts with the worlds that he has imagined As with Master, the real star of the novel is the intricately woven universe that underlies and drives the entire plot I will say that the characters in Secret are a distinct upgrade from the somewhat wooden cast that populated the original story Jemidon is a flawed hero, and his shortcomings are often his undoing He s brash and a bit unlikeable at first, but these traits drive him forward on a journey of self discovery that ties neatly to the main premise His backstory is also muchcompelling and believable than was Alodar s in Master Hardy is also careful to portray his female cast members asthan just stock players His women characters are strong and self sufficient, able to chart their own courses within the story Overall, this is a MUCHinteresting set of leads, and I found myselfinvested in the story as a result Hardy also takes this book far beyond traditional sword sorcery tropes The brawny swordsmen here are second tier to the practitioners of the magic crafts, and rightly so In Hardy s universe, the magics drive all of the world s basic processes There is a need for armies and men at arms, yes, but they are not the focal point of the plot Hardy even takes this book into science fiction territory, with a connection to another universe that underlies the tale There are hints that there may even be other realms, and there are many questions left slyly unanswered as the plot unfolds The Sixth Magic is a bit of a conceit The metamagic presented here just adds to the complexity of Hardy s original system of rules, and ends up being much, muchthan just another add on to the other posits Indeed, metamagic ties all of the other magics up underneath an umbrella set of concepts, opening the door for an infinite array of different rules and methods of practice for the arts Much like Master, the book unfolds through several different sections that can be read almost as novellas that are tied together It is not possible to read this as a stand alone story, though A working knowledge of the first book is an absolute must or the reader will be entirely lost before they get very far in All told, I enjoyed this bookthan Master of the Five Magics The characters are better, the main plot isfun, and the author tookrisks in directing the story beyond the traditional territory of most stock fantasy novels The main draw is still the detailed world building, but kudos to Hardy for stepping up all of the other elements of his game Now it s on to the final volume of the original series, Riddle of the Seven Realms


  3. Ελευθέριος Κεραμίδας Ελευθέριος Κεραμίδας says:

    This review is about the original version, not the 2017 revision It has a great premise for a sequel and it avoids the faux medieval syntax of the original By rights, it should have been at least as good as the first book.However, Hardy s prose and technique are atrocious Most long descriptions and action scenes are unintelligible and will have you scratching your head The dialogues are unrealistic, with infodumps and people offering plot points one after another rather than following their This review is about the original version, not the 2017 revision It has a great premise for a sequel and it avoids the faux medieval syntax of the original By rights, it should have been at least as good as the first book.However, Hardy s prose and technique are atrocious Most long descriptions and action scenes are unintelligible and will have you scratching your head The dialogues are unrealistic, with infodumps and people offering plot points one after another rather than following their own train of thought The protagonist will ponder for a couple of pages when explanations are in order and gaze for another couple when the surroundings must be described Some ideas are brilliantly executed, but most are done downright silly Anachronisms abound.Worst of all, at the mid point, Hardy throws the towel in and begins marching the characters toward his envisioned finale at gunpoint, through unrealistic situations, gut feelings and convenient coincidences Things stop making sense altogether For example, after a wizard is cheated out of his pay and insulted, he is allowed to perform a ritual THREE TIMES on the spot Nobody seems to consider the possibility that this obviously pissed off person is using his powers to get even the results include a destructive earthquake Oh, and the ritual involved a rat trap and an inflated bladder


  4. Keith Davis Keith Davis says:

    Hardy moves beyond the laws of magic into meta magic principles that control the nature of the laws of magic and allow the laws to be changed The idea is fascinating but the novel is not that great.


  5. Pam Baddeley Pam Baddeley says:

    Having enjoyed book 1 of this series, although not quite as much as on my original read years ago, I approached this hoping for another adventure story with the added bonus of a magical system that has been really worked out, even if the characterisation left something to be desired Unfortunately, I found this one really dragged I also discovered that these books areor less standalone the protagonist of book 1 makes a cameo appearance near the end of this one, but the story is entirely Having enjoyed book 1 of this series, although not quite as much as on my original read years ago, I approached this hoping for another adventure story with the added bonus of a magical system that has been really worked out, even if the characterisation left something to be desired Unfortunately, I found this one really dragged I also discovered that these books areor less standalone the protagonist of book 1 makes a cameo appearance near the end of this one, but the story is entirely independent In fact, it takes place in a different country than the first and some years later.As the story opens, Jemidon has just arrived on the island of Morgana which, in the land of Arcadia, is the home of sorcerors Because as was made clear in book 1 the use of sorcery actually drains the user s life force, in Arcadia sorcery is used for only lightweight spells to create illusions These illusions have become an artform and are exhibited each year in a presentation hall, but in recent years the Prince of Arcadia has become an important patron and puts up a sizeable purse for the winner Jemidon needs to succeed in sorcery and earn a black robe because he has already tried the other four magical disciplines and been a complete failure although he is able to absorb the theory quickly enough, he somehow always messes up the practice And, as becomes clear when he is lucky enough to find a sorceror who will take him on as a tyro apprentice , he is bored by the repetition and rote learning necessary in the magical crafts and fails to apply himself This is unfortunate as, ever since he was first sent with a gold brandel coin to apply to become a thaumaturge a coin that might otherwise have paid for medicine to save his little sister who was fevered he has borne the guilt of his sister s death, and the coin on a thong around his neck as a reminder of why he must succeed.The annual contest is imminent and Jemidon helps his new master whose illusions have been eclipsed by a rival s for some years to prepare, but the intercession of a trader with savage dogs and an odd insistence in showing his own type of illusion, plus Jemidon s encounter with the trader s beautiful slave girl Delia, throws several spanners in the works Sorcery loses its potency and Jemidon leaves in pursuit of the trader to the largerprosperous island of Pluton which is the centre of currency trading and the place where magicians produce the enchanted coinage which forms the basis of all wealth He still seeks the black robe of mastery, and an old flame Augusta tries to help him, but a combination of the machinations of the trader or rather his sinister master and Jemidon s own clumsiness and perpetual distraction with puzzles that seize his attention, mean that both are soon in peril.The invention encountered in the first book continues in this story, although here, instead of the original five magical arts, the focus is on a system which displaces them I will say noto avoid spoilers Confusingly, the book refers several times to seven magics I think that must be a continuity error in the context although I take the point that there could be a lot , just not all active at once however, it didn t read as if that was the meaning.The main problem is that I found the protagonist quite repellent Apart from the fact that, early on in the story, he takes Delia s thanks for saving her as an invitation into bed which she has to rebuff he is lazy, lacking in focus andinterested in puzzles than key things that are going on Until quite late in the story he aims to learn from the mysterious master when it is perfectly clear that this person is bent on the overthrow and domination of everything and should be opposed, not assisted It makes Jemidon appear quite stupid despite his supposed intelligence Repeatedly, when a conversation is in progress in which he should interject to tell people about the villain s machinations, he just stands there and says nothing Also, there is supposed to be a love triangle between him, Delia and Augusta, but he never comes across as having real feelings for either woman view spoiler After reading the book, I saw that a second edition had been issued by the author, possibly in a small press edition, which mentions changes to the protagonist s character, so maybe there have been improvements I can only judge by the version I ve read hide spoiler The other problem with the book is that it is very difficult to envisage some of the concepts and machines contrivances being described at various times So it was rather a chore to read through to the end to discover what happened, despite a brief cameo by Alodar from book 1, and I can only rate this as 2 stars


  6. Douglas Milewski Douglas Milewski says:

    The Secret of the Sixth Magic 1984 by Lyndon Hardy is a Schr dinger s cat cat of a novel is it bad or is it good And which is it You can tell until you open it.I still don t know the answer to that question.In terms of characters, who are all new to this book, the novel is as cardboard as his first novel There s just nothing to talk about here You can tell that he s trying, though, so he gets bonus points for effort Just don t give him too many points Round up.For giving us a story of The Secret of the Sixth Magic 1984 by Lyndon Hardy is a Schr dinger s cat cat of a novel is it bad or is it good And which is it You can tell until you open it.I still don t know the answer to that question.In terms of characters, who are all new to this book, the novel is as cardboard as his first novel There s just nothing to talk about here You can tell that he s trying, though, so he gets bonus points for effort Just don t give him too many points Round up.For giving us a story of metamagic, where warping magic itself is the point, I found the book absolutely fascinating How can magic actually be used and applied Abused Taken for granted Wielded as petty power by petty tyrants That s where this book shines This man sets up and explores a situation with aplomb, among the best writers that I ve seen at that.Think of this as a science fiction book written as a fantasy because the rules of magic play out as technology.So, where should I place this High for the exploration and the fun, or low for the lack of character and frequently stiff writing I still don t know.I don t want to kill the cat


  7. Jim Razinha Jim Razinha says:

    I pulled this off of my Someday shelf last Thursday looking for the light fantasy that was Hardy s Master of Five Magics Bit of a back story, I found the third book in the meta series eight years ago in a flea market I liked Hardy s imaginative constructs in Five Magics, so I went hunting this one I couldn t get into it, so set it aside, only to lose it and 5,800 other books to a fire in 2013 I found Riddle of the Seven Realms again, found this one again, and put them on that Someday she I pulled this off of my Someday shelf last Thursday looking for the light fantasy that was Hardy s Master of Five Magics Bit of a back story, I found the third book in the meta series eight years ago in a flea market I liked Hardy s imaginative constructs in Five Magics, so I went hunting this one I couldn t get into it, so set it aside, only to lose it and 5,800 other books to a fire in 2013 I found Riddle of the Seven Realms again, found this one again, and put them on that Someday shelf.Sowhere Master of Five Magics was clever, this is an M Knight Shyamalan sequel except worse Word salad neologistic magic speak with new attempts at clever again concepts thrown out with no preamble, no explanation, and no resolution Add shallow characters and shallower plot, and this is a mess.I don t know if 3 is any better, but it ll be a little while before I find out


  8. Wynee Igel Wynee Igel says:

    I picked this book up at a used book section looking for a science fiction or fantasy book series, adult not children s writing I did not know anything about the series or author Somewhere in there is an interesting story concept where magic suddenly no longer works and logic science puzzles work and are key I did not like the main character as he seemed to be a chauvinistic, arrogant, and whiny male, starting to presume a thanks means it s okay to have sex the woman corrects him and the wri I picked this book up at a used book section looking for a science fiction or fantasy book series, adult not children s writing I did not know anything about the series or author Somewhere in there is an interesting story concept where magic suddenly no longer works and logic science puzzles work and are key I did not like the main character as he seemed to be a chauvinistic, arrogant, and whiny male, starting to presume a thanks means it s okay to have sex the woman corrects him and the writer shows how he feels bad and angst over his actions and thoughts I don t find it a good message At another island, there s a gruesome penalty for failing to pay your debts, also not my taste Granted not all books are happy worlds, but I read 2 of the 4 parts and stopped It did not captivate me and became a chore for me to read


  9. Kalen Kubik Kalen Kubik says:

    I really enjoyed the first book, and was looking forward to revisiting the world It was frustrating to be lost for a majority of the book along with the main character, but his discoveries pretty much made no sense to me and even as the book drew to a close I still did not fully understand the metamagic Perhaps if I read it a second or third time, I d get it, but I would like to have understood it the first read through.


  10. Noah Noah says:

    I was hoping for a continuation of Alodar s story, but this wasn t it However, it did build upon the best part of the first book, the magic system This book goes even deeper into the magic system of the world and really showcases the depth with which it was created It s interesting to read a story that focuseson the magic system than on the world building, but I enjoyed it very much.


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