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 magical system is very specifically thought out, and I went along with the subpar book just to see how it would all transpire, but now I rather wish I’d cut and bailed early enough to just read a more enjoyable book.

One of the most interesting magic systems I’ve seen in a book with 5 very distinct magical disciplines. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The settings 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.

Theory by Flatfingers: Lyndon Hardy’s Master of the Five Magics

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.

The book thw divided into six parts, the first five of which correspond to the five disciplines of magic learned by Alodar in that portion of the narrative.

Finally, only the branch of wizardry remained – the great, almost lost art of controlling demons. If the execution is flawed, it is because of lack in skill, not because of lack of vision. Want to Read saving…. Also of note is Hardy’s system of magic, which he takes pains to define and ,aster stick to.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 22, Isaac rated it really liked it. These rules are specified after the table of contents and are also stated within the narrative. The actual events of the book and the final climax are themselves a bit dull, but the use of the “underdog serves a comeuppance to those snooty people” thread works really well and makes things feel satisfying.


This book moves quickly as the hero is forced from one magic discipline to another. His quest forced him from one exacting branch of magic to another, with the rewards he earned always going to others. 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.

Held my interest throughout the book and could wait to read the next in the series.

Master of the Five Magics

One day I wandered over to the carpentry shop to grab something, and found Rick the carpenter dude finishing up this book. Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.

On a side note, I’ve recently spoken with the author, who is preparing the manuscripts for this series for re-release as ebooks, since they have been out of print for many years. Master of the Mastrr Magics by Lyndon Hardy”. Late 80’s Young adult series, Boy is apprentice and is learning magic.

The author’s preface or whatever one calls a preface when it shows up at the end of the book was very illuminating. To ask other readers questions about Master of the Five Magicsplease sign up. Plot and characters are less interesting.

Books by Lyndon Hardy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 22, J. But Vendora has a comely court advisor, Aerial, who truly makes an impression on our hero and makes his decisions a bit more difficult as the pace proceeds.

Actually the most interesting part of the whole book is reading about how the different disciplines of magic work and what makes them unique. Some of which age just fine main character is a likeable everyman who succeeds largely based on cleverness and persistence in the face of insurmountable odds and treachery.

A generic plotline with boring characters can be overcome by the sheer creativity of the magic system in this fantasy universe. I was able to get a more cinematic view in my head this time, and the plot worked better for me because of it.

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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. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have enough good qualities to qualify as a good book. It would be great to let him know there are many of us who would love him to arrange for this trilogy to appear in magivs format.

Story line predictable but I really like the authors matics to magic and the world created. All five types of magic invented by the author are explained in detail and are consistent.

To each their own as I’ve said elsewhere. The excellent discussion of various magical systems makes for a fun read. Wish Lyndon Hardy had written more like this one. 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. I approached this book not knowing whether I would enjoy it on this re-read as I first read it years ago.

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Inhe retired from business endeavors and began a new full time career of writing. Ev I read this book years ago, magkcs loved it. Strong magic system, very weak plotting, characterization and dialogue.

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A primary focus masteg the plot is upon the five magics of the title: Lyndon Hardy did a fine job in building his magic system for this book. Contains, as written on the tin, five of the most intricate and completely logical magic systems ever devised. 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.

Posted by Flatfingers at 5: In addition to reading and writing, he has sporadic bursts of enthusiasm for collecting stamps and playing cards.