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MASTER OF FIVE MAGICS Mass Market Paperback – Sep 12 1980

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Sept. 12 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345276353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345276353
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #740,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest fantasy novels from the 1980's Aug. 15 2006
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction, and one of the greatest regrets I have is that I never found more than three books written by Lyndon Hardy, an author I still consider an automatic buy. In a way, this man's work defined what I expect from fantasy.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An adaptive look at magic Oct. 24 2006
By Sean Manear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this series a long time ago simply on impulse. The story is excellent and enjoyable. The book however is more than the story, it is a concept that is brilliant in it's execution. At the very beginning, even before chapter 1, it lists 5 different types of magic, and the rules for each. These are concepts that exist at the very core of almost every form of magic that you have ever read about in fantasy or seen in movies. Such examples include sorcery (thrice spoken, once fulfilled) which celebrates the conbination of the word and reality, with repitition.

These rules have always been used by various authors, but Hardy is one of the first to not only combine them, but in fact define them with precepts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Qucik read for wet weekend Jan. 14 2008
By JohnA37 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Aldor quests from one exacting branch of magic to another; with the rewards he earned always going to others. Finally, only the branch of Wizardry remains - the great, almost lost art of controlling demons. Adventure and supernatural escapade in a fantasy setting, good for a quick read over a wet weekend.
one of my favorite books May 26 2014
By lefty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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 very important.
great book April 24 2013
By jahornby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
title says it all, well written, a new twist on the world of magic. swords and sorcery at its best.

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