Magic's Pawn is a 1989 fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. The first of The Last Herald Mage trilogy (followed by Magic's Promise and Magic's Price), it centers around a powerful Herald-Mage named Vanyel Ashkevron, in the kingdom of Valdemar; the planet is called Velgarth. Mages are those who... read more
Fantasy Violence, Language,A great book to read with your pre-teens and teenage children. It addresses frustrations many kids face such as overbearing parents, loneliness, and the feeling of always being an outsider. This book contains no sex scenes, but it does have some sexual innuendo. It also has some violence but none of it is explicit. I would like to emphasize the fact that homosexuality is a very minor theme in this book. The protagonist and another male character become "life-bonded." Do not read the phrase as "married." Life-bonded pairs in the Valdemar series are not always of the same gender, and their relationships are not always sexual. Lackey describes the members of a bond as two connected souls who will continue to look for each other throughout time, and will never feel completely whole unless they are together. Vanyel and Tylendel do have a sexual relationship, but sexual scenes are omitted and no modern terminology is used (ie, homosexuality). Whatever your sexual preference or views, I would highly recommend reading this book WITH your pre-teens or teenagers to explore the concept of deep friendship, romantic or otherwise. I did not find homosexuality to be a major theme in this book, and I loved it for entirely different reasons.
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