"Spellbinding storyteller" (Rave Reviews) Mercedes Lackey continues her epic Valdemar series. Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he... show more
"Spellbinding storyteller" (Rave Reviews) Mercedes Lackey continues her epic Valdemar series. Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy. But life at the court is not without obstacles. When Mags is "recognized" by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, Mags himself comes under suspicion. Who are Magpie's parents-who is he, really? Can Mags solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies-and prove his loyalty-before the king and court banish him as a traitor?
Publish date: October 5th 2010
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Pages no: 328
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Epic Fantasy
, High Fantasy
, Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles (#2)
I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan and the entire Valdemar series is one of my all-time favorites to binge on every few years. I love the story lines, the mystery, the intrigue, the characters. I pick up one of these books and I am transported to a totally different world and I love it! Intrigues is ...
The storyline moved much faster than the first one, but the angst got turned up to eleven. I have a high tolerance for angst, particularly in a Mercedes Lackey book, and I will admit to thinking that Mags' reaction to things was not that over-the-top given what happened to him. He is forgiven.But de...
This is the second book of a trilogy centered on Mags, one of the first Herald trainees to be schooled though the Collegium. So you should definitely read the first book, Foundation first. I'd go farther than that--I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to Lackey or her Valdemar books--in...
It's a middle book. In the first book Mags had been established as a boy who distrusted almost everyone, particularly people with power and this story continues with this idea. He is the focus of a prediction, covered in blood with the king, and people start to distrust him. The collegium is star...
I've been disappointed for a while with Lackey's books. It seems like, when she decided to team up with her husband, the general quality level of her Valdemar books dropped significantly, and they began to read like YA titles. Very YA titles. And so I drifted away. I'd read the new ones, be a bit ho...
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