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review 2017-12-18 18:39
A fitting end to a good fantasy trilogy.
Arrow's Fall - Mercedes Lackey


This novel brings the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy to a conclusion in which Talia has to face betrayal and the death of a loved one as well as personal injury. This novel is also about the political machinations back in the capital and the consequences thereof.

I enjoyed this trilogy which brought the author to my attention and I intend to read other books by her and hope for other sparks of originality. Well worth a look.

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review 2017-12-12 16:16
Very good middle part of a fantasy trilogy
Arrow's Flight - Mercedes Lackey

This middle part of the trilogy deals with Talia's development as she does her "internship" and learns about her Gift. She has to deal with a lot of different situations which she does successfully in the end. The third and final part of the trilogy beckons but, so far, I have found this trilogy engaging, interesting and original. Recommended to all lovers of fantasy fiction.

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review 2017-12-11 22:33
Magic's Promise / Mercedes Lackey
Magic's Promise - Mercedes Lackey

The wild magic is taking its toll on the land, and even Vanyel, the most powerful Herald-Mage to ever walk the world, is almost at the end of his strength. But when his Companion, Yfandes, receives a call for help from neighboring Lineas, both Herald-Mage and Companion are drawn into a holocaust of dark magic that could be the end of them both.


How wonderful to have a more mature and thoughtful Vanyel to narrate the second volume of this series. Not there is no angst, but it is dealt with in a much more adult way.

A depleted & exhausted Vanyel returns from the battle front, only to discover that his family insist on his presence at home—not the most restful place for the young man. His father is having difficulty accepting Vanyel’s sexual orientation and his mother frankly refuses to believe him, proceeding to push any and every attractive young woman at him. If that wasn’t enough, he has to deal with his former master-at-arms and the local priest, both of whom made his younger life miserable.

However, Vanyel is now a hero, his exploits sung about by the bards, and he & his companion, Yfandes, are called to rescue another young man & Companion during their visit. Demonstrating his magic, skill, bravery, and good judgement, Vanyel is able to start the healing journey for his family relationships.

Book number 268 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy reading project.

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text 2017-12-07 15:22
How is it already December 7th?
Living with Shakespeare: Actors, Directors, and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time - Susannah Carson
The Drowned and the Saved - Primo Levi
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (The crime club) - Agatha Christie
Magic's Promise - Mercedes Lackey
Widow's Web - Jennifer Estep
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
Christmas Stories - Diana Secker Tesdell
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery - Agatha Christie
Prince Caspian - C.S. Lewis


We're rapidly approaching the end of 2017 and I'm not ready.  Christmas is coming at warp speed it seems, and I have a family party on the 23rd and I'll spend Christmas Day at my niece's house, staying with my sister in between those two events.  Then on the 29th, I fly to the west coast to see my other sister and go to a family wedding on New Year's Eve.  I'm looking forward to all of this, but I'm wondering when I'm going to get my Christmas cards written, the food contributions prepared, and my suitcases packed.


And of course, I want to tie up the loose ends of this reading year, read some Christmas books, and prepare for 2018.  A bit of Peace on Earth.


Last weekend, I got my Christmas tree set up & decorated.  I'm enjoying the coloured lights, celebrating the upcoming solstice and the return of more light.  These days it feels like I go to work in the dark and go home in the dark--I feel like a mole!


I know I will get it all done.  I always do.  And if I don't, the world will not end.  Keep telling me that.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. 

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review 2017-12-05 07:42
Simple style - engaging fantasy novel
Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey

The first part of a trilogy (The Heralds of Valdemar) and my first Mercedes Lackey novel and I'm impressed. The story of a young girl being Chosen to be a Herald, how she develops and grows into the role, is engaging, fun and written in an uncomplicated style that makes reading it a pleasure., Well worth looking at if you enjoy fantasy novels.

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