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  • Series: Valdemar (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The world of Valdemar will continue to enchant readers in the third novel of this powerful story."
(Fresh Fiction)

"Heralds, Companions, ethical dilemmas, some romance, and they draw you in because of Lackey’s fine writing skills."
(Shiny Book Review)

"Suffice it to say, I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series."
(All Booked Up)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

Customer Reviews

Although the characters were developed a little more, the story line felt forced.
Boston lady
I don't know if I've just gotten more cynical, or if Lackey's writing really has gotten worse and more simplistic, but I could not get into this book.
Catherine
If she doesn't continue with Mags in another series where we get answers...I don't know that I'll ever be able to read another book by her again.
Kallisti

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dear Misty,

When you're on top of your game, your books are amazing. So, don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan. The Valdemar series has, in particular, been near and dear to my heart for decades. In fact, for years, I was one of those kids who shelled out their savings for the newest hardcovers of anything with Mercedes Lackey and a white horse splashed on the cover.

The problem is your newest crop of Valdemar books have been very hit or miss. I enjoyed the Darian's Tale trilogy. Brightly Burning and Take a Thief were fantastic. Then, there was the Exile series and your Mary Sue moments. For me, those were a definite miss.

Still, when The Collegium Chronicles debuted, I was so excited. It was a brand new Valdemar series, after all. As I read through the first two, they were mediocre-to-disappointing, sure, but I thought she'll pick up the ball. She'll return to form in book three. Well, I've read book three and not much has changed. The characters are just as flat, whiney and unlikeable as they were in the first two books. With none of the larger issues hinted at coming to fruition, the plot plods. I am ashamed to say, the plotting actually reminded me of the ant writing in Twilight. You know, tangents and mundane issue after mundane issue without actually getting to the POINT of anything. Basically, what every writing instructor will tell you NOT to do.

Personally, I still think you are a very gifted writer, but I think that perhaps these books have been rushed and written without the keen eye of a good and unbiased editor.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Person on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love the Heralds of Valdemar series so I was really excited when this series came out. Unfortunately, throughout the series there are a lot of inconsistencies such as modern curse words and references to gypsies, modern games and machinery (staples for instance) that I don't think ever would have gotten into her previous books. This book is much better that Intrigues, but when I finished it my first thought was, 'is his her first quartet'? There is no ending whatsoever. Mercedes Lackey's official site is still listing this as the third book in a trilogy if this proves to be the case don't even bother reading it. Hopefully, we'll get confirmation soon that this is a quartet and she can actually end the story. Again, if your a hardcore Valdemar fan you'll probably read it anyway but if you're new read one of the older series when the writing was up to par.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Boston lady on October 8, 2011
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Not as bad as I found volume 2, but not at all up to Mercedes' usual standard for Valdemar. I understand her disappointment that people don't like her fairytales nearly as much, but that is no reason to do a halfhearted trilogy(quartet?). Book one gave me hope that it would be good. Book 2 dropped my hopes, but I had preordered, and decided to go ahead with the hardbound. I may not be buying Mercedes in hardbound again (certainly not the next grouping). Although the characters were developed a little more, the story line felt forced. It was more as if Mercedes lost her original train of thought and was just throwing something out there. We got a bit of closure on Bard Marchand, the expected romances developed, but the 'plot' just became a boring political plan. 99% of the questions were left open, and the one that was answered was the usual answer. If you read the first 2, wait for the paperback, or borrow from your library before wasting (IMO) money on the hardbound copy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Annie on December 11, 2011
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I am afraid that I might be getting a little too old for Valdemar in the current books. Ms Lackey's writing lately seems to be tending towards the youth can do everything better - a little too much leaning to the youth audience. "Old farts" had some role in the story but I would have liked a little bit of back story to them. The plot and the details of Valdemar life don't seem to be as cohesive as in the earlier Valdemar books. There is even a hint of "political correctness" or 21st century attitude at times that is not well blended into the plots. The books in this series have lost some of the magic of the Heralds, Companions, mind magic,and mystery that the earlier Valdemar books had.
I like Ms Lackey's fairy tale books but have noticed that they, too, are starting to get a little less magical.
Her books are getting to be like assembly line productions with repetition, loose ends and in need of quality control.
Maybe she should write fewer books more carefully and be better edited. Please bring back the magic.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Haley on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As I have not seen a release date for book 4 I went into this book expecting it to be the end of a trilogy. I was very disappointed. Two hundred pages in I couldn't see how the major questions could be wrapped up. Three hundred in I realized most of them wouldn't be answered. When I got to the final pages and discovered that the book literally referenced the multitude of unanswered questions--I was miffed.

This book does have character and relationship development, but plotwise I feel like it introduced as many questions as it answered. There was even a new major character brought in at the end.

As a previous poster pointed out: It looks like there is going to be a second series linked to this one. Who knows how long it will take for it to come out. I really wish I had known before I spent the time and money on a new hardback release.
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