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Product Details

  • Series: All-New Tales of Valdemar
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405809
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Softly Falling Snow" by Elizabeth A. Vaughan reveals the love between Queen Elspeth and Bard Kyran.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paige on December 31, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lackey is too busy with her may projects to write more than the occasional Valdemar novel these days, but she is loyal enough to her loyal fan base to edit the almost-annual anthology of Valdemaran tales, written by friends, fen, and some surprises. Mercedes Lackey got her breakthrough in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress volume II, she in turn has introduced new writers in these anthologies and - I hope - changed lives in the process. Surely seeing your first story in print is bit like being Chosen. And often these first stories are some of the best in the collection.
For Changing the World, Lackey wrote a story called "The One Left Behind" introducing a theme that is explored by several of the stories that follow: what if being Chosen is problematic? What if it causes a mess for those left behind? Or what if you don't want to leave your familiar world, in which you might be very happy, thank-you very much Mr. Blue-Eyed Horse? This is a novel approach to the life-changing moment of recognition that characterizes being Chosen by a Companion of Valdemar, the magical guardians of a country that many of us wish we could find. In Lackey's story, Marya is a master weaver with a serious grudge against Heralds and Companions. Her father was Chosen before his wedding to Marya's mother, and he just ... disappeared from their lives. Then the horrible pattern repeats itself, as her wonderful fiancé is Chosen too. So when a couple of Heralds come asking her for help, she derives great satisfaction in telling them, "NO!" Or does she? It turns out that Marya has some talents that have been, not exactly buried, but certainly under a bushel, and we all know how bad for the soul that is, don't we?
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hyland on January 24, 2010
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The Valdemar anthologies have always been a little hit-or-miss. This is bound to happen when you have other writers playing in beloved lands; Mercedes Lackey's deft hand with the fantasy world she has created is difficult to emulate. However, almost all the aspirants to her perfection manage at least a modicum of success in "Changing the World"... with two notable exceptions.

The first is Judith Tarr, with the positively infuriating "Twice Blessed." And the second, and even more infuriating, is Benjamin Ohlander's thoroughly ridiculous "Interview with a Companion." The former is well-written, but maddening, spoiling as it does the usually heart-warming thought of being Chosen. The latter is both badly-written and cringe-inducing, a kind of attempt at parody that is neither entertaining or witty (as parody can be), but is merely mean-spirited and completely idiotic. Parody can be self-aware and self-mocking, and yet can have the power to make one chuckle at the vagaries of fandom; this is not that kind. This is the kind of parody that tarnishes. It has tarnished my feeling for the Valdemar series. It is evil and wrong and bad, bad, bad.

If you are a Valdemar fan, then by all means read this book. There are some excellent stories in here -- Elisabeth's Waters's "A Storytelling of Crows", Kristin Schwengel's "Waiting to Belong" and Michael Z Williamson's "Wounded Bird" are three such -- but please do yourself the favour of NOT reading the twice-damned final story, "Interview with a Companion." I certainly wish I hadn't!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Politis on December 4, 2009
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Anyone who is a fan of Valdemar should read this one. The stories are fun and some deal with time periods (like the Founding of Valdemar) that we haven't seen a lot of detail on yet. If you have read the previous anthologies, the quality is still here with this latest one. Some of the characters reappear. Ree and Jem (the hobgoblin and his friend) have 2 stories. The twins, the Bard and the Healer Rhiannon and Dionne, are here but have gotten much older. Lelia, the Bard obsessed with Herald Wil is back too. The Iron Street Watch is back again and Sergeant Hektor is still having trouble with his brothers. This book will tide you over until Lackey releases the next full length Valedmar novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on July 3, 2010
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Changing the World (2009) is the fifth Fantasy anthology in the Valdemar series, following Moving Targets. It contains sixteen original short stories about Valdemar and related themes. Each story has a short description of the author(s).

- "One Left Behind" by Mercedes Lackey is about a woman who was raised by her mother after her father was Chosen to be a Herald and then was left by a fiancee who also became a Herald.

- "For Want of a Nail" by Rosemary Edghill & Denise McCune tells of the suspicions of a soldier and explorer who returns to Haven to find every person in the higher levels is a Herald. Who are these Companions who have such influence in the new settlement?

- "Softly Falling Snow" by Elizabeth A. Vaughan reveals the love between Queen Elspeth and Bard Kyran.

- "The Reluctant Herald" by Mickey Zucker Reichert discloses the trials of a Companion trying to Chose a man who thinks he has everything.

- "A Storytelling of Crows" by Elizabeth Waters introduces a young fletcher -- and speaker to animals - who discovers an injured Companion carrying a severely wounded Harald.

- "Waiting to Belong" by Kristin Schwengel regards a young herbalist who loves a Herald, but is too shy to call attention to herself.

- "The Last Part of the Way" by Brenda Cooper concerns the healing of a Herald who loses his entire family.

- "Midwinter Gifts" by Stephanie D. Shaver relates the investigation by a Master Bard of a woman who has been married four times.

- "Wounded Bird" by Michael Z. Williamson continues the story of Riga, a warrior maid and merchant of the Kossaki.
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