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Product Details

  • Series: Valdemar
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406905
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,679 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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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.

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You basically follow Mags but other characters are well developed also.
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Like slightly stale popcorn for the brain - it's not good for you, and it's not even all that good tasting, but you eat it all anyway.
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Either I'm reading too much of her books or they are starting to become a little predictable.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By michael j. whitten on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So, I am a great fan of Lackey and have read all of her books. Foundation was one of my favorites of hers so far, but frankly I was overall disappointed with Intrigues. I mean the plot was interesting and all, but the way in which it was presented was choppy at best. Lackey seems to have been in a hurry with this one for there is none of her previous more flowing writing style. It jumps from scene to scene abruptly, and you are left with some feelings of disappointment for the scenes are not played out fully to reader satisfaction. Also as a side note...she could use a new editor to check grammar and spelling (sorry pet peeve of mine). Anyway, interesting plot and the character of Mags does show really interesting growth in this installment. However, I think Lackey needs to revisit her old works because this writing style does not even come close to her previous works.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Emily Ravenwood on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book needs a warning: Do not read it if you are dealing with depression or at risk of being triggered for suicidal impulses.

Mags spends most of the book being systematically tortured by the hostility and suspicion of the minds around him (he being a Mindspeaker you will recall). Meanwhile, Bear and Lena deal with family being abusive idiots. At the crisis point, both Bear and Lena break and verbally attack Mags, viciously and inexcusably given the fact that he has done nothing the whole book but try to help them. Understandably, he runs from this attack, now sunk deep in depression and explicitly suicidal, brought by Bear to believe he is insane and expecting Dallan to repudiate him any day. And when Rolan finally contacts him, does he offer Mags protection against the mental assault he's dealt with the whole book or even a little human sympathy? No! He lectures Mags very briefly about how he was, essentially, a coward for running away, and Mags spends the end of the book being "tested" to see if he's still trustworthy! On top of that, neither Bear nor Lena apologize for their unprovoked attacks on him, despite their having been instrumental in driving Mags to suicidal despair. It's covered over in two pages, all is magically better, Mags actually apologizes for the things he said to them when they finally pushed him to snapping. I find this especially unforgivable in Bear's case, given that he supposedly fears he might have had something to do with a patient dying on him. So the Healer is going to go and scream filth at someone he knows is unstable? And there are no consequences to this? What?

There is no closure. There is no recovery. There is nothing to help the reader get back out if they fell down the extremely graphically described pit with Mags.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful By BookMaven on October 8, 2010
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Don't get me wrong: Intrigues is not bad, it's just not a complete story. Reading through the novel is (unfortunately) a lot like watching Star Wars: the Phantom Menace. It's mildly entertaining, but most of it's build-up for the actual, interesting Darth Vader story everyone wants to see.

Honestly, this book feels like Ms. Lackey had a deadline, and decided to throw together her "backstory" notes regarding "Character Development" along with some stuff she remembered from Harry Potter. At one point, I was fairly certain Mags IS Harry...well, emo medieval Harry, complete with wannabe quidditch. Except, Mags's Nimbus.. err.. Companion can talk, and J.K. Rowling always had a really strong, solid plot (with a real beginning, middle, and end) in her books with a LOT less preaching. Intrigues, on the other hand, is almost entirely about telling the reader what the characters are all about (at one point, in fact, the characters shout at one another what their characters are like before other characters step in to explain that yes indeed that is true but so-and-so has added depth/aspects of their personality and that added depth is blah blah blah). Some of you may think I'm exaggerating, but sadly I'm not. That last sentence actually takes up an entire chapter.

IF an interesting story occurs (and there are some pretty heavy-handed hints that there are Happenings afoot in Valdemar, particularly toward the end of the book), it should unfold in the third book. So, I'd wait for the third book and read the two at once. Or, skip the second book altogether. You won't be missing much.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Politis on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mags grows up in this sequel to Foundation. He learns more about how friendships work and the true meaning of teamwork. For a former slave in a mine, learning how to fit in is difficult. I enjoyed the banter between Mags and Dallen (his companion). This book is darker than Foundation, with Mags having to deal with a lot of unpleasantness. My only quibble is that this book seems geared toward a younger audience, with most of the focus on young adults in the Collegium taking classes. I still really enjoyed it even though I'm not in that stage of life. Fans of Valdemar should definitely read Intrigues, but it's not anywhere near my favorite Mercedes Lackey novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mreshadow on October 13, 2010
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I was really excited for this book. The first Collegium Chronicles book was good, setting up what seemed to be another great Lackey/Valdemar trilogy.

Unfortuntely, this one did not even come close to living up to my expectations.

First of all, I don't know who was in charge of editing this book, but I found more mispellings/grammer mistakes/wierd phrases than in any other book I have ever read by ANY author. In particular, there is a line that read something like "...on the pile in front of me." This was not a person speaking, but part of a descriptive paragraph. And considering that this book is written in 3rd person, it should have said "... on the pile in front of him."

The plot itself left something to be desired. I am all for teenager angst (it's a normal phase in any person's life) but it's like she suddenly remembered that there was a bigger plot going on that she started in the first book, and so she threw a chapter or two in to make it seem like she hadn't forgotten. I'm not saying she should have cut out the angst at all-- in fact I kind of found it refreshing, reading about a Herald Trainee who wasn't immediately accepted because he was Chosen-- but if she wanted to focus so much on that, she should have.

SPOILER HERE!

And the ending. The ending left MUCH to be desired. After all the angst, all the fighting, he suddenly catches the bad guy (who appeared out of NOWHERE by the way), and Lackey falls back on having Mags be Herald Trainee/Good Guy Everyone Likes. When the hell did the three make up? Where was the resolution? He spends weeks (almost a month?) as a numb yet suicidal wreck, only to have those feelings resolved and soothed in the spance of a day? Without the help of a MindHealer? Companions are good but not that good.
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