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Redoubt: Book Four of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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“Returning to her beloved Valdemar universe, Lackey opens her new series at a pivotal time in the history of Valdemar, when the education of Heralds is changing and dangers from other lands are felt in the court and on the training field. Series fans will enjoy the variations on a familiar theme, while enough information is presented for first-timers to discover a world of high adventure and individual courage. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal

“A real page-turner…. Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.” — Booklist

“Has everything you’d expect in a Valdemar book…and it’s wonderful.” — Romantic Times

“Recalls Lackey's earliest Valdemar books... a worthy entry in the overall saga.” — Publishers Weekly

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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Product Details

  • Series: Valdemar (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407452
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful By jhime on October 3, 2012
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I felt like someone just played a practical joke on me. The book started off well, a little to much like the previous 2 books with the constant kirball but not bad. Then it was like Mercedes. Lackey ran out of ideas so of the whole middle of the book was a series of nightmares and dreams from Mag's. Literally. Then the ending was rushed with no conclusive ending to the plot and she didn't adequately answer who Mag's parents were which is what I thought this book was supposed to tell us. The whole book felt like a cop-out for the author. I have never been more disappointed with a Lackey book. I felt like she stopped caring what she wrote and as a fan for more than 15 years that hurt.

To sum it up if you are a fan buy it because it goes with the series and we do get an answer as to why they were after Mag's. Definitely do not buy as a first read. And if you can, wait for the paperback because it wasn't even worth the kindle price of 12.99, let alone the almost 30$ for the hardback. She should have used the 80 or so wasted pages on nightmares that Mag's had to actually advance the plot.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 2, 2012
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This review is for the Kindle. The author has been reading her press, I think, because Mags' speech is better. However, that is the only positive change that I saw. Lackey has four pages lifted verbatim from a previous book. The story feels rushed. Dallen doesn't even say that he is glad to see his Chosen after a dangerous absence! They are being chased, but thoes two have strong Mindspeech. How long does one thought take? The book was just getting interesting when it ended in almost in mid¬conversation . Mags finds a few answers...but more questions were raised. Too much of the action takes place "offstage" which was both confusing and frustrating. This book made me feel as if I paid full price for half a book. It should be called an installment. Caveat lector!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Morgankitty on October 2, 2012
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The book ended, rather quickly I thought, but the overall story arc through the previous three books was not finished. Oh, we moved a little further along Mags's story, but didn't get the full tale yet. I wouldn't mind reading the intermediate books if I knew when the ending will resolve itself. I hate being told I'm reading a trilogy only to find out that there is really four books - or in this case five or possibly six books.

This book, like the previous books in the series, has short exciting parts and long preachy parts, but it was a quick read. Overall a disappointment.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By E. M. on October 5, 2012
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Let me start off this review with a condolence to those who chose this book to be their first adventure into Mercedes Lackey's Velgarth and the Heralds of Valdemar. This book is not an accurate indication of her previous (almost profound) books, which are in short, outstanding. I find that it's difficult and somewhat silly to say that a book "hurt" my feelings, but frankly I've never been this disappointed with a literary work before.

In the previous books of the Collegium Chronicles many people had problems with Mags' country bumpkin speech pattern. I didn't have as much of a problem simply because Lackey alluded that this was part of the face, part of the work that Mags' would be doing. That being said, I liked the loss of the bumpkin speech, it's just too bad that the loss of his accent came with a loss of his character, and the tragic loss of actual plot. (Ladies, this book is like watching Magic Mike, you don't show for the story, you come for the so called "eye candy". In this case, the candy is not half naked men, but a white creature with four hooves and a person in uniform)

I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so I'll make my criticisms brief.

Once again, there is little resolution with regards to Mags' past. The little we get is practically useless,comes at the bitter end of the book, and makes no sense.

There's no character development aside from Mags coming to terms with certain fears, Amily being able to walk, and a kerfuffle for Bear & Lena(primarily Bear). The 100 or so pages of Mags' dreams do little to add to the story or to character development. Imagine reading a nightmare journal, and that's about half the story.

The other half is a recap of Kirball (fun but not exactly worthy of a plot point), and stolen recaps of the other books.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By editorgirl on October 8, 2012
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I picked up two bad habits in college: Mercedes Lackey and Ben and Jerry's. I still give in and indulge now and then, but it seems like the remorse hits faster and faster.

Remember when things actually happened to characters, and sometimes those things were not just a misunderstood Herald Trainee overcoming self-doubt and learning to trust but getting enmeshed in something that filled out the corners of the map, had a little geopolitical intrigue, maybe made you feel like there was a big, deep world that could be puzzled out? Twenty years later, Ben and Jerry's still has reliable chunks of mint cookie but Mercedes Lackey seems to have stopped even trying. After three books with very little plot and only the mildest of story-arcs, the fourth does the bare minimum to even try to resolve Mags' history and the mysterious spies or kidnappers or assassins or whatever they are. Virtually nothing of importance happens in the first two thirds of the book, and the end leaves so plenty of questions.

If you're a fan and you've gutted it out this far, you know you're going to buy this. But you'll ask yourself why you keep caring.
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