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This review is from: Foundation: Book One of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) (Hardcover)
I read this again last night, after avoiding it since I read it when it first came out. (Let me add that I have re-read the entire series several times within this period.)
And, you know? It wasn't as bad as I remembered.
All of Misty's novels are based on the more "interesting" characters; therefore, Mags is different (to the point just approaching Mary Sue-dom) from all of the other Heralds. All of her novels stick the climax somewhere in the last 20 pages. All of them talk about food so much that I get hungry reading them. And all of them could use a second copyedit (perhaps a developmental edit as well) and some thorough fact-checking.
I found myself liking Mags a lot more the second time around, though I found Dallen irritating. He's giving away the Companion's secrets! They were all quite serious about hiding the fact that they are reborn in the other novels; why has this changed? I did find the parts about the conflict over building the Collegium interesting. (It also explains away the change in teaching styles that irritated me before.) The timeline is wonky, but I've gotten used to the lack of fact-checking, so it doesn't bother me as much anymore. (Anyone else wonder where the whole arrows thing went?)
Overall, it was not up to par with the rest of the Valdemar novels, but it was a decent read if you're looking for something fluffy.