- Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756409446
- ISBN-13: 978-0756409449
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 376 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bastion: Book Five of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles) Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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Praise for the Collegium Chronicles:
“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
“An enjoyable and pleasant read.... Mags is an appealing protagonist facing challenges (and successes) with which readers will empathize." —RT Book Reviews
"Top Pick! ... A wonderful amalgam of fantasy and character study." —Night Owl Reviews
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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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In this part, long-time Valdemar fans will be drawn into the familiar ups and downs of a Herald's life with an extra plus in the hope (expectation?) of resolving a long-term mystery. Lackey's familiar (and excellent) descriptions and characterizations carry us along until -- we are shocked into the second "novella" by one gently spoken sentence.
This plot turn makes perfect sense in terms of what has gone before, but I doubt that very many readers saw it coming. I also suggest that the reader who arrives at this point near bedtime, stop. It is the last possible place to put it down before the end.
This time, the end is (probably) The End of the Collegium series. There are subplots that could be picked up and further developed (hint, hint), but the characters we first met in "Foundation" have become well-rounded personalities with rewarding lives ahead of them.
All hail the pentalogy! (And thank Ms Lackey for introducing us to a new word.)
I liked this one the best of the series since the first volume. I especially liked the descriptive passages of the journey out to the Bastion. It made me long for hot mulled cider, spiced crabapples and various picturesque inns and deciduous forests I have loved in the fall; Cade's Cove Tennessee, Pisgah National Forest N.C., Appleton Vermont, Banff, Smoky Mountain National Park, and many more. Also cave systems such as Mammoth, Lewis & Clark, and Zion National Park. I always like the food descriptions in nearly any author's work and this one had me looking out recipes for Cornish pasties, Cassoulet, and blackberry pie filling. The crabapples unfortunately, cannot be found in our grocery stores except already canned.
This book is mercifully free of some of the "sturm und drang" and purple plotting of some of the earlier volumes in this set. We finally get some plot and character resolution for both Mags and Herald Jakyr,as well as a new twist or two. Highly recommended.