- Series: Valdemar: The Herald Spy (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: DAW (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756408997
- ISBN-13: 978-0756408992
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.... 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
"An entertaining fantasy starring a likable lead character." —Midwest Book Reviews
"Top Pick! ... A wonderful amalgam of fantasy and character study." —Night Owl Reviews
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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With regards to the reviews that wanted more big battles, country level conflicts, etc… this book style is consistent with the first books in earlier series like Magic’s Pawn and Arrows of the Queen where the big conflicts usually came later in the series and the first books were almost always building the framework and setting. Another reason, I’ve used the term “classic” in this review.
In closing, it is great to see the author back to her earlier form. I’m not sure what was going on over the last few years with the prior Collegium Chronicles but upon reflection, an author cannot work for as many years as the Valdemar series has been going without having “real life” disruptions intrude and getting derailed for a time. Unfortunately, I know from my background in academic libraries that publishing is a major business with deadlines and contracts that must be met. Whatever the situation was, I’m just really glad it appears to be resolved and that I went ahead ordered this book. I will be waiting impatiently for the next book to come out in a year or so.
Yes, the story is a bit trite, with the 'Romeo and Juliet' overlay, but that was all secondary to the furthering of the lives of characters we've come to love. Seeing Mags grow into the role of Spymaster, Amily into the (wholly unexpected) role of King's Own...it's a sad moment when the story ends, and there's the realization that another year needs to go by before the next installment comes.
I will always have room in my book budget for Mercedes Lackey and the Heralds of Valdemar.
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