- Series: Valdemar (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: DAW Hardcover (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756400856
- ISBN-13: 978-0756400859
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exile's Honor (Valdemar) Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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Trained from childhood in the arts of war, Alberich strives to walk a careful path between obedience to the priests of Vkandis Sunlord and fairness to the soldiers under his command and the people of his native land of Karse. His attempts to hide his heretical gift of precognition, however, earn him a sentence of death by fire, thwarted by a bold rescue seemingly engineered by his faithful white battle steed-in actuality one of the Companions of the Heralds of Valdemar. Lackey continues her popular Valdemar series with the story of Alberich, Weaponsmaster and Queen's Champion of a land he was taught to fear and hate, as he struggles to redefine the meaning of the honor he holds so dear while learning to accept the magic he once tried to conceal. Libraries should anticipate demand for this highly recommended fantasy.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A strong, suspenseful plot and well-developed characters...will satisfy the most avid fantasy fan." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The main character is once again Alberich and I can relate to him in sooo many ways! Questioning right from wrong, sentence syntax (I'm trying to learn multiple languages and he is spot on with his frustrations). Big tough guy with a golden heart that he keeps carefully hidden behind a stern demeanor.
After much debate, I have decided that Exile's Valor is her best and my favorite. Often, her stories are told from the point of view of the Herald who is going to be at the center of the angst and tragedy (Vanyel, Talia, Kerowyn, Karal). In those works, we get the insider's perspective. We live Vanyel's tragedy; we experience Talia's torture; we go through Kerowyn's struggles; we come of age with Karal. Those stories focus on the sorrow and angst and tragedy that directly and immediately affects the main character.
But, with the development of Alberich's character, we get the outsider's perspective - not only an outsider in the sense of his being from Karse and outside the Valdermar experience - but also in the sense that he is outside the tragedy of the tale. Oh, he experiences the tragedy, but his perspective is from the outside, not from the person at the true heart of the tragedy. (For that to be the case, we would get far more development and insight into Selenay's character.) In that sense, Exile's Valor is a real leap for Lackey, and she carries it off masterfully.
Additionally, I find the relationship between Alberich and Kantor to be second only to Vanyel and Yfandes. Yet, even saying that, I feel that Alberich's relationship with Kantor is the most adult and the most equal. Kantor, for me, has far more voice and personality than many of the other Companions.
Thus, Exile's Valor is my favorite.
The story expands on a short story that I originally read in HorseFantastic which told how Alberich, then a loyal Captain in the Karse army, was rescued from Karse (and being burned alive), by a Companion who took him to Valdemar. Fans know Alberich from other stories of Queen Selanay's reign but the transformation of an intensely honorable man from being a loyal son of Karse to an equally loyal weaponsmaster in Valdemar without compromising his honor is a wonderful story. It is also a story which, to my mind manages to be upbeat, despite some pretty intense descriptions of battles, without ever becoming sentimental.
The book describes Selanay when she was the heir apparent - thereby shedding light on her character - and explains how she ascended the throne. It also introduces the Grove born Companion, Rolan - so it is a 'must read' for those who want to know all about Valdemar.
I strongly recommend this book. It could, I think be read alone, but I think that readers who are familiar with Valdemar will probably enjoy it even more . Buy it and enjoy!
It takes all his efforts--and those of his wondrous Companion--to protect her from those who plot long against Selenay--and against Valdemar itself.