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Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar Mass Market Paperback – December 7, 2010
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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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As can be expected some of the stories are better than others...but all were worthwhile, and considering the different styles, tastes and focal points, there is something here for (I would presume) all Valdemar fans. In order to avoid spoilers I will just say it was great to see the growth in Ree and Jem's family, and I truly enjoyed seeing parts of Selenay's story inside a couple of them as well. And I NEVER thought about a young Shin'a'in with a Companion.
Now, for anyone reading this and wondering what are these weird words I'm spouting on with, well it's hard to explain (at least I didn't bring up the Hertasi...oops). Suffice it to say the story of Valdemar (and earlier) has unfolded over 35 or so books in various series and anthologies. Needless to say, it does involve a lot! The writing over the years has been variable, but Valdemar (etc) stories are ones that I still feel compelled to continue reading. Of late the offerings have been these anthologies, where there is a story by Mercedes Lackey (and husband Larry Dixon), but where other authors have been given the chance to write as well and the general quality has been high.
I very much have enjoyed this collection and do recommend the book...the stories all stand alone, but are richer for having the background of the earlier works.
By the way, the first in the original series is Arrows of the Queen, not the first chronologically, but the first one published. Her website can direct you to the chronology, but I prefer to read these in order of publication date (also noted on her website listing). Though there are some mature themes alluded to, nothing is too graphic and they generally read like YA.
and this book added new stories to the history of Valdemar. It's nice to be able to read only one or two
short stories at a time and come back later to pick up another one. If you like M. Lackey and this world
which she created you'll probably like these stories, too.
Perhaps the challenge of writing a short story(you have to tighten up your writing considerably). Or a sense of competitiveness,(the other authors in her last short story compilation seemed to do a better job) but this one was worth buying!