- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: DAW (December 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756405289
- ISBN-13: 978-0756405281
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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This volume contains fourteen original short stories, with short author bios before each tale:
- Moving Targets by Mercedes Lackey tells of four trainees and their mentor on a routine circuit, until they receive appeals for assistance against supernatural forces.
- An Unexpected Guest by Nancy Asire describes the meeting between a man and a woman bound by destiny.
- The Power of Three by Brenda Cooper discloses the bond between twins training as a Bard and a Healer.
- What Fire Is by Janni Lee Simner is about two children who have Talents within ancient Karse.
- Dreams of Mountain Clover by Mickey Zucker Reichert relates the quest of a humble woman searching for a cure for old age.
- The Cheat by Richard Lee Byers reveals the means by which a swordsmaster provides his students with unfair advantages.
- A Dream Deferred by Kristin Schwengel takes a horse trainer on a foray to rescue some kyree cubs.
- The Sworddancer by Michael Z. Williamson recounts the trials of young swordmaidens during a time of war.
- Broken Bones by Stephanie Shaver leads a bard to talk to a moody woman with a secret.
- Live On by Tanya Huff has a young Herald escort a much older Herald to a wedding, with unexpected results.
- Passage at Arms by Rosemary Edghill involves a young Herald trainee who knows that she will never be nice.
- Heart, Home and Hearth by Sarah Hoyt and Kate Paulk brings a boy and a young hobgoblin to someone in need to their services.
- Haven's Own by Fionna Patton confronts a young watchman with a local tragedy that is likely to lead to armed conflict.
- Widdershins by Judith Tarr puts an ordinary Herald and a young trainee into an inadvertent magical spell.
These stories consider many aspects of Valdemar. Naturally, most are about Heralds, Bards and Healers, but other involve common people. These stories are uplifting with positive endings, even when they end in death.
Most of these authors are well known to the readers of these Valdemar anthologies. Collectively, they present an interesting and worthy set of adventures in this milieu.
The next installment in this sequence is Changing the World.
Highly recommended for Valdemar fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of low technology, magical oddities, and psionic talents. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
On a technical level, on my Kindle Fire there were a few line break hyphens that were no longer at the end of lin-es.