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Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2003
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This high-quality anthology mixes pieces by experienced authors and enthusiastic fans of editor Lackey's Valdemar. The stories range throughout the entire history of Valdemar, from the Mage Wars on, and display charm, imagination, and honest sentiment. The title story, by Lackey, is an interesting epilogue to two of her recent novels, Exile's Honor [BKL S 15 02] and Exile's Valor [BKL O 15 03]. Other notable efforts by professionals are Nancy Asire's "The Cat Who Came to Dinner" (Valdemar fandom is definitely biased toward feline fanciers); "In the Eye of the Beholder," by Josepha Sherman; and "Icebreaker," by Rosemary Edghill. Fans' work includes Michael Longcor's "True Colors," in which one may detect the influence of his background in the famed fantasy-world realization affiliation, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and "Errold's Journey" by Catherine S. McMullen, a 12-year-old who well may have a long career ahead of her. Valdemar fandom, especially, will revel in this sterling example of what such a mixture of fans' and pros' work can be. Frieda Murray
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First, the editing is atrocious. I'm not sure if the print edition had better copy editors, but whoever proofed the e-version must have had a roaring hangover. Don't get me wrong: I'm hardly perfect and I can often read over a paragraph several times and still miss a glaring typo. But the fact is that typographical and syntactical errors are distracting, and if I were one of the authors, I'd be embarrassed. To be fair, it's not like there were errors on every page, but I caught more than a handful...and there's just no excuse.
There were some continuity issues. For example, one of the tales dealt with the concept of reincarnation and the Havens. It flat-out said that a herald is never reborn while people who remember him or her are still alive. Considering that we were all but smacked in the face with the fact that Stefan = Tylendal during the Herald Mage series - and considering that we were reminded of them when Karal and company imported the ghosts during the Storm - I'm not sure how that one could have slipped past Lackey! And though I'm not going to go into them, there were other discrepancies too. (Not major ones, necessarily, just niggling little details.)
Finally, while most of the tales were enjoyable, there were a couple that were...not great. Errold's Journey was written by a 12-year-old girl - and it showed. Understand, she did an incredible job for a sixth grader, but it's not something this adult reviewer would have paid money for. She will grow up - possibly *has* grown up - into a wonderful writer, but it lacked depth and color. It sounded childish. Another that I didn't care for was Winter Death. It was an interesting story, and not bad, precisely, but the flavor of it was all wrong. It didn't "feel" like Valdemar, and the foreignness of it all was jarring.
But all that said, I'm not sorry to have read this collection. It was a pleasant escape into a few more as-yet-unglimpsed corners of Valdemar in perfect little bite-sized pieces. The brightest jewel was Lackey's Sun in Glory, which shows us Talia becoming a Sun Priest. (I had read the Storm trilogy years ago and was very sorry that that story wasn't included since it sounded so interesting and significant.) While a little more care with the writing and editing of this anthology would have been appreciated, when I needed a dose of Valdemar, Sun in Glory sufficed nicely.
IRENE FROM TN