- Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: DAW (June 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756403901
- ISBN-13: 978-0756403904
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Valdemar Companion Mass Market Paperback – June 6, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
John Helfers and Denise Little present The Valdemar Companion, an anthology of essays, interviews, maps, a concordance and one new novella focused on Mercedes Lackey's (Take a Thief) extensive Valdemar series. Michael Longcor discusses the "Balladeers, Buskers, and Bards" of Valdemar, and Kerrie Hughes offers a traveler's guide to Lackey's rich imaginary universe.
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Made with the active assistance of Mercedes Lackey, creator of the fantasy kingdom of Valdemar, and DAW editor Betsy Wollheim, this is about as official a companion as there could be. It is high time, too, since Valdemar is beginning to rival Darkover in the number of stories set there and in the multitude of its fans. The book's actual contents include an introduction and a new Valdemar novella by Lackey, a traveler's guide to Valdemar and environs apparently commissioned by the queen of the realm, a summary of all Valdemar novels, details on Valdemar's music and Web sites, maps of Valdemar, and a concordance of Valdemarian names and terms. Exceedingly well done, it helps keep readers unconfused while wandering the enormous fictional terrain the Valdemar oeuvre covers. It does, however, rather cry for a similar companion volume about the rest of the prolific Lackey's work. Roland Green
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If you want to be able to quickly refresh about a particular Valdemar novel, or find a certain character, THIS is the book for you. (No, you can't have my copy. It may not be a 5, but it's still mine.)
As a casual fan of the series, I don't have an exhaustive mental index of who's who, where's where, and what's what. This book has been useful as a quick reminder to keep things straight, especially as things in the most recent books seem to slide away from earlier details.
I thought the included novella was cute if somewhat incomplete given Lackey's usual eye for details.
For me this was well worth the bargin price, and perhaps even worth the cost of a paperback, although I don't know that I'd have thought it worth the original hardback price.
The 'travelers guide' is a very enjoyable read, and it is worth buying the book just for that.
I have taken to buying Misty's books in hardcover now - it is well worth the extra money to have larger print and a hardier binding that will withstand repeated reading.
If you are already of fan of Lackey's this book gives you background material that is fascinating.