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Author: Nick Podehl,Mercedes Lackey
ISBN: 1423307941
Language: English
Category: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (May 1, 2009)
Rating: 4.6
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Mercedes Lackey (Author), Nick Podehl (Reader). If you enjoyed the first and second books of the collegium series Foundations and Intrigues you will enjoy this continuation of Mags' journey

Mercedes Lackey (Author), Nick Podehl (Reader). Book 3 of 5 in the Valdemar Series. Mercedes Lackey is the author of the Valdemar series, including Take a Thief and Exile's Honor. She is the coauthor, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. If you enjoyed the first and second books of the collegium series Foundations and Intrigues you will enjoy this continuation of Mags' journey. Settled in to his life at the Collegium, Mags continues to ferrite out the mystery of his origins and the weapon like assassins that have been stalking Haven.

Intrigues: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2. Mercedes Lackey. Lackey is perhaps best known for her long-running series about the fantasy kingdom Valdemar, and this set of five books are her most recent addition to the saga.

Mercedes Lackey (Author), Nick Podehl (Reader). Book 5 of 5 in the Valdemar Series. Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel).

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A series of Valdemar. This series focuses on the founding of the Heralds' Collegium through the eyes of a former mine slave, Mags. A series of Valdemar.

The collegium chronicles.

FOUNDATION The Collegium Chronicles. by Mercedes Lackey Read by Nick Podehl. The Valdemar fantasy series resumes. Past experience with the series is not essential for understanding this new offering but would provide useful background. In FOUNDATION, 13-year-old Mags, who is chosen by Dallen, a Companion, is rescued from the mine where he is a virtual slave. When he begins his schooling at the Collegium, he finds he has a lot of catching up to do. Nick Podehl uses a full-steam-ahead narrative pace.

Mags had been working at the Pieters’s mine, slaving in the dark, cold seams, looking for sparklies, for as long as he could remember. The children who worked the mine were orphans, kids who had been abandoned, who had lost their parents, or were generally unwanted. But Mags was different.

Mags was “Bad Blood,” because his parents were bandits who had been killed in a raid by the Royal Guard. “Bad Blood” because he’d been found in a cradle in the bandits’s camp. Blood so bad that no one had wanted to take him in except Cole Pieters. When he was big enough to see over the sides of the sluices he had gone to work at the mine. Mags knew nothing of the world beyond the mine, and was unaware of how unusual his paltry existence was. Then some strangers on huge white horses forced their way past the Pieters family and carried him away to Haven to become a Herald Trainee.

Suddenly the whole world opened up for him. He was warm and well fed for the first time in his life, and he had Dallen, his Companion, who seemed more miraculous than an angel. But the world of the Collegium was not all heavenly. There was political upheaval in Valdemar’s capital, for the court had been infiltrated by foreign “diplomats,” who seemed to be more interested in seeding discontent than in actual diplomacy…and Mags seemed to be the only one who’d noticed.…

Comments (7)
digytal soul
Mmph... 2.5 stars. ????

Maybe I'm spoiled? The first ML books I read were back in the early 90's. They had a different feel than this. A very different feel. They were grown up and the plot had a real goal fairly early on. In fact, this came off as ML doing Harry Potter, and... ew! Please no!

There isn't much character development, really, which actually confused me by the time I reached the end. I felt like I still didn't know much about the main character, his motives, and usually his feelings. He could've just as well been a dog or cat for as little opinion as he has to anything, and even then I've read books where the main characters are either animal and are still better developed.

I sincerely hope this book is a case of "book one syndrome", as I call it. Meaning the whole purpose of the book is to... well, basically do no more than be an intro. I hate when that happens because I have no real way to know if this is really the pace and style of the whole story or only the first of the series "introducing" the reader.

I seriously hope that's it, because I bought the whole series. Every book except 1 was full price. I hate it when I spend full price and get hosed by a crap story, especially when it's by an author I've otherwise enjoyed before and respect.

We'll see how this goes in the next book, and hopefully the meat of it doesn't get held back until the very end. Because that's lame.
I recently read Mercedes Lackey's five-volume series "The Collegium Chronicles." The books, in order, are:


Here, why don't I jot down a few words about the entire series, and not just the first book (no plot spoilers).

Lackey is perhaps best known for her long-running series about the fantasy kingdom Valdemar, and this set of five books are her most recent addition to the saga. The Valdemar books overall don't have to be read in any particular order; the series is made up of both sets of books (usually trilogies) and individual titles that are semi-independent of one another. However, it perhaps makes the most sense to read the stories in chronological order according to the history of the kingdom. The Collegium Chronicles , while the most recently written about Valdemar, take place fairly early in the history of the country.

It's been quite some time since I visited Valdemar, and I was quite happy to go back again. I've enjoyed the previous stories I've read very much, and had been thinking of doing a complete reading of the entire series in chronological order, so I had no problem in jumping in with these, since they detail an earlier portion of the country's time-line.

And---in general, I found the books to be quite enjoyable. I liked the main character and found his adventures to be quite interesting. While reviews for the series were mixed, this was in large part due to the leisurely pace of the stories, with unfinished plot points left hanging at the end of each of the first four volumes. Since these were published at a rate of about one book per year, some readers were very frustrated about all these loose ends regarding the primary plot, which dealt with the mystery of where Mags came from, who he was, and why strangers were hunting him down.

However, since I had the entire stack of books at hand, this wasn't an issue for me---as soon as I finished one I was able to jump right into the next.

Now, Lackey does have quite a knack for getting into her characters' heads, and imagining in complete detail the running commentary that fills their minds as they go about their daily tasks. In one sense this is a plus---we really get to see how these characters think. Problem is---she writes it all down, whether it has anything to do with advancing the plot or not! And this does tend to pad out her books to a certain degree.

I love the stories and fantasy realms Mercedes comes up with---I can only wish I had such an imagination. But I think she suffers from the same problem as a number of other very popular and prolific authors, in that her publisher doesn't seem to edit her any more, and as a result there's a LOT in her books that could be trimmed to make for a much tighter story.

Oh, I don't mind getting a moderate amount of unnecessary detail---I enjoy losing myself in these fantasy worlds. But I do have to admit that when we're talking about the mechanics of quality, first-rate writing, her books would be better with a strong editor at the helm.

For instance---in one of these books, there was a passage written about how the villains were able to hide their wagon from the eyes of the good guys. The description went on in detail for an entire page, but---we simply don't need to know this! It had nothing to do with the plot---just two or three sentences about this would have been quite sufficient.

Now---while each book was of a reasonable length, averaging out to 330 pages or so, all together this story did NOT need five volumes to be told. The text could have been edited and tightened down to four volumes. Heck, the complete tale could probably even have been knocked down to three 400-page books.

So, that is my primary reservation about the stories. But on the other hand, I enjoyed them despite problems in pacing, so I'll happily recommend these for those who enjoy Mercedes' work. There are still a lot of Valdemar books I haven't read yet, and I fully intend to continue on with the series.
Mercedes Lackey has been my go to for great stories, characters, and world building for years. She does not disappoint in book one of this series.

Readers of her other novels in Valdemar's will be familiar with the places, people, and magic she uses. If you're a first time reader I feel like the background and history will be missing which would add a richness to this story.

I really like how in each of her stories the main characters are so different from each other, they are very memorable and don't fall into easy tropes. In this story, the main character Mags, is a solemn and reserved person observing more than speaking a lot of the book is very internal. It is refreshing because it's like meditating in a familiar setting (Valdemar's) but seeing it with a new perspective.

However, I'm not fond of the main character's name as trivial as that may sound. It feels like the third instance of using this name. I feel like she could have been more creative in that area.

Overall a great first book. Looking forward to the second.
I was pretty excited about a new series from Mercedes Lackey. And while I've loved the Valdemar books from the beginning, this entire series disappointed me. It's Mercedes Lackey, so it's not going to be horrible! The ideas are good, and I like that the story is set at a time close to the founding of the Herald's Collegium, when Valdemar is undergoing enormous change. The characters are good, the conflicts are good. But the books are flat, redundant, and the kids are whiney (which is realistic), but - meh. The book (all five in the series) reads as if it is written for younger readers - even younger than Y.A. She's told coming-of-age stories in a more exciting, faster-paced way in the past. The five books could have been three.
I have read and reread all of the early Valdemar books and I enjoyed them all. I still get misty reading "The Last Herald Mage!" I am only into book #2 of this trilogy, but must say that I am disappointed. It is gorged with minutiae. Even the Companions have little to do but gossip and grouse. This series is a good fit, however, in the scheme of things. It fills part of the gap between the Last Herald Mage and Elspeth's appearance much later. If you follow Lackey's Valdemar, it is a required read; even though it lacks in substance.