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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
This is a great Valdemar tale
posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
A Good Book In A Wonderful Universe
This is the first book of a series that takes place between the Last Herald Mage trilogy (my favorite) and the stand alone book, Burning Brightly. Now for those of you who aren't familiar with the Valdemar books that probably won't make much sense to you. Just know that it takes place before most of her other Valdemar books.
The book takes place while the new Heralds Collegium is being built along with a new Bardic and Healer Collegiums. The main protagonist is a typical example of what can be found throughout the Valdemar books. Mags is a young man who has been living, working as a virtual slave in gem mines. The description of his daily life is monstrous and this causes you to take an instant liking to him. Well that and the fact that he is generous and kind without thinking about it. That he in very small ways tries to look out for the younger children and thinks about others more than most kids in his situation would.
The rest of the story is typical (by which I mean wonderful) of these books. Young man is Chosen by one of the wondrous Companions to become a Herald in the service of Valdemar (the kingdom they live in). The young Herald Trainee goes to Haven (capital city) to start training and is caught up in a situation that tests their skill and courage. I say typical because this is the way a lot of the books start. There is a reason for it though, it works for the type of characters that Heralds are. Heralds have to be tough, resilient, and kind. Now not all the Heralds come from a miserable background but would that make a good story?
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series as I always love to read the history of a Kingdom I want to live in, about the Heralds I want to be like, and about right trumping wrong.
posted by Ryan_G on October 29, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2014
Unless you seriously love Lackey, don't bother...
I have loved all of the Valdemar books and re-read them over and over. This book fits comfortably in with the other first-of-a-trilogy books and gives us another unlikely child hero in Mags that feels a lot like Talia's intro. A generally interesting, if predictably formulaic story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is actually the first of 5 books and each is worse than the last! There is enough storyline for mabe two books, so there are long unneccesry descriptions, multiple flashbacks in the other books, and a lot of side stories to try to fill space. While this book alone is okay, you will naturally want to read the rest and find yourself sucked into poorer and poorer writing. If you are a Valdemar fan, I doubt you will heed this warning (I didnt!) but really....
Just skip them.
I know you have faithfully read all the others but this set is just awful. M. Lacky should be embarrssed to have her name on them and I am annoyed that I bought them rather than libraried them. I dont know if she has ghost-writers or just doesn't care, but these books contradicted previous ones in some of the basic 'rules' of the world of Valdemar and dismissed others. I was disappointed by this first book but dismayed then disgusted by the others. I hope M.Lackey comes to her senses, repudiates these, and writes us a new trilogy that is as novel and compelling as the Arrows and Magic books to make up for this sham story.