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Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This is a great Valdemar tale

The Pieter family takes into their home infant orphan Mags, but not out of the kindness of their hearts they see the lad as labor toiling long hours in their dangerous gemstone mine seeking sparklies. They abuse the child as they do other strays that have no champion ...
The Pieter family takes into their home infant orphan Mags, but not out of the kindness of their hearts they see the lad as labor toiling long hours in their dangerous gemstone mine seeking sparklies. They abuse the child as they do other strays that have no champion to protect ragtag nothings from horrific conditions. However, Mags is even lower than these pathetic strays as he is the Bad Blood offspring of dead outlaws according to the family since he was found in a cradle in a camp.---------- Everything abruptly changes for Mags when men on white horses ride into the Pieter compound they take the lad with them so he can train to become a Herald Trainee. However, the adjustment proves nearly impossible as Mags is unable to deal with, comfort or attend classes at the Herald's Collegium as his world was bread, water and the mine. However his companion Dallen helps him somewhat adapt, but this may prove too late as Mags is pulled into dangerous political intrigues by the Heralds divided in many ways but especially between tradition of one on one training vs. a classroom however the former mine worker finds the schism beyond his understanding except he is an expert on survival.------------- This is a great Valdemar tale due to Mags who may not comprehend the ways of the Heralds or their dispute, but knows how to live through anything. The story line is especially fascinating during Mags┬┐ time with the Pieters as ignorance is bliss since he does not know of anything but mine living. When the Heralds take him away as a student, he is shocked to have a consistently filled stomach and a new reason to survive. Although the story line is a bit thin in comparison with all the action of previous saga entries, fans will relish Mercedes Lackey deep fantasy character study with its analogy to winning in Middle East starts with first feeding people, then teaching them to fish in order to win their stomach, mind and heart in that order.---------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2008

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Good Book In A Wonderful Universe

This book came out a while ago and I always meant to pick it up every time I went to the bookstore. Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors and her Valdemar books are amongst my favorite books of all time. So when this book came out I was so excited that I started...
This book came out a while ago and I always meant to pick it up every time I went to the bookstore. Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors and her Valdemar books are amongst my favorite books of all time. So when this book came out I was so excited that I started bouncing in my chair as I was reading about it. Then life set in and I didn't pick up until recently.


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, 2009

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

    Arrrrgggghhhh! Next, PLEASE!

    I've been an avid Valdemar fan since its first inception. I've read all of the books so many times that I've had to replace even the hardbacks occasionally! That said, this was a very frustrating book for me to read since it is obviously only the beginning of a new chapter in Valdemar's story.<BR/><BR/>As always, Lackey's characters and their backgrounds are completely engaging. The book draws you in and holds your attention from the very first page. However, as I turned the last page, I wanted to have a royal temper tantrum. "What??? Is that all???" And to add insult to injury, I can find nothing posted on any of Lackey's sites about this series, much less when the next book will emerge.<BR/><BR/>Therefore, if you're a reader possessing little patience, I would advise you to wait until the follow-up to "Foundation" hits the shelves before purchasing this book. If you can't wait however long that might be, don't say I didn't warn you! LOL<BR/><BR/>It's a great story and I can't wait to have the chance to read it from beginning to end... I'm certain it will be worth the wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Is this the 1st book?~Kiki:}

    Help!!!!!!!!!!!;(

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Another fine fantasy with mercedes lackey

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Finding about the Collegium

    For the fans of the Valdemar series it was one of the mysteries, why was the Collegium built. From the first pages Lackley confronts us with social problems. She usually starts by introducing the character and several problems that are going to be adressed.
    The insight of a childs view point is very intresing. Everybody has been a child. It is easy to relate to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    As usual, Mercedes Lackey delivers.

    This book follows the typical companion finds/rescues its chosen, but then it takes off in it's own direction. I hate that the book leaves you hanging at the end and the next in the series is not out yet.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1)

    Ms Lackey has done a wonderful job in showing how the Herald's Collegium was founded!
    Can't wait for part 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2009

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    Wonderful Read

    I started reading books by Ms. Lackey over 20 years ago, and I must say, for me the Valdemar series is by far my favorite!!! Thoroughly enjoyed this story. I don't remember Mags from any of the other Valdemar reading, but I do remember an inkling of some of the other characters. I also appreciate how the ending was left opened just enough for another adventure.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

    First in a new series

    This was a very good book with engaging characters. However, it was rather obviously the start of a trilogy and the plot, though fun, was rather light on the actual action and heavy on the set-up. I really enjoyed another look in the world and the history of the Heralds and am anticipating the next books in the series to answer some of the questions posed by this book. Fortunately, it ended well enough that I will be able to survive until the rest of the books are published.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Valdemar Homecoming

    Mercedes Lackey delivers another wonderful tale of a downtrodden youth discovering that he has worth as a human being, and is a valuable asset to his kingdom.

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