Changes (Collegium Chronicles Series #3)

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Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles.

In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous but uncaring father, one of Valdemar's most renowned Bards. And Healing Trainee Bear must struggle against his ...

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Overview

Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles.

In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous but uncaring father, one of Valdemar's most renowned Bards. And Healing Trainee Bear must struggle against his disapproving parents, who are pressuring Bear to quit the Healers' Collegium because he lacks the magical Healing Gift.

Each of the three friends must face his or her demons and find their true strength as they seek to become the full Heralds, Bards, and Healers of Valdemar.

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Editorial Reviews

Fresh Fiction
"The world of Valdemar will continue to enchant readers in the third novel of this powerful story."
Shiny Book Review
"Heralds, Companions, ethical dilemmas, some romance, and they draw you in because of Lackey’s fine writing skills."
All Booked Up
"Suffice it to say, I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407469
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 146,007
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Some of her other novels include The Gates of Sleep, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Black Swan, and The Serpent's Shadow. She lives in Oklahoma.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    where is it?

    Where is the nook book???????

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Where is the ending?

    I positively love all of her other valdemar books.....and this one does have potential, but it read like a rough draft and I truly felt like it ended in the middle of the book. All of the questions that were raised in the first books about Mags are left unanswered. a few things about mag's friends were answered, but not much....also mags speach patterns in the books were at times difficult to translate. I'm holding out the hope that the next book she writes about valdemar will recapture the magic of almost all of her previous ones.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Kirball. Lots and lots of Kirball

    Mag's story has SO much potential and the book kept diverting back to Kirball. In fact, the first 3rd of the book dealt with that. Its not that I'm not interested, but that's a side-story, to me. I'd have been happier if the focus of this book were the assassins and finding out who Mags really is...or more about the Collegeiums and how the changes there are going, with a side of Kirball. Also, I haven't checked, but if this is the last book in the series, I will be PEEVED, since there are still loads of questions unanswered. Worth reading, but not Ms. Lackey's best effort at all.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    outsanding fantasy

    Valdemar has Companions shaped like horses but are much more as they can talk to their riders, can create magical spells, and intelligently defend against enemies. Mags was an orphan who was rescued from the slavery of the mines and was chosen by the Companion Dallen to be his Rider. Right now, the teammates work for the King's Own Herald Nikolas in a blighted neighborhood.

    Nikolas pretends to be a pawn broker and Mags is his deaf mute son. They search for anyone who abetted the assassins when they failed to kill Mags or the King. The head Herald figures out that the throwaway children living in a dumpy apartment had contact with the four killers who were killed. Mags learns what the children know and Nikolas shuts him out of the case. The lad finds out more assassins plan to kidnap Nikolas' daughter who is the love of Mags' life.

    The third Collegium Chronicles (see Intrigues and Foundation) continues the coming of age fantasy saga of Mags, Bardic Trainee Lena and Healing Trainee Bear with the emphasis on the rookie Herald. The exciting story line contains a partial cliffhanger as the readers know who deploys the assassins but not why. The key cast is fully developed with background interwoven into the plot as for instance Mags is almost obsessed with a need for information about his parents; this anchors the Mercedes Lackey world of Valdemar

    Harriet

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Disappointing

    Mercedes Lackey got too much into page-filling descriptions of Kirball games, etc. The plot was really weak and in the end - nothing was resolved. The mystery of Mag's ancestry was left open, overall, just disappointing.
    This comes from an avid reader of Mercedes Lackey.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Disapointing

    I agree with a previous reviewer that this book was vastly disappointing. I have been a loyal Lackey fan for the past 15 years and I have to wonder if a ghost writer took over for her. Honestly I haven't been to thrilled with the collabrative efforts she's been doing the last few years so I have limited myself to the Valdemar series only and it would be sad if those continued in the sadly low rate style if the past 2 books. Not only did nothing actually happen in this book , there were typos on every page, which was extremly distracting, Meg seemed to get (or at least sound) stupidier with each new page and the summer that the book took place in seemed to last a millinia! Ms. Lackey, please go back to writing like you did with Talias' story. At least then it sounded like you were enthused by the world of Valdemar. Now it's as if you are just plain tired but are stuck in a writing contract with no end in sight. This made me sad

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    I can't tell if this is because it's the nook edition or if it's

    I can't tell if this is because it's the nook edition or if it's this way in the hard copy as well, but I've had issues with her publisher before (for sure in hard copy). I love the story, but the typos and silly mistakes in editing drive me nuts. "Hera;ds", "here" instead of "hear", for example. And while I understand Mags' speech is part of his character, sometimes it's almost impossible to read. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the story. These things are just throwing me out of it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Awesome Addition to the Collegium Chronicles

    I am a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey and have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I loved this book and how it started up the story again without feeling like I had waited as long as I had. However, upon finishing it I felt the lack of a true ending... I hope this isn't going to be just a trilogy as most of her story lines seem to be, and if it is I hope the next Valdemar series coincides with this so I can stop stressing about the things unknown!!! :) All in all a wonderful read. I consider it a must read if you are a fan!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    I have read the others in this series but due to the slowness of

    I have read the others in this series but due to the slowness of the whole thing and the kirball issue I've decided to wait until the next? book comes out as it feels to drawn out on the mysteries. Kind of reminds me of a soap opera where I can skip a few episodes due to being able to catch up with the missed episodes within the first few scenes. I would like to know the mystery behind Mags, who is plotting to hurt Valdamar and so on but I am tired of every little detail on facial expressions, and game coverage. A faster pace would be very nice and a lot more questions answered. So I'll wait!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    good!

    I simply love the Collegium Chronicles and this follow up is no different from the others. Mercedes Lackey did it again and this time with more gusto and passion for the plot. My imagination went wild while reading this and it is a must have for all you fantasy lovers out there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Changes

    An amazing book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    further tale of Mags of Valdemar

    I am thrilled that she is continuing this story line. bought this and Redoubt at the same time. finished both in a weekend. Can't wait for the next one! this is 2 "generations" after Vanyels death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Btandon

    Gm.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Always a pleasurre

    This third installment in the Foundations series is yet another reason why I love this author. I have been reading her books for years and have never been disappointed. The characters are still so fresh and three dimensional. There is also a bit of a reveal about some of the more mysterious powers that the Companions of Valdemar. In additions as with all of her books it is possible to jump-in in the middle of a series and not be completely clueless about what is going on. I highly recommend this for a great enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Have not had a chance to read this book yet

    Haven't resd this book yet due to a lack of time.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    great, interesting story; raises questions as it answers others;

    great, interesting story; raises questions as it answers others; excited to see the resolution of mags' heritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Reader

    One of the best series ive read

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Great

    It actually felt like I may have read this before but liked it all the same. Waiting for the next addition.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Enjoyable

    I enjoyed the book like I do all Lackey's books but found the ending to seem a little rushed.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Good to the last page

    Can hardly wait for the next book in this little series. There is a next book, isn't there?

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