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Mercedes Lackey's sequel to her 2002 release Exile's Honor delves deeper into the life of the legendary weaponsmaster Alberich, the former heroic Karse army captain now living in exile in Valdemar. Once an archenemy of Valdemar's white-clad Heralds, the hardheaded soldier now teaches young Valdermarans the art of warfare.
In Exile's Valor, Alberich works double duty protecting the young Queen Selenay from power-hungry Council members who would like to usurp her power and from foreign spies who have infiltrated Haven and are looking for potential weaknesses in the young queen's administration. By day, Alberich works as weaponsmaster to the students at the Collegium; by night, he goes undercover into the city's dark and potentially deadly backstreet taverns and brothels. While incognito, Alberich uncovers a terrible plot that includes young Valdermaran nobles, a troupe of actors, and elaborately coded messages.
As usual with every novel in the series, this new offering sheds light on yet another facet of the extensive history and culture of the literary gem that is Valdemar -- one of the most fully realized realms in all of fantasy. And while much more is learned about familiar characters -- like Alberich, Myste, and Talamir -- Lackey keeps the novel fresh by introducing great new characters like Norris, an egomaniacal actor/spy who enjoys espionage almost as much as seducing women, and Mical, a spirited student of Alberich's at the Collegium whose enthusiasm gets him into big trouble.
Exile's Valor is classic Mercedes -- top-of-the-line fantasy. Paul Goat Allen