Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, a thirteen-year­old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust ...
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Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1)

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Overview

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, a thirteen-year­old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.






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For as long as he could remember, Mags had labored, along with other children, in the gem mines-underfed, overworked, and constantly reminded of his good fortune for having a place in the world despite of his mysterious "Bad Blood." The appearance of a King's Herald and a magnificent white steed with blue eyes changes Mags's life and introduces him to the rarified existence of an apprentice Herald, complete with his Companion Dallen, the sentient horselike mount. Returning to her beloved Valdemar universe, Lackey opens her new series at a pivotal time in the history of Valdemar, when the education of Heralds is changing and dangers from other lands are felt in the court and on the training field. Series fans will enjoy the variations on a familiar theme, while enough information is presented for first-timers to discover a world of high adventure and individual courage. Highly recommended.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101117767
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 27,514
  • File size: 426 KB

Meet the Author


Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.
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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    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 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    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 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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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.
    __BUT__
    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 19, 2013

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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 January 18, 2011

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    Loved it!

    This is a great book! The first in a new series about Valdemar, Companions, and Heralds. The main character (Mags) is very likable and easy to identify with. The other characters in the book are great too, espescially Dallen, his Companion! As you read, you feel as if you are also a part of the action.

    I definately would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy/adventure or to anyone who is a fan of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    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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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Can't wait for the sequel

    I can't wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next. I love this series of books. They are fun adventure with out lots of blood and sex I can pass them to my grandkids with out worrying about content. Full of adventure and good characters.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    mixed feelings but great reading anyway

    My opinion is somehow biased, having read all of the "Valdemar" novels, so I was a little starving for any new stories set in this universe.

    As someone else already noted, the plot follows the usual cliche: someone gets rescued from a miserable setting by a Companion and is brought to the Collegium to be trained into being a Herald. It is a good introduction to this universe as any other novel starting its own story arc.

    It may be worth noting that in the novel there are the seeds for a mistery to be uncovered in the following books, as well as the story on how and why the Collegium was built and many references to the other novels, giving the regular readers a sense of consistency with the whole of the Valdemar milieu.

    Look forward reading the next books in the series.

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

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    Not Among Her Best

    If you're already a fan of Lackey or her Valdemar books, this one will read like a dozen before it: a young person is abused and/or impoverished and escapes their desperate circumstances when they're chosen by a companion (read, magical horse) and learns that as a result they will be trained to become one of the celebrated Heralds admired and respected throughout the realm. This particular story is set after the Last Herald Mage stories with Vanyel and before the original set of stories with Talia. No character from either of those sets overlaps here, so I think you could read this one without having read the other Valdemar books, but I just don't think this story is as strong as the others and thus wouldn't make a good introduction. That said, it's entertaining enough I'll certainly be trying the next book in this trilogy when its published.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    A wonderful new series

    Foundation is another wonderful addition to Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books. It is set at the time of the founding of the Collegiums, when the Heralds, Bards, and Healers are just beginning to learn to work together to train the next generation of students. Though some of Lackey's recent books have been a little lacking, this book has the feel of her older works with vibrant characters, interesting plots, and intrigue. It gives the country of Valdemar a fresh feeling, as if we're discovering it for the first time. This book is a new favorite of mine, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.

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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 February 7, 2010

    Wonderful easy read!

    absolutely loved can not waite for the next one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 19, 2009

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    Filling in the blanks in a hitorical fantasy series

    One always wonders how things got from here to there. Reading about the mythical kingdom of Valdemar evokes questions. As new books come forth, the author seems to create senarios which answer those questions. Here, Foundation delves into the past to fill in blanks.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Excellent

    This book is wonderful. It is an excellent read.

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