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Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1)
     

Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1)

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by Mercedes Lackey
 

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The long-awaited brand new novel in the bestselling Valdemar series.In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey?s bestselling world, a thirteenyear- old 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

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The long-awaited brand new novel in the bestselling Valdemar series.In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey?s bestselling world, a thirteenyear- old 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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Library Journal

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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Praise for the Collegium Chronicles:

“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.” —Library Journal

A real page-turner.... Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.” —Booklist

An enjoyable and pleasant read.... Mags is an appealing protagonist facing challenges (and successes) with which readers will empathize." —RT Book Reviews

"Top Pick! ... A wonderful amalgam of fantasy and character study." —Night Owl Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410414281
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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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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Foundation (Collegium Chronicles Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Roxanne0506 More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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

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!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite parts of the Valdemar epic saga are the Collegium so I love that there is now an entire series based on them! Foundation is the first in a (so far) five book series set in the Collegium. While Mags is the center of the series from the Herald Collegium, the Bardic and Healer Collegiums are also at play through Mags' two best friends. Mags has spent his childhood as little more than a slave, a paid worker in name only. He has been neglected and abused his entire life and seen those around him treated the same way. In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that he had a natural knack for finding the "sparklies," life would have been even worse for him. But no matter how bad it has been for him, he has still remained kind and loyal, often sacrificing what little he has for others. And then one day, his entire life changes when a white clad Herald and a seemingly crazed horse come charging into the mine to claim him. At first, he is terrified, completely uinaware of what is happening to him. He doesn't realize that this will prove to be the best thing to ever happen to him. I love Mags,one of my all-time favorite characters in the Valdemar series. He is uneducated, but far from unintelligent. When he is finally exposed to knowledge, he soaks it up like a sponge, ever aware of how little he knows about the world around him. He has lived a life of mere survival, never experiencing anything other than mistreatment at the hands of the mine's owner. This is one of my favorites, full of mystery and intrigue and emotional characters! NOTE: The books in this saga were not published in chronlogical order, but it is on her website here, about 3/4 of the way down the page. My Recommendation: Admittedly, I am a Mercedes Lackey junkie, but this is one of my all time favorite series within the entire saga. FTC Disclosure: Regardless of how I received this book, this is an honest review based on my own opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a new Valdamar series so I am automatically disposed to like it. And I do like it, it's not fabulous but there is a lot to like. The problem is there isn't even a semblance of a ending and the subsequent book go from marginal to unreadable. This is literally the first time in my life I did not finish a series of books (that I could obtain anyway). So I would advise not to start the series. By the time I was most of the way through book 3 I honestly couldn't say the plot line had signifantly progressed or that muddled mess was worth even a few more minutes.
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