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Owlknight (Owl Mage Trilogy Series #3)
     

Owlknight (Owl Mage Trilogy Series #3)

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by Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon
 

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From fantasy legends Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon comes the third and final volume in a powerful saga charged with war and magic, life and love....

Two years after his parents disappearance, Darian has sought refuge and training from the mysterious Hawkbrothers. Now he has opened his heart to a beautiful young healer. Finally Darian has found

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From fantasy legends Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon comes the third and final volume in a powerful saga charged with war and magic, life and love....

Two years after his parents disappearance, Darian has sought refuge and training from the mysterious Hawkbrothers. Now he has opened his heart to a beautiful young healer. Finally Darian has found peace and acceptance in his life. That is, until he learns that his parents are still alive-and trapped behind enemy borders....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest collaboration between the creator of the Valdemar universe and her husband concludes the trilogy begun with Owlflight and Owlsight. Grown to maturity in the multispecies woodland settlement of k'Valdemar Vale, Darian Firkin has become a knight as well as a Master Mage to increase both his influence with neighboring tribes and his prestige within Valdemar. Darian's work in government gives way to travel when he finds hints that his parents, whom he believed dead, may be alive in the North. He sets off to discover their fate. Keisha, Darian's lover and a town healer, joins him, along with a crew of companions, but she remains of two minds about the future of their relationship because of her belief that marriage demands a woman's subordination. More action is provided by the lovers' encounters with various threats, including with a marauding tribe, the Wolverines, who are both vicious and intelligent. Valdemar is now an immensely well-developed world, and the book is full of dry wit and rich detail--about, say, the bathing habits of gryphons and the sarcastic, telepathic dyheli, deerlike sapient beings. The effect is marred by too much New Age sensitivity and didactic feminism, however, making the novel cloying for all but Valdemar devotees. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
The third book in an untitled series, Owlknight once again follows the adventures of Darian and Keisha. The two, as foreshadowed in Owlsight (DAW, 1998/VOYA February 1999), are now lovers. Keisha has become a fullfledged Healer, and early in the book, the Owlknight Darian passes the test that makes him a Master Mage. Two Heralds have been assigned to the Vale; one is Keisha's sister, Shandi. Major celebrations are planned for this big event, exciting for the inhabitants of the Vale but very tedious reading. Nearly half the book describes the preparations in such detail that only anthropologists of imaginary culture might be interested. The adventures of the latter part of the book are much more eventful and riveting. Darian finds a clue as to the whereabouts of his parents, who disappeared when he was a teen, and a rather large party sets out to the North to look for them. It is difficult to keep track of this huge cast of characters. The authors seem to assume that because some characters were introduced in the earlier books, readers can remember all the details. Owlknight probably will be enjoyed only by Lackey's aficionados, particularly those who are fans of her other Valdemar novels. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 1999, DAW, Ages 16 to Adult, 400p, $24.95. Reviewer: Marlyn Roberts
KLIATT
Darian Firkin is now head of the new Hawkbrother Vale of k'Valdemar. Keisha, his lover, is a full-fledged healer. Plans are in order to welcome two new Heralds assigned to the area. In the midst of all the revelry, Darian discovers a clue to his parents' whereabouts these past six years and mounts an expedition to the northland to find out what happened to them. After many trials and tribulations, the search party finds his father and mother living in a far-north barbarian village. After helping his parents' new village fend off a marauding Mage and his barbarians, Darian and his group head home to plan Darian's and Keisha's wedding. A satisfying conclusion to the series, marred only by some unresolved questions from the earlier two books. They don't really affect this story line but readers may wish they knew what happened with the whole cast of characters, not just the leads. May mean other "side" series are planned, though. Once again, this is a great coming-of-age saga, perfect for YA fantasy fans. It is necessary to read all three in order to keep the large cast of characters straight. Best where there are already Valdemar fans. Book 3 of The Owl Trilogy. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, DAW, 450p, 18cm, $6.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Sherry S. Hoy; Libn., Tuscarora Jr. H.S., Mifflintown, PA, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
Library Journal
When he discovers a clue that might lead him to the whereabouts of his missing parents, Master Mage Darien travels with the apprentice Herald Shandi and several allies to the barbarian lands far to the north, where he finds his diplomatic and magical skills tested to their fullest. Continuing the tale begun in Owlflight and Owlsight, Lackey's latest novel set in the world of Valdemar exhibits the author's characteristic attention to detail and character development. This welcome addition to the series belongs in most fantasy collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886779160
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Owl Mage Trilogy Series , #3
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
341,549
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

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Owlknight (Owl Mage Trilogy Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is the concluding book in the Owl Mage series, that began with Owlflight and continues in Owlsight, so you should read those first. I'm a fan of Lackey's Valdemar books, and for a fan this is well worth the read. What's best about it, I think, is the world-building. In this story we get to see more beyond the Heralds and horse-shaped companions of the first books, and it's fun to see the fleshing out of the Hawkbrothers, the gryphons, the dyheli, and she's good at giving a sense of an alien sensibility with those last. There's also innovative, inventive magic in this trilogy I enjoy. I certainly enjoyed the novels, including this conclusion, and it's better than many a published fantasy out there. If I'm only giving this 3 stars, it's because I think there is better among Lackey's works, and Darian's story never quite touches me the way say Talia's and Vanyel's did. (Talia's story is the first of the Valdemar books, begun in Arrows of the Queen, and if you've never read Lackey's Valdemar tales, that's where I'd start)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Ms. Lackey's Valdemar books, and this one was no exception. But in the 'Owl____' series, I found myself skimming over huge chunks of laboriously described details, especially at the beginning of the books. It seems as though the stories would have been very entertaining novellas, but loads of minutia was added to expand them into novels. The details were well-written, but they didn't do enough to move the plot along, and I found myself wanting to get to something that MEANT SOMETHING! The books are either 'slice of life' or they're plot-driven. We've come to expect plot-driven books from Ms. Lackey, so this attempt to be both was a bit frustrating. Still, it made for a pleasant evening's entertainment, and was great to read while relaxing in a bathtub.
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