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Redoubt (Collegium Chronicles Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Life at the Heralds' Collegium in Haven has definitely improved for Mags. He's even become something of a hero since risking his own life to rescue Amily--daughter of Nikolas, the King's Own Herald--from Karsite kidnappers. But Mags still doesn't know who his parents were, and Bear, Mags' Trainee friend, was not one to let him forget: "You gotta deal with your past Mags, you have to. If you don't, it'll just keep coming back to haunt you, and ...
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Redoubt (Collegium Chronicles Series #4)

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Overview

Life at the Heralds' Collegium in Haven has definitely improved for Mags. He's even become something of a hero since risking his own life to rescue Amily--daughter of Nikolas, the King's Own Herald--from Karsite kidnappers. But Mags still doesn't know who his parents were, and Bear, Mags' Trainee friend, was not one to let him forget: "You gotta deal with your past Mags, you have to. If you don't, it'll just keep coming back to haunt you, and one day it'll do something to you that you can't get out of."

Mags began his special training as Nikolas' undercover partner and future spy for the crown. Disguised, they work at night in one of the seedier parts of Haven, where Nikolas had set up a false identity as a pawnbroker and fence. Mags poses as his deaf-mute nephew, covertly watching and listening from behind the desk. He was especially good at the trait that had kept him alive as a child laborer in the gem mine--ferreting out hidden motives.

Now Mags has graduated to a new role: Nikolas' partner and information broker. Mags channels his old cunning self from the mines and discovers that he's quite good at his new job. So good, in fact, that Nikolas decides to let him open the shop alone one hot, summer night. Mags has barely unlocked the shop when everything goes black in a blinding flash of pain.

He wakes with an agonizing headache, bound, blindfolded, in a conveyance of some kind. But worst of all, he's head-blind. No Mindspeech--he can't even sense Dallen. And if he can't sense or hear Dallen, then no one can sense him. And if no one can sense him, no one can come to his rescue.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist

“A real page-turner…. Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.”
Romantic Times

“Has everything you’d expect in a Valdemar book…and it’s wonderful.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101597583
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 26,070
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Enjoyed this

    I found that the Nook copies of the Coligium series are edited versions that have less content than the bound versions. To me, this definitely detracts fom my level of enjoymrnt! I PAYED to read the entire novels, not shortened versions of them. I realized this when I re-read eiher "Intriges' or "Changes". That was quite frustrating. However, I still found all of these novels enjoyable. Please put the entitre book online, or post up-front that a novel has been edited for content.

    37 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Surprisingly disappointed

    I have always enjoyed Mercedes Lackey books. She is one of my favourite authors; however, I was sadly disappointed with this latest book. The story, while yet true to her writing style, did not move at the same pace as the others in the Valdemar series. The middle of the book suddenly drops the storyline from taking place in Haven and suddenly Mags is drugged/kidnapped... I was surprised at this turn of events when I know Mercedes Lackey's books have always been well written/explained.
    IF what another reviewer states is true (that the Nook copies of the books are not the full versions) then I highly suggest that if you want to read this book, buying a hard copy is the best bet. If it is not true, then I hope this isn't indicative of any future books in the series. I will miss the series, but will not be spending money on something that is not even a full book. Sorely disappointed...

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan, and Mags' story is one of the b

    I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan, and Mags' story is one of the best. I have waited a while for Redoubt to come out and it received it in the mail this morning. Great read and I think I can safely say that we haven't finished with Mags yet.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Less Than Good

    As a long time reader of Ms lackey's books I find I am buying less and less of her books. This type of book is why. There is simply more and more fill and less and less story. When you compare the quality of this book with one of her earlier ones such as The Black Gryphon the difference in the quality is very apparent. The abrupt change in the middle of the book from Valdemar to the kidnapped Mags was confusing to say the least. Add that to all the filler of games and parties and you end up with a book of not much substance. I have long since quit buying any of Ms Lackey's books except the Valdemar ones and it looks like I won't be purchasing them any more either.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Good but still somewhat dissappointing

    I have collected and read all of Ms. Lackeys novels in both print form and ebook form. This book is good but lacks the flavorful content of her earlir novels. I must agree with a few of the previous comments. This novel seems more fluff than true substance. Everyone of these Collegium Chronicles novels always seems to end abruptly with little closure and nothing to lead us into the next installment (how many more are there?) of the series. To me...of all the novels she has writtem..my favorites are probably the Mage Winds trilogy and the Storms Trilogy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Awesome!

    Awesome! But now how much longer do we have to wait for the next book.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Too short

    So, Mags parents were running but from what?

    Is Mags an unoffical White Robe? He accepted the Light of the Sunlord.

    Do you think we will ever get lowdown on the fall of the true Son of the Sun and history of Karse? Bet there could be some great stories about these true Red Robes!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Pretty good

    While Redoubt may not be as good as other entries in the Valdemar series, it was still enjoyable. Redoubt is moving past the feel of an introductory book, and starts to treat the reader as someone who is familiar with the world and peoples it deals with.

    As with any book in a series, I suggest starting with the first book, never in the middle. While Redoubt does suffer from re-introducing all the characters so you could just pick it up and read it, you will get more out of it if you start from the beginning. For those who've made it this far, it was an enjoyable read. Not too complex, and the characters don't get the growth of others like Vanyel, Elspeth, or Kerowyn it was still worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Loved it

    Love the whole series cant wait for more

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    More Mags Please

    This latest installment in the collegium series gives Mags new challenges plus more clues and mysteries about his origins. Cant wait for the sequal to this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    Another good read!

    Finally we find out where he's from!!

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I have always enjoyed Mercedes Lackeys books.  However, there ha

    I have always enjoyed Mercedes Lackeys books.  However, there has been a dramatic change in writing styles in the last few.  The first book in this series was just plain boring, but I took a chance on the second one because I wanted to give her a chance to develop the story.  The second and third books were somewhat better.   While the character development is good, the storylines don't always hold together well.  This fourth book was the worst.  The action in the last third of the book just doesn't make sense (even after several re-readings).  Also, why are long quoted sections from previous books (in italics) being included?  Simply to make the book longer?  

    I read in other reviews that the Nook version is possibly abridged!!?  That is exactly what it felt like.  If this is true, Nook owners are being cheated!   Nook books are not inexpensive and those of us with Bn memberships do not get discounts.  I am going to check my Nook version with the hardcover to confirm this.  If it is true, I will be lodging a serious complaint with BN.

    By the way, I'm in the middle of reading her "Home from the Sea" and she is continuing to put in PAGES of quotes from previous books.   It's boring and just bad (or lazy) writing.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    While I loved the 1st book in the series, a couple of the sequel

    While I loved the 1st book in the series, a couple of the sequels seem to lack in detail and story line and you don't get a serious feeling of tension and seem to be more placeholders than really moving the plot ahead. I think this may be in part that these are smaller books possibly geared for younger readers. This one does move things ahead and you learn more about Mags' history from the folks that kidnap him. I do look forward to the next book in the series but I may hold off and wait for the paperback or get it in nook form.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    just finish it!

    I have read most of Mercedes books and have loved all of them, but this set just seems to be draging out just to sell more books. come on finish it and just bring us a new story. I'm feeling cheeted, 267 pages and alot of filler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    MAGS of Valdemar still in greys

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

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    It is past time for this series to end. I own and enjoy over 50

    It is past time for this series to end. I own and enjoy over 50 of her books so rating one this low is hard. There isn't much meat in the last couple of this series. I mean, how can it take 50 pages (NOOK pages) to describe a nightmare while being kidnapped. I also didn't think the ending was well wrapped up. I'm sure there will be future books of hers that I will really like, but this series is over for me.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I have always enjoyed and book on Valdemar or related to Valdema

    I have always enjoyed and book on Valdemar or related to Valdemar (the griffon series) Redoubt is a little disapointing, I'm not sure I liked how the story ended, it was kind of dissapointing. I feel really left up in the air. There are no real hints as to what exactly Mag's found out & I really want another book. I was glad when he and Dallen got back to gether but it seemed to me like Mercedes Lackey was in a real big hurry to end this book. I have gone to her website & have been very dissapointed with any information found on the site, it all seems really old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Good addition to the series

    It was fun to read about the changes and challenges the kids are going through as they mature and must deal with greater expectations.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Wow. After three amazing books preceding it, I was completely du

    Wow. After three amazing books preceding it, I was completely dumbfounded to find that only maybe 50 pages or so of it was both original and actually worthwhile to continuing the series. Throw together bits of Foundation and bits of the Mage Storms trilogy and what you have is the entirely fluff filled nonsense that was Redoubt. I just couldn't believe it. It is completely unworthy of even being called a Collegium Chronicles book, and both the characters and the audience are negligibly closer to a conclusion than we were at the end of the last book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    As always I enjoyed reading about the kingdom of Valdemar. I al

    As always I enjoyed reading about the kingdom of Valdemar. I alwasy look forward to books by Mercedes and have never been disappointed
    in her books. Reading this series of books about Mags and the changes the Heralds are going through was very enjoyable.

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