Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar Series #6)

Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar Series #6)

by Mercedes Lackey
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Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar Series #6) by Mercedes Lackey

Alberich had spent most of his youth in the Karsite military schools training to be an officer. As the son of an impoverished mother, he had no other career choice open to him. And Alberich had risen in the ranks with almost unnatural speed. He developed expertise with many weapons and excelled in academic subjects with an ease that was the envy of his classmates. But in fact, the reclusive Alberich studied long and hard, pushing himself ruthlessly.
 
In battle, Alberich had always had a sort of “sixth sense” about things which were about to happen—when and from where the enemy would attack. Instinctively, he his this ability, for the Sunpriests kept careful watch for anyone exhibiting “demon powers” which were the hallmark of Karse’s greatest enemy—the witch-nation of Valdemar. Those they caught were “cleansed” in the fires of Vkandis Sunlord.
 
Both Alberich’s skill and secret served him well in the army of Karse, and when Alberich became one of Karse’s youngest captains, he received a special gift—a powerful white stallion “liberated” from the enemy. But this honor was merely a distraction, for the Sunpriests had laid a trap which even Alberich’s strange foresight could not predict…
 
Saved from burning as a witch when this odd white stallion braved flames and carried him over the border into Valdemar, he was healed by the same enemies he had been taught to hate his entire life. Though he knew he could never again return to his home, Alberich also knew he could never truly become a Valdemaran. How could Alberich remain true to his own people and still retain his honor while helping to train the direst enemy of Karse?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756401139
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Series: Heralds of Valdemar Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 273,131
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar Series #6) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only giving 4 stars since this is to be a series novel. The novel stands well on pure storyline and concept, but then again so did the first Jordan novel. Thankfully, if the others do not pan out this can be a great stand alone.
Ariam More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey is fantasy royalty in her own right and this is just another amazing novel to prove it. Coming back to her amazing fantasy world of Valdemar, Mrs. Lackey introduces her Alberich, a Karasite soldier, who has his world upended which he is chosen by one of the mysterious Companions of the enemy kingdom of Valdemar. Well written, action packed, with witty characters you come to cheer for and enemies you've come to despise. Highly recommended for those who are fans of Mrs. Lackey and her previous Valdemar novels. A good stand alone novel or starting point for those wanting to get into the world of Valdemar and learn more about the Heralds and their amazing world. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a heart warming story of one mans search to not only to belong, but to overcome predjust and truly belong in an different country.
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Shamballah More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Mercedes Lackey books for years, the Valdemar series is my all time favorite. Once you read one you will have to read the rest.
Barbed-Wire More than 1 year ago
I would rank this novel right up there with her "By The Sword". Fascinating characters, terrific adventure, very satisfying fantasy. One of her best, along with "Exile's Valor" which is the continuation of Alberich's story. I have read most of Mercedes' books, and I wish that I could recommend them all, but I'm not real good at guessing what other people like, and a couple of her books are real clunkers. Mind you I still read those books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like your fantasy heroes with a side order of man pain, meet Herald Alberich. I could totally imagine him being played by Tyler Hoechlin while I was reading this. Anyone who is already a fan of the Valdemar novels is familiar with the basic plot of a Herald's journey - there's a discovery phase, an identity crisis phase, and a recovery phase, all with angst and hurt/comfort aplenty. This one's a bit different though. Alberich is no teeanager struggling with his relationships to his peers. He's a grown man who could give a damn about what anyone besides his Companion thinks of him (and sometimes not even the Companion). No, Alberich's issues all stem from a bone deep sense of honor (hence the title) and whether or not he is turning his back on it by allying himself with his home country's traditional enemies. It's a refreshing change from the usual sturm and drang. If you're not familiar with the Valdemar novels, this is a fine entry point, as Alberich starts the novel as a complete outsider and has to learn the ways and mores of his new country, so the reader can learn alongside of him. Lackey brings across his difficulty with Valdemarran syntax by making him talk exactly like Yoda, which gets a bit distracting, but luckily there are a few characters around who can speak to him in Karsite so that he doesn't spend the whole book sounding like he's about to bust Luke Skywalker's chops any minute. I didn't really have a problem with Myste. Sure she was probably a self-insert, but she is also a classic example of the Badass Bookworm trope so I read her more as the latter than the former and it was all good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite books
biblio-filer More than 1 year ago
The first of two books which focus on Alberich. These two are hands down my two favorites in this series, and I have enjoyed many, and read I think all of them. When I met Alberich in the 'Arrows' trilogy, I really wanted to know about him, since he was such a fascinating individual. This and Exile's Valor give us that insight.
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