Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.
Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift. There is a secret, treacherous plot within the royal court to destroy the Heralds. The situation becomes dire after the life of Mags' mentor, King's Own Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter, Amily, is chosen as the new King's Own, a complicated and dangerous job that is made more so by this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily save the court, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?
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"Great story !!"
I have read most of Mercedes Lackey's Valdmar series and this is the best one yet. I can't wait to read what happen next.
I like seeing how Mags grows throughout the two series, from the mine slave to the upstanding man he is in the book today,
Nick did awesome job telling the story. He really makes you feel like you are right there. I have recently had a lot of narrator changes in the series that I have listened to please don't change this one.
"Great transition for this series"
This book picks up on the Collegium Chronicles, and is able to move them forward. The kids/students are now fully vested in their roles in life. I am surprised how smoothly this process went. The book is enjoyable and I am just waiting for the next book to come out.
"Not one of my favorites"
I love the Valdemar series and have read them all many times. This is definitely not one of the better ones. All the whining and self pity from Violetta gets old, and the family feud is a bit of a tired and predictable plot. Hoping for better from the rest of the series.
Well written with great use of the English language. The whole collegium series is perfect for high school students and higher.
Great blend of story magic and life lessons.
Excellent! I have "read" 6 so far and will continue in with the story!
"Romeo and Juliet meets Valdemar"
I put off reading this since I wasn't too impressed with all the flashbacks in the collegium chronicles / Mags' stories, but Lackey really aced it with this book. a slightly more realistic Romeo and Juliet meets Valdemar.
The prince tossing Amily onto Roland's back
I really enjoy Nick Podehl's work. he's very talented.
Romeo and Juliet meets Valdemar
The narrator adopts a superior (but not conceited) tone. Monologues are not character development. Together, they rapidly become annoying.
"Fun story, better in Audio!"
I've enjoyed the entire series so far. I tried to read one and the dialects drove me nuts on paper. However, the narrator is excellent and this is a great series for commuting!
"mags and crew back for more adventurers."
amazing adaptation if a classic plot into new scenario. the twist is wickedly good. excellent narration without the false echo for companions that so fouled books in the collegium chronicles
"Ended in an odd spot"
It didn't feel like a complete story - I was surprised when it ended because it just seemed like an odd time for it to end. Other then that it was a good book, though the story doesn't feel complete. I realize its a series but usually from book to book they feel like complete pieces and this didn't.
"love this series"
I love Mercedes Lackey's work. I only wish I didn't have to wait for my credits to refresh. want to listen to the next one.
I have loved Mercedes Lackey books since I first picked up the Last Herald Mage series over 25 years ago. This book is a shadow of those early books. The characters have no depth and the storyline is entirely predictable. Such a shame.
"So nice to go back."
It was like re visiting a favourite place going back to Valedemar. The characters are so real, you feel you know them and I love the concept of the mind communication with the Companions. Most go and get the next book right now!!!
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