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.
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!
"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!
"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
"Two houses fued"
Mags and Amile strive to stop a fued while establish themselves as chief spy and King,s own
"eat your heart out Shakespeare."
romeo and Juliette the, for real the right way. or the valdimar way. love it
"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.
Story was good, the narrator was excellent. You won't be sorry if you pick this one. It is part of a trilogy, but this story is satisfying on its own.
The narrator adopts a superior (but not conceited) tone. Monologues are not character development. Together, they rapidly become annoying.
"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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