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Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles) Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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- ASIN : 0756406927
- Publisher : DAW; 1st edition (October 4, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780756406929
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756406929
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9.37 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Because of Mags' friendship with Amily, he met Nikolas who recognized the same traits in Mags that his Companion, Rolan, had recognized in him. Nikolas begins training Mags to be a spy.
Mags and Nikolas learn that there are dangerous, mysterious agents in Haven--agents who sought to bring down the kingdom.
The agents also want Mags.
A very good story.
This series just keeps you wanting to read the next page. Mags's back story is heart wrenching and encompassing.
It really makes you feel for this character, to the point to where you really want to continue
to find out what's going on in his life and those around him.
Mercedes has a way of creating characters and story lines that completely engross you.
I'm starting the next book now!
The other thing that dampened my enjoyment was Mags' dialogue. This is the third book into the series and, if anything, his accent was worse. And that made reading difficult sometimes as I had to stop to puzzle out exactly what it was that he was saying. I understand the point behind the accent, but it was almost unreadable at times
My Recommendation: While this is not my favorite book in the series, I still feel that it is an importa part of the saga as hold. It is also a necessary read for the next two in the series.
The book is better than the first two with some of the mysteries being, at least partially, solved and others remaining for the future. The solutions do not necessarily result in happy ever after endings but provide realistic resolutions to the problems involved. Sadly, we see less and less of the Collegium and more of the city of Haven.
There are, however, some matters that keep this from being on a par with earlier works by this author. 1) The matter of Bard Marchand is handled almost as an afterthought, as if the author was just tired of him and decided to make an end. There really is not sufficient explanation of his motivation in the actions he took (I am trying not to spoil this book for those who have not read it). 2) Mags' age? Mags was 11 or 12 when he was chosen. We have his own word for the fact that he had not yet reached puberty. He came to the collegium in the fall and the unusually cold winter started at the beginning of that book. The second book covered the balance of that winter and into spring. For the most part, we see Mags as an exceptionally mature young boy throughout. The third book starts with the exceptionally hot summer that follows so Mags should be about 12 or 13, maybe 14, at a stretch. But he is now acting and is being treated as if he were 17 or 18. The romance with Amilly is between young adults and not children and Amilly's father is treating Mags as an approved suitor. Ridiculous. 3) Mags' accent. When he came to the collegium, Max spoke with an uneducated accent and vocabulary. Perfectly natural, but it should be something the collegium is seeking to train him out of, not tacitly condoning. He should be required to use proper diction and vocabulary just to give him much needed practice in using the language properly. Heralds are required to interact with the nobility, to act as judges and to represent the crown. Failure to speak well will be a handicap when he becomes a young man but nobody seems to be doing anything about it.
In the end, I have given it four stars but I think there is a decline in quality overall.
For the rest, the book was fair and I am looking forward to the next - final? - volume.
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I finished the book and went back and reread the last few chapters sure I must have missed soemthing, the book leaves so many questions unanswered, and it felt a rushed in places and in others scraped to thin.... if theres not a fourth part to this mini series in Valdemar I am going to feel I have been cheated.
All in all definitely not the best of the lot, and really rather disapointing :-(
But the publishers should be ashamed of themselves.
The proofreading is shocking - pretty well non-existent. Typos left, right and centre - and I am not exaggerating. In places sentences are run together making it difficult to understand who is talking to who, misspellings abound, speach marks are misplaced ... and on and on. Having paid full price for this book I am both appalled by the shoddy production standards and annoyed at having coughed up the dosh for such poor workmanship.