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Crucible (Valdemar) Kindle Edition
Now the voices of other authors add their own special touches to the ancient land where Heralds “Chosen” from all walks of life by magical horse-like Companions patrol their ancient kingdom, dispensing justice, facing adversaries, and protecting their monarch and country from whatever threatens. Trained rigorously by the Herald’s Collegium, these special protectors each have extraordinary Gifts: Mindspeaking, FarSeeing, FarSpeaking, Empathy, Firestarting and ForeSeeing, and are bonded for life with their mysterious Companions. Travel with these astounding adventurers in these original stories.
"An enjoyable assortment of stories told from the perspectives of Heralds, non-Chosen and even animals. ... The authors have such varied voices that even if you find one story not to your liking, you are sure to find many more that are."
—RT Book Review (for Crucible)
"Fans of Lackey's epic Valdemar series will devour this superb anthology. Of the thirteen stories included, there is no weak link--an attribute exceedingly rare in collections of this sort. Highly recommended."
—B&N Review (for No True Way)
"Valdemar fandom, especially, will revel in tihs sterling example of what such a mixture of fans' and pros' work can be. Engrossing even for newcomers to Valdemar."
—Booklist (for No True Way)
"The sixth collection set in Lackey's world of Valdemar presents stories of Heralds and their telepathic horse-like Companions and of Bards and Healers, and provides glimpses of the many other aspects of a setting that has a large and avid readership. The fifteen original tales in this volume will appeal to series fans."
—Library Journal (for No True Way) --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00UGG90PE
- Publisher : DAW (December 1, 2015)
- Publication date : December 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2079 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #200,215 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #506 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #572 in Fantasy Anthologies
- #990 in Contemporary Fantasy Fiction
- Customer Reviews:
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Story that I wish would be expanded into a novel: "Never Alone" Dayle A. Dermatis. Valdemar has been my go-to escape world since I was 12 years old, which is over half my life at this point. Though the books are marketed as adult fantasy, there was so much that spoke to my teenage and young adult self that definitely shaped who I am as a grown-up. But as an adult today, it was lovely to see the tale of a very nontraditional Herald in the form of Herald trainee Syrriah. The story itself is sweet and delivers a strong message in itself, but the underlying implication that it's never too late for any of us to be Chosen is what stayed with me.
And unfortunately, the bad outweigh the good.
At least the returning authors excel, as usual.
After reading the new collection, Choices, I decided to
re-read the whole series and appreciated them even more!
Would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to experience Valdemar again!
My favorite and the one that moved me the most was “The Note” by Phaedra Weldon. I had tears in my eyes entire time I read it because it was such a moving story and the end was awesome.
If you miss Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series, this is defiantly a book you need to pick up.
Top reviews from other countries
I have all her 'valdemar' books which enjoy re-reading again and again .
Most of the stories are too short and are barely recognisable as 'valdemar' stories , except for the occasional
'name, place' from previous books .Only 1 story from Ms Lackey in this book which was ok.
This book would only be sold based on Mercesdes Lackey's reputation and not on the other
contributors , most of whom I have never heard of .
Will not be buying these compilations in the future