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Redoubt: Book Four of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
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“A real page-turner…. Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.”—Booklist
“Has everything you’d expect in a Valdemar book…and it’s wonderful.”—Romantic Times
“Recalls Lackey's earliest Valdemar books... a worthy entry in the overall saga.”—Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : DAW (October 1, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756408059
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756408053
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.6 x 1 x 6.74 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #256,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And Mags is a character who has become one of my favorites. There is so much to love about his story as we travel with him through this series and watch him grow. I think what draws me to Mags so much is the way in which, while he grows, his fundamental self doesn’t. He stays honest and sweet, noble and kind, no matter what he goes through. There’s something moving about him, about seeing a child come from literally nothing and watching him come into his own.
While maybe this story isn’t as fast-paced as some of the others, I still enjoyed it just as much. It gave us some good insight as to Mags’ past, from before he even remembers. In essence, this is as much a survival story as a fantasy, which is in keeping with Mags’ history. He’s put in situations that no one and nothing could have prepared him for, and it is only his smarts and sheer determination that allow him to survive.
I like Mags. I enjoyed the book.
There were continuity problems. Why does Mags remember sweeping a floor by crawling with rags when he was 2 or 3 when rescued? How old is Mags? How old are Bear and Lena? I'm guessing Bear and Lena are a little bit older.
It seems like Mags should be maybe 14. Why does he think he should be choosing a forever mate at that age? Liking a girl or having a crush is fine, but not even all boys would be interested at that age. Why is he so worried about it? His mentors are treating him like he is a young adult. He is mature for his age, but that still seems like a mistake because he doesn't have knowledge and experience most kids his age do.
All Mags knows about his history is he was about 3 years old when his parents were kidnapped by bandits, who were holding them for ransom. Ransom whenever the bandits could find out where the couple came from; they did not speak the local language.
The Guard who defeated the bandits left the baby with the local town to care for the orphan. The town sold the baby to Cole Pieters, owner of a gemstone mine. Mags was in the kitchen until he was big enough to work in the mines.
The two men who kidnapped Mags are from Mags' home country. They want him to remember his background. To that end, they give him an herbal drink.
Mags is rescued, but he has fragmentary memories that are not his. Who is he and where did he come from.
A really good story.
So what is going on with this Collegium Chronicles?? Did Mercedes Lackey herself write this or just lend her name to some fanfic?
I made it through the first three in the series and couldn't help but notice that the scope and depth of Valdemar seemed to be shrinking rather than being opened up. Then this latest installment came out, I purchased, and cannot get it read...
Well, I did try...slogged through chapter 1 (the author telling every last detail of a royal wedding), forged ahead into chapter 2 only to get waylaid by an 'of course' thrown in most every paragraph (once I noticed I couldn't un-notice...sorry). The story was going nowhere so I flipped ahead a couple chapters...got a kirball game...flipped some more, planning a kirball game...one more try, folks were sore because a kirball game was tied and no one won any bets....geeez! Enough of the kirball already.
At that point I skipped to the last 100 pages and found, yay! a story going on. There is some nice stuff there with a Karse monk and his Suncat who help Mags. As others have pointed out, there is really nothing resolved at the end, just some more clues to ensure there will be...sigh...a fifth book. May we all hope for something worthy of the Valdemar series.
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Here's hoping that the next book picks up where this one left of and addresses some of these problems. Lackey is a great author but she dropped the ball with this one.
The mine scenes and the fact that they are thrown at you almost unawares, are not repetitive of previous narrative found in book one, though they are similar because of what the author is trying to invoke. I think the whole kidnap & being drugged thing, is handled very well, when you consider that there is only one point of view in this series & it is Mags that is suffering these experiences.
My only gripe is that there isn't any more information about Mags' s origins & that means I've had to buy the fifth book!