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Tempest (Valdemar) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2016
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The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages—and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents—combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more—make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.
Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.
Join Elizabeth Vaughan, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Brozek, Brenda Cooper, Rosemary Edghill, and others in twenty-two original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, to Valdemar, where:
A Herald must crack an ancient code in a historic tapestry in order to arbitrate a dispute over land and lineage…
A Healer’s daughter flees the noble family that has trapped and enslaved her mother, and must seek help to free her mother…
A young woman who hides her clairvoyant powers from her town’s Karsite priests ForeSees a threat, and must risk revealing her Gift to save her community…
A Herald finds his assistant has been abducted by a man upon whom he had levied a heavy fine, and must foil the kidnapper’s plans to save his charge…
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“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.” —The Barnes & Noble Review
“Lackey’s delightful world of magic is inhabited by strong and believable men, women, and creatures, the most enchanting being the gryphons.” —Publishers Weekly
“Exceedingly well done, it helps keep readers unconfused while wandering the enormous fictional terrain the Valdemar oeuvre covers.” —Booklist
“Each story brings unique ideas that carry on the fantastical elements from the world created by Lackey. Fans new and old will step into a literary world that’s unlike any other and will be sucked into tales that will take them on wondrous journeys.” —RT Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : DAW (December 6, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756409039
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756409036
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.05 x 6.74 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #571,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perhaps because they are such alien creatures, stories where a point of view character is a Companion always intrigue me. Throw in tantalizing details about the mysterious land of Iftel, the realistic aftereffects of Karse's religious upheaval, and multiple laugh-out-loud moments, and this was easily the most memorable book in this anthology for me. The story stands along nicely, but I'd love a follow-up just to meet the Herald who matches Kenisant's personality.
Story that I want expanded into a novel: "The Ones She Couldn't Save" by Louisa Swann
This tale worked very well as a standalone story, but it would also be amazing as the inciting incident of the main character's life. Without giving away too much of the ending, I desperately want to see where Riann goes from here. Does she make it to Valdemar? Is she Chosen to be a Herald, or does her life take a different path? What becomes of the person in her care, and how does that snag effect things? So much potential that I desperately want answers to.
It's been a while since I read or reread any of these and this anthology was new to me. Still, enjoyable as always. It's like a gust of something old and familiar with something new. I especially enjoyed the last story -naturally. It feels like coming home to read these. Everyone who participates in these - thank you!