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Beyond (The Founding of Valdemar Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Eye Spy feels like a present written especially for me. You're gonna want to read it. This one's a firecracker." —Tor.com
"Whether it's the spellbinding world, the intrigue of the plot, or the simple yet remarkable narrative style—it is impossible to say which of these makes the story so good, but one thing is for sure: Closer to Home marks the beginning of another fantastic Lackey series." —RT Reviews
"Mags remains an engaging character, and makes a very capable spy/investigator.... His adventures still make engrossing reading." —Locus
"Returning to her beloved Valdemar universe, Lackey opens her new series at a pivotal time in the history of Valdemar.... Series fans will enjoy the variations on a familiar theme, while enough information is presented for first-timers to discover a world of high adventure and individual courage. Highly recommended." —Library Journal
"Closer to the Heart has the two things that have always made me love these books: a richly detailed history of the world, and beautiful writing." —The Arched Doorway
"Lackey is a master at characterization." —The Ranting Dragon --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B08T6VFNQJ
- Publisher : DAW (June 15, 2021)
- Publication date : June 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3597 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0756417333
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,118 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thank you Mercedes for the ending, I was really shocked at the twists & turns, exactly like real life.
A lot of the story is from Delia's eyes, sister-in-law to Duke Valdemar. Despite being sheltered, she grows and matures. Of course she has the fetching gift. Kordas, the Duke of Valdemar, is the main focus. He juggles fulfilling his commitment to his father, to his people, with decades of planning, putting lives at risk -- His thoughts, heart, and soul are on the line. This Plan is everything and it must succeed!
'Beyond' has decades of books, a life's work behind it. Yes, the founder was a robber baron. Magic circles are still active. There's the magic of Valdemar's borders where 'eyes' follow and I wonder if the Vrondi are involved. The enormity of 15,000+ of the Duke's people that came to this new land and their numbers 'only' encompass a small part of the Empire. Barely above notice! The scale of people, possessions, animals, and way of life. . . But nothing said about religion. Interesting. There's the Dukes horses, so important to him and to his people. All this background to prepare for the companions to come. I'm curious to see where they landed, exactly where the villages of Oakton and Brandywine are located as well as Crescent Lake. IE: Yes, I did check the maps.
As this is a series, it'll be interesting to see how Kordas decides on the territory, how he's chosen as ruler, and by the way, just where did that wolf crown go? There's background on the Empire, a King that controls his people in every way, a totalitarian regime. It's easy to see the comparisons to today. Recommended for those that love fantasy and this world of Mercedes Lackey. - Dan's Wife
Lackey has a formula: Complex but nearly pure-hearted protagonists who are thoughtful and pragmatic, mustache-twirling antagonists who get off on pain and power, at least one awesome gay person, supernatural helpers, some tree-huggin', some cool animals, and a healthy dose of magic. It's a good formula. It works. We're finally back on formula.
"Beyond" makes the Empire interesting, unlike whatever Lackey was trying to do in the subplots in Storm Warning/Rising/Breaking. Valdemar is cut from the same cloth as Tremane, so if you liked that Duke, you'll like this one. There are a few actual shocks and reveals I didn't expect. The mechanisms of the good guys escaping are clever and have just enough tension. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next two books in the series.
In the Elemental Masters series, Lackey's writing was starting to falter — her characters were getting stale and she was repeating phrases verbatim in the narration. Maybe it was sloppy editing? This book feels tighter and cleaner. So glad to get the old Misty back.
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Kordas is a very strong character however his magic seems not as strong as what I would assumed. He seemed to really not have too much of it relying on others to do the magical works.
Imagery in this book made me smile at times especially when he is helping with the birth of a foal. The analogies were very strong and of course I do get a perverse pleasure when they talked about the gassiness of the mare.
This was a good start however despite my love of this book there was a lot more that I wanted to see. I wanted to see them fleeing the empire and really the founding starting. This will be great series and I hope it solves some of what we see in the current valdemar