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This is not the Mercedes Lackey I adore
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2013
I've read all of the Valdemar books, most several times; the Last Herald Mage books in particular are among my most favorite ever and are always a joy to revisit. Mage Storms, Mage Winds, the Gryphon series...all beautiful gems!
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.