Intrigues (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #2)
If you're already familiar w...more
Some of the Valdemar novels are really quite good. Sadly this one isn't one of them. While I'm certain this...more
In the first book:
Young, callow, orphaned male protagonist is rescued from a horrifically abusive situation and whisked off to a school for kids with supernatural powers. There, he becomes great friends with a boy and girl (who, spoilers, fall for each other), forming a power trio. He is obsessed with finding out details about his parents.
In the second book:
Everyone is convinced that the hero i...more
Mags was an orphan who had slaved in a gem mine for all his young life. Found in a bandit camp when he was an infant, he was taken in by Cole Pieters, who owned the mine. Pieters constantly told him that he had 'bad blood' and would never amount to anything. Had he not been Chosen by his Companion, Dallen, and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium, he probably would have died before he reached adulthood.
Now, Mags was never hungry and never cold. He slept in a real bed in his
Mags seems to be finally settling down in the Collegium. He has his great friends, Lena and Bear to look after him, but suddenly they are both in danger of being snatched away.To top that off, Mags is being accused of injuring the king.
Much of 'Intrigues' is about Mags finding out his history, although it turns out to be something like he really was 'Bad Blood'. Mag's f...more
As a follow-up to Foundation, which I thorough...more
(view spoiler)[Mags has made friends since coming to Haven; Bear, a Healer trainee, Lena, a Bard trainee and Amily, 'the daughter of Nikolas the King’s Own...more
Mags is the typical Mercedes Lackey hero. When I say t...more
Ordinarily, I'd give this book four stars. However, the serious lack of editing and proofreading has me downright angry. On the editing front, there were sentences like this one:
"The first is that Chamjey is probably the one person l...more
Mags has recovered from his rescue of Bear and is amused at the whingeing of his classmates over being stuck inside this past miserable winter. After his upbringing, Mags will never bemoan being warm, fed, and sleeping in a soft bed. Between his schoolwork, the weapons training, riding l...more
I found this book yesterday at Half Price Books and was thrilled to discover a second novel had been added to the founding of the Collegium series. To be honest, I'd been hoping for some books that went back a bit further, to the founding of Vald...more
Mainly: Too much kirball. I began to loathe that game. At first, there wasn't enough description so I could even picture what was happening. It seemed like Misty was being sketchy of the details because she didn't want to be copying another famous game that shall not be named. And there was all this talk of the dangerous game field, yet during every game, it seemed like the terrain never came into play.
And speaking o...more
I think the issue is that Lackey passes over the most interesting thing (to me) in the books--the founding of the Collegia--and tells the story from the point of view of someone who knows nothing about the mentor-system they're leav...more
I really feel like the first two books of the Foundation trilogy are a return to the writing style of the Arrows and Last Herald-Mage titles. They're...more
I wish I had read Lackey when I was younger. The first of her books I dug into was the first book in this trilogy with Mags. I fell in love with the Companions almost at once. My inner 12-year-old screamed, ‘I want a Companion!’ For those of you who have not read any of these books Heralds are chosen by white and blue eyed horses, who are more than horses. They are chosen and then...more
Let's be honest - I don't remember hardly anything that happened in "Foundation." I do vaguely remember getting very bored of Mags' constant "wow I was so poor and now I am so excited about everything yay!" It was overkill. Lackey tones it down - a little - in Intrigues, but the obnoxiousness is still there. I felt like she beat me over the head with constant y...more
Intrigues is the second book of her Collegium Chronicles and it continues to tell the story of Mags, an orphan and former mine worker who is chosen by Dallen, one of Valdemar's fabled companions, spirits who look like horses. This time out, the Foreseers have seen visions of the king covered in a fo...more
This is the second of Lackey's 'Collegium' chronicles, kind of a Valdemarrean pre-history during which the Collegium, the training ground for Heralds (the heroes of most of lackey's fiction) was being founded. It follows the fortune of Mags, a poor orphan plucked from the mines, and his close friends, Bear (an herbalist) and Lena (a bard or musician). It's tempting to call this the 'Valdemarrean Harry Potter) except that Lackey was publishing novels featuring young friends...more
Mags has continued to be used by Nicolas, the King's Own rider (basically a war chief and chief advisor and spy master all rolled into one) as a spy because of his scruffy appearance and his natural ability to blend into his surroundings. Also Mags is taking classes at the Collegium and interacts some more with his friend Bear, a he...more