Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles.
In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous bu...more
Each of the 4 teens deal with problems of determining who they are, whether or not paren...more
A small downside for the book is that the foreshadowing was a little obvious--I knew...more
I say lesser, because Mags lacks the charm and sense of humor that made Skif so likeable in the first place. This isn’t to say that Mags isn’t likeable, it’s just that you have to peel back the layers of angst and emotional superiority (he came an obscene level of poverty, but the constant reminders that he had it worse than the worst any other Trainee has experienced is annoying) to get t...more
A lot of people have said these books follow the same formula. T...more
Healer Collegium has to move heaven and earth to convince Bear's family that it is more important for Bear to be at the Collegium because of his gifts and talents as opposed to going home to be part of an arranged marriage hoping to procreate children with the Healing Gift.
Bardic Trainee Lena needs to confront her...more
Because there tends to be a big time gap (in the real world between publications AND in the world of Valdemar, in the sense that new series in the mega series can be anywhere on a rather long timeline) I always forget quite a lot- who is active in the world at this time, who are Valemar's enemies, what do and don't they know about their kingdom- in the span of hundreds and hundreds of years, a lot of amazing things a...more
Also, I think the copy edit...more
"The story was slow, tedious, and it involved long descriptions of a made-up sporting event that reminded me of Quiddich (at least in terms of how little I wanted to read long passages about it)."
I’m afraid this sums up my impression of Changes as well, especially because the “trilogy” is not yet over. That’s right — there...more
Mags is moving up in the world. He is apprenticed to the King's Own, and seems to be getting somewhere with catching up on his studies. Of course, that all comes crashing down as the Colligium heats up for the summer. I found it to be disappointing, but feel free to come to your own opinions.
This novel initially focuses on Kirball, which is something I actually enjoy....more
While there is some character development and anticipated romances blossom, the characterization was uninsp...more
I like the stories about the founding of the Collegium but I was strangely unsatisfied by this particular book. Maybe it was the ending. Maybe that there are simply too many unanswered questions: Where is Mag's family from? Did the Karsites have anything to do with the strange weather? Where are all these strang...more
The plot was slow; there were typos in all the volumes; and all the characters spent too much time whining. The amount of plot that was covered in three volumes should have been covered in one, and the main character wasn't likeable becaus...more
Having uncovered the group of assassins seeking to destablize Valdemar, Nikolas, the King's Own Herald, is still suspicious. He believes that the original group never left Haven and he is determined to find and eliminate them using an undercover role he created years ago. In this, he...more
Also, I know it's part of Lackey's style to leave with a cliffhanger ending, but kind of annoyed me this time around.
Sadly, I think sometimes more prolific authors get a...more
I LOVED the many trilogies that Mercedes Lackey has written, all taking place in Valdemar. But this particular series seems like it was intended for a young adult audience. Much is spelled out by way of Mags thinking to himself, or talking to his friends or Dallen (his Companion). [Don't get me wrong; I love books where the characters have to actually THINK...more
Mags' accent was part of the reason that I despised book two of this series. It was painful to read and decipher and made the story seem so much worse having to endure page after page of the grating accent that wasn't even English. With someone else reading it, putting i...more
Classic morals sneak in, to appreciate your lot, "even he, miserable creature that he had been, was...more
Really however, it feels to me that the Bear s...more