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Redoubt (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #4)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  4,228 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews
Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees. Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by DAW (first published January 1st 2012)
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V. Briceland
Nov 24, 2012 V. Briceland rated it did not like it
I am afraid that in my less-than-enthusiastic review of Changes: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #3—the prequel to the volume Redoubt: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #4, I was sternly taken to task by a defender of Mercedes Lackey. The reader took umbrage at the fact that I compared Lackey's invented game of Kirball to the invented game of Quidditch in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Actually, in my ignorance, I called it a 'blatant Quidditch ripoff.'

Did I say taken to task? Nay! I was upbra
Feb 21, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
*happy sigh* This was the best new Valdemar novel in a long, long while. I am shocked & happy. I was so sure that I wasn't going to like this, after all the last two novels in the Collegium Chronicles were painfully bad and while the first one started out well it dropped off sharply as soon as Mags got to Haven. So I made sure I got my copy of Redoubt from Inter Library Loan rather than wasting good money on a sure to be disappointing book. And here I am giving it five stars! Those are five ...more
Dec 04, 2013 TheCosyDragon rated it it was ok
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Please note: someone has said this review contains spoilers. I have covered some major broad plot points in my review, but if you have read the other books in the series, these shouldn't be a problem.

Mags is still kirball-mad and looking for knowledge about his family history. He seems content with the life he has though, and the work he does for
I was happy to have Mags' story continued and that we got closer to the mystery of his past, but I think Lackey should slow down on her publishing schedule, invest in a storyboard software and reread the Valdemar Companion before writing more of the series.

Like many of my fellow reviewers, I felt that the first half seemed like fluff and directionless free writing that could have been edited out or shortened down. The second half is almost close to her old stuff, but the ending is rushed and doe
Oct 18, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Redoubt, Mercedes Lackey's 4th book in her Collegium Chronicles seems to me to be merely half a book, the second half.

True, there is a first half of the book, but it feels like a mixup of many other Valdemar books. Its got a little wedding ceremony, a mixed battle game, and a little intrigue, plus dining and a small confrontation with Bear and his father. Maybe you can eat this up, if you are a true Valdemar fan. Me, not so much. I skimmed.

The real substance of the story, and the reason to read
Jan 16, 2013 Kaylan rated it it was ok
I'm not going to lie; this grouping of books has disappointed me overall. It started off pretty strong with Foundation, and then it feels like things are just being stretched out for no reason at this point. The plot creeps forward at a minuscule pace, and there DEFINITELY will be another book coming after this one. But 5 isn't a good number for a set of books, so I imagine we're actually in for a 6th as well.

I feel as if this book was unfinished. Like she was writing and went, "oops! We wanted
Oct 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
And so I mourn the passing of decent Valdemar books. What once was so good is now reduced to this. Yuck. Does Mercedes Lackey even try and keep her story lines straight from her previous Valdemar books? Not even once! They have been going down hill for awhile and yet I know she can still write good books. She has written decent stuff in recent years but the Collegium Chronicles books have been so so disappointingly bad. This one may be the worst yet. NO PLOT AT ALL except for the very end and mo ...more
Kathy Martin
Dec 25, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
This fourth book of the Collegium Chronicles starts out as one sort of book and then turns into something else. When the story begins, Mags and the rest of Haven are preparing for the wedding of Crown Prince Sedric and his bride Lydia. So the story begins with a romance that turns other characters' thoughts to romance too. Mags questions the consequences of his feelings for his mentor's daughter Amily and Bear and Lena run off to get married which solves some major problems for both of them that ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book didn't further the story of Mags at all. I don't think anything new was learned. Also, there really wasn't an ending, just a stopping off point. I'm not sure Mags is interesting enough for 5 or more books.

The good... Mags has finally learned to speak properly. So much better to read.

Will i pick up book 5? I don't know. I think I'll check the reviews first, and if they say the series still isn't finished, I'll be forgetting about the series competely.
Oct 10, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Why is Misty dragging out Mags' story? I was surprised when I learned there was a 4th book in this series but I think I'm a little miffed that there is going to be another one! It just seems like she's purposefully making it longer than it should be.
Nov 15, 2012 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4 1/2 stars
This wonderful fantasy world has been one of my favorite places to ‘visit’ for quite a few years. I have enjoyed this particular series although I haven’t been mesmerized by the tales the way I was by some of the other Valdemar stories. I was delighted to discover that this particular tale was much more to my tastes even though it started a bit slow while it provided a comfortable and enjoyable insight into some of the rituals of Valdemar. There are minor developments that move the st
yann Devraux
Oct 06, 2012 yann Devraux rated it really liked it
Fair warning first - this review will contain mild spoilers.

So, finally misty is getting back in the swing. This book, while certainly not her best work so far, is as good as, and better than some other velgarath/valdemar novels written.
We seem to have FINALLY, closed up the trite and annoying Bear/Lena subplot.
We learn Mags birth name which I'm in two minds about - on the one hand, I can't help feel satisfied that one of the mysteries has been solved, but on the other hand, the character does
Ranting Dragon
Nov 14, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it it was ok
Shelves: janea

Mercedes Lackey is one of the most prolific authors I know of, and I can’t think of anyone who comes even close to her publication schedule in the fantasy genre. She’s best known for her Heralds of Valdemar series, and Redoubt is her latest release for The Collegium Chronicles, set in Valdemar.

Warning: I’m assuming at this point that you’ve read at least one book set in Valdemar for the purposes of this review. If you haven’t, I would recommend that you go
Nov 02, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
As a longtime Valdemar fan and one who's enjoyed the Collegium Chronicles series, I picked up this book a month or so ago. I've also reread quite a few of the Valdemar series recently, including the Arrows, Winds, Storms, Owl, and Magics trilogies, so I've had a lot of refresher on canon lately.

While this book was enjoyable, and I liked how Mags is continuing to grow and learn especially with regards to his undercover work, the series has turned away from the "founding of the Collegium" goal tha
Nov 25, 2013 Ally rated it liked it
Honestly... While half the book was genuinely great... (THE LATER 165 PAGES...) (meaning you have to read a terrible POINTLESS first 165 pages before you get to actually read something worth while...) This does not deserve 3 stars... I'm simply being generous because hell... This was the first book in this. .. series that actually mattered to the book verse that is Valdemar... that bore some of the charm and magic of what i thought i loved (and still do!!!) about Mercedes Lackey.

I simply cannot
Kathy Davie
Apr 24, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Fourth in the Collegium Chronicles, a sub-series in the overall Valdemar series for young adults. This particular subset revolves around the Herald-Trainee Mags and his Companion Dallen.

My Take
Oooh, we delve a bit further into Mags' mysterious background! I must say, Lackey had me worried toward the end of Changes .

Story-wise, the first half was more of a day-in-the-life of Mags and his friends. It's actually more interesting than I've made it sound as it includes Bear and Lena's new adventures
Oct 02, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
Mags is back. Mags has survived the mines, assassination and kidnap attempts and is stronger for it. He has come a long way from the scrawny miner kid that Companion Dallen found. Between saving the Kings Own’s daughter Amily, being a kirball hero and his association with Healer Bear and of course working with the Kings Own Nikolas Mags is starting to find his place at the Collegium. But his past is still a mystery. Still things are going well for Mags when he is hit over the head and kidnapped. ...more
Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read the review!

I’ve been reading the Valdemar novels since my college roommate shoved the first book at me and said “You have to read this because you’re Talia.” She was right—one of my husband’s friends even calls me “Talia” on occasion. I’ve kept up with the series ever since, but I have to admit that it’s not as well-written as it used to be. Redoubt is full of the little details that make Lackey’s Valdemar books enjoyable, but it suffers from a lack of pl
Oct 20, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
A quicker read than the previous 3 in the series. There was a brief mention of giving some of the chores to the students (as we see done in Talia's time), so that's been settled. The beginning was a trifle slow but picked up rapidly and Mags is much closer to learning where he came from as well as the assassins/kidnappers from the last book. Poor kid goes through enough and it puts Talia & Vanyel's lives to shame in a lot of ways!

Without giving anything away, I'm wondering where their land i
Hilari Bell
Feb 01, 2013 Hilari Bell rated it really liked it
I love Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series—and most of her other series as well. And while this isn’t the best book she’s ever written, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gets off to a bit of a slow start, with mostly “daily-life” stuff in the beginning. But this is common with Mercedes Lackey books, and her characters’ day to day struggles are interesting enough to keep me reading till the exciting part kicks in. And in Redoubt, the exciting part is plenty exciting! I also appreciate the fact that Mags ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Ayse rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 23, 2012 Elewood rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I adore anything Valdemar. The whole world Lackey created feels like a second home to me, I'm so glad she created it for us. This is the fourth in the Collegium Chronicles, again following trainee Mags. The story felt choppy, which is intended for parts of it, but I didn't feel the usual polish on the overall story with this one. The beginning of the book takes up pretty much where the last book left off, then about three quarters of the way through Mags is kidnapped and finds himself in Karse. ...more
Sharon Michael
Oct 03, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it liked it
I did expect a close to the series with this book but that obviously was not the plan. The first book in the series hooked me on the characters, which is one of Lackey's greatest attractions for me, and this is a good addition to the series.

It answers one of the ongoing questions about Mags' background and why outsiders are searching for him although some of the sequences involved in the kidnapping did require a big suspension of belief.

I doubt if it will hook you if you aren't already butif you
Sep 15, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2015
I accidentally read the first page of the next book in the series before starting Redoubt, and it spoiled the major plot twist. I think that's a lot of why the book didn't really work for me. Beyond that, though, the book seems very fractured. It doesn't really seem to know what sort of book it is. The first half meanders until (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Qing rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The first half of the book left me a little puzzle at where it was going - it really felt like it was going nowhere. Just a lot of description of things, was there Kirball game again? I think there was. A whole lot of nothing.

Oh wait, there was a lovely wedding and Lena and Bear resolving things... and Mags wondering if he loved Amily.

Not exactly an exciting read.

The story really picks up when Mags is suddenly back in the mine. (Well, I say "picks up", but it's more like starts).

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Apr 19, 2015 Meg rated it liked it
Doubt You Saw An Actual Change Coming in the Series!

So while the first three books in this series are a comfortable and built upon rehash of everything we've ever seen of the Collegium (and not in a bad way, but still), THIS BOOK GOES SOMEWHERE NEW. I know, I know. You were not ready to hear this. But it's still pretty good, I promise.

We get to hang out in a war torn and dystopian Karse. Which is actually fun, because we get to see how bad things are in Karse while still getting a nuanc
Apr 07, 2014 Hyzie rated it liked it
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Nov 04, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Rereadapalooza continuation - earlier parts reviewed here

Much more goings on in this installment of the Collegium Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey; at least once you get past the slightly mundane beginning (but that was good, lulled me into a false sense of security so the shock when it was ripped brutally away was better!). Mags finally gets a bit of clarity regarding his nationality - the whole "mercenary" from another country thing thats been da
Jan 24, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I think I said this after book 3, but I'm pretty sure that this series was meant to be listened to as an audiobook. I read books 1 and 2, and while I enjoyed them, Mags' accent is painful to read and Mercedes Lackey does not ease up on her readers and just throw in a few accent queues. Every time he opens his mouth your brain stumbles.

However, with the incredibly awesome Nick Podehl narrating, not only is the story enjoyable, but Mags' accent makes sense. I have a feeling that with the mash up o
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