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Owlknight (Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  7,478 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
From fantasy legends Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon comes the third and final volume in a powerful saga charged with war and magic, life and love.... Two years after his parents disappearance, Darian has sought refuge and training from the mysterious Hawkbrothers. Now he has opened his heart to a beautiful young healer. Finally Darian has found peace and acceptance in his ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by DAW (first published 1999)
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May 20, 2009 X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 2 1/2 stars, really. It wasn't a bad book, but I've read better of Lackey's. The pacing seemed very wrong - the first 2/3 of the book are describing the social/political structure of Valdemar and the characters' relational problems. The "main" plot is finally introduced about 100 pages before the end, and then hurriedly dealt with. The result is a slow first part of the book, a very gripping last few chapters, and an epilogue that would have been better expanded. Not a bad book, but ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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Jen A.
Jan 16, 2011 Jen A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, re-read
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Kathy Davie
Apr 25, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
First read Sept 10, 2009.

Twenty-fifth in the primary Valdemar fantasy series, 1380-ish AF within the Valdemaran timeline, and third in Darian's Tale as well as third in The Owl Mage Trilogy, both are subseries within Valdemar.

If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Valdemar books on my website.

My Take
Owlknight is mostly a peek in at the people of Errold's Grove and the k'Valdemar Vale granting us the opportunity to see how well everyone is settling in and working together.
Jun 15, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I love Mercedes Lackey. I love Valdemar. I love the heralds. I'd sell my mother to *be* a Tayledras. So you would probably be right not to consider me impartial. I've read and reread them all so many times over the years that I could probably start quoting from them. The Owl Mage trilogy is no exception.

I should start by saying that books 1 and 2 in this trilogy are five star books in my opinion. I enjoyed Darian and Keisha's separate stories, I loved the magery lessons, I was so ple
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
The third and final book in the Owl Mage trilogy takes us into uncharted territory – literally – as Darian, Keisha, and several of their friends head into the lands north of Valdemar to search for Darian’s parents. First, though, there are a number of tests and ceremonies for Darian to undergo.

Gone are the pacing problems of Owlsight. Even before the search party leaves, there is plenty going on, from Darian’s Mastery trial to the arrival of a permanently-assigned Herald and the festivities surr
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me since ...more
Jess Hale
Apr 13, 2016 Jess Hale rated it really liked it
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Sep 16, 2010 Alison rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
This is the concluding book in the Owl Mage series, that began with Owlflight and continues in Owlsight, so you should read those first. I'm a fan of Lackey's Valdemar books, and for a fan this is well worth the read.

What's best about it, I think, is the world-building. In this story we get to see more beyond the Heralds and horse-shaped Companions of the first Valdemar books, and it's fun to see the fleshing out of the Hawkbrothers, the gryphons, the dyheli; Lackey's good at giving a sense of
Mar 16, 2010 Chuck rated it really liked it
Number 26 in the quest to read 100 books . . .

The last book in Darien's Tale . . . (repackaged under that title after the fact . . . also known as the 'Owl Trilogy.'

The last, and possibly the best, book in the trilogy. The most interesting character from the second book, Keisha, is back as a competent young adult in the process of becoming a full fledged healer. Darien is now "all grown up" and ready to assume his responsibilities bot as a the leader of the Hawkbrother encampment in Valdemar an
Matt H.
Sep 30, 2014 Matt H. rated it did not like it
If you have ever asked the question, “Why can’t we all just get along?”, then this trilogy is for you, especially books 2 and 3. As the final installment of a fantasy trilogy, this book lacks deception, politics, curses, inherent evil, plotting, twists, turmoil, and/or conflict. We read characters getting along with other characters and having happy celebrations and feasts. Everything is cozy comfortable in the quiet of their Vale, and even when they trek off on a journey, their campsites are ...more
Jo Oehrlein
May 30, 2015 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
Shelves: read-harder-2015
The Northern Clans now have a village near Errold's Grove and k'Valdemar and there's a healer's Sanctuary to treat people with the Wasting Sickness.

The first half of the book is setting the stage for the future -- a herald mage will be stationed here and his intern herald will be Shandi, Keisha's sister.

Keisha and Darian are unsettled in their relationship. Darian passes his Masters exam (why did Elspeth go from nothing to Adept in a few months, but it takes Darian 2 years to become a Master?).
Mar 13, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
I mentioned in my last review that if I hadn't checked out this book at the same time I picked up the 2nd, I probably would have passed on it altogether. And honestly I almost wish I had. I wasn't that happy with the previous one, but most of all it is this 3rd book that really disappointed me.

There didn't seem to be any focus to this book at all. I mean, what was the story really about? The beginning of the book seemed to meander through different characters without direction. I guess Darian d
Mar 15, 2015 H rated it liked it
This book always kind of felt like the oh-this-is-supposed-to-be-a-trilogy-quick-what-should-it-be-about book rather than a solid connection to/continuation of the other two. The plot doesn't happen until the last third/fourth of the book, and while it's interesting seeing everything Darian and Keisha have accomplished over the last two or three years, it's not quite enough to make up a book. There's no real closure with the one bit of action we see (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 14, 2010 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing
This one was definitely the strangest of all the Darien books. I read it a few years after I had read the first two of this series set in Valdemar so I wasn't at all prepared for the quest-away-from-home. The other two deal closely with Errod's Grove, but this book see's Darien going out to find his parents.

I've never been very interested in the northern barbarians to begin with. The most interesting thing around there was that Darkness character that Vanyel had to fight about 1000 years before
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 12, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Eh. This book was sort of muddled and overlong, and I think the entire "knight" subplot was created just so the title could rhyme with the others. (There is no indication in any other book that "knight" is an actual title used in Valdemar.) The actual adventure isn't bad, although the ending is a little too pat, but the fact that it didn't actually start until halfway through the book tried my patience.

Not the worst of the Valdemar books, and the Owl stuff isn't the worst trilogy, but it's reall
This very nearly gets to "I actively resent having read this" territory. The pacing is terrible, the conflict is boring, the characterization is all over the place, the geography makes no goddamn sense THAT IS NOT HOW DIRECTIONS WORK, it feels like there were giant chunks of missing pages... basically Lackey & Dixon needed a third book for a contract and phoned this one in so hard, they recycled an action sequence or three from earlier books. Don't start reading Valdemar books with this ...more
I think a lot of my displeasure with this book is that it was horrendously heteronormative to the point where the characters didn't make much internal sense either. Keisha's character feels very disjointed in a way that goes beyond the internal conflict that she is experiencing (about her professional duty and her feelings for Darian) and her behaviour in the epilogue makes absolutely no sense to me. Furthermore, there is just too much rape. It's described as horrific but I have grown really ...more
Jun 19, 2015 Lexen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, I'm writing this review as a review of all three of the books in this trilogy. I'm giving all of them the full five stars simply because I love anything to do with the hawkbrothers. Their culture and traditions are fascinating and strange. Lackey's ability at communicating such things in this trilogy leave a bit to be desired, but oh well.

The last book in the trilogy is by far the best, and one particular loose end is tied up perfectly, perhaps a bit unrealistically. But still, this one is
Feb 22, 2013 zoomdoggies rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I just finished this book, and the previous book in the series. I read the first book in the trilogy many years ago, and remembered enjoying it. So, the whole time I was reading these books, I was wondering if the first book could have been that much worse than I remembered? I was also wondering why I kept reading, when I found the pacing uneven, the dialogue totally unconvincing, and most of the characters uninteresting.
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Mercedes Lackey is an amazing author and I have always loved her work. It is disappointing, however, at how much we are asked to pay for e-books that have been out in print for years, still pay as much or more than a paperback, and yet the e-book is riddled with errors. I expect more from her.

If you aren't the type to be distracted by typos this is an awesome read.
Elizabeth S
Dec 30, 2010 Elizabeth S rated it liked it
Shelves: n-scifi-fantasy
Really 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this one more than the earlier two in the Owl series, mostly because of the second half of the book. The first half was more of the repetitive world-building involving the Hawkbrothers and Healers and other perfect-solutions-to-the-world's-problems society elements. Also the typical relationship stuff. The book changed to a quest in the middle, and I enjoyed the second half much more because the characters actually did something.
Ramoths Own
Jan 18, 2014 Ramoths Own rated it it was amazing
I had a wonderful time spending a year in Valdamar and am so sorry that my time there is over. I loved this series and thought that the tale of Darian was just wonderful. I really enjoyed growing up with him and finding out the answers that he needed to have. I love Keisha and all of the Hawkbrothers that we were able to meet up with again.

All of these books were amazing to me. I had the best time reading them.
Jan 28, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok
Lackey is one of my favorite authors ever! I started reading her Valdemar series in 8th grade but I will still pull out her books to reread them. I also love her work so much that I never miss the chance to buy her new stuff. This series was her last full Valdemar series and I’m sad to say I almost wish she hadn’t written it. This whole series just fell flat for me and although, as always her characters were great, the whole work just felt a bit formulaic.
Aug 17, 2010 Denise rated it liked it
Last of the "Owl" series (or Darien's Tale) by Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon. This series did not deliver the same gut satisfaction as the Arrows of the Queen series (Lackey's best IMHO). This final story of the series was better than #2 and way better than #1 but the ending did not satisfy me. The fears of commitment by Keisha were not fully discussed with Darien but more like just "taken care of" by the author.

Can add this series to my "read" list but just didn't do much for me...
Oct 06, 2011 Meg rated it liked it
The ending was very abrupt - or rather, the epiloge was. The first half of the book was incredibly slow and boring. I can appreciate that Ms. Lackey was exploring the world outside of Valdemar, other cultures and all, but it's just not something I'm incredibly interested in. The only thing that saved the book from getting 2 stars instead of the 3 I gave it was (view spoiler)
Nisie draws
Apr 14, 2016 Nisie draws rated it really liked it
As usual of this series it was full of magic and adventure, Darian and Keisha figured out how to balance their magical careers and their relationship, and it was SO REFRESHING to see a strong woman refuse to give up doing the things she cares about to stay with the man she likes.
As always there was a happy ending and I appreciate that these books can have grim things happen, but they never outweigh the good.
Aug 30, 2014 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I still want to live in the utopia of a Vale. As I remembered from high school, I loved the descriptions, didn't give half a hoot (ha! Owl pun!) about the plot or characters.
I did notice amazingly healthy relationships (especially the intimate/romantic ones) this time through the trilogy. The Tayledras certainly seem to be an enlightened people! I particularly liked the wedding ceremony in the second book.
Catherine Thompson
Jun 30, 2010 Catherine Thompson rated it liked it
In this, the third part of the Owl trilogy, Darian, now a Master Mage, goes in search of his parents, long missing and presumed dead.

In all honesty, I think this final volume of the trilogy was a bit long; some judicious editing might have taken it down a hundred pages or so without damaging the story at all. The romantic sub-plot was actually well done, even if it was quite clear all through how it was going to end.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts ...more
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