Owlflight (Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy #1)
The story begins with orphaned Darian, mistrusted by the villagers of Errolds Grove, being taught in wizardry by the incompetent Justyn. Darian sulks and runs off into the woods a lot. Stuff from previou...more
I recently “rediscovered” Mercedes Lackey after a friend recommended one of her series. Waiting for the next book in the series to come in, I went to the library and pulled pretty much everything off the shelf that she had written and this series happened to be one I read before hitting author burn-out.
You can read any synopsis to find out what the ser...more
I'm a big fan of Mercedes Lackey and her Valdemar series is one of my favorite fantasy series.
I read the Owl Mage Trilogy directly after the Mage Storms Trilogy, and unfortunately after the action packed epic of that trilogy the Owl Mage Trilogy came off as slow paced and not particularly compelling.
Darien is the main character for all three books, with Keisha as a second main character in the second and third. They come off as being very simil...more
### Amazon.co.uk Review
Orphaned when his trapper parents failed to come back from the forest one day, young Darian is resentful when apprenticed to the damaged magician Justyn. He sees little point in the few tricks he manages to learn, and what has magic done for Justyn save leave him under-employed, sick and despised in a remote village? Then half-human invaders take the town and Justyn dies heroically helping people escape while Darian looks on in horror. Lost in the forest, Darian is rescu
I remember being drawn to the essence of community and whole-minded...more
After a slow start, this book was engaging. Darian, a young orphan boy in a village called Errold's Grove, is about as frowned on as a boy can be. Not only is he the orphaned child of unloved parents, he has been apprenticed to Justyn, the village healer, who is at the bottom of the village pecking order.
Darian is out in the woods when Errold's Grove is attacked by barbarian invaders, and he gets back in time to see Justyn, whom he hasn't tak...more
I do like Darian because he seems to be a break from the passive, bookish type. Instead, he is an outdoorsy, belligerent punk who back-talks his elders and steals fruit pies. He, of course, ca...more
***Okay, I reread it! It was almost as enjoyable at 22 as it was the first time, though a younger person would certainly enjoy it more. The ending might have been a little rushed, but that might be just because the climax is at the end of the book....? I don't know. Being olde...more
One thing that makes this one different from the usual Valdemar books though, is this particular young man isn't destined to become a Herald. Instead we get to learn more about the mysterious Tayledras featured in other books.
I wouldn't start here if you are new to Lackey or her Valdemar books--you'd do better, I think,...more
Not the best Lackey and nowhere near the best Valdemar (though it does have a lovely cover by Jody A. Lee), this first book in this particular trilogy tried to get a new, fresh, glipse of the doings in this world, but while it was fun she should have stopped with the Storms.
Luckily, after this trilogy, she went back to writing stories from *before* (Brightly Burning) and...more
Not that the messages were bad or anything, but really, do I have to dwell with Darian's grief so much?
It could have been better. This is more like an essay to the insight of a character instead of a book which I hoped would be action packed. I am not a pro writer, but shouldn't such essays be kept only for the author's eyes, as a guideline when she built the character a story?
This is Lackey's first book that I read, and I understand that there are other Valdema...more
This was my first venture into the world of Valdemar, and I am intrigued enough to read another. I found the Hawkbrothers to be an interesting group, but I am r...more