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Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  3,595 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings--his included--about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection th ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by DAW
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Caro Kinkead In this arc, yes. Mag's adventures continue the the current Herald-Spy books.

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Debbie Gascoyne
Sigh. As I come to the close of another disappointing Mercedes Lackey, I wonder why I bother? I always grumble at her leaden prose, at the somewhat colourless characters, at the rather smug and self-congratulatory attitude of all the Valdemarans - constantly telling themselves, and us, how clever and noble and generally worthy they are... So why? Why do I read them? It's not as if, particularly in the case of the latest Valdemar novels, the plots are all that good. They are mostly recycled versi ...more
Starfury10
Nov 16, 2013 Starfury10 rated it it was ok
This series feels like something Lackey just churned out to cater to fans who clamored for more stories set in Valdemar, keep a steady income rolling in without any effort, or both. From the start it's badly misnamed, as "The Collegium Chronicles" are really about Mags rather than about the first days of the Heralds creating their school. And I found the pieces about the conflict over whether the Collegium should exist much more interesting that the haphazard and often ridiculous setup of Mags' ...more
Kit Wilson
Oct 01, 2013 Kit Wilson rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this. It answers most of the questions about Mags, but there are just enough unanswered that I can't decide if the series is finished or not. I enjoyed this book as much as the first (and more than #2-4). Despite the seemingly "leisurely" pace, the story does move quickly. There are some funny moments too.

My biggest complaint is "how" the questions are answered. It was just very neat and tidy and most importantly convenient. Instead of Mags finding the answers, the answe
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Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked—mostly—from B&N.com.)

“Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings—his included—about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Eve
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Dorian
Nov 10, 2013 Dorian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth and (presumably) final book in the rather ill-named "Collegium Chronicles" series. (Ill-named because it ought to be about, well, the collegium, but it's mostly not.) It's an improvement on some of the earlier volumes (book two, I seem to recall, was rather dull), but this is not the author's best work by any means.

It does contain much of what Ms. Lackey does well: lots of detail about what life is like in this world (something I love, though I can see that other readers could
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Annette
Mar 14, 2014 Annette rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Without fear of spoilers...
6 people, two horses, and two not-horses go on a camping trip during which Nothing Happens. For 250 pages. Finally, a long lost relative stops by for a real heart-to-heart. Still, aside from a dressing down of epic proportions, Nothing Actually Happens. Finally, in the last 30-40 pages, someone starts shooting real arrows.
What are we reading about in those 250 pages of non-events? Let me see. Well, we find out exactly how many shuttered windows are in a state-of-the-a
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Jean
Sep 02, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok
My first review on goodreads as I mostly lurk on here and it has to be a negative:(

So first in the series I was excited if bummed at how short it was. It got me hungering for more and I have faithfully bought each new one as they have come out, but the last few I felt should have been one book. Why was this 5 instead of 3 or 4 tops? What was going on with this book that talked so much about nothing leaving me almost to the end wondering when, if ever, the big bad enemy was going to show. I got t
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Dorri
Oct 27, 2013 Dorri rated it liked it
Mercedes Lackey has a fluid prose that lets a reader drop easily into the story she weaves. We gladly follow along with anything she chooses to write with ease and joy. I have read all of Ms. Lackey's books. All of them. Saying that, when I found out she was creating a story about the start of the Collegia, I was intrigued. In the beginning of Valdemar, when she wrote the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, Heralds were trained either one teacher to one student or one teacher for a two to three like-gifte ...more
Catherine
Mar 14, 2014 Catherine rated it liked it
My 3-star rating really applies to the whole five book Collegium Chronicle set. Honestly, at times I thought it was terrible, but I somehow read all the books, so...it must have had some redeeming qualities.

I've been hugely into Mercedes Lackey since a friend introduced me to the books in high school, and have read most of her books. The Valdemar books are generally my favorites, but this series really didn't do it for me. I think it would have worked a bit better as a trilogy, with less of the
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Kat Cloaked
Oct 02, 2013 Kat Cloaked rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of anything related to Valdemar, but this one is not my favorite of the Collegium Chronicles.

What I've enjoyed most about Mags is his perseverance, and there just is not a lot of struggle in this book. The most important issue seems to be whether or not he will be able to consummate his romance or not.

Yes, we learn more about his past and his ancestry. But in the end I just felt sort of apathetic.

I really wanted to like it. I will keep reading the series, which I imagine will hav
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Michelle Artlip
Apr 26, 2013 Michelle Artlip marked it as to-read
I really hope this new book is going to answer the questions that the last book left unanswered.! I am spool looking forward to this book!!
Neenah Lynch
Oct 02, 2013 Neenah Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I'm ready for more of Bey's story and of his culture!
Pamela
Oct 16, 2013 Pamela rated it liked it
Recommended to Pamela by: AliceAnn
It's a Valdemar novel. Of course I'm going to read it.

But I just spent half an hour attempting to write a positive review. In vain I have struggled; it will not do. You must allow me to confess that I did not particularly love this book.

I couldn't write that glowing review because it wasn't the truth, no matter how much I wanted it to be so.

Enjoying the experience of reading a book can occur simultaneously with not particularly loving the book. That was my experience with Bastion. Pretty much an
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Ryan G
Jan 19, 2015 Ryan G rated it liked it
So we are now on book five of Mag's story, and the fatigue I was feeling after the fourth book, Redoubt, has now passed. I'm not sure if it's because I haven't visited Valdemar in almost a year, or if it's just because I found the pacing of this one to be a bit better, either way, I'm back in love with Mags.

This time around, Mags is just returning to Haven, after his kidnapping and escape from Karse and his native tribe. He is just starting to settle down in his new reality, when it's decided t
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Elentarri
Oct 15, 2013 Elentarri rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
The book was "ok", not great like Mercedes Lackey's first sets of Valdemar novels, but not as bad as the previous two books in the Collegium Chronicles series either. I found that I just didn't care very much about any of the characters in this set. Bland would be a good term for the whole Collegium Chronicles to date.

The Good: This book actually has "stuff" happening through most of it and the plot goes somewhere.
No endless pages of kirball!

The Bad: Copy/paste fillers from previous books.
(1)N
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Marie
Oct 23, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok
I didn't hate it, but for me it fell into the trap that Lackey's stuff sometimes does, where the hero/ine is just TOO PERFECT - skilled at everything they attempt, with interpersonal relationships that go alarmingly well and the ability to resolve completely preposterous conflicts within 75 pages. I really only read this because I'm a ridiculous completionist and couldn't bear only reading four books of a five-book series - but by the end I didn't even care about Mags' Secret Past except to feel ...more
Laura
This is a sadly disappointing end to the series. There's no real conflict, aside from the inevitable fight against bad guys. The usual sense of hardship and loss-of-innocence Lackey usually includes in missing here.

Instead, characters receive or are revealed to have skills that normally take years of training, all the romantic loose ends are tied off and the new culture that is revealed is never mentioned again in the future chronology.

There were some interesting interactions, but the meanderin
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Leons1701
Oct 07, 2013 Leons1701 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a slightly odd entry in the Collegium Chronicles series, not only does very little of it take place at the Collegium, but there's no kirball. Well, it's mentioned a time or two, but there's no actual gameplay, and the book is the better for it, that device was getting rather overused. Finally, we get some answers about Mags origin, which probably makes this the concluding volume of the series. Although I've enjoyed it, I'm ready for it to be done, I want to see something new in the Heral ...more
Alison (Lady Coffin) S
Love Valdemar, and I want to be Chosen
Stephanie
May 10, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Better then the last one, with a nice neat ending. It seems to be that Lackey is taking less risks with Valdemar's citizens. Everything always turns out just the way it should be.
Jessalyn King
Oct 11, 2015 Jessalyn King rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, grown-human
Good ending to the series! Looking forward to the next one.
Kathy Davie
Oct 14, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Fifth in the Collegium Chronicles, a subseries in the Valdemar main series, which revolves around Mags and his Companion, Dallen.

My Take
This one takes up where Redoubt , 4, left off, with Mags rescued and about to increase his knowledge about his dead parents and the family to which he's related. It has its adventures, and the encounter with family is interesting, but it doesn't advance the story a great deal. It's more of a fill-in for Mags. To learn more about the people from whom his parents
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Virginia Night
Dec 22, 2016 Virginia Night rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

I love Mercedes Lackey. Her writing, characterization and world building are second to none. She is my very favorite author.
Tonileg
Oct 13, 2016 Tonileg rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-reads, series
Last book in the Mags coming of age series.
Mags leaves the Collegium to go on a road trip to the Bastion to finally confront the death threats away from the big city where he was putting other people at danger. So he takes off with Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan, Bear, Lena, and Amily and they have lots of twisty secrets that will be discovered as well as the true past and heritage of Mags.
I liked that Mags has some hard decisions to make, as well as a natural sexual awakening which is 'clean' as w
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Julie
Oct 07, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
This one seemed slow to start. (view spoiler) ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Bastion, the fifth and possibly final book in the Collegium Chronicles, is an entertaining but ultimately flawed tale that finally offers answers to the main questions of the series arc: Who is Mags, who wants to kidnap him, and why? But those answers don't come until the last 80 pages of the novel; the majority of the book is a long, elaborate, and episodic set-up designed to put Mags and a previously unknown character -- the one with the answ
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The Speculative Post
Unlike the rest of the Valdemar books, Bastion and the rest of the Collegium Chronicles are not a duology or a trilogy. Bastion is book five in the cycle, and does not appear to be the last. In addition to being the fifth book in a series, Lackey has thirty other Valdemar books; if you haven’t read any of the Valdemar Saga before, do not start with this one. (I do highly recommend that you at least read The Last Herald Mage Trilogy.) I will also say that Bastion, and the Collegium Chronicles in ...more
Becky
Jun 30, 2014 Becky rated it it was ok
Many other reviewers have already detailed the many disappointments and occasional bright spots of the Collegium Chronicles, so I will try to avoid too much repetition, but I too am really struck by the difference between Lackey's early Valdemar books and her more recent ventures.

Remember when Lackey allowed characters to die in the course of the Herald's life that has continually been described as terribly dangerous? Remember the heart-rending loss of multiple characters in the Arrows of the Q
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TheCosyDragon
Jan 22, 2015 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.

Mags is still recovering from being kidnapped, and his memories falsified. So that he can have some peace and quiet, he's sent out on circuit near where his parents and the bandits were left. It seems like he is going to find out more about himself - one way or another, dead or alive.

First off, what's up with the title anyway? It feels like a lit
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Joy
Oct 13, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it
With some kindle credit available, I checked out which of Lackey's books I had missed recently, and found that I had never read this one. I was a little leery, since I didn't enjoy the fourth book in this series as much as usual judging from my review, but I went ahead and picked it up anyway. This was a solid Valdemar book, wrapping up the story of Mags as a Herald Trainee, and a good addition to the world that Lackey has built.

I don't recall all of the events of the previous novel, but enough
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Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles (5 books)
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