Exile's Valor (Heralds of Valdemar, #7)
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Exile's Valor (Valdemar: Exile #2)

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This brand new, stand-alone novel in the Valdemar series continues the story of prickly weapons-master Alberich... Once a heroic Captain in the army of Karse, a kingdom at war with Valdemar, Alberich becomes one of Valdemar's Heralds. Despite prejudice against him, he becomes the personal protector of young Queen Selenay. But can he protect her from the dangers of her own...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published 2003)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Valdemar Fans
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
I do love Lackey's Valdemar and picked up the earlier books eagerly. For me they're the equivalent of bookly comfort food. But I was disappointed in the earlier book centered on Alberich, Exile's Honor, and I'm afraid this sequel to it is no improvement.

It's a common criticism of Lackey that she's very black and white in her worldview and characterizations. That doesn't suit in fleshing out the supposedly intimidating Alberich, who hails from Valdemar's traditional enemy, Karse. It also doesn't...more
Catherine Thompson
Weaponsmaster Herald Alberich has his hands full by day, teaching Trainees fighting techniques, and by night, haunting the seedier parts of Haven looking for information. Someone is trying to foment rebellion against young Queen Selenay, and Alberich is just the man to find out who. An accident that destroys a huge (and expensive) mirror in the training salle leads Alberich to a particularly flamboyant actor, who appears to have some very interesting connections... but to whom? And why is the Re...more
Erinn
Great book written about a story that is refurred too in her other novels. It was fun to read even though I knew the eventual outcome. Still, she managed to put some surprising elements that I wasn't expecting at all in it.
Annette McIntyre
Herald Alberich is the Weaponsmaster to all the Heralds of Valdemar. He is also a Karsite and therefore an enemy of Valdemar. But he has proven his honour over and over again and very few doubt his loyalty to Selenay the very young and inexperienced Queen. In his other position as spy of the realm, he becomes aware of a plot against Queen Selenay, but he can't trace who is responsible for it, but that doesn't stop him from putting in place unlooked for bodyguards for her. And when the plot is un...more
Steven
This book is apparently very forgettable - either I read it, and totally forgot having read it (I think I'd remember at least the (view spoiler) scene), or I never read it, and just didn't notice. It adds very little to the universe because, like the previous Alberich book, the outcome is predetermined by the events on the Arrows trilogy. Also, Hurlee? How could I forget that? In context, it makes sense, but it throws a huge spanner in the works for the written-later...more
Jeremy Preacher
I don't think this is quite as strong a book as Exile's Honor, but I like it well enough. The primary plot (Selenay being a featherheaded teenager) is eyeroll-inducing at best, but I do like just about everything from Alberich's perspective, and his romance is charming and realistic, which is a nice change from all of the fated and sort of dire pairings we've seen so far.

Two small rants, though:

- Selenay is the Queen, had been raised from birth to rule, in an environment that has been firmly est...more
***Dave Hill
This novel continues the story of Herald Alberich during the early days of Selenay's Reign. Well, sort of. It spends a fair amount of time as well in the PoV of Selenay herself, alas, as she deals with her father's death, the pressures put on her by the Council, her romance with a foreign Prince, and all the ensuing thisses-and-thats. Alberich, in turn, spends time worried about mysterious plots, then about Selanay and said plots, but never gets a chance to do much except prepare for a final cri...more
Dlora
I’ve been reading Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar fantasy series for the last two months—all 24 of them. Some of them I like better than others but all of them are entertaining. (though I’d only give five stars to my favorites: the two books about Weaponsmaster Alberich: Exile’s Honor and Exile’s Valor.) Usually Lackey writes a trilogy following the growth and experiences of a character who doesn’t fit in and is suddenly thrust into an unexpected new life where he or she learns about his own abilitie...more
Julie
I started on Valdemar with the Arrows of the Queen and Alberich is a very important part of that story. This is a story centered on Alberich and describes events often alluded to in the Arrows of the Queen series. Though this was written much later you might want to read this and the earlier one, Exile's Honor, first because that is how they are chronologically (however, I think that the Arrows of the Queen trilogy is way better and better written). But there is a lot of foreshadowing in this bo...more
Bibliotropic
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Justine
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Victoria
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
Brittany
Either I've read too many summer reading escapist fantasy novels and my brain is melting, or Lackey's are actually getting better. This one was a very well-written book with a unique plot. Other than the talking horses (which are very well-done so they're not cheesy and are an integral part of the plot) this book read like a historical fiction novel, only based on no actual events. Rather than quests for mystical artifacts, prophecies, or fights against all-powerful, evil magic-wielders with wor...more
Chuck
This is really, really good--maybe as good as some of Marion Zimmer Bradley's best--and that's the gold standard for me in heroic fantasy.The tale of Alderich, a captain in the army of a foreign land, who is sentenced to death for witchcraft because he has some sort of telepathic powers. He is saved by people from Valdemar, his land's most bitter enemy, and finds a place their, realizing the people who have been presented to him as demons find are actually honest, good people who have a free, op...more
Maria
A fitting sequel to Exile's Honor, but I didn't find it quite as compelling. I guess I had trouble recognizing a Selenay, very mature for her age up until now, who suddenly acts adolescent and I found it hard to believe that the Prince wouldn't have slipped in his role-playing more often prior to the marriage so that she would have been more cautious. There were plenty of reasons given by Alberich for her behavior, but they weren't convincing. If all this was just to provide Selenay with an heir...more
Twyla
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Rebecca
Great series, really enjoyed the whole story and plot line.

Also has great characters and builds up the world of valedmar even more.
Trixie
It's Alberich. Alberich is awesome. I have no complaints reading five more stories about Alberich ever.
Dragon
Alberich, present in so many books, this is effectively your internship. Be on your guard.
Millerbug
This book was ok. It wasn't as good as the first book about Alberich. A lot of politics and court intrigue in this book, but not a whole lot of action, that is until the end of the book, which came to a satisfying but predictable ending. The romance was kind of in the back ground but not weak. This book did flow though. Very smoothly written. It left little bait and hooks for other books in the Valdemar universe that made me want to read them. But I didn't feel really connected to any of the cha...more
Kathleen
Selenay is a capable, BAMF of a Valdemarian Queen, but the reader always hears the tale of Elspeth's father who seduced her in an attempt to steal her crown and failed. This is the story of that time, immediately after her father's death and her own assumption of the throne, when a vulnerable young Selenay must face her trial. Fortunately, she has a lot of help from Weaponsmaster Alberich, Chronicler Myste, and Queen's Own Herald Talamir.

A highly enjoyable book from what could have been a morti...more
Speedtribes
I definitely liked this volume better than the first one. Lackey is still far too comfortable with her formula and doesn't seem to want to shift from it. But the romance was ridiculously cute and the court intrigue was surprisingly interesting. I still wish there was a bit more...deeper... depth, or darkness or something, but that's not what you read a Mercedes Lackey book for.

Some good stuff floating around in a bit of fluff reading. After the anger I got from the Storm Warning books, reading...more
Edie
I liked the Alberich of Exile's Honor, and Exile's Valor gives him another side that I appreciate. But I like Selenay even more, but I do wish she would be more gutsy with those councilors. What's good about this set (Exile's ...) is that there is a lot of description of Valdemar itself -- what the city of Haven is like, who lives there, what folks do every day. Takes you into that world at an every-day level that I appreciate. I should finish this one this weekend, and then on to It Takes a Thi...more
Andrea
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 deals with another consistent Lackey character Alberich. But, unlike the Skif novel, it also has a place in filling a gap in the Valdemar timeline. I also enjoyed it because it showed the Companions as a bit more “human” than some of her past work.
Ashley
I liked this book better than the other about Alberich. It was very interesting finding out how all the characters in the plot against Selenay fit together. Actually, I thought this book was very well put together - a lot of seemingly random events that ended up important to the ending!

However, I only recommend it to someone if they've read other series of Valdemar. Otherwise, a lot of the cool details that are tied in to the other series wouldn't make as much of an impact.
Bianca Muller
Ah the princes of Rethwellan... Can't wait for the youngest to show up in Valdemar but thats not till Kerowyn's book. :) it is adorable and i think more than makes up for Karath being a total ass.
Ivy Reisner
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Sharon
I think Lackey is at her best when she presents Valdemar from an outsider's eyes. Alberich is a mysterious character with a public job (weapon's master) that gives us insight into training the Heralds and a private job (spy) that lets us see different aspects of the city.
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
I just want to know why there is so much politics. There seems to always be a plot to overthrow the thrown. Why is this? In Exile's Valor, we get to see Alberich again. It's basically book two about him. The book reveals more about the heralds and the country of Valdemar.
Ysabet
...and this was one of the last of Lackey's books I tried, when she was falling into blatant self-insertion. It was cute when the "historian" character based on herself was a throwaway reference. Less cute when she became a central character. Good grief.
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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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