Owlsight (Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy #2)
My main gripe with this series is the bizarre-in-context patriarchal assumptions. In a country where there is no sexism at all in the ruling class, it's jarringly out ...more
The middle book in the trilogy is always the toughest. Darian is now a young adult and has been fully adopted into the Tayledras or Hawkbrother clan; he has been undergoing training both as a warrior and as a mage. He has found a home . . .
More interesting is the introduction of Keisha, who, following the death of Justyn (in the first book in the tri ...more
I think this book is enormously self-indulgent - loving, extensive detail is given to the minutiae of daily life of Darian and new character Keisha. Unfortunately some of it IS a re-tread of things from book one in the trilogy, so reading them back-to-back the repetitive bits are a drag. However, it's just a NICE story to read.
The focus is really on character development, but that being said both Keisha and Darian start the bo ...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
Still disappointing. The book starts with Keisha, and I was like 'who is this??? Where are the bondbirds and grrryphon? Where is Darian?'
I want to know what happened to Darian--after all the hardships I went through in finishing the first book, now I get ANOTHER main character!? With another petty problems too, if I might add.
Right. Review, not rant.
It made a more interesting book, especially if it was the first of the trilogy, I believe it would piq ...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 generally like Lackey's Valdemar books, and if you're new to them I'd start with the first published, Arrows of the Queen. They almost all deal with Heralds, a police/military force bonded to and partnered with "Companions," magical creatures in horse guise.
Heralds don't factor much in this particular trilogy though, but the Tayledras, featured in other stories, do, and for me that more t ...more
Another great addition to the Valdemar books
If I hadn't checked out this book along with the 3rd from the library at the same time, I probably would have passed on t ...more
Besides my more personal reason for abandoning her books, this one had a gigantic error in it. One so obvious even I as a nonprofessional writer, could see it.
Then there was the part that was included for what seemed personal as opposed to professional reasoning. Sort of like when Ayn Rand, in Atlas Shrugged, has her character make a 70-page speech, which seems unrealistic to me; and that unrealism ruins ...more
Errold's Grove has a new healer these days, Keisha. Keisha knows herb healing, but has no training in her Gift and no one around to help. She also is suffering as an unshielded Empath.
The Hawkbrother plans to create k'Valdemar near Errold's Grove are sped up by the approach of some Northern clan. Is this a recurrence of the Blood Bear incident from the end of Book #1? Lord Breon and the people of Kelsmkeep, the villagers, an ...more