Brightly Burning (Valdemar (Chronological))
Definitely worth it.
This one didn't hold up at all. Of course, I recall not particularly enjoying it when I first bought it on publication, so I'm not sure what it proves.
The main character of this story is Lavan who, like most Lackey heroes, is a poor misunderstood boy whose family just doesn't understand him. He is abused by someone in authority (in this ca ...more
Lavan Chitward's life is suffering. At the start of the book it was a struggle to determine how ...more
In this book, Lavan is a merchant's son who doesn't fit into the family mold. They send him off for schooling, ...more
Beyond the actual arc, it's a charming book filled with Lackey's usual charming supporting cast. There's enough real drama t ...more
Chronologically, this book is set between those two trilogies, and fleshes out a mention of Lavan Firestorm in the first trilogy. The book starts out in a way typical for Lackey's books, with a yo ...more
The book starts off not magnificently, but interestingly enough, with the main character, Lavan, being sent off to school by his parents. Over a hundred pages cover his experience at school, where he is bullied by older students. Lackey actually deals with this section well enough, even though Lavan isn't a particularly likeable protagonist, ...more
Lavan as he is early in the book could be anyone. So many people secretly suffer. Even though Lavan seeks out help no one believes him. Even ...more
Lavan is an unremarkable young man who doesn't want to follow in his parents footsteps. Instead, his parents send him off to merchant school to see what can be made of him. Sadly, the bullying at the school is horrific, and poor Lavan can find himself getting angrier and angrier with no outlet. That anger has to find its own outlet somehow.
This n ...more
As always with Lackey's writing, the characters are relatable, talented (sometimes extremely) but still flawed and real. The pacing is really good in this book, with minor denouement to really pull the reader throughout. It's easy to feel like you're learning and growing right along with the characters (and when I was first reading this book in my teens, I probably was!).
In all, this is one of my favourite La ...more
Instead we get another misunderstood teenage hero, with another set of parents who have unreasonable demands, the obligatory group of bullies who single out our hero and a Companion that comes to the rescue in the nick of time.
This is a similar story to the other Valdemar novels but wi ...more
Sometimes, when you do something the second time, you do it better. This novel is the book that "Magic's Pawn" could have been.
Lavan is a misunderstood child of middle class parents who mean well but don't "get" him. He is suffering soulfully and mightily . . . can anyone say "Vanyel" from Magic's Pawn?
But Lavan is truly picked on, and, when he is pushed to the point where he is about to be killed, maniests the ability to start fires. At this poi ...more
Brightly Burning marks Mercedes Lackey's return to the kingdom of Valdemar, and introduces us to a portion of the otherwise unchronicled reign of King Theran. The book's principle figure is Valdemar's most powerful herald, Laven Firestorm, who comes of age during Valdemar's war with its long-time enemy, the kingdom of Karse.Sixteen-year-old Laven Chitward's world is turned upside down when his mother is selected as a textile guild representative in the small rural community where he was raised....more
Her writing is addictive, nicely paced (there’s a stall here or there, but rare.) and relatable. The characters are full of life and flaws that make them human. I’m hooked.
I would not recommend this as an introduction to the Val ...more
The fantasy world of Valdemar is at war with a powerful enemy--the kingdom of Karse. This kingdom is ruled by religious fanatics who consider the Companions to be white demons and who have vowed to destroy them and all of Valdemar. A young Herald-in-training, Lavan, has been discovered with the very rare (and volatile) gift of Fire-Starting. This ability is linked to his emotions (fear, hate, anger, etc) and must be ...more
Read some other reviews, definitely right regarding not reading this one first. Lackey is an amazing author. If you don't like this one don't let it keep you from the others.
This is the first I've read from Mercedes, and it appears there are dozens more in this same world, written before and after.
But this worked perfectly well as a stand-alone, it gradually and non-obtrusively revealed how the world “worked”, without taking away the gripping personal story of Lavan.
At first I was thinking a solid 3-stars, but it had a very brave and surprising ending which cranked it up to 4.
The main character, Lavan, is really annoying in the beginning. While it is easy to sympathize with him, he is kindof a pushover still. He gets better. The background story, with the kingdom going to war, is better understood if you have read her other books first, because those explain that part of the story. Here it is only incident to the story of Lavan and so it doesn't get much in ...more
Impressions: Personally I love Lackey's Valdemar books, even tho ...more