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Owlsight (Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  8,246 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Owlsight is the companion volume to Lackey & Dixon's most recent Valdemar novel, Owlflight, and follows the fortunes of Darien, who watched his mentor die as his own life was saved, and of the village he left, Errold's Grove—now safe from the barbarians under the watchful eyes of the Hawkbrothers—and of Keisha, a natural born healer, though not yet officially recognize ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc USA (first published 1998)
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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 was her last full Valdemar series and I’m sad to say I almost wish she hadn’t written it. This whole series just fell flat for me and although, as always her characters were great, the whole work just felt a bit formulaic.
Jeremy Preacher
Owlsight is definitely more solid than Owlflight - less drama, more interesting worldbuilding without the tedious flashback-driven backstory. We get a cameo by Kerowyn, and really awkwardly-placed references to the rest of the main Mage Storms characters, which is nice but clumsy, and otherwise it's just a fairly solid YA adventure.

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
Mar 07, 2017 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Owl series, and we get introduced to some of the characters other than Darian and Snowfire that make this series so great. Keisha and Shandi are two of my favorites, and Keisha and her struggled with her gift I absolutely adored the first time around. Add to that all the usual Hawkbrothers and I adored this series, both as a teenager and now.

I can't wait to get into book three and read again about what happens with Darian and Keisha. Five stars.
Mar 10, 2010 Chuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 25 in the quest to read 100 books in a year. This is the second book in the "Owl" trilogy, which has also been rebranded as "Darain's Tale.'

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
Dec 08, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book of the Owl... trilogy starts about 4 years after the happenings in book 1. Keisha Alder is introduced in this book - she has a Healing Gift, but is having trouble learning how to use it from reading books. Her Healer's empathy is driving her nuts living at home with several large noisy brothers, and a somewhat clingy mother. When her sister is Chosen and leaves, their mother's hysterics nearly drive her crazy, and she realizes she must move out of the house. She is using Justyn and ...more
Judy Hall
May 26, 2017 Judy Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Darien has been traveling with the Hawkbrothers and learning to become a Healer Adept for the past four years, Keisha has taken over the healing in the village. She has no formal training, but she is good and the Hawkbrothers have also watched over her when it comes to herbal remedies. Just as Darien is settling in to his new family's Vale, word comes that another set of barbarians are following the same path as the ones that killed Justin and brought Darien to the Hawkbrothers. It's decid ...more
Mar 26, 2017 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing happened in the first 200+ pages. Pleasant read, but not gripping or particularly noteworthy.
Jan 28, 2017 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great characters and story. Such a rich world. This book was a pleasure to read.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
After four years of traveling, the Tayledras group returns to k’Vala, their home Vale, where Snowfire and Nightwind celebrate their wedding and Darian studies with an elderly Healing Master. He also enjoys getting to know the young people of the Vale (in at least one case, rather intimately.) But his thoughts are on the future: on a mysterious teacher he has been promised, and on his plans for k’Valdemar, the Vale he hopes will become a sort of Camp David for Valdemar and its Hawkbrother neighbo ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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Jen A.
Jan 14, 2011 Jen A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, re-read
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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

Keilani Ludlow
Sep 24, 2013 Keilani Ludlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, know that I am writing one review (mostly) for all the books in the series because if you like the first one, you’ll keep reading the rest.

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
Matt H.
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ms bookjunkie
4.5 stars

Absolutely delightful. A healer in a small village, and a mage with the Tayledras, learning their crafts. Different experiences. Wonderful world-building! Compelling. Serious. Fantastic. Fascinating.
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
Sep 01, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Megan Cutler
Though the book description had me worried the plot of this book would be nearly identical to the first, that is thankfully not the case. Unfortunately, the book still suffers many of the pitfalls of the first in the trilogy. The biggest problem is that the first half of the book is full of slice-of-life information that isn't interesting enough to carry the narrative for such a long time, and the bulk of the plot is crammed into the last few chapters, ending abruptly just when things get intere ...more
Agata Salim
Oct 15, 2013 Agata Salim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Better paced than the first book, and yet...
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
Jess Hale
Apr 09, 2016 Jess Hale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a book in which nothing really *happens*, I enjoyed reading this.

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
Jul 06, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly, I was very disappointed with this book. The characters were good and the setting interesting and vividly described, but the story was lacking. I found myself waiting almost the entire book for the story to start: nothing exciting, dangerous, even interesting happened the entire first half or more of the book. The primary antagonist of the book was a plague that we knew nothing of until the end, that no main character died of, and that was apparently fairly easily Healed. Only one chara ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Valdemar Fans
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
This is the second book in the Owl Mage series, that began with Owlflight, so you should read that first.

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
Feb 19, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, the writing style was much like the first book, which didn't really help how I felt about the book, but I thought it felt a bit less repetitive. Now whether that was just getting used to the style or actuality I'm not sure. Really, I plowed through just because I was curious enough about where the characters were going, and well truth be told I am just stubborn like that.

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
One of the things I love best about these Valdemar books is that they often focus on a sense of duty, but usually that comes with the faint taint of nationalism. Yes, Valdemar is the best country ever--one founded by immigrants with the principles of religious freedom and cultural tolerance--but it can seem a little, well, nationalist on occasion. So centering this book on a young Healer whose oath of treating the sick transcends race and boarder as well as a young man growning up in two culture ...more
Fun and a good read but also a bit meh.
Vicki G
Apr 26, 2011 Vicki G rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book, along w/ another reason I won't get into here, turned me off this author forever.
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
Jo Oehrlein
Darian's new Hawkbrother family has returned to its home Vale, k'Vala.

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
Oct 24, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the second of the owl series, we continue to find out more about the border towns of Valdemar and the Taleydras. In this one, the healing gift is also explored more than in previous books. Keisha grows into her powers without the help of the Healer's Collegium while Darian continues to train as a wizard. The Northern barbarians again appear but not in the same way as in the first book. You can't take anything for granted in Ms. Lackey's fantasy world as she continues to expand and populate it ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume of Darian's Tale is not quite as well paced as the first one. It is very much a set-up novel, with the climactic action happening in a few pages in the final chapter, leaving many threads still unraveled for the final volume. The writing isn't quite as lively and the parallelism between the two main characters often felt overly contrived.

A minor note: the second main character's name is Keisha, and I had a hard time taking her seriously because of that. Kept expecting her to br
May 15, 2011 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember really liking the first book in this trilogy so I was pleased as punch to pick up this second book.


I found myself bored more often than not, sad to say. There was so much internal talking and descriptions of surroundings and people that I found myself skimming pages to finally get to any interesting action scenes. Alas, it felt like far too much skimming and far too little action. It was ultimately a forgettable book.

I'm going to give the third a try and hope for better result
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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 &am ...more
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