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Intrigues (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  5,436 ratings  ·  292 reviews
"Spellbinding storyteller" (Rave Reviews) Mercedes Lackey continues her epic Valdemar series.

Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy.

But life at the court is not without
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by DAW (first published October 1st 2010)
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Ah, the Collegium Chronicles, also known as "Lackey rewrites Harry Potter". Let's list the similarities:

In the first book:
Young, callow, orphaned male protagonist is rescued from a horrifically abusive situation and whisked off to a school for kids with supernatural powers. There, he becomes great friends with a boy and girl (who, spoilers, fall for each other), forming a power trio. He is obsessed with finding out about his parents.

In the second book:
Everyone is convinced that the hero is actua
I went into this book loving Magpie as a character. Some people are broken by things that have happened to them in life, but it is how you learn to survive those breaking to become what you are suppose to be. No, it's not always easy, but then who said it was suppose to be?

I'm glad I didn't read a single review before devouring this book. It makes me angry when I read things like: "At one point, I was fairly certain Mags IS Harry...well, emo medieval Harry, complete with wannabe quidditch." and
Mercedes Lackey, I am disappoint.

It's been a bit since I went through my Valdemar binge, and in the interval I've looked back on the series and seen some of its flaws: the worldbuilding isn't all that creative, the characters generally caricatured, the plots rather uninspired, the angst overexaggerated. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy them, and doesn't even mean they won't stand up to a re-read - it just means they're not on my 'bucket books' list, and that's really fine. A lot of good books th
As a long-time Mercedes Lackey fan, I found this book to be fun at times, but mostly dreary and very reminiscent of prior Valdemar novels. Foundation, the first of the trilogy, was gripping with the character's unique origins and perspective in the Collegium. However, Intrigues was like a cross between Vanyel's span as a beggar with a heavy focus on the woe-is-me, everyone-hates-me aspect from the Herald-Mage trilogy, the roof-walking lowborn aspect from Take A Thief, and the relationships betwe ...more
Kris Irvin
It physically pains me to give a Lackey book 2 stars. Ouch. But this book just didn't deserve any more than that. Okay, maybe 2.8 stars.

Let's be honest - I don't remember hardly anything that happened in "Foundation." I do vaguely remember getting very bored of Mags' constant "wow I was so poor and now I am so excited about everything yay!" It was overkill. Lackey tones it down - a little - in Intrigues, but the obnoxiousness is still there. I felt like she beat me over the head with constant y
Intrigues is the second book in The Collegium Chronicles. It follows the character Mags as he takes his place in the Heralds Collegium, a school where the Chosen go to learn to be Heralds. This should mark the end of serious drama in Mags's life, but the three Collegia are in a state of change and all is not well in the capitol city of Haven.

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Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan, but I must admit I'm a bit disappointed with this series so far. I kept reminding myself that the middle book in a trilogy is almost always the weakest, but then I realized that I wasn't incredibly impressed with the first one, either.

I think the issue is that Lackey passes over the most interesting thing (to me) in the books--the founding of the Collegia--and tells the story from the point of view of someone who knows nothing about the mentor-system they're leav
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Here's what I think she was thinking when she wrote this book: "Hm...I like that Rowlings lady's books. That Quidditch sure is a good idea. I know, I'll write a series that is pretty much like the best selling series I've ever written, but with QUIDDITCH! Oh, wait. I have to call it something else, don't I? about Kirball? YES!"

In a nutshell...bah. And If I notice that the third in this series comes out,I'll probably still read it. Sigh. Such is the nature of series. Even mediocre ones t
Used to love Lackey's books, but everything she's written for at least the last decade is formulaic as hell. Is it that her writing's changed, become less fresh? Or is it that I've grown past enjoying reading about angsty teenagers with magic horses?

Ah well.

Lackey's style is still straightforward and very readable, but this has basically the same plot as her last few. Same slow beginning, same angst-ridden subplots in the middle, same rushed ending.

Only this time, there's Quidditch.

Well, that's
3.5 stars

Reread megathon part 2 peeps (for part 1 that's my review)

Mags is settling in, he's got friends, he's happy and warm and fed, the dodgy mercenaries scarpered, woo hoo! There's a new complicated sports game he's getting involved in that's making him popular, he's helping out the King's Own with important matters then KAPOW! He finds from looking into his background he's foreign born and there's a bad premonition involving foreigners and the king.
An Odd1
"Intrigues" (Collegium 2)are primarily minor school trials for our boy and pals healer Bear and bard Lena until a final assassination attempt on the king while the Companions' stable burns, trapping injured Gallen. Mags' ex-slave allus ain't accent has too many apostrophes and interrupts the flow for me, as does his italicized colonated (?) mind-speech. Seer visions (I never like this literary device) of Mags, the king covered in blood, and sensations of death, escalate general disdain to reject ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 09, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
This, just released, is the second book of a trilogy centered on Mags, one of the first Herald trainees to be schooled though the Collegium. So you should definitely read the first book, Foundation first. I'd go farther than that--I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to Lackey or her Valdemar books--instead I'd pick up either the first published book, Arrows of the Queen centered on Talia or the earliest chronologically, Magic's Price, centered on Vanyel.

If you're already familiar w
Lackey's latest installment of 'The Collegium Chronicles' continues the tale of Herald trainee Mags as he goes about his schooling, even as he searches for information about his parents. Unfortunately his relatively peaceful existence is interrupted when ForeSeers predict a dire scene involving "a foreigner" - something Mags had recently learned he was. Malicious rumors spread throughout campus, and Mags comes under serious pressure. Can he help uncover the truth behind the seers' vision?

For th
Jen A.
As always, I'm quite happy to delve back into Lackey's Valdemar, complete with Heralds, Companions, Bards, Healers and bad guys. Intrigues is a follow-on to Foundation, in which we're introduced to Mags, an orphan/slave who was Chosen by Dallen, his Companion; plucked from the horrid conditions of the mine and sent to live at the Collegium and undergo Heraldic training. Mags has to bear the double burden of not feeling like he belongs and trying to catch up in his studies.

It's been a long while
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Oct 21, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Valdemar fans who have missed the old series and wish for new adventures
Shelves: read-in-2010, fantasy
This second volume in the Collegium series follows more adventures in the story of Mags, a herald trainee from the poorer side of tracks who used to be a mine worker.

Mags has continued to be used by Nicolas, the King's Own rider (basically a war chief and chief advisor and spy master all rolled into one) as a spy because of his scruffy appearance and his natural ability to blend into his surroundings. Also Mags is taking classes at the Collegium and interacts some more with his friend Bear, a he
'Intrigues' was disappointing to me. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, even if the character came off as a little bit similar to Skif in ‘Take a Thief’. This one, though begins as if no social progress has been made, in spite of the fact that we left Mags in a pretty good place at the end of the last book. Throughout, his friends seem dramatically more immature than they were previously (teenage angst perhaps?) and he himself keeps thinking about how fortunate and grateful he is to ...more
So I think Mercedes Lackey was my version of YA literature when I was a teen. I started reading her in 8th grade when Katie Huber let me borrow Winds of Fate and then I devoured them. Anyway, most of the stories involve children becoming Heralds in Valdemar, and then continue on into their adulthood. So it starts off as YA literature and then transcends it. It's still very comforting to read, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to re-read some of the "classics" because while I enjoyed the two books ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
The last half of this book was excellent. The beginning good. The middle sucked.

Mainly: Too much kirball. I began to loathe that game. At first, there wasn't enough description so I could even picture what was happening. It seemed like Misty was being sketchy of the details because she didn't want to be copying another famous game that shall not be named. And there was all this talk of the dangerous game field, yet during every game, it seemed like the terrain never came into play.
And speaking o
I like Lackey's writing in general. The constant, recurring theme of desperate trouble which only one (or a few) people can solve, using their unique gifts/powers/talents, can get a little old. I do understand the need to motivate young people to work hard, use what they have, and believe in themselves, however, so that there are at least forty? books out there that stress that over and over is not a bad thing, and certainly not when paired with the idea of being accepting of others and their be ...more
Because Rumors Suck Okay

I'm reviewing the first three books of this series in one master review at this time because I've read all three close enough together that I can't really tell them apart.

This was a great return to Valdemar. It has almost everything I want out of a Valdemar book. Abused children in terrible situations who get saved by the magical horses! School montages! Unexpectedly gifted youngsters Proving Their Mettle!

No, seriously, if you like Valdemar b
Lauren Powell
I was excited to see the Collegium series, as I adored lots of the previous Valdemar stories - most especially those focused on Vanyel. I still re-read them sometimes and still enjoy them after all these years. I have always found ML's books to be lovingly devoted to the characters and their development over time, however I'm sad to say this series is just disappointing. I'm just into the third book and really struggling to stay interested. This is foremost because there are many unfortunate par ...more
I feel that "Intrigues" could be classified, along with "Foundation", as a young adult novel. Whether this is a recent trend for Lackey, or just something I have noticed having been a long time fan (I first started reading Lackey's stories when I was 13) and now a mature (!) adult (according to my drivers license lol), I couldn't say. The writing is once again beautiful, drawing the reader back into the world of Valdemar, and is one of the reasons I quite happily keep returning to Lackey's works ...more
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One of the reasons I liked this book as much as I did is because it varies from the typical "down and out apprentice wins over his colleagues and teachers and is a huge success" story.
Mags comes under suspicion of the college when farseekers have a vision of a death and the king with Mags present. Everyone thinks he is responsible for the death of the king and the pressure on Mags mounts to the point that he makes some bad decisions and hurts himself and those around him.
Shockingly glad I stuck with this series. Where the first book was completely painful and contrived, this one was fresh and entertaining. The beginning hundred pages almost made me give up completely, but towards the end, Mags becomes his own character and I actually started being interested in his story. I will probably read the rest of the Collegium series and hope they are more like the second book than the first.
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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 &a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles (5 books)
  • Foundation (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, #1)
  • Changes (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, #3)
  • Redoubt (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, #4)
  • Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, #5)
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1) Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1) By the Sword (Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale, #1) Magic's Price (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #3) Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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