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Trio of Sorcery (Diana Tregarde 0.5)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  928 ratings  ·  116 reviews
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mercedes Lackey presents three exciting short urban fantasy novels featuring three resourceful heroines and three different takes on the modern world and on magics both modern and ancient.

Arcanum 101: Diana Tregarde, practicing witch, romance novelist, Guardian of the Earth. Studying at Harvard, Diana is approached by Joe O'B
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ebook, 352 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Tor Books (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Julia
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Mercedes Lackey is an author responsible for a number of my firsts. Diana Tregarde was probably the first the urban fantasy series I ever read, and she mixed magic with police interceptors much to my delight. I also know for a fact that Jennifer Talldeer, in SACRED GROUND, was the first character I ever read who used a condom in a love scene (a realistic, compelling, touch). Both Diana and Jennie have new stories in TRIO OF SORCERY, as well as a new ch
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Susan
I suspect that the popularity of her books, though waning, is responsible for the poor editing in recent books.

The stories are fun, and quick reads, but the poor editing is jarring.

Also, the creative spelling and lack of research was disappointing. Even for people who DON'T live in NAZ, Tony Hillerman is easy to access. So, Navaho instead of Navajo, Dineh region instead of Dineh Tah, those can be overlooked. BUT having a "Navaho" help battle a ghost? NOT!

The techno-witch was, again, fun, but sh
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Nicole
ARCANUM 101 - A nice prequel tale to the Diana Tregarde Investigation series. Set some 30+ years back, it tells about Diana's transition to college life, while balancing a budding romance-writing career and a gift that requires her to help others. I loved the ending! If you like paranormal investigations, this series is for you.

DRUMS - Another paranormal investigator, Jenny Talldeer lives in Florida with her lover David Spotted Horse, and her grandfather. This story is set after "Sacred Ground"
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Jo for Book Chick City.

Containing three novellas, two of which feature established characters of Lackey’s.

Arcanum 101 – Featuring Diana Tregarde

Having never read the Diana Tregarde series, I was worried I would have to know all the details but I was happy to see this was a prequel, and it’s a good introduction to the series. Set in 1970 at Harvard, Diana helps to investigate a kidnapping, which involves a ‘psychic’ who is hindering the case, rather than helping it. Who or what is thi
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M—
The stories where Lackey dusted off some of her old characters were fun, but the single original tale in this book was barely worth reading.

Arcanum 101 (a Diana Tregarde story) -- Flawed and sappy. Much ado re set in 1970s. Diana's interactions with the police and other adults strike me as ludicrous, as do her balance of 'work' with school.

Drums (a Jennifer Talldeer story) -- Quite interesting especially for the Native American folklore, which I love reading about wherever I find it. I found the
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Sheila Beaumont
This book contains three supernatural-mystery novellas, all of them excellent. The first, "Arcanum 101," features Guardian of the Earth Diana Tregarde, who was first introduced about 20 years ago in the dark-fantasy novels Children of the Night, Burning Water and Jinx High. This short novel is a prequel, set in 1970 at Harvard, where Diana is a freshman and must track down an evil psychic, who may or may not be the real thing.

The second, "Drums," set in 1995, features Jennifer Talldeer, the Osag
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Olga Godim
This book consists of three novellas. Two of them are about the heroines Lackey wrote about before: Diana Tregarde and Jennifer Talldeer. The last one is an original story. All three are fairly weak.

Arcanum 101 – a Diana Tregarde story

This story starts with a huge and unnecessary info dump. To compound this problem, there are too many involved explanations later in the story – as if the readers must be initialized into the genre of fantasy. As if they don’t already know about magic. This aspect
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Amber Ditullio
I used to read a lot of Mercedes Lackey, particularly her Valdemar series. I got away from reading her because I just wasn't finding her writing exciting any more. But when I heard about this book, I immediately put it on my request list from the library. Trio of Sorcery brought back one of my favorite non-Valdemar characters, Diana Tregarde. Di is a Guardian of magic, charged with making sure that those who have been wronged by magic have a champion on their side. And she does this while being ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Jan 09, 2011 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: Mercedes Lackey's short blurb for this on tor.com
Sadly, I felt that these stories lacked ... richness and heft. The third story in particular suffered by comparison to Omnitopia Dawn. It's been ages since I read Sacred Ground, and the protagonist never really resonated with me. I was embarrassingly excited about the return of Di Tregarde, but she didn't really have the feistiness she did in the books. I was kinda sad that we didn't get the full-on Spook Squad wackiness and Larry on the roof of the math building. As Lackey put it, this was the ...more
Carolyn
Dec 27, 2010 Carolyn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ML fans who've read her Diana Tregarde and Jenny Talldeer books
2.5 stars
These three novellas focused on characters of ML's that I've never read about before, so I had some of the same problems with this that I've had with other authors' book-o-novellas, namely that I wasn't invested enough in the characters to really 'get into' the stories about each of them.

Enjoyed the Diana Tregarde story the most of the three, the Jennifer Talldeer one the least. The 'techno-shaman' was an interesting take, but overall, of most interest to RPG and MMORPG fans (and maybe
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Maxwell Heath
This was a fairly mixed collection of stories. I like the idea of a group of stories about badass female mages in the modern day, and I was happy that it includes a new Diana Tregarde story. However, this book ended up being a bit of a letdown.

The first story, Arcanum 101, is a sort of origin story for Di. It's set during her college days and shows her finding some allies in the fight against evil magic while struggling with her worries that being a Guardian will mean she's always alone. I did
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Elliot
I seriously don't know what happened to Mercedes Lackey here. Transphobia and racism abound in the first two of these stories - after such disappointments I didn't even make it to the third.
Lauren
Enjoyable drop in the a few worlds created by Mercedes Lackey. I had not read Diana Tregarde before and found the heroine a delight. I also was unfamiliar with Jennifer Talldear but also found her great. I liked the three stories that were more novellas than short stories. The last story featured Ellen McBride a techno-witch.

All three were pretty good in their own right. I felt that all three ladies were a fun romp. You can hear Ms. Lackey's voice in all of the stories, which I find to be a good
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William Bentrim
Trio Of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey

I'm not fond of short stories. They are too much akin to apple pie without ice cream or BBQ without Frank's Hot Sauce. I don't want my appetite teased, I want it sated. So I just avoid short stories as I am always disappointed with they are over "shortly". However being a huge fan (after losing 20 pounds not quite as huge) of Lackey I jumped on this book. I was not disappointed. I have a couple of Diana Tregarde tales but have not read them. They are now moved u
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Gunnhildur Rúnarsdóttir
This book is great.

The first story Arcanum 101 is an introduction to Diana, it centers around her first guardian job after arriving in college and how she met her friends. I loved the story. It took me right back to Burning Water, Children of the Night and Jinx High. I love the Diana Tregarde books which is why I picked this up. Read them several times over the years and I need to read them again soon.

I was not familiar with Sacred Ground so I didn't know what to expect from the second story Dru
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Vanessa
TRIO OF SORCERY contains three novellas by seasoned author Mercedes Lackey. She's known for strong heroines in her YA and Urban Fantasy novels, and the three main characters in TRIO are no exception. Each of the book's mysteries are shorter stories based on characters from Lackey's existing series—if you haven't read any of them, then this would be a good introduction; if you have, at the very least these are an entertaining addition. Lackey's writing overall is straightforward, with excellent p ...more
Shannon
Ok, but not stellar. I was really looking forward to the new Diana Tregarde story and so naturally I was the most disappointed in it. I had really enjoyed the three Tregarde books and always thought they were just ahead of the paranormal wave so missed doing really well (and continuing). Unfortunately, this short-ish story needed to be tightened, the pace could have been quickened, and overall I found the focus was never on the elements I found interesting, nor did we really get to know the char ...more
Bron
Trio of sorcery consists of three stories, the first is a story, Arcanum 101 is about Diana Tregarde, a guardian. I was a little disappointed as I was expecting a story that follows on from the series I have read about Diana, instead, this is the story of freshly independent Diana, starting studying at Harvard, meeting the neighbours in the apartment block, and solving the disappearance of a missing girl. Lucky for her, the guys upstairs are willing to believe in the paranormal when confronted b ...more
Shells Walter
Trio of Sorcery three new tales by Mercedes Lackey. Two of the stories brings back two characters, Diana Tregarde from the Diana Tregarde series in Arcanum 101 and Jennifer Talldeer from Sacred Ground in Drums. Plus there is a new story called Ghost in the Machine.

The first story Arcanum 101, brings back witch and guardian, Diana Tregarde, in the 70's Harvard days. Diana discovers her life as a college student and guardian can be rough and at times lonely. She comes across a cop who sent by what
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Serena
It was good to see Diana Tregarde again, in a different time and place; she's going to college and started out as a Guardian (not yet writing romance novels) - and it made me hope that one day Mercedes Lackey might write the end of that series if only in a short story to deal with the "bad guy" she left off with (Burning Water, Children of the Night and Jinx High); but I found the author's "tone" in the start in-between short stories condescending to anyone younger than thirty = 1970.

That alone
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Doris
This collection of 3 short novellas allows readers to get a glimpse into different writing styles, all of which deal with the same theme – magic in the everyday world. All deal with women who use their power to assist innocents, all deal with the more or less modern world, and all help to resolve an issue that could potentially blossom into an event that affects more than just one small group.

In Arcanum 101, we are reintroduced to Diana Tregarde, who I remember from a story where evil erupted an
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Bibliotropic
One book, three novellas, two of which deal with characters familiar to fans of Lackey's overall work. Diana Tregarde and Jennifer Talldeer make their comebacks, much to the delight of many.

Arcanum 101 was a prequel to the Diana Tregarde novels of so long ago, set during the 1970s. To younger readers, this must honestly seem like a different world, a world of partly-line phones, hippies, and a stunning lack of international familiarity. Combine that with an "X-Files meets Scooby Doo" feel with a
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Jo
Reviewed for Book Chick City


Containing three novellas, two of which feature established characters of Lackey’s.

Arcanum 101 – Featuring Diana Tregarde

Having never read the Diana Tregarde series, I was worried I would have to know all the details but I was happy to see this was a prequel, and it’s a good introduction to the series. Set in 1970 at Harvard, Diana helps to investigate a kidnapping, which involves a ‘psychic’ who is hindering the case, rather than helping it. Who or what is this ‘psyc
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Lindsay Stares
Premise: Three urban fantasy novellas about magically talented women solving mysteries. Arcanum 101 is a Diana Tregarde prequel, featuring the witch and Guardian trying to find the connection between a fake psychic and a kidnapped girl, while simultaneously starting college. Drums is a sequel to the novel Sacred Ground, in which medicine woman Jennie Talldeer needs to stop an angry ghost from killing a young dancer. Finally, Ghost in the Machine follows techno-shaman Ellen McBride, who is called ...more
Chris
A fun trio of short stories. I got into it for the Diana Tregarde story, but enjoyed the other two as well. I went ahead & checked out Sacred Ground (a novel relating to the 2nd short story,) which was fun as well, though perhaps not as much to my taste as the Diana ones. The third story appealed a lot to me as someone who plays an MMORPG. It was a fun little peak at what might really be causing those long downtimes. :P
Maria Schneider
I love the Diane Tregarde series, but this first short story in the trio was hard work to read. It's a prequel to the Tregarde series and I was quite looking forward to it. Sadly, the heroine was whiny (Look, a lot of us weren't overflowing with dates in high school and it wasn't because we were Guardians or magic. In fact, most of us floundered along feeling like we didn't fit in. So we get that. Only need to say it once.) At any rate, the story/plot is decent enough, but could probably be half ...more
Laura
I was so excited to see a book with new stories featuring Diana Tregarde, one of my favorite characters by Mercedes Lackey. To my somewhat disappointment, this was a short collection of three stories, and only the first included Ms. Tregarde. And it wasn't even the best story of the trio.

I wasn't very impressed with the Tregarde story, and almost put the book down, but I have a current dearth of good books, so I decided to continue on. Better to read some poor stories by a past favorite author t
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Fantasy Literature
[Ruth and her sister Sarah (one of our regular guest reviewers) both read Trio of Sorcery and finished within nine minutes of each other. This review consists of their email conversation about Trio of Sorcery. We edited it for clarity and removed their sisterly in-jokes.]

RUTH: I have to admit that when I got this ARC in the mail and turned it over to read the back cover, I squealed like a fan girl when I saw that there was a new Diana Tregarde story (the first in almost 20 years), a new Jennifer
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Dana
Awesome! Loved these three stories. Those who read the Diana Tregarde series and got the little hints about her "Scooby" gang, this is how it started. Pretty cool. Also Jennifer Talldeer has another story so YEAH. Never read any of the Ellen Mcbride series, but I am definitely gonna look them up now.
ToriLynn
I'd read Ghost in the Machine before but not the other two. I love Jennifer Talldeer and have long wished for additional stories. I'm enjoyed Drums! I think covering different eras of technology was very interesting. I'd never really enjoyed Diana Tregarde very much but Arcanum 101 was quite fun.
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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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Diana Tregarde (4 books)
  • Magic 101 (A Diana Tregarde Investigation)
  • Burning Water (Diana Tregarde, #1)
  • Children of the Night (Diana Tregarde, #2)
  • Jinx High (Diana Tregarde, #3)
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