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Exile's Valor

(Heralds of Valdemar - Prequel #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  10,973 ratings  ·  105 reviews
This stand-alone novel in the Valdemar series continues the story of prickly weapons-master Alberich. Once a heroic Captain in the army of Karse, a kingdom at war with Valdemar, Alberich becomes one of Valdemar's Heralds. Despite prejudice against him, he becomes the personal protector of young Queen Selenay. But can he protect her from the dangers of her own heart?
Paperback, 438 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by DAW (first published 2003)
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Olga Godim
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
To my surprise, I never read this book before. I thought I read all the Valdemar novels long ago. Obviously not. As many stories later in this series, it’s kind of a mystery. Something strange is going on in the capital of Valdemar, and Herald Alberich, the kingdom’s Weaponsmaster, is investigating. Along the way, he is doing the other part of his duties, teaching weapons and fighting techniques to the students of the three Collegiums: the Bards, the Healers, and the Heralds.
Alberich is one of t
Judy Hall
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been less than a year since the death of King Sendar in the Tedrel Wars. His daughter, Selenay, has been crowned but her youth makes her Councilers nervous. There is a plan among them to get her married off and she is determined to thwart them, unless her own heart leads her astray.

In the meantime, her Weaponsmaster, Alberich, has found some disturbing signs in his second role as spymaster for the Heralds. He has found someone trying to foment unrest against Selenay and he has also seen s
Len Evans Jr
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mercedes-lackey
I think this book was even better the second time around. I always love noticing stuff I missed the first time around... And sometimes it is the silliest things... for instance this line from the book made me giggle out loud this time through and I did not even remember it the first time through. Last page of Chapter 12 pg 258 in the paperback version. The line is "chattering like a flock of noisy little birds, and he with the look of a man being nibbled to death by ducks". All I can say is Ms. ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hardcore Valdemar Fans
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
I do love Lackey's Valdemar and picked up the earlier books eagerly. For me they're the equivalent of bookly comfort food. But I was disappointed in the earlier book centered on Alberich, Exile's Honor, and I'm afraid this sequel to it is no improvement.

It's a common criticism of Lackey that she's very black and white in her worldview and characterizations. That doesn't suit in fleshing out the supposedly intimidating Alberich, who hails from Valdemar's traditional enemy, Karse. It also doesn't
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar fantasy series for the last two months—all 24 of them. Some of them I like better than others but all of them are entertaining. (though I’d only give five stars to my favorites: the two books about Weaponsmaster Alberich: Exile’s Honor and Exile’s Valor.) Usually Lackey writes a trilogy following the growth and experiences of a character who doesn’t fit in and is suddenly thrust into an unexpected new life where he or she learns about his own abilitie ...more
Jeremy Preacher
I don't think this is quite as strong a book as Exile's Honor, but I like it well enough. The primary plot (Selenay being a featherheaded teenager) is eyeroll-inducing at best, but I do like just about everything from Alberich's perspective, and his romance is charming and realistic, which is a nice change from all of the fated and sort of dire pairings we've seen so far.

Two small rants, though:

- Selenay is the Queen, had been raised from birth to rule, in an environment that has been firmly est
Jessalyn King
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grown-human
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Feb 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great book written about a story that is refurred too in her other novels. It was fun to read even though I knew the eventual outcome. Still, she managed to put some surprising elements that I wasn't expecting at all in it.
More of Alberich's story, and the background to a bunch of things that happen in the Arrow trilogy.
Michele bookloverforever
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Exciting, intrigue, danger, miscommunication, sadness, trickery...unresolved ending, loose threads dangle...
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Here there be spoilers. Do not read if you don't want my rant to ruin the story for you.

You have been warned.

...Does this woman no longer have an editor? I read and re-read it five times and I'll be blunt - the ERRORS in this book make it nearly unreadable. I wrote out a timeline and this book doesn't jive in any way, shape, or form with the timeline of the Arrows of the Queen timeline concerning the ages of important characters. And hey, anybody else notice how in By the Sword the king of Rethw
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
In Valdemar, Alberich has found his place. Weaponsmaster by day, spy by night, ever alert, ever vigilant. The new Queen is having trouble finding her footing, and her Councilors are pushing for a swift marriage. But Alberich senses danger. The only question is, will it come from within or from outside? And will he be ready when it comes?

Nice to see the characters develop, and I will be eager to see how this series unfolds.
That's about it really. It took me this long because I kept putting it down and I had to keep reading it over and over and over-because I kept forgetting what I'd read in the book. :/ Oh well.

At least in Alberich's defense, he's not ablest, he's willing to work with you if you disabled/lost a limb/etc.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm very fond of Alberich and feel that the author has done a wonderful job in portraying the complexities of his character. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and even more than its predecessor, Exile's Honor. I wish there were many more Alberich books.
Tanya Pasha
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this novel, although I really loved some parts of this novel I still had problems with the writing and the grammar. I don't think Ms. Lackey had a good editor for her novels. I also thought that some of the parts of this novel dragged on.
Lynn Mitts
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read and an in-depth look at one of the characters and his story within the realm of Valdemar as an exile from the country that they have always been at war. Interesting and very exciting.
Mo D
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful telling of HOW the Weaponsmaster in Arrow's trilogy & "To Take a Thief" came to be respected by the Queen & those she trusts, as well as what happened with Elspeth's father.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2
Susan Pola Staples
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I do enjoy the world of Valdemar! Though this book started a little slowly for me, it ended with all the excitement one could wish.
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: valdemar-books
The sequel to Exile’s Honor was disappointing; especially given the high hopes I had for it after really enjoying the first book. The plot in this one is less interesting and there isn’t a war going on to make it more exciting. Herald Myste is more prevalent and important here, and I have a lot of problems with this character Lackey based herself on.

*Spoiler Alert*

I also thought Alberich become connected to the main plot rather randomly. He attends a play during a winter fair and sees an actor p
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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***Dave Hill
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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This novel continues the story of Herald Alberich during the early days of Selenay's Reign. Well, sort of. It spends a fair amount of time as well in the PoV of Selenay herself, alas, as she deals with her father's death, the pressures put on her by the Council, her romance with a foreign Prince, and all the ensuing thisses-and-thats. Alberich, in turn, spends time worried about mysterious plots, then about Selanay and said plots, but never gets a chance to do much except prepare for a final cri ...more
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
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I started on Valdemar with the Arrows of the Queen and Alberich is a very important part of that story. This is a story centered on Alberich and describes events often alluded to in the Arrows of the Queen series. Though this was written much later you might want to read this and the earlier one, Exile's Honor, first because that is how they are chronologically (however, I think that the Arrows of the Queen trilogy is way better and better written). But there is a lot of foreshadowing in this bo ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-reading, fantasy
Where Exile’s Honor dealt with coming to terms with a changed reality, Exile’s Valor shows us how it is possible to take strength from this adversity and embrace it. This is a story of coming to terms with oneself and using this to create a better future – not just for yourself, but for others. This story reminded me of the fact that even though change tends to rock me to my core and leaves me feeling unshakey and unsure at the best of times, it has always been a great agent for obtaining a bett ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Alberiech must protect his Queen without her knowing it. With intrigues abounding, is these anyone he can actually trust?

It's nice to see him falling for someone! If you didn't see it happening in the first section of this set of two novels, you'll see it here. It adds a human element to an otherwise manly man.

The glass window and mirrors are a n
Catherine Thompson
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Weaponsmaster Herald Alberich has his hands full by day, teaching Trainees fighting techniques, and by night, haunting the seedier parts of Haven looking for information. Someone is trying to foment rebellion against young Queen Selenay, and Alberich is just the man to find out who. An accident that destroys a huge (and expensive) mirror in the training salle leads Alberich to a particularly flamboyant actor, who appears to have some very interesting connections... but to whom? And why is the Re ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Either I've read too many summer reading escapist fantasy novels and my brain is melting, or Lackey's are actually getting better. This one was a very well-written book with a unique plot. Other than the talking horses (which are very well-done so they're not cheesy and are an integral part of the plot) this book read like a historical fiction novel, only based on no actual events. Rather than quests for mystical artifacts, prophecies, or fights against all-powerful, evil magic-wielders with wor ...more
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