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Owlsight (Valdemar: Owl Mage Trilogy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,837 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
It has been four years since Darian saw his village sacked and burned by barbarians. Taking refuge with the Hawkbrothers, he soon finds his life's calling--as a Healing Adept. But even as he learns the mystical ways of this ancient race, Darian cannot escape the dangers threatening his future. Another tribe of barbarians is approaching. The time has stand up and ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by DAW (first published 1998)
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Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
While in many ways an enjoyable sequel to Owlflight, Owlsight is afflicted by awkward pacing and is weighed down by plodding descriptions of day-to-day activities. Like the first book in the series, it makes its slow and winding way to the last eighty pages or so, then rushes to an unsatisfying, too tidy ending.

All that saves the novel is its central characters. It picks up the story of Darian Firkin, now seventeen, as he returns to his new (temporary) home in k’Vala Vale with his adoptive Tayl
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Olga Godim
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
3.5 stars
I liked it better than the first book in this series, Owlflight. I liked the characters, and the writing was good. I also liked the absence of the 'saving the world' trope, just a danger to one small village the heroes do their best to avert.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A many-times reread, and a much more solid reading experience than the first book. Part of that is sentiment -- this was one of my favorite books as a teen, and I think the first Valdemar book I ever read -- but it's still enjoyable even now.
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Mar 07, 2017 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 rated it liked it
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
Jessica Manalo
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dive into a story of love, conquest, and magic with the book, "Owlsight", a fiction story by Mercedes Lackey.

The amazing plot drew me in like a fish to water. Additionally, this story puts you into the main character's perspective. A healer with no idea how to use her gift(magic) to heal, named Keisha Alder and a young mage and apprentice to a deceased magician finding his way in life, named Darian.

Darian has been training to become a healing adept with the mysterious Hawkbrothers who took him i
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Meg Watts
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book, Keisha and Darian each come of age and finds their places. I don't usually read coming-of-age YA type stories, but I find myself often making an exception if it's a Mercy Lackey book. The world building here is lush, almost too much so at times (hence the 4 stars rather than 5), the settings and peoples vivid and enchanting. New friends, new enemies, new magic.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great addition to the series. I enjoyed getting to know the characters from the first book better. I also enjoyed meeting and getting to know the new characters. I look forward to reading the next book.
Sandra Walker
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New People

Out of the many clans one decided to leave ; and find help for the Ghost Cat Clan. Summer Sickness had them travel far from home to look for healer's. Saved the Leaders youngest child and became heroes.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just... nothing of note whatsoever.
What a let down.
Kat  Hooper
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing happened in the first 200+ pages. Pleasant read, but not gripping or particularly noteworthy.
Autumn Holder
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mercedes Lackey, fantasy at its finest

Enter the land of Valdemar, where magic is real, horses talk, and gods walk among us. You won't be disappointed.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Jen A.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, re-read
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Ward Bond

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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 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Megan Cutler
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-light
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