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Exile's Valor (Valdemar: Exile #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  10,418 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
This brand new, 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 ...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published 2003)
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Len Evans Jr
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessalyn King
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, grown-human
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Feb 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Exciting, intrigue, danger, miscommunication, sadness, trickery...unresolved ending, loose threads dangle...
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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***Dave Hill
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Exile's Valor" follows Alberich, Valdemar's Weaponsmaster, as he continues his covert operations in the peace immediately following the Tedrel Wars. Alberich has been accepted by all of the Heralds and most of the Court as an honorable man loyal to Valdemar. He continues to serve as the Weaponsmaster by day and covert agent by night. During the course of his duties both as agent and Weaponsmaster, he uncovers plotting against Valdemar from inside the Court itself. As Alberich struggles to track ...more
Jo Oehrlein
So, we invent Hurlee, which is like the game of kirball we invented in Mag's day (Collegium Chronicles books are set earlier, published later).
And Selenay reminds me a lot of Karal in the Mage Storms books -- the sense of being too young and taking over too soon.
Alberich's trips as spies are also echoed in Redoubt and Closer to Home by Mags.

So, lots of things that are used and re-used.
Not sure what the whole point of kicking the blue of the salle was because that story didn't seem to come up aga
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is apparently very forgettable - either I read it, and totally forgot having read it (I think I'd remember at least the (view spoiler) scene), or I never read it, and just didn't notice. It adds very little to the universe because, like the previous Alberich book, the outcome is predetermined by the events on the Arrows trilogy. Also, Hurlee? How could I forget that? In context, it makes sense, but it throws a huge spanner in the works for the written-later ...more
Kryss Summers
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read quite a few Valdemar books now, and I'm seeing a character that is playing a long game. After reading this one, I find myself looking at a few characters from the 'Arrows' trilogy in a new light, and I agree with Alberich.

This book seemed to be a quick fix to create back story for some characters that appeared to just be filler in "Arrows'. I liked the explanation of a few things in this book, but most of the time, there seemed to be obvious answers to the questions that characters jus
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really, really good--maybe as good as some of Marion Zimmer Bradley's best--and that's the gold standard for me in heroic fantasy.The tale of Alderich, a captain in the army of a foreign land, who is sentenced to death for witchcraft because he has some sort of telepathic powers. He is saved by people from Valdemar, his land's most bitter enemy, and finds a place their, realizing the people who have been presented to him as demons find are actually honest, good people who have a free, op ...more
Annette McIntyre
Herald Alberich is the Weaponsmaster to all the Heralds of Valdemar. He is also a Karsite and therefore an enemy of Valdemar. But he has proven his honour over and over again and very few doubt his loyalty to Selenay the very young and inexperienced Queen. In his other position as spy of the realm, he becomes aware of a plot against Queen Selenay, but he can't trace who is responsible for it, but that doesn't stop him from putting in place unlooked for bodyguards for her. And when the plot is un ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting sequel to Exile's Honor, but I didn't find it quite as compelling. I guess I had trouble recognizing a Selenay, very mature for her age up until now, who suddenly acts adolescent and I found it hard to believe that the Prince wouldn't have slipped in his role-playing more often prior to the marriage so that she would have been more cautious. There were plenty of reasons given by Alberich for her behavior, but they weren't convincing. If all this was just to provide Selenay with an heir ...more
Selenay is a capable, BAMF of a Valdemarian Queen, but the reader always hears the tale of Elspeth's father who seduced her in an attempt to steal her crown and failed. This is the story of that time, immediately after her father's death and her own assumption of the throne, when a vulnerable young Selenay must face her trial. Fortunately, she has a lot of help from Weaponsmaster Alberich, Chronicler Myste, and Queen's Own Herald Talamir.

A highly enjoyable book from what could have been a morti
I definitely liked this volume better than the first one. Lackey is still far too comfortable with her formula and doesn't seem to want to shift from it. But the romance was ridiculously cute and the court intrigue was surprisingly interesting. I still wish there was a bit more...deeper... depth, or darkness or something, but that's not what you read a Mercedes Lackey book for.

Some good stuff floating around in a bit of fluff reading. After the anger I got from the Storm Warning books, reading
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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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