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(Tales of Valdemar #10)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  603 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Twenty-four authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities
Paperback, 387 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by DAW
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. Final review, posted on Fantasy Literature:

Tempest (2016) is the most recent in a lengthy (like, around 20 books) series of light fantasy anthologies set in and around Mercedes Lackey’s well-known Valdemar, is a land where people called Heralds are “Chosen” (read: magically bonded for life) with telepathic white horse-like creatures known as Companions. Once bonded, the pair joins others in traveling and policing their kingdom against wrongdoing, threats and evils of all kinds. While
Ivy Reisner
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The thing that seems to tie this collection together most is that half of the stories feel like excerpts from larger works -- excellent, but excepts none the less. Coming of age themes run through several of the stories, even the coming of age of magical creatures. Many of them are lighter, cosy tales. For some, the description, at least on Amazon, isn't entirely accurate, and I've noted them as appropriate.

"A Small Quarrel" reads like the brilliant first chapter to what promises to be a fabulou
Kathy Davie
An anthology of twenty-two short stories in a mixed bag of quality in this tenth in the Tales of Valdemar subseries as part of the Valdemar series.

"A Small Quarrel" (Wil & Leila, ??)
"Haver Hearthstone" (Dann Family of Haven, 6)
"The Apprentice and the Stable Master" (Rhi & Dionne)
"Unexpected Meeting" (Perran and Levron)
"A Trip of Goats" (Lena's Animal MindSpeech, 2)
"Ripples and Cracks" (Owl Mage)

The Stories
Stephanie Shaver's "A Small Quarrel"…
…finds Herald Amelie having made good her es
Clare O'Beara
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While Mercedes Lackey created the world of Valdemar, which has magic and telepathy as well as random mage storms, by now her world is well inhabited with characters created by other authors. Here's another anthology. If you have read one or two earlier books about the Heralds, riders doing the Crown's bidding, you'll enjoy this look at the land, and may recognise some of the authors. If you have not read any, the feel is similar to Anne McCaffrey's early Pern books with white horses instead of d ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the books and short stories Mercedes Lackey has published for her Velgarth novels, including all the other "Tales of Valdemar" anthologies. Simply put, this collection of short stories from her and other contributors was an absolute mess, in need of the help of a good editor and unfortunately Mercedes Lackey is NOT that person. This may be her sandbox she created, but that doesn't mean she got the best out of her contributors.

Case in point Michelle Lang's story, Sparrow's Gift. T
Morgan Dhu
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it

Tempest, edited by Mercedes Lackey, is yet another in what has become a long series of anthologies of stories set in Velgarth, the world of Valdemar and Heralds and mind-speaking spirits who look like white horses and magic-casting gryphons and other marvels.

It's a fairly strong anthology, with contributors from seasoned veterans like Fiona Patton, Brenda Cooper, Rosemary Edghill and Lackey herself, and relative newcomers. Several of the contributors have offered stories which focus on characte
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mercedes Lacey is one of my favorite fantasy authors and I was eager to read this anthology for a review. Some stories were all right, but my favorites entertained me and were great additions to this book, including Mercedes’ own story. Tempest has many stories in it, cozy ones and intriguing ones that will take you into Mercedes Lacey’s Valdemar, with different authors putting their own spins in this fantastic world.

Read the rest of the review at
Lincoln Wert
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly? The bulk of these stories feel like they're chapters in other stories. They seem mostly to be "middles" with no real "beginnings" or "ends" ultimately leaving me unsatisfied. Somr fun reads in there,
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

Apparently this is actually the 10th set of anthology stories but I read this without reading the previous books and it worked for me.

Tempest is an anthology, but all the stories are set within the same world, just written by different authors. For the most part this worked well, but as with all anthologies there were highs and lows.

Some of the stories didn't feel complete within themselves, but if this i
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
another great installment in the valdemar universe. I really enjoyed the emphasis on karse in many of the stories. Having just read another collection of short stories that I didn't really enjoy, this one reminded me of a collection at its best. I am enjoying the short stories more than the long form novels of valdemar these days. My least favorite sadly was the one by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon about the gryphons. These stories have never really interested me, though the other gryphon stor ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tempest, All new tales of Valdemar edited by Mercedes Lackey is 22 short stories where Heralds of Valdemar bring order to the kingdom. Heralds all have a secret gift they are born with, like Mindspeakers, Farseers, Empaths, Foreseers, and many more talents. They are chosen in their lifetime by Companions, horse-like creatures that they are bonded for life to. The Heralds and their Companions ride throughout Valdemar, bringing peace and defending their land. In these short stories, you will find ...more
This is the 10th book in the anthology series, though this isn't included in that listing (yet).

Part of what became a 6-book read-through, following the various stories as they developed over the years. Quite good, most of them.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have yet to be disappointed by these anthologies. :-) Filled with entertaining stories all over the timeline of Valdemar (and neighboring countries).

Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Like any collection of short stories by various authors, some good, some just okay and a couple just meh.
Inferno Nightfire
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like all of the Tales of Valdemar books I loved this one.

I find myself going to past volumes and following each individual author's storyline as it unfolds, story by story giving us their particular view of the world Mercedes Lackey created. Some story lines had me going back to Finding the Way or Under the Vale, others sent me to No True Way or Crucible.

While I missed seeing a few old friends (Jem and Ree from the stories by Kate Paulk and Sarah A. Hoyt) there were new stories to take the plac
Jul 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is a review solely for "Ripples and Cracks," which features Kelvren from the Owl Knight series. This short story is the second in the "Gryphon Kelvren miniseries" which began with the short story "Transmutation" in Anthology #3, Crossroads and other Tales of Valdemar.

So, let us proceed. This will contain spoilers, because I'm so very disgusted.

First: "Transmutation," the preceding story, was acceptable, if vaguely off-putting. The 'bad guys' were sketches; the 'good guys'--former protagoni
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wide variety of stories covering the somewhat grubbier parts of Valdemar - Gifts being misused, Heralds in danger, retribution and vengeance, and far more - but somehow it all makes it realer. Each author has taken the core, the heart of Valdemar and stepped off the map in a new direction, broadening the world and adding more depth to both characters and plots. Worth a read by any fan of Valdemar!

(I must admit that I lost my notes, so this review suffers from more brevity than detail.)

Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
These aren't complete short stories, but more like episodes in a longer story. Previous books contained reoccurring characters, and so does this one. For example, the story "Haver Heartstone" is about Hektor Dann, his family, and his home, and there have been several previous books with a part of his story in them. Which means, if you pick the stories up out of order, or start with this book, you miss background. Some work better as stand alone episodes than others.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
Reviewed for NetGalley:

A great collection of stories in the Valdemar Universe. I enjoyed catching up with characters from previous collections and the new stories too. Love these books.
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

I’m a long-time fan of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series, and I love that this has expanded to include short story collections by an assortment of authors who clearly love the world Valdemar exists in just as much as I do. Plus, these volumes are always edited by Lackey herself and includ
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a good anthology for sure, but I do think that I'm a bit tired of the Valdemar stories overall. It has been 30 years since Arrows of the Queen was first released. And I have been reading them fairly consistently since then.

Some of the stories, as in all anthologies, were good and others were ho hum. I was looking forward to the Lackey story at the end, but I found it a bit disjointed and confusing. Didn't help that I had to go look up who a few of the folks were because it's been that long
Maureen Caupp
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed reading several of Mercedes Lackey's books over the years. So when I saw a collection of short stories by various authors but all set in Lackey's magical realm of Valdemar, I was curious. It turned out to be collection of fun, engaging fantasy stories. Some pulled me right into the world and pulled on my emotions. I wished they could have gone on longer. Others weren't quite as engaging to me and didn't pull me into another world as completely. But overall I found it to be an enjo ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The annoying part of *most* of the reviews of this book is that they could be summed up by writing “I don’t like short stories because they are short and may or may not relate to previous stories”. Sure, I too prefer full length Valdemar books to short stories, but low rating just because you don’t care for or understand the style is misleading and useless as reviews. So, my review is, that most of the short stories are pretty good! Lots of them I’d like to be longer, but that’s how short storie ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is always fun to see how other writers play in an established fantasy word and this book is certainly no exception. Valdemar has a rich history and worlds and characters to go back and visit or to create. There are some fine short stories in this volume that cover Herald's work, Gryphons, and stories before and after the latest Mage Wars/Storms. Really enjoyed myself on this one. Thanks to all the fantasy writers who deepened the lore that Mercedes lackey has created.
Lovely to read

This is another title in a series of anthologies inspired by the much beloved classic Valdemar-series.
It's been a while since I read or reread any of these and this anthology was new to me. Still, enjoyable as always. It's like a gust of something old and familiar with something new. I especially enjoyed the last story -naturally. It feels like coming home to read these. Everyone who participates in these - thank you!
Jeremy Tassoff
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I usually enjoy the Valdemar anthologies, but for whatever reason, every story in this volume left me with a 'meh' feeling. None of the stories were bad, and some of them had fairly good premises, but there wasn't a single story which left me wanting to know more about the characters or what happened next.
Karen Crouch
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good mix of authors and styles playing in one of my favourite fantasy universes.
I love the way that some of the authors continue a story with characters they have built up through a number of these anthologies. I received this book and the next one for Christmas but read them the wrong way around, so it was like filling in the back story.
Erin Smith
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Basically, this anthology can best be summed up as "all short, no story". Many of the shorts could make excellent stories, but they all basically just stop sharp just as they're starting to get good, with no real resolution.
Kelly Martin
Although Lackey is not place on the YA section, that is what she writes. Most of these stories were part two of the ones in her previous anthology. They would have been better if the stores by the other writes had been n stand alone books of their own.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - not bad stories but not much punch to several of them.
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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 & M ...more

Other books in the series

Tales of Valdemar (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #1)
  • Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #2)
  • Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #3)
  • Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #4)
  • Changing the World (Tales of Valdemar, #5)
  • Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #6)
  • Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #7)
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