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Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey
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Oct 16, 2010

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bookshelves: read-in-2010, fantasy
Recommended for: Valdemar fans who have missed the old series and wish for new adventures
Read in October, 2010

This second volume in the Collegium series follows more adventures in the story of Mags, a herald trainee from the poorer side of tracks who used to be a mine worker.

Mags has continued to be used by Nicolas, the King's Own rider (basically a war chief and chief advisor and spy master all rolled into one) as a spy because of his scruffy appearance and his natural ability to blend into his surroundings. Also Mags is taking classes at the Collegium and interacts some more with his friend Bear, a health trainee with no health gift and Lena, a bard trainee.

Lackey contrasts Mags life, who has no father, to Lena, whose father is a famous Bard but who has no time for Lena and treats her poorly and to Bear, whose family seeks to have him return to them to marry a neighbor.

Also Lackey puts Mags in training to play Kirball, a stylized war game like training pitting Herald trainees, footmen and horsemen in teams against each other in a capture the flag contest.

In addition, Mags feels pressure, because certain "foreseers" have a vision of him and the King with lots of blood" and think he is going to kill or attempt to kill the king.

Finally, mags also interacts with certain foreigners who are in the city illegally for some nefarious purpose but Mags runs into them.

Lackey again shows her ability to write fluffy fantasy and make you care about the characters. I never thought wow she is inventing a new kind of fantasy here, but sometimes the familiar type of story and her Valdemar stories are very familiar to this reader are still fun to read.

There are some intrigues here, and I guess a little action, and Lackey is able to coax out more information about the Herald's gift, but this is not a book for someone wishing for a lot of action, just a book to take like reading.

Familiar but still fun.
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