author: Mercedes Lackey
series: Tales of Valdemar #15
published: 7 December 2021
publisher: DAW Books
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This fifteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.
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 beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.
I truly love these anthology collections. I think the biggest reason lies in the fact that readers get to see aspects of Lackey’s world from perspectives we don’t always get within the OG canon. The majority of Lackey’s books focus on Heralds or others in the world that do the big things in the world. These stories focus more often on the “regular people,” the ones that would never likely have stories of their own. This is a lovely way to get to know the world from a very different perspective.