5.2.2022 | Monday

No True Way

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No True Waytitle: No True Way
author: Mercedes Lackey
series: Tales of Valdemar #8
published: 2 December 2014
publisher: DAW
genre(s): fantasy
pages: 333
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | BookHype | Goodreads
rating: five-stars
series rating: five-stars


the blurb

In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book about a magical land called Valdemar would be the beginning of a fantasy masterwork series that would span decades and include more than two dozen titles.
Now the voices of other authors add their own special touches to the ancient land where Heralds “Chosen” from all walks of life by magical horse-like Companions patrol their ancient kingdom, dispensing justice, facing adversaries, and protecting their monarch and country from whatever threatens. Trained rigorously by the Heralds Collegium, these special protectors each have extraordinary Gifts: Mindspeaking, FarSeeing, FarSpeaking, Empathy, Firestarting, and ForeSeeing, and are bonded for life with their mysterious Companions.
Travel with these astounding adventurers in sixteen original stories.


my review

This is the 8th anthology collection in the companion Valdemar series, the stories written by a wide variety of authors. All of the stories are set within the greater Valdemar world, bringing together old characters with new. Some of the stories form mini-series with stories by the same authors in other books of the series. While not necessary for the overall series, they are a fun addition to the world.

About Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the well known author of the Valdemar books, set in her own world, Velgarth. She has also written in several other universes, including romances for Luna set in the fairy tale ‘five hundred kingdoms’.

Rating Report
plot
five-stars
characters
five-stars
writing
four-half-stars
pacing
four-stars
cover
four-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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