author: Mercedes Lackey
series: Tales of Valdemar #8
published: 2 December 2014
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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.
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.
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