Pathways

Posted 9 May 2022 by Kim in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

PathwaysPathways by Mercedes Lackey
Series: Tales of Valdemar #11
Published: 5 December 2017
Publisher: DAW
Genres: fantasy
Audience: adult
Pages: 380
Source: bought
Format: eBook
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Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

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.

Now, twenty-three 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.

Join Janny Wurts, Elisabeth Waters, Michele Lang, Fiona Patton, and others in twenty-four original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, all set in Valdemar, where:

A young woman without any of the Heralds’ Gifts must see a Companion safely delivered to Haven....

A Herald must revisit the mysteries of his childhood to save his own young family and combat a threat at the very heart of Valdemar....

A Hawkbrother flees for his life, trailed by a mysterious bird that prophesizes a dire future....

A mage must choose whether to steal a priceless artifact and be branded a thief and traitor, or let his country fall to magic that could prove far more deadly....

my review

Like the others in this series, the book is a collection of stories by a variety of authors, including Mercedes Lackey, the creator of the Valdemar world. The anthology is a balance of stories about Valdemar’s Heralds, or those to become Heralds, and about people and situations in other parts of the world. They, as in previous books, often incorporate already established characters with new ones. They very much follow the canon of the main Lackey books. Some of them connect to other stories within other books in this companion series, serving to create mini-series.

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’.

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