author: Mercedes Lackey
series: Tales of Valdemar #13
published: 26 November 2019
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This thirteenth 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.
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.
Returning to Valdemar is always a joy. These stories are a wonderful addition the OG canon, mixing new characters with old, new situations with old. Some of the stories form mini-series with other stories by the same individual authors sprinkled throughout the anthology sereis. I always love reading more in the “Consequences” series with Lady Cera. Another favorite are the Temple of Thenoth series, each story title containing a collective noun for some type of animal. And the Dann family… I love these stories. Such fun, bite-sized reads!