author: Mercedes Lackey
series: Tales of Valdemar #9
published: 1 December 2015
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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 Herald’s 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 these original stories.
Crucible is the 9th book of short stories within the Tales of Valdemar series. The stories are all set within the Valdemar world, created by author Mercedes Lackey, written by a variety of authors. They combine Lackey’s world and characters with new characters in new stories. Several of the short stories are part of mini-series written by some of the authors, the stories scattered throughout the Tales of Valdemar volumes. The stories are not necessary for continuity within the greater Valdemar series, but they are fun and interesting episodic sides.