5.9.2022 | Monday


category: Book Reviews

Passagestitle: Passages
author: Mercedes Lackey
series: Tales of Valdemar #14
published: 24 November 2020
publisher: DAW Books
genre(s): fantasy
pages: 318
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

This fourteenth 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.

my review

Passages is another collection of short stories inspired by the OG canon of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar world. They are written by an assortment of authors, including the original author. The stories are curated from across the characters, stories, and places that Lackey has created. These anthologies, this one included, are fun not only because they provide some bite-sized additions but because they often feature characters that might now otherwise have been seen as major players within 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’.

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