Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Book Reviews - Foundation and Finding the Way by Mercedes Lackey

Ohk ohk, I have been reading ... and these do count towards the book challenge because I did buy them before January first ... JUST! I bought them 2 days before. I love Mercedes Lackey books and if I had my way I would buy them all straight away. All hundred of them! well maybe not that many books but she's written a LOT. 30 books just about a land called Valdemar. Which I love reading about and both these books are about that land.

Valdemar
Now to explain Valdemar to all those people who have never read these books. Many years ago a Baron called Valdemar ran away from an evil emperor who was mistreating everyone. He took all his people and they ran as far as they could. They then created a land that was free from tyrany. The people made the Baron their king and he lived for many years. Late in his life he started to wonder how to keep his people from falling under the hands of another dictator. He knew his son and grandson were kind and just people but how could he insure that all the rulers would be kind? He went out into a field and prayed and prayed to all the gods for some sort of help. That morning when the sun came up three 'horses' appeared, these are the companions. they are spirit guides. Every king/queen of Valdemar must be a herald but they had another job. To watch over the land and keep it safe.

These spirit horses or companions only choose people with kind and just hearts and certain gifts. These gifts range from mind reading through the flame throwing and everything in between. If you want to know more read the books :D

Foundation

This book is set in the time when they created the collegium to teach the young heralds about the kingdom and the laws so that when they become full heralds they can uphold these laws and look after the land. Not everyone wanted the collegium to be created it was a big change. Trainees had always been taught by a mentor but with 60 new trainees who would be there to teach everyone? How could the Heralds that were there teach everyone? It follows one boy as he is chosen and he grows up to learn that he can have friends and that maybe he can make a BIG difference to the world with just the right words.

Finding The Way

This book is actually a collection of short stories about Valdemar. Only one has been written my Mercedes Lackey the rest have been written by other authors although Mercedes Lackey is the editor of this book.
It's all sorts of stories about different people finding a purpose, or a reason. Going on a journey and learning that you can't do everything.

The Books
Now if you have never read any of Mercedes Lackey's books I would highly recommend them to anyone. If you like Fantasy and twists of romance you don't have to look any further. A good place to start is with the Arrows of the Queen, Arrows Flight and Arrows Fall. She tends to write in Trilogies, but they also all fit together with each other.

Please be warned though if you like them you will be caught forever. She has written so many books and they always catch you and you don't want to put them down. It's hard here because I can never find them in the bookstores since Borders closed down and it's cheaper to buy from the book depository.

I kinda hope this has peaked someone elses interest. I am the only one of my friends quite so obsessed with this author. Mainly because I'm the only one that bothers to order in the books.

Caitlin

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review - I am definitely going to check this author out.

    Hugs, Kaye xoxox

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  2. I haven't read this author but I'll have to check her out. I do need to renew my book by China Mievelle because it was due today and I only read a little bit of it. I'm going to have to carve out some time to sit and read because his books make your head spin. But I like that ;)

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