I wish that I could give more than 5 stars. This reader knows the work and does not distract from the story at all.
The first series of Valdemar came way before Harry Potter but they still had many things in common. Magic. Friendship and loyalty winning over the odds. Pain and lonliness endured because enduring was all you could do.
The baby with no name became named Magpie until it eventually shortened into just Mags. He was an orphan presumed to be the child of bandits. Dispite being a child and being good with all the jobs they gave him he was treated worst of the worst. Bad blood. Until he is rescued and taken into a life he literally, could not have imagined due to his complete ignorance of how the world should be run.
The narrator did an excellent job of creating distinct character voices although some have said it is hard to understand the Mags. Reading the actual book is much the same way but the voice and form of speaking is keeping with the character. I got a feel for the Mags accent and didn't have much trouble understanding him.
This series is a bit heavier than Hogwarts with sexual themes (very non graphic), as well as physical and emotional abuse. A little slow paced with action befitting the scenes (Curball Games).
Try the sample and see if it sucks you in. It did for me.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I think this series has potential. This is a coming of age novel and involves magic. I was impressed with the beginning of the story. We are introduced to the protagonist, a young boy named Magpie, who was raised in the mines like a slave in very harsh conditions. I enjoyed how the author described the conditions for this camp of orphans who needed to find gems if they expect to get their evening meals and had to huddle together for warmth at nights. Then the story changes settings and we enter a Hogwarts like environment where there are different areas of study for students that are talented in the arts of bard, healing, and heraldry. The school is part of a kingdom and has medieval level of technology. At this point I found events went a little slow for my taste. Magpie has his issues due to his harsh upbringing. He has a lot to overcome being uneducated and having a tendency to be a loner. Most of this section is about different connections to people he makes and the things he learns at his stay in the collegium. There is an element of magic and supernatural lore. Our protagonist is a herald with the power of mind speak and is able to communicate to his companion, a horse. Most of the time he has the voice of this companion / mentor in his head. The narration does a little extra special effect with the voices when Magpie is talking internally in his head to his companion so you will not get confused. It wasn't really until the end that Magpie or any of the characters actually do much with their abilities. The ending felt anticlimactic and needs a follow up. We are left with a ton of questions and I even had to review the last part because I felt like I missed something that was not there. Basically, you need to get the sequel, and I will at some point.
I like paranormal fantasy, romance historical fiction and some kinds of mystories
that's a toss up between herald trainee mags and King's own Herald Nicholas
King's own Herald Nicholas
The hidden herald
I think Nick Podehl did a very nice job with his work on this entire series and should be among the first under consideration to be asked to read all future Heralds Of Valdimar books that require a male reader.
yes. I like the story and the narration is nicely done with no bothersome quirks.
There are several but the moment Mags finds Dalen, the moment he meets Lena and then Bear, All are written well and not overdone.
No. This narrator did a nice job.
The sequence of word images moving Mags forward toward finding his place within the Collegium and within himself are too many to just isolate one. The best is probably comes with the Winter celebration.
Good book which I would think most people would enjoy. No sex, and limited violence. The supernatural nature of the Companions is not so overt as to offend.
There was nothing wrong with this book at all - the performance was fine and the production was good - but this particular book was just a bit too coming of age/young for me personally.
All new characters, set in the time of King Kiril of Valdemar; quite a while before the Arrows of the Queen happenings. Talks about the building of all three collegiums, the new classroom base for training Heralds. Great character and world building with wonderful characters from all three collegia and a continuing story of how Mags, an orphan, becomes a trainee Herald.
Very good voice and character narration and quite entertraining.
I am thrilled there's a new set of stories in the Valdemar series. Can't wait till the next installment.
This book is as good as all 22 or so other books Mercedes Lackey has written in this world. The fact that Audible is starting to carry more books by her, from several of her series, is the reason that I am considering coming back to a monthly subscription. I am very excited to see the other elemental master books in the list as well. This book is very well read, very well written and I would suggest any Valdemar trilogy to Any one, with the 500 kingdoms and elemental masters collections following right behind.