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.
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.
I agree with other reviewers: save this one for the kiddies. The beginning is aright, the middle is an epic snooze-fest, and the end has a nice twist that just fell short of making me thankful I read this.