Mags was a Trainee in the Heraldic Collegium in Haven, Valdemar’s capital city. Though his background of poverty and abuse at Cole Pieters’ gem mine set him apart from most other trainees, nonetheless he had found his own group of friends. Bear, Lena, and Amily were all students whose situations in life set them apart from more usual Trainees. The four of them had found mutual support in their shared misfortunes, and together struggled to help one another find solutions to their individual problems.
But Mags’ friendship with Amily brought him to the attention of the King’s Own. The seemingly immortal Companion Rolan had Chosen Nikolas to suit the specific needs of the current monarch, and those needs were for an agent who could collect information surreptitiously. Nikolas recognized the same traits in Mags that Rolan had recognized in him, and because of Mags’ friendship with Amily, no one would think twice about seeing her overprotective father spending time with Amily’s “suitor”. So Mags began training as Nikolas’ partner.
They worked in disguise at night with Mags as Nikolas’ deaf and mute helper, where his extensive knowledge of gems - especially his skill at separating the real from the fake - would be an added benefit. Hiding in the shadows behind the desk, pretending to neither hear nor speak, Mags could better “observe” the clients, and even the surrounding neighborhood. And Nikolas could send him out on “errands” to chase down leads.
But this new job was far more dangerous than Mags had ever considered. For there were mysterious agents in the city - agents who sought to bring down the kingdom, and no one knew where they came from or who they worked for. They were smart, talented, and preternaturally fast. And most of all they were willing to do anything - anything - to bring Valdemar to ruin.
Enchanted? Spend some more time in Valdemar.
©2011 Mercedes Lackey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
i loved this version of Changes after i listened to the book it is very hard to go back and read it. i felt like i truly got to know the characters in this book more then i had ever when i was just reading it. a great read that will leave you wanting more.
I am a great fan of the Collegium world having read everything available on Audible and beyond so the following comes from a fans point of view.
Starting with Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1 and continuing through Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2, this book completes a segment that covers a period in the World of Valdemar. The whole series spans several ages of Valdemar beginning with this series of 3 books. Along the way the Collegium grows to 1000's of Heralds, the war with Karsits, the Mage heralds and the appearance of the Sons Cats. All the books are in the same environment but there are many vastly different main characters. And it is not really necessary to read them in any order, although it is best to start here.
If you are like me, once you read this, you will want all the other books. But be warned, they are not all available as Audio Recordings.
Nick podehl know what he's doing.
He's good. He has fantastic accents and knows how to make you tell the emotions of the characters
Must have for any fans of Valdemar
I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.
The Collegium Chronicles all make for good listening and this one was the most enjoyable of the three.
The characters are well-developed and the plot is excellent.
The performance was quite good.
Reading is and has been one if my passions from 4years old. I love strong characters, funny, romantic, tearjerkers, action, fantasy, sci-fi.
I loved that there was a part 1 & 2
Mags grew and matured, but his core character stayed true and strong.
Nothing. What he did was create wonderful voices for each character which made the stories an extremely pleasurable listen
I passed the series on to my mother (69yrs) and when at the library with my grand daughter (13yrs) checked out the 1st book in series (my recommendation). They both loved it as much as i (49yrs) did. Excellent story for bedtime with children.
Changes which is the last book in the Colegium Chronicles Trilogy, was a good read. Lackey definitely brought that special Valdemar touch into this story as well, although it is not as good as some of her previous Valdemar works such as the Last Herald mage or Mage Storms trilogies. The author stil leaves a few unanswered questions at the conclusion of this trilogy, but the plot line is good, and we begin to watch Mags complete the transformation from Mine slave orphan to Heraldic trainee and a future herald of Valdemar. Nick podehl does a truly excellent job as the narrator. His portrayal of the characters, and the ease with which he manages the various idioms of language, makes the book all the more entertaining. If you're a Valdemar fan, you should certainly get this. It is well wirth the credit.
Good YA fantasy, especially for anyone who read earlier Valdemar stories. While reading Mag's dialect in the print version drove me nuts, I happily switched to Nick Podehl's reading...love his voice, his style, and his reading of the dialect was outstanding. Thanks, Nick!
The story came to a disapointing ending and did not flow nicely.
Too much teenage stupidity. Not enough original Valdemar feeling. And I know all the books, this trilogy is a little better than the owl one, but still very bad.
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