Collegium Chronicles
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  • 1
    Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1 | Mercedes Lackey

    Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

    great for kids

    i think this book must have been designed for a "young adult" audience; i was a little disappointed that the themes and plot weren't a bit more mature..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 17 2008 by Wyonia (Perry Hall, MD, USA)
  • 2
    Intrigues: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2 | Mercedes Lackey

    Intrigues: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Mags was an orphan and slave of ‘bad blood’ who toiled in a gem mine all his young life. He would have died before adulthood, had he not been Chosen and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium. Now, Mags was never hungry and never cold. He slept in a real bed in his own room and, most importantly, he had Dallen, who was like another part of himself. And yet, aside from Lena and Bear, both loners like he was, he couldn’t relate to most of the trainees.

    Good bedtime read and love the narrator!

    I love Mercedes Lackey's books for that 'down time' read. When my mind needs a vacation and I need a 'feel good' book.

    This is the 2nd ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 04 2011 by QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules (Portland, OR, United States)
  • 3
    Changes: Collegium Chronicles, Book 3 | Mercedes Lackey

    Changes: Collegium Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    White Horse Guardians and Heralds

    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.
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    Reviewed on May 31 2012 by Robert (Hughesdale, Australia)
  • 4
    Redoubt: Collegium Chronicles, Book 4 | Mercedes Lackey

    Redoubt: Collegium Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees.

    Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the most unexpected corners of Mags' past...assuming he can live long enough to find them.

    Great story, wonderful author

    That's a tough one. I love the Valdemar series! All of them.

    Reviewed on September 14 2013 by Christine (Sidney, MT, United States)
  • 5
    Bastion: Collegium Chronicles, Book 5 | Mercedes Lackey

    Bastion: Collegium Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings--his included--about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now.

    Emo Mags finally grows a backbone.

    I adore the Valdemar world and most of Mercedes Lackey's books in general which is one of the only reasons I stuck with this series. The other is..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2013 by Robin (kirkland, WA, United States)