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 ». it's a fun story about group of kids in a magical school environment trying to solve a mystery; NOT an "epic" fantasy novel (as audible identifies its genre).
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 »book of the 'Mags' story line. It's a little too 'the poor dear boy' type of story, but at the same time all the characters are relatable when it comes to teenage angst. And the mystery of Mag's family has yet to be answered, but I'm hoping the 3rd book will answer this satisfactorily.This 2nd book left me wanting the 3rd.. immediately. I didn't want to wait and forget all the story. Lucky for me, the next book was just published. It's downloading to my iPhone as I write.
This may sound strange to some of you, but I listen to audiobooks as I fall asleep at night. It assists me in turning off my brain. I like a good easy story that doesn't have a lot of needless violence, blood shed, or 'whodunit'. I use Audible's timer function and the story turns off after half an hour. It's like someone is reading me a bedtime story.
I really enjoy the narrator, Nick Podehl. I find his voice soothing and easy to listen to for long periods of time. He does not mispronounce words and his cadence is good. While he doesn't do a huge variety of voices, I know exactly which character he is voicing, simply because he is consistent. I'm so glad to see that the last book in the series used the same narrator.
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. <..Show More »br/>Brilliant!
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.
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 » Nick Podehl, his narration made the characters live. In fact it may have been his voice as much as the authors words that made me want to shove a steel rod down the main characters spine. Every time Mags's inner voice would escalate emotionally out of control I would cringe. Not many narrators can do that to me. This 5th book finally answers many questions and is the best one since the 1st book. It is obvious there will be more in the series but it could end here. This series has been the weakest of all Mercedes Valdemar stories for me. Maybe now that is has taken Mags 5 books to stop his emo whine the series will improve.