• Bastion

  • Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (919 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. So since he is going elsewhere--why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along.

With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster's chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected.

©2013 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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It could have been better

It was a nice end to a too long tale. Everything is nearly wrapped up .,... Mostly. I wish this series had been more condensed for a richer flavor.

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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 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.

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Better than the last few!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jadrek, lot more back story and depth to this character in this installment.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say much without giving away the twist but there was a LOT more information revealed in this book.

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More Mags!

Mags is ready for his further training, but the collegium has something different in mind to finalize his time in grays. A fun, insightful read into the collegium, the Valdemar people, Mags, and his blood relations. Great narration.

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great

there was a sec towards the end where the quality changed. I think the story must of gotten changed or a line redone. good though it just kind of ended

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Too many flashbacks

I noticed many memories that seemed like chapters cut and pasted from the original books they were a part of. I was also annoyed by the repeated mis pronunciation of reticent as recitant.

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Reader makes the story all the more interesting.

This book really opened up the character Mags' story. I found the reader Nick Pohdel easily painted the pictures of the characters individual characteristics in my mind.

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Bastion, Book 5 of the Collegium Chronicles

Mags and his Companion Dalan have had more convoluted adventures than any other Herald I can think of. Mercedes just keeps creating wonderful worlds for her characters to do amazing things!!
sorry I can't spell for ____! Great Books

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My favorite of the collegium chronicles

Love the story, performance was good (a few cases of mispronounced words, based on established Valdemar lore), all told a great book.

The only issue I had was Mercedes' tendency to paste in segments of book 1 verbatim, in the form of flashbacks. It almost seemed to be flushing out the length without writing new material. I can't imagine reading part 5 of a series without reading parts 1 thru 4, so I don't see the point.

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Bastion review

Mercedes lackey does it again. yet another riveting tale from our favorite country, Valdemar! Mags has a story that hits home and continues to get better with each book!