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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 Herald, Healer, or Bard trainees. He was the only trainee who came from what - to the others - was unimaginable poverty.

There was another factor that contributed to Mag’s isolation. Foreign assassins, masquerading at court as envoys, were discovered. As they fled from the Guard, one of them seemed to “recognize” Mags. Now, Mags was an object of suspicion.

He had always been curious about his parents, but after the incident it became urgent for Mags to discover exactly who his parents were. And at Haven, he had access to the extensive Archives. Poring through the Archives, he got only incomplete information: his parents, found dead in a bandit camp, had been two of a number of hostages, some of whom had survived. The survivors had told the Guard that Mags’ parents spoke a language that no one understood or recognized.

This information did not help, for the ForeSeers had been having visions of the king’s assassination by “one of the foreign blood”. Some had even Seen Mags with blood on his hands. How could Mags defend himself against a crime that hadn’t yet been committed?

Enchanted? Spend some more time in Valdemar.
©2010 Mercedes Lackey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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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 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.

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Wonderful!

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I have yet to read a Mercedes Lackey book I didn't love, and this is no exception. The story of the beginning of the Heralds is one I've wanted to read for a long time, and the main character has a fascinating beginning. I enjoyed all three of these books tremendously.

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  • Kelly
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 01-02-13

Great performance, slow story

Nick Podehl is audiobook god, and his dulcet tones made the faux-Quidditch matches bearable. Overall, this book just smacked too much of Harry Potter, and the pacing was off. The third book is better.

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Love the story not the narrator.

I love Mercedes Lackey, this is my favorite series. I wish the narrator had character voices it was pretty flat. If you love the Valdemar Series you will like this story.

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Very good!

This book is very good especially since it is a middle book of a series

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Oof....

Man...there needs to be a SIGNIFICANT trigger warning on the last 2 hours of this. it is a great story, but.....oof. Suicidal Ideation, significant depression....just......be safe, y'all.

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Best narrator ever!

The narrator was the best I have ever heard. he made the story come alive in my mind. The way he was able to change voices was amazing. The story line kept me not wanting to stop listening. I can't pick my favorite moments because the whole book was very written and very well narrated.

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this book is full of laughs and trials for mages.

magges adventure are fum and trialling and gives u the understanding of how some kids think its there falt where thang s are blamed on them when its not

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  • Jennifer
  • Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada
  • 10-06-14

Potteresque

I'm going to start this by saying that I am generally a fan of the author, and especially of all things Valdemar, and that I like this series as a whole. But this book, of the three I have so far read, smacked too much of Harry Potter for my tastes. I honestly think if she had not gone for her own version of Quidditch, I could have overlooked the other similarities as simply being the result of two fantasy-genre coming of age tales. But that game was just one thing too many.

That said, I will stress that this is not a complete ripoff. The story is different, the conclusion different, there's just so many similarities that it's distracting.

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Its a familiar formula.

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A good continuation of the series despite the formula of "loner kid finds magic and two friends" that became familiar with the Potter series.<br/><br/>While an adult would have no trouble enjoying this book it seems to be tailored to young adults and teens. It doesn't have that teen "flavoring" that many young adult books have. <br/><br/>Regardless of the form and the slow pace it is still a good series. If you liked the first book you will enjoy the second as well.