The Collegium Chronicles : A Valdemar Novel Redoubt Bk. 4, Paperback

The Collegium Chronicles : A Valdemar Novel Redoubt Bk. 4 Paperback

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Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of Valdemar, has very rare talents.

Recognising this, the King's Own Herald trains Mags as a spy, tasking him with uncovering the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself.

Why is an even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the depths of Mags' past, if he survives long enough to find them.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781781165911



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I'm an absolute fan of Mercedes Lackey and everything Valdemar. Still, I'm not in favor of the latest Collegium chronicle books. I find the stories have become thin and the characters are occasionally a bit too dysfunctional. Not in this last book, I have to admit. All the annoying disagreements and misunderstandings have cleared, so in a way, this book is better than book 2 and 3. Still, I don't think it's more than ok. It probably would have been better, had Lackey carried on with the story a bit more, but so far this is the fourth book and we're not at the end. This from an author who consistently sticks with trilogies at most. I wonder why she now feels the need to write a pentalogy, if indeed she stops at five books. There's definitely quite some stuff in there that could have been left out. In the case of book 4, I could have done with less detail on the wedding, and less detail on the mine dreams during the kidnapping. Not to mention the escape. If you think about it, the only thing that was really relevant about that was meeting the priest (I think, unless it was simply an instance of 'cat-dropping', the equivalent of name-dropping, except with a species instead of a person) and getting the details on the kidnappers in the end. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind detail about everyday life as such, I actually enjoy that. It's just that this latest series seems like a one-clue-a-book detective. I wish things would speed up a bit...

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