Author: Mercedes Lackey

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Oct 04
Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book wasn’t as fast-paced as most Valdemar novels. It was still interesting and kept my attention, but if you love the ones full of action, this book is more in the line of intrigue. Mags, Amily and a number of their friends from the last book, spend most of this book hunting a bully. You know exactly who is responsible from the beginning, but finding enough evidence to prove it takes most of the book. I liked getting to see how Mags and Amily were settling into their roles. I also liked that we got to see more of… Read more »

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Sep 22
Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Having only liked a few of the books from the last series about Mags, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this one. But since it was Valdemar, I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the first book in the series before this one arrived, so some of the things in it (like Amily being the King’s Own) I have no idea how it happened. Despite that, this was a really good book! I read it in 2 days, and it’s made me happy that I have the third book in this series already… Read more »

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Jul 13
Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

There were a number of flashbacks in this book. Which is good if it’s been a while since you read the first book in this series, but if you mostly remember what happened, there are quite a few pages to skip over. This book wasn’t as slow as some of the earlier books in this series, but it wasn’t as suck you in as the previous book either. It was a mixture of both. I liked the mention of Tayledras and their vales in the book. I also liked the circuit bits, and how not all the towns Mags and… Read more »

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Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

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Dec 10
Crucible edited by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Crucible edited by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book felt less like Valdemar to me than some of the previous collections. I have read nearly every Valdemar book Mercedes Lackey has written, and all of the collections she has edited. So I’m familiar with all the people and time periods that were represented here. Unfortunately, not all the stories resonated with me. A number of them were decent, but didn’t feel like they were part of Valdemar. And then there were those that managed to get it so right they deserved 5 stars all on their own. There is a broad collection of characters here. Everything from… Read more »

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May 27
From A High Tower (Elemental Masters #11) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

From A High Tower (Elemental Masters #11) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I really liked this book. I liked even more, that you don’t have to read this series in order. The last book I read in this series was #6, and then I got distracted and kept forgetting to get the next books. But each book can be read as a stand-alone, so it’s great for people who like things all wrapped up by the end of the book. And it’s still good for those who like series, as each book has some of the same elements, just new characters and situations. There were a lot of creatures in this book…. Read more »

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Apr 09
Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

The ‘bad guy’ was fairly obvious. The hero/love interest a sweet and bumbling boy who was very earnest and a bit shy at times. And for whom there really isn’t all that much character development. But Bella was worth enough to me to keep reading. I loved how she wasn’t some shrinking flower of a girl. She took as much charge of herself and her destiny as she was able to. She was funny and smart. The invisible servants were something I’ve seen before, but not done in this way. I was fairly sure I knew who was to blame… Read more »

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Mar 26
Redoubt (The Collegium Chronicles #4) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Redoubt (The Collegium Chronicles #4) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Having not enjoyed the last book in this series as much as I usually love Valdemar, I was a bit skeptical of this book as well. But having already purchased it, I figured I might as well give it the benefit of the doubt. The first half of the book was more of the same. I’d place it somewhere in the 3 to 3.5 stars range. The second half? Was so completely different it was almost as if two books had been shoved together and a cover put onto them to make a single book. The plot totally did an… Read more »

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Jan 15
Changes (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Changes (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

“It’s on account’a I’m a bonehead, an’ don’t allus ‘member what th’ right word is, so I come’s close as I kin… People figger it out!”   Mags reminds me a lot of Skif from Take A Thief. Which might be one reason I like him. I like Skif better, but there’s something about Mags that’s slightly charming. His method of speech may turn people off, he’s an abused orphan from a slave mine. And so never learned ‘correct’ speech. He tends to forget or not know the correct word to use sometimes, and thus makes up words. He either… Read more »

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Nov 18
The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms book 1) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms book 1) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

    “You are as ill-mannered, as stubborn, and as stupid as an ass!” she shouted, “So BE one!” While I love this series, I must admit that this first book is fairly slow. It doesn’t really pick up until around page 170 or so. This is mostly due to the fact that a lot has to be explained about how the world and magic works. It is done by following a Godmother Apprentice around and learning things as she learns them. You get introduced to some of the Traditional storylines, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Princess Who Could Not… Read more »

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