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Filled with magic intrigue romance and adventure Mercedes Lackey's world of Valdemar is one of the most popular domains in fantasy literature Home to the Heralds and their mysterious horselike Companions the magical Tayledras Hawk people and of course the powerful gryphons Valdemar has garnered a devoted global following Now these 17 new tales by fantasy's greatest authors are sure to add their ow. This is a really uneven collection There are a few really solid ones Tanya Huff s is note perfect and the one that is perhaps my favorite The Salamander is only glancingly a Valdemar story but delightful nonetheless but there are a lot of mediocre to rank amateur pieces It s nice that Lackey provided an outlet for some of her proteges but I hate to have to slog through the results

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Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar

Ce Schimel Choice by Michelle West Song of Valdemar by Kristin SchwengelThe School Up the Hill by Elisabeth Waters Chance by Mark Shepherd Sword of Ice by Mercedes Lackey John Yezeguielian In the Forest of Sorrows by John Heifers Vkandis' Own by Ben Ohlander A Herald's Honor by Mickey Zucker Reichert A Song For No One's Mourning by Gary A Braunbeck Blue Heart by Philip M Austin and Mercedes Lackey. I originally reviewed this book on my blog The Cosy Dragon For recent reviews by me please hop over thereThe first ever collection of Valdemar tales by other authors set in the world of Mercedes Lackey As it so charmingly states on the front cover there are 18 tales Some are written in concert with Mercedes Lackey and the opening and closing stories are both by the same collaborators The cover is somewhat unexciting and I didn t think that the Companion s eyes were really blue enough to be convincing The stories inside were a bit of a mixed bag but then who ever likes absolutely everything Sunlancer by Philip M Austin and Mercedes Lackey reinforces the power of the word particularly in Karse It s a sentiment I agree with and this short story is remarkably well written and compelling You do seem to know what will happen but the ending is still a little of a surprise The Demon s Den by Tanya Huff is a tale of hope and overcoming adversity without being too pretentious about it It shows how ordinary citizens not really written about in Lackey s own books of Valdermar are often sad when they are not chosen as Heralds even if they are self sacrificing Jors seemed a little one dimensional but there was potential for I liked Ari although it was not obvious to me that she was blind Iron Rose by Larry Dixon and Mel White shows what the hertasi get up to when the hawkbrothers aren t watching A touching story perhaps lackign a little in depth but satisfying all the same It is obvious that the hertasi are good at this Babysitter by Josepha Sherman shows a touch of healthy cynicism Yay for not totally being given over to babysitting immediately There were some problems though griffins aren t exactly easy to care for and I expected even a youngster to be a little grumpy and less puffbally Ending of this one is a little abrupt and I felt like this story could have been set in almost any world with griffins not just that of Valdemar The Salamander by Richard Lee Byers is ok I don t like Selden and I m not fond of the way this story is written too much personal opinion and stilted observations I guess it could be a good one for those of you who like mysteries Reminds me a bit of Romeo and Juliet actually A Child s Adventures by Janni Lee Simner shows what happens when an older Herald is chosen Inya can t believe she is chosen and she must discover for herself why it might be important for her to become a herald Blood Ties by Stephanie D Shaver is painful to read and potentially triggering The things some people do to their families Well written Another Successful Experiment by Lawrence Schimel reminds me of polo Various games have already been played in Valdemar via the books that Lackey herself has written so this is nothing new Exile s HonorValor as well as the new Collegium Chronicles both have this type of game Nothing groundbreaking Choice by Michelle West creates Kelsey a spunky character who has always wanted to be chosen but has gone her life without it She manages not to become sour and when the oppertunity to look after a Herald comes up she jumps at it In doing so she encounters many things than she thought she would A very good story that explains why some people are chosen or not A thing I did notice was a typo of their instead of there Song of Valdemar by Kristin Schwengel shows what happens when someone is gifted with the wrong thing It really does seem very sad and the fact that it touched me indicates it it well written The School Up the Hill by Elisabeth Waters was also good Sometimes it seems like the number of coincidences is too great but it is magic It s a little confusing at first and the reader has no idea what is going on but it s good because of that Chance by Mark Shepherd deals with one of Vanyel s lovers Vanyel will always hold a special place in my heart The dialogue is a little stilted but this perhaps reflects well what the two men feel I wasn t sold on the concept of a gay brotherhood nor that being gay gives you an erection at bad moments This short story is contiguous with Vanyel s novels which is awesome though Sword of Ice by Mercedes Lackey and John Yezegulalian is the title short story of this collection I think that the title doesn t really go well with it You get to know the background of Savil Vanyel s mentor A little confusing for this to come after Chance In the Forest of Sorrows by John Helfers is also about Vanyel after he has become a forest spirit I m not sure this short story really portrays him as I imagined he was never so overconfident and I didn t know he could Fetch Vkandis Own by Ben Ohlander is filled with the heat of battle and what the aftermath means in Karse We see the beginning of Solaris takeover of the Priesthood but really it s hard to know what will happen A Herald s Honor by Mickey Zucker Reichert fills in a bit of the border folk for me I vealways been fascinated by the Holderkin and wished that Lackey had done The reader needs to do a little thinking and use their logic it might even help you evaluate your own values A Song for Noone s Mourning by Gary Braunbeck doesn t fit for me The half world that is depicted is unlikely as is the behaviour of the Herald involved It s a nice idea and relatively well written but it doesn t fit for me Blue Heart by Philip M Austin and Mercedes Lackey has the format of a story within a story something I often enjoy It s good although I did want about the hidden Herald rather than the butterfly It wasn t exactly the thrilling conclusion I wanted for the short story collection too soft and uestionable but perhaps that s the way it was meant to beI struggled to work out why these short stories were ordered as they were Had I been in charge of it I would have either grouped them by area Karse vs Valdemar or by time while also stating where in the continuity they cameI d recommend this book of short stories for anyone who enjoys the Valdemar universe and wants The majority of these stories are enjoyable and canon like for this universe The majority of tales are suitable for teens and adults alike

Mercedes Lackey á 8 review

N chapter to the history of this enchanting landThis anthology contains Introduction by Mercedes Lackey Sunlancer by Philip M Austin and Mercedes Lackey The Demon's Den by Tanya Huff Ironrose by Larry Dixon and Mel White Babysitter by Josepha Sherman The Salamander by Richard Lee Byers A Child's Adventures by Janni Lee Simmer Blood Ties by Stephanie D Shaver Another Successful Experiment by Lawren. There were some good stories here but then there were some that sucked I find the idea of buying an anthology of fanfiction of poorer uality than some you can find on the Internet a bit weird so I would avoid this one


10 thoughts on “Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar

  1. says:

    I've read a few of these Valdemar collections before and so far I think this is my least favourite Like any other short story collection there's

  2. says:

    I am so glad I went to the trouble of tracking this down This first collection of Valdemar short stories was awesome especially the back story of Savil and Starwind which sheds light on things that happen in Magic's Pawn Th

  3. says:

    This is a really uneven collection There are a few really solid ones Tanya Huff's is note perfect and the one that is perhaps my favorite The Salamander is only glancingly a Valdemar story but delightful nonetheless but there are a lo

  4. says:

    It's a book of short stories about Valdemar and because it was fairly cheap and I was a sucker I bought it Well at least there was one story I really liked even if it still felt a bit rough around the edges The rest of it w

  5. says:

    There were some good stories here but then there were some that sucked I find the idea of buying an anthology of fanfiction of poorer uality than some you can find on the Internet a bit weird so I would avoid this one

  6. says:

    This was one of the best short story anthologies as we got to see a living breathing Vanyel once

  7. says:

    I love the idea of this anthology love the idea of an author curating a bunch of their favorite fanfiction and putting out out there for the a

  8. says:

    I originally reviewed this book on my blog The Cosy Dragon For recent reviews by me please hop over thereThe first ever collection of Valdemar tales by other authors set in the world of Mercedes Lackey As it so c

  9. says:

    While I don't remember much about the Valdemar series I have fond memories of it Beautiful white horses With blue eyes Psychic horse

  10. says:

    In the introduction Mercedes Lackey gives a great shout out to Marion Zimmer Bradley and her anthologies which I absolutely love where Lackey had her first published story I hope that MZB would be pleased with this very nice collection and must read for Valdemar fans Stories range from very good to excellent Of particular note Vkandis' Own