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Vanyel's disdain for swordsmanship earns him an unexpected exile--at the High Court of Valdemar under the guardianship of his stern and implacable Aunt Savil, one of the legendary Herald-Mages. A young man's painful discovery of his own immense talents and his true nature form the core of this richly detailed fantasy, the first in a new series set in the same world as "The Heroes of Valdemar." Lackey's talent for characterization lends depth to this coming-of-age adventure that will appeal to most fantasy readers.
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Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.See all Product Description
The start of the character Vanyel and his journey to become one of the most amazingly powerful heralds ever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sean Talbot
This is the first book I'm reading from Mercedes Lackey that was recommended by a friend of mine, and it's the first one that's more character driven than other plots I've come... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2012 by Dustin Karpovich
I was at a book store and nothing was catching my eye. This cute oriental girl recommended this book to me, saying that it was her favorite author. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
I do not usually red books written by this author, and this rating is based on the entire series. I like the first two books, but the third got boring and the themes were the same... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by BADASSGIRLHEAD
Let me start off by saying I am not really a "Fantasy" reader. I enjoy all themed books. This one was recomended to me by a close friend. I went into it scepticaly actually. Read morePublished on April 12 2004
Lackey never leaves much to the imagination, which is the best thing I could ever think of, she is such vivid writer things just fall into place. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Angel
Personally, this trilogy has been my favorite one by Mercedes Lackey the instant I read it, and it still is. Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by leviathan
This, and the other two books that follow it, are the best books ever written. I don't know of any other books that gets you as emotionally involved as these. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Laurie Hardy