Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Lackey makes a real page-turner out of Mags’ and the collegia’s development.... This book’s outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans."—Booklist
"Lackey’s back doing what she does best, and the result is affecting and compulsive reading."—Locus
"Series fans will enjoy the variations on a familiar theme, while enough information is presented for first-timers to discover a world of high adventure and individual courage. Highly recommended."—Library Journal
"Leaves us simultaneously satisfied—and longing for more. Not an easy feat.... Once you jump into this world, you’ll find yourself immediately involved, surrounded by new friends, and glad you made the trip."—Realms of Fantasy
"Lackey is a spellbinding storyteller who keeps your heart in your mouth as she spins her intricate webs of magical adventure."—Rave Reviews
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is the author of the Valdemar series, including Take a Thief and Exile's Honor. She is the coauthor, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Some of her other novels include The Gates of Sleep, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Black Swan, and The Serpent's Shadow. She lives in Oklahoma.
Top Customer Reviews
I echo the sentiments of other reviews I've read online and state that not much is resolved in this book. It is almost a repeat of the first book where the immediate danger is ended but the central mystery of the trilogy is left hanging. Some tidbits are handed out at the end but it definately seems a second triology is required to finish off Mag's story.
I enjoyed this book immensely but I think more answers could have been doled out. On the other hand Mags could be the next Elspeth whose story is told through several series of books. The pacing of Mag's story is slow but his character and his cricle of friends draws me in.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
When you're on top of your game, your books are amazing. So, don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan. The Valdemar series has, in particular, been near and dear to my heart for decades. In fact, for years, I was one of those kids who shelled out their savings for the newest hardcovers of anything with Mercedes Lackey and a white horse splashed on the cover.
The problem is your newest crop of Valdemar books have been very hit or miss. I enjoyed the Darian's Tale trilogy. Brightly Burning and Take a Thief were fantastic. Then, there was the Exile series and your Mary Sue moments. For me, those were a definite miss.
Still, when The Collegium Chronicles debuted, I was so excited. It was a brand new Valdemar series, after all. As I read through the first two, they were mediocre-to-disappointing, sure, but I thought she'll pick up the ball. She'll return to form in book three. Well, I've read book three and not much has changed. The characters are just as flat, whiney and unlikeable as they were in the first two books. With none of the larger issues hinted at coming to fruition, the plot plods. I am ashamed to say, the plotting actually reminded me of the ant writing in Twilight. You know, tangents and mundane issue after mundane issue without actually getting to the POINT of anything. Basically, what every writing instructor will tell you NOT to do.
Personally, I still think you are a very gifted writer, but I think that perhaps these books have been rushed and written without the keen eye of a good and unbiased editor. I also feel like they were written rather formulaically based on what may be currently marketable, and there's something about the books that made me think you're not really invested in your characters (outside of maybe Mags). I guess the best way to put it might be that they lacked the soul that permeated many of your other Valdemar books.
So, this is my plea to you. Please, please really take your time with the next Valdemar book or series. Make characters you love and we'll love with living, beating hearts that move us like they used to. I would rather wait 5 years and get a single wonderful stand-alone book (or even no book at all) than get a poor-to-mediocre book in a poor-to-mediocre new series every year.
I like Ms Lackey's fairy tale books but have noticed that they, too, are starting to get a little less magical.
Her books are getting to be like assembly line productions with repetition, loose ends and in need of quality control.
Maybe she should write fewer books more carefully and be better edited. Please bring back the magic.
This book does have character and relationship development, but plotwise I feel like it introduced as many questions as it answered. There was even a new major character brought in at the end.
As a previous poster pointed out: It looks like there is going to be a second series linked to this one. Who knows how long it will take for it to come out. I really wish I had known before I spent the time and money on a new hardback release.
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