Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees.
Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the most unexpected corners of Mags' past...assuming he can live long enough to find them.
©2012 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I think the best way to explain this book is "slow". It's another typical Lacky novel, but not one of her best efforts, unfortunately.
Picking up at some point after the last installment, "Changes", we get an in deep look at Valdemar. Whilst Bear and Lena get some plot, nothing really happens in the first half and the second half could have been told in half the space. I think the thing that really irritated me was the "plot twist" about Mags which was painfully obvious from even the plot synopsis. Urgh.
I often see in the other reviews the complaints that this series could've been a much stronger trilogy, rather than 5 books. I agree with this whole heartedly! This series started off really strongly, but has been getting weaker with each progressive book. Disapointing.
"Great story, wonderful author"
That's a tough one. I love the Valdemar series! All of them.
Can't think of one actually other than other Valdemar books.
Mags, of course! He made Mags into a real person.
Yes, when Mags was chosen! That was awesome.
I wish all of the Valdemar books were available on audible. I would buy everyone!
"Fantastic story, excellant narration"
I haven't read the print version but I loved listening to the audio book.
Tamora Pierce's Circle series as well as the Tortall books because they both feature characters that grow from often humble origins to achieve their destinies. I also hope Nick get hired to narrate the Owl series of books by Mercedes Lackey.
I didn't think I had but when I checked my library, I realized that I did have another book that he narrated. He did a great job on the other book but I really enjoyed his narration of this series. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series that won't be released until November (I think). I really hope they get Nick to narrate Owlflight, Owlsight and Owlknight from Mercedes Lackey. They are some of my favorite books that she has written and I can't think of a better narrator for the series.
I had no idea how popular Nick was and how many books he has narrated. I will definitely check out some of the other books strictly on basis of his narration of this series.
A story of a boy taken literally from rags to . . . Herald?
I started listening to the first of the Collegium Chronicles books and was brought back into the wonderful world of Valdemar. I normally listen to books as I drive to work or when running errands. This time I couldn't stop listening and had to continue in my house. I think I listened to all four books in about a week.
Of course! I love the whole series so far. Just a bit of mind candy to entertain you.
Mags of course! He is a strong, well developed character and has a way of expressing himself that I find to be compelling.
I love his voices and accents. He reads at a steady pace that is very easy to listen to and his voice is just lovely.
Very much so. Wish I had the time!
I had a hard time pausing this story and stayed up half the night to listen to parts of it. I can't wait to listen to it again.
"yet another brilliant tale from Valdemar"
I was dubiously wary, when I found Misty was going to just past the time of Vanyel Ashkevron to bolster the history of Valdemar. I had enjoyed the Brightly Burning tale, but was wary due to the shortness of that tale. I have never been happier to be wrong.
this is a brilliant addition to the chronicles of the Heralds of Valdemar.
"Great voice Actor, Story is Refreshing"
Redoubt was very enjoyable to listen to; one of the top audiobooks I've heard.
Nick is an amazing voice actor! I can't even believe how well he switches between accents. I have to admit, he reads the books to me waaaay better than I read the books in my head. I have to giggle a little every time he reads a lady voice, but it's passable.
I wanted to listen to the whole thing all at once. I couldn't put it down. I'm a little sad that there's only 11 hours. It went by too quickly.
Most importantly, I wanted to say how refreshing this particular book was. I've read all of the Valdemar books. Most seem to follow a theme: heraldling grows up in the collegium feeling unsure of himself and navigating new friendships. For most of this book, the heralding is removed from that environment. We got a little break from Emo mags. As we follow the new story developments we got to learn so much about Karse, revisit sun cats, and talk a little about survival skills. It was pretty fun. While not stand-alone, this book definitely stands out in the series.
Would like to see more of the Valdemar Series books - White, Silver and Black Gyphon books (Mage Wars), Brightly Burning, Vows and Honor Trilogy (Oathbound, etc...), The Heralds of Valdemar Trilogy (Arrow's Flight, etc...), By The Sword,....
Yes, most definitely
The story would be better if it wasn't drawn out sooooioooooooooooo much. I seriously want to scream.
This would have made a great short story. The lengthy flash backs distracted from the new characters who were quite enjoyable.
"Weakest of this series"
I love the Hearlds of Valdemar series, and have really enjoyed this collegium series, but so far I think this book is the weakest of the lot. It was very different from the other books and the ending just felt weirdly abrupt and unsatisfactory to me.
Nick is a great narrator. He does voices very well. There was one awkward part in this book, though, where the main character is in the middle of a conversation and suddenly has a series of flash backs to the previous books. Because it was in audio format and not text, the transition into these flashbacks was unclear and very confusing. I had to rewind and listen a second time before I understood what was happening.
While redoubt is the weakest of the series, it's still very good and well worth a listen.
"Feels like a ghost writer was hired to finish"
A new plot line, new writing, new ideas for books 4 & 5. As they stand now, they are terrible.
Not given up on this series part way through. It feels as if she was tired of dealing with these characters and just wanted to end it. Using flashbacks to fill most of the story is a copout.
Nick gave a solid performance. All voices and characters were spot on with the other books. Just feel sorry for him because he had to give up so much of his time on a sagging story.
After 3 great books in this series, it feels like either Lackey just lost interest in writting this story, or she hired a ghost writer to finish the last 2 books without understanding the characters and their subleties. I should have finished reading after book 3 and made up my own ending - it would have been much more satisfying and less detached from the beginnings. Terrible.
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