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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,989 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Mags was an orphan and slave of `bad blood who toiled in a gem mine all his young life. He would have died before adulthood, had he not been Chosen and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium.

Now, Mags was never hungry and never cold. He slept in a real bed in his own room and, most importantly, he had Dallen, who was like another part of himself. And yet, aside from Lena and Bear, both loners like he was, he couldn't relate to most of the Herald, Healer, or Bard trainees. He was the only trainee who came from what - to the others - was unimaginable poverty.

There was another factor that contributed to Mag's isolation. Foreign assassins, masquerading at court as envoys, were discovered. As they fled from the Guard, one of them seemed to 'recognize Mags. Now, Mags was an object of suspicion.

He had always been curious about his parents, but after the incident it became urgent for Mags to discover exactly who his parents were. And at Haven, he had access to the extensive Archives. Poring through the Archives, he got only incomplete information: his parents, found dead in a bandit camp, had been two of a number of hostages, some of whom had survived. The survivors had told the Guard that Mags parents spoke a language that no one understood or recognized.

This information did not help, for the ForeSeers had been having visions of the king's assassination by one of the foreign blood . Some had even Seen Mags with blood on his hands. How could Mags defend himself against a crime that hadn't yet been committed?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/17/2014

    " Bear in mind that Mercedes Lackey's Valdamaran books are one of my favorite series. They are comfort books for me (like comfort food only with fewer calories). This newest one is the second book in a trilogy set in the early days of the Collegium; the first is "Foundation". I enjoyed it alot, even though its not quite as good as some of her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 12/10/2013

    " I haven't read a Valdemar book in a long time. I found book 3 of this series on the "new book shelf" at my library, and realized that I never read book 2. So I got them both. I had read the first book but did not remember it very well. When I read Intrigues, I was reminded of how much I have liked the Valdemar book and got a new appreciation for the first book, Foundation. The story of Mags is a great coming-of-age tale. In this book he further develops his talents, makes some close friends and begins training for the role he will eventually play in Valdemar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spazfungus | 12/7/2013

    " If you've read one Heralds of Valdemar book, you've read them all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 11/15/2013

    " I always enjoy Valdemar novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 10/10/2013

    " A simple story. As I've said before, the stories of this world has slipped from adult to juvenile but I still go back to them out of fondness for the earlier work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/15/2013

    " Not the best book Lackey has ever written, but it made me happy while I was reading it. The background wasn't as well thought out as I would have liked, and the plot dragged a bit at points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 5/5/2013

    " A long lead-in to get to the point of the story. Still, enjoyed it, and can't wait for the 3rd book to roll out in softcover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 4/7/2013

    " A good story but not up to her regular standards for teh Valdemar books. It seemed the plot did not quite fit the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Attica Musings | 8/9/2012

    " I liked it. I like her writing voice. I enjoy these books as I can see all I read. It is a very comforting and cozy read. I look forward to more of the Collegium series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 7/16/2012

    " Very good story. Poor Mags--I felt badly for him. Some plot flaws, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/7/2012

    " I'm really enjoying this trilogy within the Valdemar universe. It's taking me back to the good old days of reading the Talia and Vanyel trilogies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/30/2012

    " I enjoyed the previous book in this return to feature-length Valdemar books (so to speak), but I'm not as sure about this one. The plot seemed a bit meandering, but it was pretty enjoyable, in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Devereux | 12/22/2011

    " As always the second book seemed to drag along, especially during the kirball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davina Becker | 9/25/2011

    " Another good book in the Valdemar series. The book was more character focused than plot driven, which made it frustrating to read at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margotd | 7/3/2011

    " Mags is a giant Gary Stu and all of his friends are horrible people. However, since it did make me burst into tears when everyone told Mags they hated him, it gets bumped up to three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/8/2011

    " I enjoyed the previous book in this return to feature-length Valdemar books (so to speak), but I'm not as sure about this one. The plot seemed a bit meandering, but it was pretty enjoyable, in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 5/5/2011

    " Bears a distinct resemblance to the arrows series and the ones with the thief main character but not nearly as engaging. Rather shallowly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/28/2011

    " Good read, follows the typical formula for a second book in Mercedes Lackey fashion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 4/7/2011

    " Suffereing from "middle trilogy syndrome" - didn't grab me as well as the first book, but still enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deyara | 4/3/2011

    " Enjoyed it, quick read, mostly light but then bam it has you crying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 3/13/2011

    "
    Mercedes Lackey is my new favorite Scifi writer. I always love her books and this was no exception. "

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About the Author
Author Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fan­tasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.