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Exile's Valor

A Novel of Valdemar

By Mercedes Lackey

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Format: Paperback, 438 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2004
This stand-alone novel in the Valdemar series continues the story of prickly weapons-master Alberich. Once a heroic Captain in the army of Karse, a kingdom at war with Valdemar, Alberich becomes one of Valdemar's Heralds. Despite prejudice against him, he becomes the personal protector of young Queen Selenay. But can he protect her from the dangers of her own heart?

About the Author

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


As Weaponsmaster of the Collegium, Herald Alberich has the responsibility of training the martial talents of the youth of Valdemar as well as the difficult task of protecting the realm's young Queen Selenay. While he struggles to overcome the prejudice of some of Valdemar's councilors, who remember when he was a captain in the army of Karse, a land hostile to Valdemar, Alberich also realizes that Queen Selenay faces a danger so subtle that he cannot quite give it a name until it is almost too late. The second book in Lackey's series about Alberich (Exile's Honor) not only develops the personality of its hero but also explores a young monarch's difficulties in gaining the respect of her peers and the confidence to rule in her own right. Recommended for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Making love and not war is the theme of Lackey's entertaining high fantasy, the second in a trilogy (after 2002's Exile's Honor) within her long-running Valdemar series-not that love is any less of a battlefield. Alberich of Karse, the outsider Herald, must watch over the newly enthroned queen, Selenay, as he trains young Heralds by day and chases down treasonous plots in the alleys and shady locales of Haven by night. Along the way, his recruit in the arts of undercover work, Herald-Chronicler-Second Myste, provides him with her own ideas of work under covers. And his Companion, the intelligent, mind-linked equine Kantor, keeps Alberich honest with a sardonic sense of humor. The recently bereaved Selenay, too, faces her own challenge in the court of love, first from anxious councilors trying to arrange a royal marriage, then from the too-good-to-be-true Prince Karathanelan of Rethwellan. Will good triumph in the end? That answer will have to wait for the next book, as the master villain remains unknown. But it would take a poor gambler to bet against a set of characters so obviously beloved by their author, despite her inflicting a Germanic speech pattern on poor Alberich, who often sounds like Yoda. Long-time readers will appreciate learning more of favorite characters. Newcomers will definitely feel as though they have walked in on the middle of a gossipy conversation. (Nov. 4) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Once you jump into this world, you'll find yourself immediately involved, surrounded by new friends, and glad you made the trip." Once you jump into this world, you'll find yourself immediately involved...and glad you made the trip. ("Realms of Fantasy") "Leaves us simultaneously satisfied--and longing for more." --Realms of Fantasy"A spellbinding storyteller." --Rave Reviews "Leaves us simultaneously satisfiedand longing for more." Realms of Fantasy"A spellbinding storyteller." Rave Reviews"

EAN: 9780756402211
ISBN: 0756402212
Publisher: Daw Books
Dimensions: 17.12 x 10.67 x 3 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Margaret Harris on
I like Lackey – I really do. I just wish she’d stop the action to endlessly moralise! The people I have talked to universally don’t care that one of the characters is an accidental killer, or gay, or a thief... so long as he's well written! But Lackey seems to have this intense desire to convince her readers that it’s a good idea. Unfortunately this comes off as condescending, which is really annoying in such a cool series. I love these books because I don’t have to think while I’m reading them, and having someone else try and ram their morals down my throat is slightly disconcerting while you try to unwind. It’s good, but not good enough to overcome this fault.
Rebecca McGrath on
Not a bad story, if you are a Valdemar fan you will love finding out more about Alberich, and how he is a lot more involved in Valdemar's politics that you expect from the Arrows series. Also great to read first hand about Queen Selaney's romance, revealing Selaney's state of mind and how she made those bad choices that we hear about in Arrows. Great book if you've already read the Arrows series and want more.

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