FOUNDATIONAuthor: Mercedes LackeySeries:
book one of the Collegium Chronicles
. It's also the twenty-seventh Valdemar
book, going by publication order, and is currently the seventh book in chronological order
. Lackey recommends that the books be read in publication order.Publisher: Daw Books
, a division of PenguinPublication Date:
$28.50 CAD, $25.95 USD, £16.99 GBPStatus:
neutral. I added it after January 1st.LibraryThing InfoAmazon Info
Mercedes Lackey is one of my guilty pleasure authors, and I’m particularly attached to her Valdemar series. She recently took a break from the world to work on other projects, (including her popular 500 KINGDOMS fantasy romance series), and I was thrilled when I heard that she’d returned to Valdemar for another trilogy. Unfortunately, the first volume of said trilogy isn’t nearly as good as what’s come before.
FOUNDATION is set around a hundred years after Vanyel’s time. The Heralds have recently experienced an influx of Chosen, and the ratio of trainees to full Heralds is dangerously high. With their old system of mentorship in tatters, they found a Collegium to train all these newbies.
Mags is one such newbie. He’s your typical Lackey hero; that is to say, he’s a broken and unwanted child who makes good. The book follows his first few months at the new Collegium as he adjusts to trainee life and becomes involved in some political stuff.
In some ways, I did enjoy this. Mags isn’t as instantly loveable as Talia or Vanyel, but he does have his moments. I teared up a couple of times. (I’m not sure I’ve ever read a Mercedes Lackey where I didn’t
tear up a couple of times. That woman wreaks havoc with my tear glands). I liked how Lackey used his entrance into Heraldic life to show us a few more things about Valdemar. I especially enjoyed the scenes at Midwinter, where we learn a little more about Valdemaran religion. Mags’s friendships aren’t developed as well as they could be, perhaps, but there are still a few pleasant exchanges that give me hope for the future.
I was willing to give the book a solid three stars, (enjoyable, but nothing spectacular), but the ending is such a disappointment that I’ve no choice but to bump the star rating down. It’s rushed, makes little sense, and doesn’t have the proper oomph. I understand that there's plenty of room for unanswered questions in the first book of any trilogy, but Lackey's approach here struck me as plain old sloppy writing. It wouldn’t have taken Lackey very long to set the ending up properly, but as it is we have a few very vague hints early on that resolve into something that comes out of left field. It’s disappointing.
I’ll still read the next book in the series, but I’m pretty glad I borrow my hardcovers from the library instead of buying them. I’d be upset if I’d paid $28.50 for this.
2.5 starsStrange Asides:
One of Mags’s friends is named Bear. I myself have a Bear, (who bears – ha ha – little resemblance to this dude), and I’m always rather surprised that reading about other Bears doesn’t throw me off. Reading about other Sims does. (My Bear has a brother named Sim). Hmmm.Challenge Stuff:999 Challenge
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