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ISBN:0756402069
Author: Mercedes Lackey
ISBN13: 978-0756402068
Title: Exile's Valor (Valdemar)
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: DAW; 1st edition (November 4, 2003)
Pages: 416

Exile's Valor (Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey



Written by Mercedes Lackey Read by Madeline Bazaard Format: MP3 Bitrate: 32 Kbps Unabridged. Not the best, but this is the only version of the audiobook I could find. Once a heroic Captain in the army of Karse, a kingdom at war with Valdemar, Alberich becomes one of Valdemar’s Heralds.

Herald Keren said, in sheer admiration. All this time? You’ve been running around in Hell’s own neighborhood all this time? By yourself? Bloody hell! high esteem for his skill, but he sensed that this had not been anything she would have pictured him doing. So where’s your wheelbarrow, then?. Pardon? he said, puzzled, as Ylsa choked. But neither of them explained, so he decided it was one of those colloquialisms he wouldn’t understand even if he knew what she’d meant, and dismissed it from his mind

I don't know what to say about any book written by Mercedes Lackey. I've run out of superlatives. The main characters didn't cross lines or justify immoral acts with the idea that it was for the good of all. They were just heroes. I agree with him. Thank the Universe for Mercedes Lackey. Jan 11, 2017 Len Evans Jr rated it it was amazing.

Author: Mercedes Lackey. Herald Alberich is now the collegium Weaponsmaster by day, spy for valdemar by night, and is personal for ensuring the Queen’s safety whenever the call is there. Selenay, now Queen Selenay, is on the throne but only just. Still in mourning for her father, the late King Sendar, the Council is putting pressure on her to marry for they don’t beleive a young female can rule alone.

I just can't get through Valor. I read it once, but apparently it's not in me to read it again. Frankly, unless you're a big fan of Alberich and Selenay, skip the Exile series and read the Collegium Chronicles instead - it's better written and has more interesting characters and world development. Mercedes Lackey has captured my imagination and interest through so many generations of the Valdemar series. You cannot go wrong with this series. I own every single book in the series - and will keep it that way until there are no other books to purchase.

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Exile’s Valor (2003). Exile’s Valor continues the tale begun in Exile’s Honor, and shed some light on the courtship, marriage and death of Queen Selenay’s husband, and father of her daughter Elspeth. Together Exile’s Honor, Exile’s Valor, and Take a Thief are set before the events in The Heralds of Valdemar Trilogy. Cover art by Jody Lee. Published by DAW Books. View more books written by this author. View more books in the series "Valdemar Universe".

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National best-selling author Mercedes Lackey takes us back to the enchanted land of Valdemar.
Reviews: 7
Nalmetus
On a lark I decided to reread the Exile and Collegium Chronicle duologies at the same time. I read the Exile's Honor book and Foundation and Intrigues books in fairly short order. I just can't get through Valor. I read it once, but apparently it's not in me to read it again. Frankly, unless you're a big fan of Alberich and Selenay, skip the Exile series and read the Collegium Chronicles instead - it's better written and has more interesting characters and world development. The following are comments about both series, and esp. about Valor.

Similarities between the two duologies (SPOILERS):

1) Both main characters are foreigners.
2) Both had odd childhoods.
3) Both are heralds of whom others are suspicious.
4) Both become spies.
5) Both are involved in a sporting event. Mags (CC) plays Kirball and Alberich helps to organize Hurlee. (BTW, that SHUT UP I DON'T CARE comment another reviewer wrote about Hurlee was *so* correct.)
6) Both spend an awful lot of time talking to either the King/Queen or the King's Own/Queen's Own.

The CC books are a much better read. For one, there's far, FAR fewer continuity issues in CC in part because all it has to deal with is the Last Herald Mage series. It is actually interesting to wonder how, for example, the trainees ended up doing all their own chores as demonstrated in the Arrows trilogy when Mags thinks that the Heralds wouldn't be so helpless if they learned, say, how to cook. For another, there's no teeth-grittingly annoying Mary Sue character. (And for the other reviewer - I've been a Lackey fan since 1988 or 1989 and she's been "Misty" since the 1980s, or before. Well before Dixon. It was a camp counselor nickname.) Obviously Myste the Collegium Chronicler is Mercedes Lackey. I did not mind in Exile's Honor because it *did* address the point of whether a person who was obviously unable to be a competent fighter could be a Herald, though having Lackey elevate herself to Herald status was a bit, um, presumptuous. However, having the Mary Sue character date Alberich in Valor read just a little too much like a masturbatory fantasy. Ick. (tvtropes.com mentions how both Myste and Diana Tregarde are both Mercedes Lackey - it's an interesting read.)

Also, what is up with her characters becoming spies? It seems unreasonable that the Weaponsmaster would spend half his nights spying - having Skif do that in To Take a Thief was much, much more plausible as he had the time, the street smarts, and was more expendable. It equally seems unreasonable that a feral child (Mags) with an obvious accent would become a spy within his first six months living within four walls, much less in a city of tens of thousands, no matter how deus ex machina his Companion's memory-transfer skills are and how much attention the King's Own (another bad choice for spymaster) gave him. I was starting to get this creepy vibe that Lackey was saying, "hey, folks, you can still be pristinely good (Herald-like) if you spy on your friends and report back to your betters. Leave the moral quandaries up to them."

And the sports? Yes, it's nice to have sports in Valdemar and it was fun to hear they have a form of soccer (in CC). However, Harry Potter did that and we don't really need to be treated to it - twice - in the meta-series. Why did Kirball not stick around? Why did Lackey keep reinventing the wheel? It got boring. I did not want a play-by-play of either sport, thanks muchly. I get that Hurlee was important toward setting up the Queen's rescue in Valor ... but there are many other ways she could have addressed that without bringing in a complicated and needlessly involved, plot-consuming sport.

Last, to address the editing ... some authors, when they become reliable best-seller writers, can demand that they not be edited. Laurel K. Hamilton is one (see her reviews for more details). I suspect Lackey has reached that status, which might explain why her books have become a little bit tedious and full of error.
Waiso
Mercedes Lackey has captured my imagination and interest through so many generations of the Valdemar series. You cannot go wrong with this series. I own every single book in the series - and will keep it that way until there are no other books to purchase. I do wish that the Kindle version (and some of the "standard" versions) included Larry Dixon's art. Amazing Artists!!! The both of them!

The main character in this book is Alberich and I can relate to him in sooo many ways! Questioning right from wrong, sentence syntax (I'm trying to learn multiple languages and he is spot on with his frustrations). Big tough guy with a golden heart that he keeps carefully hidden behind a stern demeanor.
Hirah
This book, as well as Exile's Honor, are some of my favorites in the Valdemar series. You see more of Herald Alberich's "other" job as intelligence agent, and I feel like you learn a lot more about his character. Selenay goes through some development as well, though with a lot more emotional and a bit less thought. Exile's Valor sets the stage for many more books and the Valdemar as it currently is, which makes it an important stepping-stone in the series. A worthy read!

This book to me is the foundation to a lot of timeline mistakes you'll find later on. You learn that Elspeth was born rough two years after the Tedrel Wars, and if you pay attention to her age you learn that the books often try to pass off that war as far longer ago than when it actually happened.
Ynonno
I am a huge Lackey fan and consider the Exile series, so far, one of the best series. The first book was about things happening and Alberich's attempts to reconcile his situation with his stiff sense of honor. This book contains much more character development, but unfortunately not as much action. When taken both together, the first two books balance each other out well.

Alberich is one of Lackey's most interesting characters, and it is a pleasure to read from his point of view. Also intriguing were the sections written from the young queen Selenay's POV. One of my favorite aspects of Lackey's writing is how, over the body of her work, she will illustrate a character or situation from multiple points of view. She will show how someone acts in a certain situation and what other characters think about it, then somewhere else reiterate that situation from a first-person point of view.

The Exile series ranks up with the Mage Winds series (which follows it chronologically) in my estimation, but has so far avoided the loony bits (mainly to do with Falconsbane) that crop up in that series and that spring into full flower in the Mage Storms series that follow it. (Seriously - recruiting ghosts of dead famous Heralds and their lovers to help a multicultural cadre of random people uncover a buried magical key that will save the world from a mage storm echoing backward in time? A bit too ensemble-cast for me, although I do like the bits with the Karsite boy.)

Sorry, let me get back on track. Being female, the touches of romance in this book are also very appealing. If you're a guy, why are you reading this stuff anyway? Just kidding - but now you're forewarned so you don't have to roll your eyes at the mushy bits.

I liked this book very much and will certainly be as excited about the eventual release of the third book as I was about the first two.