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    Nick Podehl,Mercedes Lackey
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Mercedes Lackey is the author of the Valdemar series, including Take a Thief and Exile's Honor.

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the Valdemar series, including Take a Thief and Exile's Honor. She is the coauthor, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Some of her other novels include The Gates of Sleep, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Black Swan, and The Serpent's Shadow. She lives in Oklahoma. In Changes, the third volume of the Collegium Chronicles, young Mags is growing up. He's apprenticed to Herald Nikolas and making time with Amilly, and using swear words straight from the lips of Roman Moronie. Yes, Mags's patois is still in full effect. Ms Lackey's writing lately seems to be tending towards the youth can do everything better - a little too much leaning to the youth audience. Old farts" had some role in the story but I would have liked a little bit of back story to them. The plot and the details of Valdemar life don't seem to be as cohesive as in the earlier Valdemar books.

Mercedes Lackey (Author), Nick Podehl (Reader). Book 5 of 5 in the Valdemar Series. Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel).

Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as a. .

Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar

Title: Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles (Valdemar Series) Author(s): Mercedes .

Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles.

Listen to unlimited audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles. Written by Mercedes Lackey. Narrated by Nick Podehl. Though his background of poverty and abuse at Cole Pieters' gem mine set him apart from most other trainees, nonetheless he had found his own group of friends. Bear, Lena, and Amily were all students whose situations in life set them apart from more usual Trainees.

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The third volume, Oathblood, is made up.This series is a continuation of the story of Mags from the Collegium Chronicles.

The third volume, Oathblood, is made up entirely of short stories in place of a longer narrative. It covers Mags' journey as a full herald and a spy. Closer to Home (2014).

Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles

Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles. In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous but uncaring father, one of Valdemar's most renowned Bards.

The Collegium Chronicles Each of the three friends must face his or her demons and find their true strength as.Redoubt: Book Four of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel)

The Collegium Chronicles. Libro 3. Mercedes Lackey4 de octubre de 2011. Distribuido por Penguin. Each of the three friends must face his or her demons and find their true strength as they seek to become the full Heralds, Bards, and Healers of Valdemar. Más de Mercedes Lackey. Ver más. Las flechas de la reina. La primera novela ambientada en Valdemar, un mundo lleno de criaturas fascinantes y personajes inolvidables. El vuelo de la flecha. Redoubt: Book Four of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel).

Mags was a Trainee in the Heraldic Collegium in Haven, Valdemar’s capital city. Though his background of poverty and abuse at Cole Pieters’ gem mine set him apart from most other trainees, nonetheless he had found his own group of friends. Bear, Lena, and Amily were all students whose situations in life set them apart from more usual Trainees. The four of them had found mutual support in their shared misfortunes, and together struggled to help one another find solutions to their individual problems.

But Mags’ friendship with Amily brought him to the attention of the King’s Own. The seemingly immortal Companion Rolan had Chosen Nikolas to suit the specific needs of the current monarch, and those needs were for an agent who could collect information surreptitiously. Nikolas recognized the same traits in Mags that Rolan had recognized in him and because of Mags’ friendship with Amily, no one would think twice about seeing her overprotective father spending time with Amily’s “suitor.”

So Mags began training as Nikolas’ partner. They worked in disguise at night with Mags as Nikolas’s deaf and mute helper, where his extensive knowledge of gems—especially his skill at separating the real from the fake—would be an added benefit. Hiding in the shadows behind the desk, pretending to neither hear nor speak, Mags could better “observe” the clients, and even the surrounding neighborhood. And Nikolas could send him out on “errands” to chase down leads.

But this new job was far more dangerous than Mags had ever considered. For there were mysterious agents in the city—agents who sought to bring down the kingdom, and no one knew where they came from or who they worked for. They were smart, talented, and preternaturally fast. And most of all they were willing to do anything—anything—to bring Valdemar to ruin.


Andromathris
I am afraid that I might be getting a little too old for Valdemar in the current books. Ms Lackey's writing lately seems to be tending towards the youth can do everything better - a little too much leaning to the youth audience. "Old farts" had some role in the story but I would have liked a little bit of back story to them. The plot and the details of Valdemar life don't seem to be as cohesive as in the earlier Valdemar books. There is even a hint of "political correctness" or 21st century attitude at times that is not well blended into the plots. The books in this series have lost some of the magic of the Heralds, Companions, mind magic,and mystery that the earlier Valdemar books had.
I like Ms Lackey's fairy tale books but have noticed that they, too, are starting to get a little less magical.
Her books are getting to be like assembly line productions with repetition, loose ends and in need of quality control.
Maybe she should write fewer books more carefully and be better edited. Please bring back the magic.
Inerrace
If you enjoyed the first and second books of the collegium series Foundations and Intrigues you will enjoy this continuation of Mags' journey. Settled in to his life at the Collegium, Mags continues to ferrite out the mystery of his origins and the weapon like assassins that have been stalking Haven. All of the favorites from the earlier books are still with us and they are growing up. In this chapter of the story, Mags is in his first test as a spy under the tutelage of Herald Nikolas. His courtship of Amily continues and she has her own character arc development that giver her more depth and we understand her more as the book progresses. The pace is steady and the action is satisfying. You get enough teaser of the mysteries of previous books to keep reading, but no conclusions so you are guaranteed to read the fourth book.
Usanner
I won't spoil it for you as to how, but Kirball figures heavily into how this story resolves itself. In Changes, the third volume of the Collegium Chronicles, young Mags is growing up. He's apprenticed to Herald Nikolas and making time with Amilly, and using swear words straight from the lips of Roman Moronie. Yes, Mags's patois is still in full effect. His friends Bear and Lena are growing up too, although they start out still whiny they both grow backbones by the end. Fair warning, they get more resolution to their stories than Mags does. We finally get a notion where Mags is from, and if you are a longtime reader of this series you've heard of it, and the actions of these instigators are very likely a logical progression from an act committed by a popular Herald in a previous series. Lackey can get a little fuzzy with the continuity, but when she is on it, she right ON it. Some mysteries remain for unlocking in subsequent volumes. There is a strong hint to how many there will be in this one, when Mags and Herald Soren are hammering out the details of his schooling and it is mentioned that there were meant to be five years of Collegium. If we are following Mags through his school career and each book covers a year, then there are probably to be five volumes. The main plot of the book follows Mags and Nikolas as they go undercover to find the rest of the infiltrators who are plotting against Valdemar. There is a personal wrinkle that eventually presents itself and which I won't spoil. I'll just say that when that subplot seems resolved, there's more, and it's good. There are also asides with supporting characters. I was entertained for all the wrong reasons when CSI: Haven showed up to investigate a murder house Mags discovered while tailing the bad guys. Just try not to imagine that opening guitar riff played on lutes when they appear on the scene. I was more intrigued when Mags had to employ dubious methods to get intel from a gang of kiddies, and I hope there's a followup to that, because there was more character development in that foray than in any of Mags's interactions with his friends. In spite of the skullduggery this turned out to be a rather rom-comish entry, kind of like Order of the Phoenix was for Harry Potter, but I liked it. I can get into the 'damsel in distress' story if it's done with panache. I will definitely be getting Volume Four of this series.
Lightbinder
This book is a major deviation from standard Lackey trilogy work, as are its predecessors.

The questions in the first two books -- "Where is Mags' family from?" and "Who are the killers terrorizing the city?" are no more answered now than they were before. In fact, major plot threads (the fate of the miner that Mags worked for; Lord Chamjey; the progress of Lydia's community of clandestine servants to the state) are simply dropped, so viewing the book as part of a trilogy is a bit difficult -- yes, it's the same characters, yes, it's the same time frame. But other than that, so many things get out-and-out ignored to really see it as part of a trilogy so much as it is a book with continuing characters.

It is definitely not concluded at the end, but it may not be Ms. Lackey's intention to conclude it at any point. It just might be the end of where she wants to take that story, and that's certainly her right as an author.

The major objection I have is the inclusion of Kirball -- it's annoying and a waste of perfectly good plot space, but there's not much I can do about that beside skip those pages.
Doath
This is another well written Valdemar story from Mercedes Lackey with the exception of the end. The book stops, it doesn't end. It leaves many questions unanswered, and even brings up new ones.

From her Website: Changes is the third book in the Collegium Chronicles trilogy.

Interesting that it is listed as a trilogy when it is so completely unfinished. With her other trilogies, Arrows, Mage Winds, and Mage Storms, even though you knew there was more to come, the individual trilogies came across as complete. In the case of the Collegium Chronicles there is too much left unanswered for it to be a complete storyline.

****SPOILERS*****

Who were Mags parents and where were they from?
Why were the Assassins trying to kidnap Mags?
Why was Mags recognized?
Who was the big evil presence that Mags felt during the Storm?
How successful was the procedure on Amily?
Did the three of the graduate?
Who really sent the assassins?
And on and on...