You would think that everything would have settled down for Mags at the Collegium. After all, he had been there for half a year, and by now things should have sorted out into a routine. But nothing is ever simple where the Collegia are concerned. The Foreseers have had a vision of the King covered in blood, and all the signs point to Mags being involved! He finally uncovers some scant information about his parents, and they are not what he thought they were. And old enemies have not given up….
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You would think that everything would have settled down for Mags at the Collegium. After all, he had been there for half a year, and by now things should have sorted out into a routine. But nothing is ever simple where the Collegia are concerned. The Foreseers have had a vision of the King covered in blood, and all the signs point to Mags being involved! He finally uncovers some scant information about his parents, and they are not what he thought they were.
And old enemies have not given up…. Intrigue s, on its own merit, is a complete and satisfying story. I liked Foundation , the first book in this trilogy, quite a bit and Intrigues is a worthy follow-up.
Mags is an extremely likable hero — quiet, serious, and sweet. Lackey does have themes she returns to regularly, and this story falls firmly into a familiar wheelhouse — the story of an outsider trying to find a place to fit in their new world, and their struggle to believe in their own worth. Where Foundation Collegium Chronicles 1 was essentially, as they often say of comic-book movies, the origin story, Intrigues takes the idea of Mags as an outsider a step further, to where he is outright persecuted for being different and foreign.
Here, once again, she delivers. Mags is literally pushed to the breaking point, to rock bottom. It is painfully well wrought and utterly compelling. This book is not overflowing with action and battles, and while it has a nice sense of building pressure and tension, its deliberateness might be, well, too deliberate for some.
As for me, I was thoroughly entertained by this story. It did play a necessary part in the story, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. Instead Mags apologizes to them, which made me downright angry with both them and him. This happened towards the end of the book, so I hope there will be repercussions and fall-out from this in the next book — to me it felt like a violation of trust that was never fully addressed.
I am definitely looking forward to the next book. All Booked Up says:. Probably right after re-reading Foundation. Overall, Intrigues proved itself to be another good read from Mercedes Lackey, and added itself to the world of Valdemar very well, and I really enjoyed the read.
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Intrigues (Collegium Chronicles Series #2)
However, things aren't going smoothly. Bear's family, namely his older brother who is now head of the family, want him to come home and marry a girl that he barely remembers. They claim he takes up space at the Collegium that someone with a "true" Healing Gift could use. And Lena's father, the arrogant Master Bard Marchand , shows up, and his indifference towards Lena makes her go to almost any length to get his attention.
Collegium Chronicles, Vol. 2 - Intrigues
Added by 33 of our members. Mags was an orphan who had slaved in a gem mine for all his young life. Found in a bandit camp when he was an infant, he was taken in by Cole Pieters, who owned the mine. Pieters constantly told him that he had 'bad blood' and would never amount to anything. Had he not been Chosen by his Companion, Dallen, and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium, he probably would have died before he reached adulthood.
On the contrary. But I hope the reason for this choice will be pretty clear by the end. Buy from Amazon. Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald.
Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy. But life at the court is not without obstacles. When Mags is "recognized" by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, Mags himself comes under suspicion. Can Mags also solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies-and prove his loyalty-before the king and court banish him as a traitor? 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.