Foundation

Foundation

A Novel of Valdemar

Book - 2008
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Penguin Putnam
The long-awaited brand new novel in the bestselling Valdemar series.

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's bestselling world, a thirteen year- old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.


Baker & Taylor
Magpie, a thirteen-year-old orphan, escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to become a Herald, in which role he discovers talents that he never knew he had and witnesses the founding of the Heralds' Collegium, in a novel of the early history of Valdemar.

Blackwell North Amer
Mags had been working at the Pieters' mine, slaving in the dark, cold seams, looking for sparklies, for as long as he could remember. The children who worked the mine were orphans, kids who had been abandoned, who had lost their parents, or where generally unwanted. Cole Pieters, who picked up these pitiful strays, preferred them around eleven, though he would take them as young as nine if they were strong and looked as if they could do the work and withstand the punishing conditions. But Mags was different.
"Yer Bad Blood, boy, an' it's damn lucky for you that yer here an' we can put ye to work an' keep those idle hands busy, or ye'd be dancin' at rope's end already," Cole Pieters had told him. And Mags had no reason to question this information.
Mags was "Bad Blood," because his parents were bandits who had been killed in a raid by the Royal Guard. "Bad Blood" because he'd been found in a cradle in the bandits' camp. Blood so bad that no one had wanted to take him in except Cole Pieters. And so he had come to the Pieters household as an infant, and from the moment his tiny hands could actually do anything, he'd been put to work, an unpaid, poorly fed, scantily clad, dirty little drudge. When he was big enough to see over the sides of the sluices he had gone to work at the mine. On his very first day he had found a pile of sparklies - enough to cover the palm of his hand. "By the gods, ye've got th' eyes of a magpie!" one of the Pieters boys had said. And that was how he had gotten his name.
Mags was good at survival. Every time he found a sparkly, it earned him an extra piece of bread, and that extra piece of bread kept him alive, unlike so many of the less fortunate kids who died of exposure and starvation at the Pieters mine.
Mags knew nothing of the world beyond the mine, and was unaware how unusual his paltry existence was. Then some strangers on huge white horses forced their way past the Pieters family and carried him away to Haven to become a Herald Trainee.
Suddenly the whole world opened up for Mags. He was warm and well fed for the first time in his life, and he has Dallen, his Companion, who seemed more miraculous than an angel. But the world of the Collegium was not all heavenly. There was political upheaval in Valdemar's capital, for the ancient way of training Heralds - the system of one-on-one mentoring that had been successful for centuries - was failing. Many veteran Heralds had died in the wars, and there were too many Trainees to go around. A Heralds' Collegium was being built, and many thought it was wrong to train Heralds in classrooms the same way the Bardic and Healer Trainees were schooled. But dissent among the Heralds was not the only discord in Haven, for the court had been infiltrated by foreign "diplomats," who seemed to be more interested in seeding discontent than in actual diplomacy ... and Mags seemed to be the only one who'd noticed.

Baker
& Taylor

Magpie, a thirteen-year-old orphan, escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to become a Herald, in which role he witnesses the founding of the Heralds' Collegium.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2008
ISBN: 9780756405243
0756405246
Branch Call Number: SF LACKEY
Characteristics: 340 p

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Shenandoah
Jun 12, 2013

This book is the back story of the development of the Collegia System in Valdemar.

weickartsmith Aug 06, 2012

This book really is a great way to start a new Herald Story. I love how it is a believable story that uses not only magic but pure self motivation to make a change and create what becomes an excellent story.

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olgalivshin
Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Jul, 09, 2009

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20KBT10
Aug 27, 2010

You'll likely like it if you like other Valdemar novels but it's even a good read if you've no knowledge of the world created by M. Lackey. Here, the Heralds', as well as the Bardic's and Healer's college is new, but the focus is once again on struggle, hope and friendship.

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GillianL
Jul 27, 2010

If you know this series = it is the start of the college and how heralds reacted. As usual characters that you can identify with.

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