Today's book review is Foundation by Mercedes Lackey.
This is the latest in the Valdemar universe. It doesn't closely follow any of the existing books. It claims to be "volume 1 of the Collegium Chronicles", and Valdemar books almost always come in threes, so I assume it's the start of another trilogy.
If you like Valdemar books, you'll like this one for the usual reasons: the world is vibrantly real, Lackey has an amazing talent for making her characters matter emotionally to the reader, and it has blue-eyed talking horses. If you hate Valdemar books, you'll hate this one for the usual reasons: the hero is just too special, other characters are made to be absurdly nice or nasty, it's melodramatic, the plot borders on trite, and it has blue-eyed talking horses.
I like Valdemar books. 9 out of 10.
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