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November 18th, 2008

November 18th, 2008
09:22 pm


Book review: Foundation
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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