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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Tempest
Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp
Title: **Awesome Blog** Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #10)
Author: Edited by Mercedes Lackey
Published Date: December 6th 2016
Genre: Fantasy / Anthology
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Twenty-four authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.
The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.
Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.
Join Elizabeth Vaughan, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Brozek, Brenda Cooper, Rosemary Edghill, and others in twenty-two original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, to Valdemar, where:
A Herald must crack an ancient code in a historic tapestry in order to arbitrate a dispute over land and lineage
A Healer s daughter flees the noble family that has trapped and enslaved her mother, and must seek help to free her mother
A young woman who hides her clairvoyant powers from her town s Karsite priests ForeSees a threat, and must risk revealing her Gift to save her community
A Herald finds his assistant has been abducted by a man upon whom he had levied a heavy fine, and must foil the kidnapper s plans to save his charge “
Tempest is an anthology, but all the stories are set within the same world, just written by different authors. For the most part this worked well, but as with all anthologies there were highs and lows.
Some of the stories didn’t feel complete within themselves, but if this is an ongoing anthology series that could account for that (I wasn’t aware of that fact at the time of reading). There were a few that felt more like an opening chapter than anything else, but the majority of them I enjoyed.
If you are looking for a slightly different set of short stories then I would pick this up, perhaps going back to the first in the series would have improved the rating, but I doubt it, as even with prior knowledge of the world, the stories themselves would not have been more complete.
Overall 4 stars from me.
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