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Foundation (Collegium Chronicles) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reprint edition (6 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405762
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heralds College 5 Nov 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could not put this book down one I started it. I could not wait to get to the next chapter to find out what Mags would get up to next.

I am a great fan of Mercedes Lackey, but I think this is her best book to date.

I hope their is a follow up book for to find out how Mags and his friends get on in their chosen careers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly disappointing 21 Feb 2009
By Sooz
I love Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, but I have been disappointed by this new book. It has been written, it seems to me, almost at a child's level; very simplistically. It is nothing like as complex as the 'Magic' trilogy, not even as much as 'Arrow's Fall' (which, to my mind, started off rather at a child's level, but it did improve). The characters are presented as very black-and-white as well. This over-simplicity is becoming increasingly characteristic of ML's books, eg particularly 'Fortune's Fool'. What does redeem it is that a) it is another Valdemar book and b) the insight into the changes both causing, and caused by, the institution of the Herald's Collegium.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the Valdemar Chronicles 24 Nov 2008
By Joanne K. Pilsworth VINE VOICE
In style, this book has more in common with the Arrows series. At the same time, it serves the excellent purpose of filling in some of the history of the Heralds Collegium.

I had expected something a bit more akin to the tension of the Alberich books or the Mage Winds series, in terms of the effect of 'incomers' into Valdemar. So in that respect this book was a bit disappointing.

That said, the character Mags is endearing, not least because he can't really believe that these things are happening to him. The initial attempts by his Companion to reach him are quite amusing, even as there is a dark side to what has happened to him and the other mine children.

Overall, an excellent book, let down a tad by the lack of tension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More for lovers of Valdemar 10 Oct 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Filling in some of earlier gaps in the history of Valdemar, her Heralds and her 'Companions'- White Horses with blue eyes and sentience. Another young [teenage] hero with a rough start in life-so more of the same in some ways but enjoyable for fans [like me and I am far,far beyond teenage] of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting 13 July 2009
I thought the book was good and really engrossing- I enjoyed reading the background but, like some of the others, I found it rather simplistic and was left feeling the book was incomplete.
I realise it's a ploy to get us to buy further books but it did feel like she just ran out of time and hand over what she'd done to meet a deadline.

I recommend Foundation completely but if like me you want to know what happens next ASAP, then I suggest waiting to buy it until the series is complete!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 11 Jan 2009
Well the title really sums it up. More Please Ms. Lackey! This has all the hallmarks of another brilliant series. This first book sets the scene for another suberb series with a new young hero, Mags at it's heart. Set some 50-60 years after the time of Vanyel after a long period of peace there are changes in the lives of heralds and divisions in their ranks. Going into book two we are left wondering, who is Mags really and where did he come from? Who are the foreigners and what are they really after and how will the characters we met here meet the challenges they pose.

Mercedes really is a superlative writer, she constructs her stories with meticulous and seamless care with each element just where it needs to be. Her characters are realistic and endearingly human. Anyone who loved the Arrows series and Take a Thief is going to love this new series!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 18 Oct 2008
Great book. It harks back in writing style to Arrows of the Queen which is nice. Another book that fills in the gaps of the Kingdom and the evolution of the Heralds. Highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to Valdemar 20 Jan 2012
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Foundation was first released I was super excited. At the time it had been about five years since the last full Valdemar novel was published and I was so glad to return to one of my favourite universes, that I just tore through it. When I finally got my hands on Intrigues, the second part of the series this last December, I decided to reread Foundation, both to refresh the story in my mind and to be able to review the entire trilogy on the blog. And on second read, Foundation was just as enjoyable as it was the first time.

The story is classic Valdemaran Mercedes Lackey; we encounter a young protagonist, Mags, in dire circumstances and through being Chosen he's brought to Haven to become a Herald. Here he's seen as an outsider and strange and there are those who'd rather get rid of him, than embrace him as part of the Heraldic Circle. Yes, this is a story we've seen from Lackey before; it's very reminiscent of Arrows of the Queen and To Take a Thief, but it is a story Lackey writes well and one that is relatively timeless in its appeal, as there will always be adolescents who can relate to such a story. And even though I am far past my adolescence, it still hasn't lost its appeal on me either!

What sets Foundation apart from its predecessors is its setting and its cast of characters. Foundation is set around the time the Collegia, as we encounter them in most of the Valdemar novels, were constructed. We witness not just the reason for their founding, but also the opposition to them among the more conservative members of the Heraldic Circle. These developments are interesting to watch and deepen the lore of Valdemar we've already seen previously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
When I received this I started reading it straight away. Couldn't put it down. Ordered the next one as soon as I could.
Published 14 months ago by Chezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation: The Collegium Chronicles
I don't again read this book but i know that it is beautiful because i have already the books of the serie "the arrows of valdemar"!!!!
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by laura scaratti
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
I so much love parts of the Valdemar Series, Vanyel and Gryphons, Talia and Kero are wonderfull characters and I read their books several times, but the last six books, the Owl and... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Julia
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a sequel.....
Enjoyable read with an engaging lead character, but several unfinished plot lines - I'd like to know if Mags ever did find out what happened to his family, what the foreign... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by Elizabeth Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars Below par
I'm not sure what Misty intended when she wrote this story. Yes, she has given us a Valdemar novel after a five year break, the first full length story since "Exile's Valor". Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2009 by Carol Evelin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundation
I am a great fan of Mercedes Lackeey, this book ranks with the others. First Class
Published on 17 May 2009 by Mrs. Jean R. Livingstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds from Valdemar
Firstly and most importantly for an audio product, it was well read, no annoying voices! Very easy to listen to. Read more
Published on 3 April 2009 by Lady L
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