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Foundation (The Collegium Chronicles Book One)

Foundation (The Collegium Chronicles Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Mercedes Lackey
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Foundation has a wonderfully rich and cosy feeling about it; it's one of those feel good books that wraps you up in a warm embrace and entertains you with deft dialogue and intriguing characters. --SF Book Review

"Absorbing and entertaining. --The Clandestine Critic

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Magpie has slaved in the gem mines of Valdemar for as long as he can remember. Overworked and underfed, he has nowhere else to go, until a stranger and two huge white horses force their way into the quarry, looking for him.

An eternal outcast, Mags is stunned when he is chosen to be trained as a herald at the newly founded Collegium in Valdemar’s capital city, Haven. Loyal, noble and just, heralds are called upon to deliver messages, gather information and dispense justice on behalf of the King.

Thrust into the centre of a legend in the making, Mags discovers talents he never knew he had and friendships he never thought possible. but when discord spreads through the capital, he learns that life in the court can be just as treacherous as the mines he left behind.

‘A world of high adventure and individual courage. highly recommended.’ Library Journal

‘Lackey makes a real page-turner out of Mags’ and the Collegia’s development... this book’s outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.’ booklist

"This book’s outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.” Booklist

Praise for Mercedes Lackey:

“A writer whose work I’ve loved all along.” -Marion Zimmer Bradley

“She’ll keep you up long past your bedtime.” - Stephen King

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (26 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YU3OAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Z. Cox
Mercedes Lackey is most definitely one of the most prolific authors in the fantasy genre. After 20 plus years and over 100 books, her novels appear to have no intention of stopping or of slowing down.

You would honestly think that after writing that many books that the writing would inevitably suffer or some of the stories would be sub par but that isn't the case here.

In fact, I would honestly go so far as to say that this is one of her best ones for a very long time. While it's true that it is set in her usual world of Valdemar, you need not have read any of her other novels to be able to enjoy this one. `Foundation' has been written in such a way that even though the characters are new and the storyline is new, it has an air of familiarity about it. It's the book equivalent of putting on your favorite pair of slippers.

The characters themselves are fantastic and the reader really can't help but get emotionally involved in their journey. This is especially true of the young main character Mags, who after being rescued from a deadly mine starts his journey in to becoming the person he was born to become. The way the Mags character has been written is beautiful in his simplicity and honestly feels like you are hearing the words and world view of someone his age.

I also liked the way that while the story doesn't have major show downs or bloody battles, as are the norm for this genre, the gentle pacing gives the story and characters room to grow and breathe. The way Mags and his friends grow personality wise during the novel and then the way they deal with the exciting conclusion is evidence of Lackey's skill at creating characters you learn to really care about.

This is a great start to the new series of novels by Mercedes Lackey and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the second one. Highly recommended.

Pat Challis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding- involving from the outset 28 Jan 2014
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I have been a fan of Mercedes Lackey since my Uni roommate introduced me to the world of Valdemar with Magic's Pawn back in the 1990's...she is a fantastic author who creates characters that invite you readily into a world of intrigue and magic.
I have found another saga to be involved with and characters to root for...she has done it again and I look forward to downloading the rest of the series.
Highly recommend it to existing Lackey fans as well as those who may be new to her or the genre...brilliant!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best xmas present 12 Jan 2014
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now day after boxing day starting 2nd book couldn't put the first one down this one was the same you are so drawn into the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to resist 4 Oct 2013
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This book was one of those cannot put down books. Kept you intrigued unto the end.
Long may she keep writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disappoint 14 July 2013
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I am looking forward to the next book in the series, good characterisation and background to the various individuals to make a foundation (funny that) for the people to grow and develop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation 12 Jun 2013
By Liesl
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Written with her usual flare
Innocent/worldly aware hero. Good character development. Maths and Fallen offer great entertainment. Cannot wait for next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 19 April 2013
By Esme
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Love it!!! Read all 4, then read them all again. Amazing. Highly recommend them to those who like fantasy world stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Professional Chef
for the first few chapters I couldn't help but notice the heavy description on the way food tastes or how it smells. Just me?
Good book all the same. Jack
Published 13 months ago by Anne
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercedes Lackey Collegium Chronicles
When's the next one coming out? I read all four of these straight after each other ... I think this one was the one I enjoyed the most. But I want more!
Published 16 months ago by Ms Hermione F McLoughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
This book provided for in the storyline all that I expect from this author, continuing seamlessly from the previous novels in the series
Published 16 months ago by twinkletoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation
I love all her books this series of 4 was outstanding starting from this the very first one, l would recommend these to anyone who loves sci fi. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms. Susan M. Heeley
5.0 out of 5 stars foundation (The Collegium Chronicles book1)Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey is a great author who has written many other novels and series of books as a solo novelist or with other authors this is the first book of another set and is a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. A. Millington
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginning of a new series
I loved this book and immediately bought the others in the series - well up to Mercedes Lackey's high standard.
Published 17 months ago by S. Apted
4.0 out of 5 stars It reminded me of the classic underdog does good read.
I liked it it seemed to be in the old style of Valdemar books, and I found it easy to read and enjoyed ennough to buy the second book.
Published 18 months ago by DCG
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