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The Collegium Chronicles - Bastion (Book 5) (Valdemar) [Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey
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4 Oct 2013 Valdemar
Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings--his included--about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere--why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along. With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster's chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (4 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781165939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781165935
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fantasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, The Elemental Masters series, the 100 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over 100 novels in under 25 years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but not worth the price of buying 11 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
This is the fifth book and it looks as if it needs another one to finish it all off properly - when in reality the whole lot could have been done in three good books. I regret to say it but I think Mercedes Lackey has lost her inventiveness and is now relying on her name and reputation and the fact that she and the publishers know people will buy her books in series just to see the thing through; but really this series has to have been a bit of a waste of space and the worst she has written. An awful lot of trivial scenes that really don't bring excitement or anticipation to the story at all and are quite simply padding it out to novel length. The characters much more wooden and almost boring to be honest. Certainly not worth the money and in future any books will be borrowed from the library and then bought if enjoyed but if this is typical of what she has to offer from now on she'd be better retiring and resting on the laurels of her earlier books which were far superior.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointment 16 Oct 2013
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I have read nearly every Mercedes Lackey book written, I thought after the comments readers had posted on prevoius book in The Collegium Chronicles book 4, Miss Lackey may have upped her game as book 4 was full of empty chapters, ramdomly selecting whole tracts of previous titles in this series, and rambling on at great length about kirball games. I am so sorry to say i was incredibly disapointed in Bastion, it was just a novel filled with mundane information on ramdom people who had no impact on the plot, should have rounded up the first 3 books to include the conclusion and left it as a trilogy! Shame loved Mags etc in earlier books, I just feel ripped of not worth the paper printed on let alone the money i paid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully slow 12 Oct 2013
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I have to agree with other reviewers that this story could have been told in 3 books. After a good first book, the action practically ground to a halt in the remaining books. This last book was the worst. Hardly surprising since the only thing left to tell us was where Mags had come from. Nothing really happens until the last few pages, which eventually tell us what we want to know. The ending was very rushed as if the author was as bored writing it, as I was, reading it. I'm not entirely sure that the fault lies with the author, as this seems to be quite common for these series. I suspect that the publishers, having got a popular book, want to drag out the series for as many books as possible. I am getting so fed up with this tactic, that I am increasingly reluctant to start reading a new series. In the case of the Collegium Chronicles, if the first book had been as slow as the others, Mags would barely have made it to Haven by the end of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I listened to this as part of my Audible subscription. For readers of the previous books, this ties up all the unanswered questions and is probably a 'must' read. Like all other Mercedes Lackey books it is entertaining and an easy read. That said, the book is quite slowly paced and leaves the real action until right at the end.

For those readers who haven't read the previous books, it is lacking as the real enjoyment comes from finding out how the characters are progressing and as I've said, the action is slow. Indeed, the book could probably be reduced by a third.

So my conclusion is that although I enjoyed it, it isn't really worth the price of a hardback copy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bastion 29 Jan 2014
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Not one of Mercedes Lackey's best books. Not much new happens and I actually got bored. Strangely it felt as if she was writing for a younger audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfactory Conclusion 1 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
This is the fifth of five books telling the tale of Mags, an orphan made a mine slave and then Chosen as a Herald Trainee.
In my mind, it is the best of all the 'Collegium' books. It has a good story, it is fast moving (at least, compared to the other books!) and it introduces some new and very believeable characters, as well as answering a lot of outstanding questions from the earlier books. It is obviously set a long time earlier than Queen Selenay's rule, maybe not much more than 100 years afte the 'Last Herald Mage' which means that some aspects of Valdemar are different. The villages round The Bastion itself, for instance.
The one question I keep asking myself, though, is: 'Did Mercedes Lacky write this series?'. I'm still not sure. The style is totally different from most of her earlier books and if you compare Mags with Talia's pickpocket friend Skif (Take a Thief), there are considerable differences in the way the two similar stories are handled. Part of this may be due to a different publisher, Titan instead of Daw, with different sized books, different formatting and even different font styles, so that these books actually LOOK different, but to my mind, it doesn't read like she wrote them. Worked out the plot lines, yes, but the actual writing style doesn't seem to be hers - and this is maybe why some readers don't like the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A suitable end to a controversial series 18 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
Having not been utterly enthralled by these books, each bought as they appeared, I sat down and read the whole story right through again from the beginning over the lat week.

This way, it all hangs to gether much better.

Ideally, all five books should probably have been published in one single volume, rather like some massive Victorian novel, which is what the whole thing reminded me of at times. But neither author, nor the publishers, nor the book shops, would have made as much profit out of that!

Unlike the individual volumes in most of Mercedes Lackey's other Valdemar series, the individual books tend not to stand up well on their own - the ending of 'Foundation' is, after all, a cliffhanger, not an ending, and much the same can be said of the other books too.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with these books containing significantly more background info about Haven and about the society in which Heralds, Healers and Bards train and develop, and many readers will welcome this, but I can see that others may prefer something much pacier.

If you have not yet read these books, be aware of this difference from some of Mercedes Lackey's earlier work. To be honest, it is probably not worth starting with any book in the series except 'Foundation', the first.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An unexciting tale of nothing
I have to confess that I am a die hard fan of Lackey's books. But this one is not to her credit. Watching paint dry would have been more exciting than this compilation of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sisalka
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas presnt
finished all 5 what will i read know what a brilliant set of books to read will now be looking for more from the author
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Carole A. Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Bastion
As with all the books in this series l couldn't put it down. Anyone who enjoys a fantasy book will really enjoy this book and the others in this series.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. Susan M. Heeley
1.0 out of 5 stars Check this book as soon as you receive it
the print quality is extremely poor

when i finally got round to reading the book (yesterday)

Pages are blank , pages are ripped and pages have a inch wide... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynn MacLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Collegium two
whats not to like if your a mercedes lackey fan or a fan of the valdemar books the collegium chronicles are yet another great reason to curl up in your armchair and return to the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars The conclusion of the 'Collegium Chronicles' series.
I stumbled upon Mercedes Lackey about six months ago, and it was like discovering a seam of gold - so many wonderful stories I hadn't read! Read more
Published 7 months ago by NDC
5.0 out of 5 stars Misty is still the best on the planet
Just as exciting a read as the previous four books. Misty is still the best on the planet!! More Valdemar please Misty!
Published 7 months ago by M. Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bastion
. The Collegium Chronicles - Bastion so we finally find out more about Mags and his past history and his parent. Exciting good action scenes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MCH
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting to Bring the Story Together ...
Another instalment in the Collegium series - and the story is now coming to its conclusion. I'll not give any of the plot away, but there is plot development and more of an insight... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lily the Pink
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Thoroughly enjoyed 'bastion' my kind of book.
Bastion was up there with the whole series.
A book I will read many times.
Published 7 months ago by Birdie
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