Bastion (Collegium Chronicles Series #5)

Bastion (Collegium Chronicles Series #5)

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When Herald Trainee Mags was abducted by two magical foreign assassins, he thought his life was over. Drugged, robbed of his Mindspeech, and unable to communicate with his Companion Dallen, he felt he had no chance of being rescued. Carried south by these unknown enemies, he was trapped in terrifying, drug-induced dreams. His only moments of peace came from brief visions of a woman whom he felt might be his mother. Though he finally managed to escape his captors, it was only to fall victim to Karsite demons.

When all hope seemed lost, he was rescued by a fugitive Sun Priest and his Suncat, Reaylis. This magical creature gave Mags back the power of Mindspeech and helped him contact Dallen. But before Dallen could reach him, Mags was recaptured by the assassins, who revealed that his parents had once been part of their sect, and they had been charged to bring him home.

Dallen and Reaylis once again interceded, saving Mags and bringing him home to Haven. Mags knew, however, that after searching for him for years, the assassins would not give up.

Mags had powerful allies in Haven, and together the heads of Herald’s Collegium came up with a plan: to send Mags, all of his friends and loved ones, and other trained fighters into the hills to a stronghold called The Bastion. If they were all together, they were less vulnerable to the assassins, less likely to be picked off one by one.

The Bastion was the same stronghold where his parents had been murdered by bandits. The drugs he had been given opened up memories that couldn’t be his — and gave him knowledge of styles of fighting that were unknown in Valdemar. Perhaps his newfound memories would spark recognition in the place where his parents had once been imprisoned. Mags might finally unlock the secret of who his parents had been and why they had fled so far to the north and, in doing so, finally discover his own identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480591813
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #5
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the bestselling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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There it was, a city on a low, gentle hill, walls shining in the sunlight, houses clustered up against the outer and inner walls like chicks snuggling up to a gray hen. And underneath Mags, the solid, steady warmth of his Companion, jogging steadily toward those walls, taking him back to the only place he could even think of as home. By all rights, Mags should have been half out of his mind with joy to see the walls of Haven in the distance, but all he could muster was relief.

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Praise for the Collegium Chronicles:

“Returning to her beloved Valdemar universe, Lackey opens her new series at a pivotal time in the history of Valdemar, when the education of Heralds is changing and dangers from other lands are felt in the court and on the training field. Series fans will enjoy the variations on a familiar theme, while enough information is presented for first-timers to discover a world of high adventure and individual courage. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“A real page-turner.... Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.”

“An enjoyable and pleasant read.... Mags is an appealing protagonist facing challenges (and successes) with which readers will empathize."
RT Book Reviews

"Top Pick! ... A wonderful amalgam of fantasy and character study."
—Night Owl Reviews


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Bastion 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good continuation of the story, but feels unfinished. 
LadyLesley More than 1 year ago
Much better than the last book in this series. At least some closure for the main character, Mags. And thank the heavens none of that stupid Kirball stuff! THAT bored me to death. If I want Polo/soccer matches I'll watch them on TV.  Ms. Lackey could probably come up with one more book in the series, maybe lead into the next set of valdemar characters, bu this is touted as the last in the series, so guess we'll all have wait and see. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this installment in the Valdemar series. Now knowing where Mags came from he can get on with his life. It would be nice to see one more book in this group to really provide an ending. However, we may find out more if she starts another set in this universe. You never heard much about Talia and Dirk until the By the Sword and "Winds" books.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I liked this book more than the first four books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the entire series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series exceeded expectations. This should be on the must read for those who like Harry Potter.
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fiverx313 More than 1 year ago
i'm sure i'll love it but i'm disappointed it's not available for nook. there's a kindle version on amazon :(
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shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
can't wait for the next in series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been waiting for this book to come out. am going to have a good read !
MissReadsALotKV More than 1 year ago
I really liked the way Mags finally finds out about his family, but I feel like there might still be more to this tale. Is there another one expected?
kDreamer More than 1 year ago
I usually love Lackey's stories but while her descriptions are wonderful, it takes almost 1/2 the book before we get going. There's minimal feel of danger here. I thought that there would be more angst from Mags about returning to a place he'd been so badly treated. More of overcoming of memories of his time in the mine but that's barely touched upon here except as...oh this was bad, but I'm over it. I think there's more feeling and descriptions given to what everyone eats and how the caves are setup than to real emotion and difficulties from where he is. I did like learning more about the people he came from but again the danger from that is shortlived and you don't feel a lot of suspense. More is from how will he convince his 'blood' relative that he will never go back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother if you haven't already read the earlier books in the series. The author is skilled enough to make it entertaining, but it is not nearly up to her best. I'm glad I found it at the library instead of buying it.