Brightly Burning

Brightly Burning

by Mercedes Lackey

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Overview

His name is Lavan Firestorm, a young man blessed—and cursed—with a special talent for firestarting. His legend has haunted the darkest corners of Valdemar, yet the truth has never been told. Here, at last, is his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780886779894
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/12/2001
Series: Valdemar Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 278,480
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.69(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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Brightly Burning 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
If you've never read Lackey or her Valdemar books, this wouldn't be the place I'd start. The first published is the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy beginning with Arrows of the Queen, and the first chronologically, and in my opinion her best, is the Last Herald's Mage series beginning with Magic's Pawn. Chronologically, this book is set between those two trilogies, and fleshes out a mention of Lavan Firestorm in the first trilogy. The book starts out in a way typical for Lackey's books, with a young man misunderstood by his family who finds his destiny when he's "chosen" by a companion (magical creature shaped like a horse) and thus enters the ranks of the Heralds. If you've read others of those Valdemar books and love them, you'll probably enjoy Brightly Burning, which certainly is eminently readable, well-paced, and as imaginative as any, but this book and the character of Lavan just didn't for me have the pull and ability to move me the way Talia and Vanyel of her first two sets of books set in Valdemar.
uss71832 More than 1 year ago
Another flaming success of Mercedes Lackey and one I recommend for young adults who find themselves in bad situations as a comfort and triumph.
MEPMartin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book about a young man that must learn to control that which he fears to save his friends and his people. I especially like how this is a stand alone book. it is part of the bigger series but can be enjoyed without the usual 3 book trilogy Lackey is fond of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of dicovery, adventure, and learning who your real frinds are. if your looking for a good one. this is it. I have read this book at least 15 times over the last 11yrs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book that I have read several times. It pulls you in so you can feel the raw emotion of the characters.
Adara More than 1 year ago
In the world of Valdemar, a young boy is the black sheep of his family, he can't relate to them, so he gets sent to school where strange things start happening and his power takes control. But that isn't the big surprise. The he is chosen, and his world turns upside down. He has a strange, rare, and powerful gift that can change Valdemar's future for the better, but at a great cost. He is a firestarter, but one so powerful he becomes infamous before he becomes loved. With a past that now haunts him, and new friends that support him, Lavan has a long way to go, but not long enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was another great Mercedes Lackey classic of the valdemar series. It will make you laugh, cry and jump for joy. The end was heartwrenching, but overall, it was a really sweet story. It is a suprizing change from the usual M.L. books.
goldnyght on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Valdemar books. Lavan is a great character, and, as usual, Lackey did a wonderful job building the history of Valdemar
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably the most depressing Valdemar story there is, and certainly the most depressing book that I actually enjoy. Lan suffers a lot, from a lot of directions - the bullies, his family, his own expectations of himself, what duty drives him to do, the emotions he has to call up to work his Gift - there's very little respite for him, and his bond to Kalira, while it relieves some of the pressures, has its own drawbacks. For all of Pol's hopes, it was probably the best ending he could have had - the dragon was getting stronger, I think. But I end the book in tears every single time. At the same time, it's an extremely rich story, it adds another layer to my understanding of Heralds, it shows yet another new level of Valdemar society (wealthy merchants and Guildmasters, this time), and I enjoy reading it despite the depressing situation. Very rich, and worth it.
miss_blue664 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What do you say about this book? It was truely a wonderful read. The plot was a little slow on the get go, but once it started it was gone. I think everybody can connect with Lavan, that what makes the story so wonderful. You feel his pain and understand his situation. I adored Kalira's character as well as Lavans. Their growth as individuals and as a team was well written. Very much the book to re-read.
booknutzz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can never seem to put these down once I start and end up reading the whole series again. There like that Lays commercial - "You can't read just one". Mercedes Lackey captures you attention and keeps it. You want to find out more about her characters. They come alive and become friends who you want to know more about.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely not one of my favourite Heralds or one of my favourite tales of Valdemar. Due to the fact that I found it difficult to care about the lead character, I found it equally difficult to care what happened to him, although I think it was intended that the reader feel strongly for the boy on the basis of his having so little control over his life and his gift. Perhaps Lackey hoped that readers would sympathize with the character's choices and understand his attitude and frustrations, but mostly, I just found it off putting. That being said, I have kept the book and found it of interest in so far as providing some insight into the history of Valdemar.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you've never read Lackey or her Valdemar books, this wouldn't be the place I'd start. The first published is the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy beginning with Arrows of the Queen, and the earliest chronologically, and in my opinion her best, is the Last Herald's Mage series beginning with Magic's Pawn. Chronologically, this book is set between those two trilogies, and fleshes out a mention of Lavan Firestorm in the first trilogy. The book starts out in a way typical for Lackey's books, with a young man misunderstood by his family who finds his destiny when he's "chosen" by a Companion (magical creature shaped like a horse) and thus enters the ranks of the Heralds. If you've read others of those Valdemar books and love them, you'll probably enjoy Brightly Burning, which certainly is eminently readable, well-paced, and as imaginative as any, but this book and the character of Lavan just didn't for me have the pull and ability to move me the way Talia and Vanyel of her first two sets of books set in Valdemar.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite entries in the Valdemar Saga. I guess I'm just a sucker for tragedy and self-sacrifice. Lavan Firestorm is a Herald with a powerful, and dangerous talent. Many people are afraid of him. The Heralds aren't sure what to do with him. If he could control his power he would be a great asset, but he could also destroy the people he cares about. When a traitorous plot threatens the kingdom, Lavan may be the only hope. Lavan is a great characters, and the familiar world of Valdemar a comfortable back drop. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very empathetic and even after reading it multiple times, a very moving and engrossing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book with lots of character development. Lan is well-drawn and his Companion too. I loved Pol and would like to read more about him and his family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would happen next to trainee Lavan, kept my attention from the start to the end.
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Awesome
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Very good read
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He trotted right behind her, his ears, nose, and eyes on high alert for any prey.
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