Changes (Collegium Chronicles Series #3)

Changes (Collegium Chronicles Series #3)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles.

In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous but uncaring father, one of Valdemar's most renowned Bards. And Healing Trainee Bear must struggle against his disapproving parents, who are pressuring Bear to quit the Healers' Collegium because he lacks the magical Healing Gift.

Each of the three friends must face his or her demons and find their true strength as they seek to become the full Heralds, Bards, and Healers of Valdemar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756407469
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 139,173
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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

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"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
"Lackey’s back doing what she does best, and the result is affecting and compulsive reading."—Locus
"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
"Leaves us simultaneously satisfied—and longing for more. Not an easy feat.... Once you jump into this world, you’ll find yourself immediately involved, surrounded by new friends, and glad you made the trip."—Realms of Fantasy
"Lackey is a spellbinding storyteller who keeps your heart in your mouth as she spins her intricate webs of magical adventure."—Rave Reviews


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Changes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I positively love all of her other valdemar books.....and this one does have potential, but it read like a rough draft and I truly felt like it ended in the middle of the book. All of the questions that were raised in the first books about Mags are left unanswered. a few things about mag's friends were answered, but not much....also mags speach patterns in the books were at times difficult to translate. I'm holding out the hope that the next book she writes about valdemar will recapture the magic of almost all of her previous ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the nook book???????
Mimiheart More than 1 year ago
I can't tell if this is because it's the nook edition or if it's this way in the hard copy as well, but I've had issues with her publisher before (for sure in hard copy). I love the story, but the typos and silly mistakes in editing drive me nuts. "Hera;ds", "here" instead of "hear", for example. And while I understand Mags' speech is part of his character, sometimes it's almost impossible to read. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the story. These things are just throwing me out of it.
Austin777 More than 1 year ago
Mag's story has SO much potential and the book kept diverting back to Kirball. In fact, the first 3rd of the book dealt with that. Its not that I'm not interested, but that's a side-story, to me. I'd have been happier if the focus of this book were the assassins and finding out who Mags really is...or more about the Collegeiums and how the changes there are going, with a side of Kirball. Also, I haven't checked, but if this is the last book in the series, I will be PEEVED, since there are still loads of questions unanswered. Worth reading, but not Ms. Lackey's best effort at all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Valdemar has Companions shaped like horses but are much more as they can talk to their riders, can create magical spells, and intelligently defend against enemies. Mags was an orphan who was rescued from the slavery of the mines and was chosen by the Companion Dallen to be his Rider. Right now, the teammates work for the King's Own Herald Nikolas in a blighted neighborhood. Nikolas pretends to be a pawn broker and Mags is his deaf mute son. They search for anyone who abetted the assassins when they failed to kill Mags or the King. The head Herald figures out that the throwaway children living in a dumpy apartment had contact with the four killers who were killed. Mags learns what the children know and Nikolas shuts him out of the case. The lad finds out more assassins plan to kidnap Nikolas' daughter who is the love of Mags' life. The third Collegium Chronicles (see Intrigues and Foundation) continues the coming of age fantasy saga of Mags, Bardic Trainee Lena and Healing Trainee Bear with the emphasis on the rookie Herald. The exciting story line contains a partial cliffhanger as the readers know who deploys the assassins but not why. The key cast is fully developed with background interwoven into the plot as for instance Mags is almost obsessed with a need for information about his parents; this anchors the Mercedes Lackey world of Valdemar Harriet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey got too much into page-filling descriptions of Kirball games, etc. The plot was really weak and in the end - nothing was resolved. The mystery of Mag's ancestry was left open, overall, just disappointing. This comes from an avid reader of Mercedes Lackey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with a previous reviewer that this book was vastly disappointing. I have been a loyal Lackey fan for the past 15 years and I have to wonder if a ghost writer took over for her. Honestly I haven't been to thrilled with the collabrative efforts she's been doing the last few years so I have limited myself to the Valdemar series only and it would be sad if those continued in the sadly low rate style if the past 2 books. Not only did nothing actually happen in this book , there were typos on every page, which was extremly distracting, Meg seemed to get (or at least sound) stupidier with each new page and the summer that the book took place in seemed to last a millinia! Ms. Lackey, please go back to writing like you did with Talias' story. At least then it sounded like you were enthused by the world of Valdemar. Now it's as if you are just plain tired but are stuck in a writing contract with no end in sight. This made me sad
BibliomaniacWA More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey and have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I loved this book and how it started up the story again without feeling like I had waited as long as I had. However, upon finishing it I felt the lack of a true ending... I hope this isn't going to be just a trilogy as most of her story lines seem to be, and if it is I hope the next Valdemar series coincides with this so I can stop stressing about the things unknown!!! :) All in all a wonderful read. I consider it a must read if you are a fan!
ImLuney More than 1 year ago
I have read the others in this series but due to the slowness of the whole thing and the kirball issue I've decided to wait until the next? book comes out as it feels to drawn out on the mysteries. Kind of reminds me of a soap opera where I can skip a few episodes due to being able to catch up with the missed episodes within the first few scenes. I would like to know the mystery behind Mags, who is plotting to hurt Valdamar and so on but I am tired of every little detail on facial expressions, and game coverage. A faster pace would be very nice and a lot more questions answered. So I'll wait!!!
SamuelJenkins More than 1 year ago
I simply love the Collegium Chronicles and this follow up is no different from the others. Mercedes Lackey did it again and this time with more gusto and passion for the plot. My imagination went wild while reading this and it is a must have for all you fantasy lovers out there.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good addition to the Collegium Chronicles. It was good to see Bear, Lena and Mags developing into their adult roles. Both Bear and Lena have parent problems and seem to get a handle on them in this volume. Bear's healer family can't understand how he can be a healer without the healing gift even though he has proved his abilities to those in Collegium. Lena has to deal with a father who is so self-centered that his only goal in life is to do what is necessary for himself to remain center stage. Lena finally decides that there is no way that she can ever gain his attention and approval and learns to stand up for herself.Mags is the main character in this series. His problem is not family-centered. Although he would like to know about his parents and heritage because some of the bad guys seem to know more about him than he does himself. The bad guys are determined to destabilize Valdemar by killing the king and discrediting the heralds. Mags isn't about to let that happen no matter the cost to himself.Mags grows to realize that his place is as a spy for Valdemar. He won't be one of those heralds parading around in their whites and telling the laws. He knows that his mindspeaking gifts make him really suitable for a career as a spy as does his temperament. He is determined to protect Valdemar and his friends.The one part of this story that I had some trouble with was the fact the Mags speaks in a dialect that must be as hard for Lackey to write as it is for me to read. For example: "I was hopin' ye could git me through them County Graces horsecrap wi'out hevin' t' strain m'skull." What made it most annoying for me is that he can speak with letter-perfect grammar and diction but is retaining the dialect to develop his persona as a "thick-as-a-brick games-player."I recommend this volume to those who have read the first two. I recommend all three books to those, like me, who are fans of Valdemar and wonder about the early days of the kingdom.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mags is finding is future as a spy, as his friends try to find their ways out from under their fathers. The threat continues, with new assassins to hunt down.I had been assuming this was a trilogy, but now I'm not so sure. It wraps up reasonably neatly, but there's certainly room for more in this time-frame.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wondered at times reading this if Mercedes Lackey has gotten so much worse, or it's just my tastes have changed this much since she thrilled me in my early twenties with her tales of Valdemar, with its sentient "companions"--horse-shaped magical beings who partner "heralds" who help police, defend and act as judges for the kingdom. But no, it wasn't that long ago I did a reread of Valdemar, and the earlier ones, especially the books with Vanyel and Talia, were still great comfort reads for me I loved immersing myself in, and not just for nostalgic reasons. I felt Lackey jumped the shark over a decade ago (with Exile's Honor) and phones these in now, yet I did like the first two volumes of the Collegium Chronicles series, Foundation and Intrigues, quite a bit more than this one.It didn't begin well. An entire first chapter of a game of Kirball, and let me tell you, it ain't Qudditch. Of course, I'm not one to tolerate even ordinary spectator sports, but really. No. Just no. Much too much Kirball in this book. But that wasn't the worst. I was tempted to rate this even lower than I have, and the reason really is Mags. Mags is the protagonist and main point of view character of this series. He's very close in character to Skif of the first Valdemar books. He's an orphan who was saved from crushing poverty when he was "chosen" to be a herald by his companion Dallen, and he's helping the kingdom even as a trainee by using the seamier side of his background undercover. However, Skif at least wasn't made to think and speak this way: "Tis like mebbe when 'e was s'posed t'be hangin' 'bout th' others, but whatever made th' furst mad sent 'im mad too." This style of writing with its elisions, apostrophes and deliberate misspellings nearly drove me mad, and I found myself skipping and skimming over any passages where Mags would speak or think in this style--which was very, very frequently. Are there some good things about this novel that I suffered to the end? Sure. I do like how through Mag's friends Bear the Healer-trainee, Lena the Bard-trainee and Amily--love interest and daughter of the "King's Own"--Lackey gives us a wider look at the collegium than just through the eyes of the Heralds. The friendship between them was a particular highlight of the last book. But I'm scratching my head in vain trying to think of a way this novel distinguishes itself from other books set in Valdemar other than Mags incredibly annoying patois. And given the book ends with several unanswered questions, I don't think Lackey is done with Mags, though I suspect I may be done with him after this one.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this last installment of the Collegium Chronicles. The plot was much more interesting than the last installment, and there was genuine tension regarding the fate of the various characters. I always enjoy a trip into Valdemar, but I'll be glad to see the last of Mags' dialect!
Tiffmeister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one. If you can get past the main character's accent, the read is good. I like the way it fills in the past of Valdemar. It's good to see how things at the Collegium were established. For most fans of Valdemar, this is a good addition to the world.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Although I love the Valdemar saga, one of my favorite series that I go back to over and over again, I have to admit that this this installment of the Collegium Chronicles is my least favorite thus far. I still love Mags, as well his friends Lena and Bear, but this particular book dragged for me. Although his quest to find answers about his past was the focus of the novel, I think I enjoyed the stories of Lena and Bear and other characters more. Their stories had much more of an arc to them, whereas the main point of Mags' storyline was simply a carry-over from the previous novel. The other thing that dampened my enjoyment was Mags' dialogue. This is the third book into the series and, if anything, his accent was worse. And that made reading difficult sometimes as I had to stop to puzzle out exactly what it was that he was saying. I understand the point behind the accent, but it was almost unreadable at times My Recommendation: While this is not my favorite book in the series, I still feel that it is an importa part of the saga as hold. It is also a necessary read for the next two in the series.
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