Intrigues (Collegium Chronicles Series #2)

Intrigues (Collegium Chronicles Series #2)

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"Spellbinding storyteller" (Rave Reviews) Mercedes Lackey continues her epic Valdemar series.

Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy.

But life at the court is not without obstacles. When Mags is "recognized" by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, Mags himself comes under suspicion. Who are Magpie's parents-who is he, really? Can Mags solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies-and prove his loyalty-before the king and court banish him as a traitor?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441892560
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Series: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series , #2
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Intrigues (Collegium Chronicles Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Once Magpie was a slave for a sadistic mine owner, but the young teen became free when the Valdemar Companion Sentient Horse like magical being, who communicates telepathically, Chose him. Mags is ensconced in Haven training at the Herald Collegium to become a herald. Although the curriculum is hard, Mages believes he is paradise with a comfortable place to sleep and plenty of food to eat. However, Mags does not feel a part of the group and prefers to sleep in a bedroom in the barn where his Companion is boarded. In the records, he learns the names of his parents who were foreigners. He comes under suspicion when those who foresee have a vision of the king with blood on him and the sense the person with him is a foreigner. His peers at school especially suspect Mags, but his true friends band together and make him feel as if he belongs. One day when he is in Haven, Mags sees the phony tradesman and his bodyguards who say they are from Seejay. After Mags and his buddies exposed their fake identities they pretended to leave. Mags sees the phony person again and knows they are dangerous to Hven. With his Companion injured and he being isolated, Mags must prevent the foreigner from performing the dastardly deed he plans on doing. Once again Mercedes Lackey brings her fantasy Kingdom of Valdemar to life; a place where magic and Psi power are considered natural skills though most citizens lack either. This entry is a brilliant coming of age story in a realm with a distinguished culture especially a deep rooted belief structure and a thriving political system. Mags brings the energy and excitement to the entertaining plot as he learns he is the son of foreigners growing up as a stranger in a strange land who suddenly observes foreigners seemingly following him. Harriet Klausner
CatStehr More than 1 year ago
I love this new Valdemar series. This and the Vanyel books are my favorites of hers. The story was great and keeps you guessing. Mags is so real that it feels as if you really know him. Very well written. I can't wait for the next one.
Sr_rp More than 1 year ago
Just like the rest of Lackey's works this is a great follow up to Foundations. The creation, termoil, ins and outs of the formation of the Colleguim and further discovery into the past! I love it! Lackey did leave the door open for further 'intrigues' for a third book. I simply can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this story was a horse you would be holding on for dear life and loving every hoof beat.
Maaike15274 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting to know how the story continues, but it is a little sentimental near the end. At one moment it was too much and I almost put it down. (I am happy I did not, really). Everything turned out all right, so I will probably also read the last part of this trilogy, [Changes].
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a middle book. In the first book Mags had been established as a boy who distrusted almost everyone, particularly people with power and this story continues with this idea. He is the focus of a prediction, covered in blood with the king, and people start to distrust him. The collegium is starting to come together like the collegium in Talia's time. You start to see the transition from Vanyel's time. You also see how the watchers work and how it can affect someone.It's not one of her best but it is a middle story, there's a lot of stuff that will probably be resolved in the next installment of the story and there's probably a long-game that will surprise me. Still it's a pretty typical Mercedes Lackey story and quite a lot of fun as a read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
bgknighton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good addition to the series. Enjoyed it greatly. Can't wait for the next one. I like the way she writes teen-age characters as confused, but not (usually) whiny. Mags is going to have a massive collection of scars before he even gets his whites....
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of a trilogy centered on Mags, one of the first Herald trainees to be schooled though the Collegium. So you should definitely read the first book, Foundation first. I'd go farther than that--I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to Lackey or her Valdemar books--instead I'd pick up either the first published book, Arrows of the Queen centered on Talia or the earliest chronologically, Magic's Price, centered on Vanyel.If you're already familiar with the Valdemar books and like them, this book shouldn't disappoint, although it certainly doesn't break the formula. It's one so familiar to me, in fact, that it was easy to dismiss the first book as just more of the same. In that book, Mags, an orphan, is rescued from desperate circumstances when he's chosen by a Companion--a horse-shaped magical creature--to become a Herald. As such he becomes part of an elite force in service to the crown of Valdemar--a realm in the usual high fantasy mold of a pseudo Medieval European realm.Yes, it's a very familiar formula--but it's a fun one. It's been years since the first book in the trilogy and I didn't recall details alluded to in this book from that one--but you I didn't really need to enjoy this book. And though there are loose ends left in this book that will no doubt be resolved in the last book of the trilogy, neither are we left hanging with a cliffhanger--the book feels nicely self-contained.But, like the better of the Valdemar books, reading this was a pleasure--despite sometimes clutziness of style. Lackey, for instance is far too fond of showing Mag's impoverished background with sentences like these:I'd be right there, 'fore even someun's Chosen could or one'a the grooms 'cause the Chosen 'd haveta run down from Collegium an' Dallen'd wake me afore a groom knew there was aught wrong.That doesn't wear well. A little would have gone a long, long way. And we don't get just a little. But I don't read Lackey because of a beautiful style. What I love is the idealistic Valdemar and the heralds with their close mystical bonds with the companions. And one thing different than the usual was that Mags best friends are a Harper, Lena, and a Healer, Bear, so we get to see more of the Collegium than just the heralds. I read Lackey because these books are a great escape, because it's like spending time with old friends and this book fully embodied that pleasure.
AngelaCinVA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I can't resist a Mercedes Lackey Valdemar novel. Intrigues is the second book in The Collegium Chronicles. The trilogy follows the young Herald Trainee Mags and his companion Dallen. Mags is an orphan, who has difficulty fitting in at The Collegium after having been raised as a slave in a gem mine. His discovery that his parents were foreigners coincides with Farseer visions that the King is in danger from a foreigner. Predictably, suspicion falls on Mags, the relative stranger in their midst. Whispers behind his back speculate that Companions can be wrong or that some Heralds and their Companions may be "Black," evil and hiding amongst the true, "White," Heralds. Of course, Companions do not make mistakes and can't possibly be "Black." Mags proves himself brave and loyal.Yes, the story line is predictable. But it is still great fun to read. I thought Mags went just a bit far on the self-pity and self-doubt. But it did serve to further the story line, setting up the final climax. All in all, I came very close to staying up all night to finish it. Now I can't wait for Book Three. Yes, I confess, Heralds of Valdemar are my secret, escapist reading addiction.
bookgirl59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pulled into this series by the first Collegium Cronicles book, and I wasn't disapointed with this one. Mags, the orphan boy who was saved from child slavery in the mines, continues to become the Heraldic hero that we all know he always will be. In the mean time we share in his trials and adventures with all our heart. "Intrigues" lives up to it's title and keeps you tuning those pages.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continuing the story of Mags, the slave miner who became a Herald Trainee. He faces new challenges, including suspicion when a prophecy seems to point to him as a would-be assassin. This is a middle book, so there is no real resolution here, although the immediate storyline wraps up well enough.Lackey does well on set-up but tends to fall apart on follow-through. So far, however, this subseries is holding ground.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again, a lot like Talia - possibly even for some of the same reasons, as that Healer mentioned Mags was gaining Empathy as well as Mindspeech. The collapsing under hostile attention is painfully familiar, though Mags' solution isn't one Talia thought of. One highly amusing thing - the Kirball game is drawn almost directly from Kipling, "The Maltese Cat" (I think that's the name - it's a polo game, in detail, from the horses' point of view(s)). Not entirely - the flag isn't in that story, and no one breaks an arm in Intrigues - but a lot of the tactics are almost word for word. Very funny to encounter this old favorite in a completely different setting. That aside...unfortunately, all the bad guys keep dying and therefore not telling what's going on. Maybe Changes will have it? Great story, fun to read and makes me want to go on to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Mags and this series, but I could absolutely care less about the sport they are playing. I know it advances the plot and is used to drive some of the characters along, but entirely too much time is spent on detailed explanations of the game and play by plays. This is my third read of the series and I am just skimming the pages to skip over. So glad that as the series progresses, it becomes unimportant and no longer talked about much. Almost forgot that this book and the next have a lot of kirball in them. It's distracting and brings down my enjoyment of the book, and my rating.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan and the entire Valdemar series is one of my all-time favorites to binge on every few years. I love the story lines, the mystery, the intrigue, the characters. I pick up one of these books and I am transported to a totally different world and I love it! Intrigues is the second in the Collegium Chronicles series and continues to focus on Mags, a former mine slave. I have loved this character from the beginning. He was neglected and abused, as well as woefully under educated, during his years at the mine. He saw things and went through things that would have broken most people, yet somehow his spirit stayed alive and stayed strong. Instead of using his lack of education and lack of knowledge about the world as an excuse to give up or to complain, he finds a way to use it to his advantage. There is an undeniably good message in that. The mystery and intrigue is at high levels in this book, with Mags' past at the center of a lot of it. He is a person without a past. No one knows who he is or where he came from until a foreign operative seems to recognize him. And that moment of recognition puts Mags in the spotlight, and not in a good way. My Recommendation: I love all of the Valdemar books and this one is an important part of the series. Not only does it give some information about the Collegium, it focuses on a character that is different from many of the others that have been the focus of other series within the saga.
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