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Raves for EXILE'S HONOR
“A treat for Valdemar fans”
“A top-notch Valdemar adventure with a twist. The
robust characterizations portrayed with complexity and
vitality are a joy to embrace.”
“A substantial and enjoyable addtion to the
chronciles of Valdemar.”
“EXILE'S HONOR easily stands alone. A newcomer to
the series will enjoy it. It is also a bit of pleasant wish
fulfillment, in that we get to explore characters and a bit
of timeline not really covered before.”
“The author excels at the details of battle scenes, both in
large-scale fights and individual struggles. Working as
both a stand-out addition to the Valdemar universe and
as a starting place for those new to the series, EXILE'S
HONOR is a novel of both action and depth.”
âThe Davis (CA) Enterprise
available from DAW Books:
THE HERALDS OF VALDEMAR
ARROWS OF THE QUEEN
THE LAST HERALD-MAGE
THE MAGE WINDS
WINDS OF FATE
WINDS OF CHANGE
WINDS OF FURY
THE MAGE STORMS
BY THE SWORD
VOWS AND HONOR
TAKE A THIEF
THE MAGE WARS
THE BLACK GRYPHON
THE WHITE GRYPHON
THE SILVER GRYPHON
THE BLACK SWAN
THE ELEMENTAL MASTERS
THE SERPENT'S SHADOW
THE GATES OF SLEEP
PHOENIX AND ASHES1
(Written with Marion Zimmer Bradley)
Copyright Â© 2002 by Mercedes R. Lackey.
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OFFICIAL TIMELINE FOR THE HERALDS OF VALDEMAR SERIES
Sequence of events by Valdemar reckoning
by Mercedes Lackey
ILVER stamped restively as another horse on the picket line shifted and blundered into his hindquarters. Alberich clucked to quiet him and patted the stallion's neck; the beast swung his head about to blow softly into the young Captain's hair. Alberich smiled a little, thinking wistfully that the stallion was perhaps the only creature in the entire camp that felt anything like friendship for him.
And possibly the only creature that isn't waiting for me to fail, hoping that I will, and ready to pounce on me and cut me to pieces when I do.
Life for an officer of Karsite troops was spent half in defeating the enemies of Karse and half in watching his own back.
Amazingly gentle, for a stallion, Silver had caused no problems either in combat or here, on the picket line. Which was just as well, for if he had, Alberich would have had him gelded or traded off for a more tractable mount, gift of the Voice of Vkandis Sunlord or no. Alberich had enough troubles without worrying about the behavior of his beast.
He wasn't sure where the handsome and muscular creature had come from; Shin'a'in-bred, they'd told him. The Voice had chosen the beast especially for him out of a string of animals “liberated from the enemy.” Which meant war booty, of course, from one of the constant conflicts along the borders. Silver hadn't come from one of the bandit nests, that was sure. The only beasts the bandits owned were as disreputable as their owners. Horses “liberated” from the bandits usually weren't worth keeping, they were so run-down and ill-treated. Silver probably came from Menmellith via Rethwellan; the King was rumored to have some kind of connection with the horse-breeding, blood-thirsty Shin'a'in nomads.
Whatever; when Alberich lost his faithful old Smoke a few weeks ago he hadn't expected to get anything better than the obstinate, intractable gelding he'd taken from its bandit owner. But fate ruled otherwise; the Voice chose to “honor” him with a superior replacement along with his commission, the letter that accompanied the paper pointing out that Silver was the perfect mount for a Captain of light cavalry. It was also another evidence of favoritism from above, with the implication that he had earned that favoritism outside of performance in the field.
Talk about a double-edged blade. . . .
Both the commission and the horse came with burdens of their own. Not a gift that was likely to increase his popularity with some of the men under his command, and a beast that was going to make him pretty damned conspicuous in any encounter with the enemy. A
horse? Might as well paint a target on his back and have done with it.