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Foundation (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey
Review by Beth Slater
DAW Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756405243
Date: 07 October 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Mags – so named for his eyes like a magpie's – mines for the shinies. He is raised as an orphan in the household of an abusive, cruel gem miner who takes in orphans to mine for him year round. He provides the minimum of needs for the orphans in regards to food or clothing, causing quite a few deaths and maimings. To Mags this is simply how life is, until at thirteen, he is Chosen by Dallen, a Companion, one of the magical horses of Valdemar, to be a Herald to the King. Together they will go to the newly formed Collegium to learn to work together as a team and Mags will discover that his world was much larger than he ever imagined.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The long-awaited brand new novel in the bestselling Valdemar series. In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's bestselling world, a thirteen-year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had—and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

(Source: DAW)

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