All-New Tales of Valdemar

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Pub Date 13 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2022

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This sixteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

Table of Contents:
  • "Tricks And Traps," Jennifer Brozek
  • "A Brother’s Promise," Kristin Schwengel
  • "Causing Trouble," Dylan Birtolo
  • "All Around the Bell Tower," Stephanie Shaver
  • "Reminiscent," Paige L. Christie
  • "Life’s Little Pranks," Ron Collins
  • "Fool’s Week," Anthea Sharp
  • "The Companion Sting," Charlotte E. English
  • "Love, Nothing More, Nothing Less," Brigid Collins
  • "A Cry of Hounds," Elisabeth Waters
  • "Fowl Play," Fiona Patton
  • "The Boy Who Cried Kidnap," Dayle A. Dermatis
  • "Trap Spell," Louisa Swann
  • "One Trick Pony," Diana Paxson
  • "Companion’s Lesson," Brenda Cooper
  • "A Bouquet of Gifts, or The Culinary Adventures of Rork," Michele Lang
  • "Of Ghosts and Stones and Snow," Phaedra Weldon
  • "Pranks For the Memories," Dee Shull
  • Shin’a’inagins, novella by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
This sixteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.

The Heralds of Valdemar are...

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Yet another excellent entry into the series of Valdemar anthologies, some of the stories are both fantastical and fantastic!

I read past my bedtime (yet again) so that I could devour the stories as soon as possible; I particularly enjoyed the stories which revisited characters who had featured in a previous anthology, and those with Hertasi as main characters; the Hertasi stories were so much fun. Now all I need are the full length novels featuring these characters!

An enjoyable read regardless of it being the reader’s introduction to Valdemar or if you are a long time fan.

With thanks to Netgalley and Daw Books for my ARC.

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Another great look into the world created by Mercedes Lackey. There are new characters, and returning favorites. New authors, returning favorite authors. I was reluctant to read these stories at first because they weren't written by Misty, but each author has their own slightly different take on the world while holding true to Misty's original works. I'm glad many of the authors return and continue with the same characters so you get to keep enjoying characters you've become fond of.

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This is absolity brilliant. Each and every story made me laugh. Some are part of a miniseries, but most are stand alone.

It's impossible to go into detail on each and every story, but they are all worth reading and very reflective of the theme in the anthology's title.

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Shenanigans Edited by Mercedes Lackey is an absolutely delightful collection of short stories set in the heralds of Valdemar Universe.

What I Loved
-World building for the universe that I already loved.
-Kindness as a core theme
-Pranks in the The Collegium

My only issue with this collection is that I now crave much longer stories for a few of the new characters presented to me in the world.

Who would I Recommend this book for

Shenanigans is a wonderful read both for existing fans of the heralds of Valdemar universe and for those wanting a friendly place to enter that world for the first time.

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Fantastic new short stories set in the Valdemar world, very expansive on new ideas and gifts and such a great read! Fans of Lackey's series will love this new edition of short stories, plus the addition from Larry Dixon and Mercedes Lackey! I look forward to the next installment!

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A lively collection of stories that reunite us with familiar characters from previous collections.

All my favorites are here and new stories and characters to love. And of course the theme holds true. I would save this book for times when you need a laugh to get out of your deep thoughts.

The Collegium features heavily as a place that pranks should be and would be expected as the youngest learn the steadiness of their new roles.

Bards, Healers, and Heralds all feature heavily in this, as do Companions who can certainly contribute, and do here, to the Shenanigans.

Another great collection, highly recommended.

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Another great anthology edited from Mercedes Lackey, the stories had what I was hoping for. I've been enjoying the Valdemar universe since the beginning so it was exciting to go back to the world. I look forward to more in this universe and from Mercedes Lackey.

“I’d like that.” Though she had her doubts about Tarek’s father, who seemed curmudgeonly at best. Anyone who believed that the Gifts didn’t exist, well . . . She’d try to be on her good behavior when they met."

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I always love compilation books especially featuring Mercedes’ lackey. I have all of her valdemar series and look forward to buying this one as well. I love short stories you get a whole story you can read at one time. It’s fun seeing what stories other authors create based in the same valdemar world. I highly recommend it!

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