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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The third book in Lackey’s Collegium Chronicles is a challenging read: told from Mags’ perspective, he speaks in a dialect which is difficult to follow. Mags is often insufferable, as he is the recipient of special favors from the Collegium. He also dispenses wise advice to his friends at precisely the right moments. Additionally, some may find the portrayal of Amily offensive: She is described as a burden who must rely on others for transportation due to a badly set broken leg.
Mags, the child slave turned Herald trainee, continues his increasing involvement with those at the highest levels of society in Valdemar. Still in training, the Collegium makes a number of exceptions for him so he can learn to be a spy from Nikolas, the King’s Own. Aided by his friends Bear and Lena — who both have family problems so overwhelming that Mags is often glad he’s an orphan — they are pulled into a conspiracy involving mysterious foreign assassins bent on striking at the king through Nikolas and his disabled daughter, Amily. (DAW, Oct., 326 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: October 2011