BOOK REVIEW: Bastion (The Collegium Chronicles: Book 5)

Mags has finally had the details of his past revealed to him, but now he is worried that he will bring trouble to the college. As he finishes his training in the field will he be safe, or will trouble still manage to find him?

Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings–his included–about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the College are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere–why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along. With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster’s chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected.

The fifth Valdemar novel in The Collegium Chronicles is set directly after the events of the previous novel ‘Redoubt’. Mags has made it back to Haven after being kidnapped. However Mags and others at the college are worried that trouble will follow him back to the college, so it is decided that he will join with a senior Herald and finish his training in field, with Bear, Lena and Amily joining him.

They end up at the hidden Bastion, a network of  tunnels used by the bandits who imprisoned Mags when he was in infant along with his parents. However it seems their new home is not the secret retreat they thought it was, and Mags is soon faced with his past again.

This book in my opinion is the best out of the whole series. Finally we are  totally away from the college, and out into the world which gives our troop a chance to grow and explore their relationships with each other, and the re-appearance of Mag’s rescuer Herald Jakyr from the first novel really helps to shake up the dynamics of the group. The story has now got really interesting as we are not just following Mag’s going ons  at college, and the fact that we are given even more information about Mag’s past only helps to make this an even more interesting book.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope that there are more to come so that I can continue to follow Mags and his story.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: darkphoenix1701

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