BOOK REVIEW: Foundation (The Collegium Chronicles: Book 1)

collegiumb1Mercedes Lackey has written many novels and trilogies which are all inter-linked and set around the country of Valdemar, including the Heralds of Valdemar. The Collegium Chronicles is a series of four novels: Foundation, Intrigues, Changes and Reboubt.

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, 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 centre of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had, and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds Collegium.

The series starts in Foundation where we meet 13-year-old Magpie (Mags for short). He is an orphan who works in a gem mine with hardly any food and with the threat of violence constantly over his head. Until one da, when  two white horses and a rider barge into the mine and rescue him, spiriting him away to attend the Heralds’ Collegium where he will be trained to be a Herald of Valdemar. Mags soon makes new friends in trainee Bard Lena, trainee Healer Bear and his Companion Dallen.

I really liked this book, I found it very easy to get into and I quickly became absorbed into the world of Mags and Valdemar. The characters are well-rounded and very believable, with Dallen being one of my favourites. In the scene where Mags first comes to the Collegium you almost feel like you are right there with him.

However, I can see that there will be comparisons made with Harry Potter – orphan saved from an abusive life and carried away to a special school. Discovers he has rare and powerful talents for someone his age and makes friends with a boy and girl. But that aside I still really enjoyed Foundation and couldn’t wait to start on the next book Intrigues. All in all and excellent start to the series.

Rating: 4/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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One comment

  1. Mercedes Lackey has been using the “saved from an abusive life and carried away to a special school” trope since long before Harry Potter though.

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