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When Mags (Magpie), a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, she is "recognized" by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, and then comes under suspicion.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780756406394
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 24 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 30, 2018

Second book in the sub-series about children attending the Collegium in Valdemar. A bit derivative from the Harry Potter books, but with its own charm. Lackey is an excellent storyteller who will hold the attention of upper elementary and teen readers. The characters are good and the balance of information, emotional drama, and action are calculated perfectly to keep you reading. It’s a popcorn book, in a way, but really GOOD popcorn.

Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Aug, 02, 2010

Feb 28, 2011

Mercedes Lackey is a very well known fantasy author. Creator of the Heralds of Valdemar series, her books would be classified as YA if she starting publishing now, given the themes that she explores. Given that the

Intrigues is the second book of her Collegium Chronicles and it continues to tell the story of Mags, an orphan and former mine worker who is chosen by Dallen, one of Valdemar's fabled companions, spirits who look like horses. This time out, the Foreseers have seen visions of the king covered in a foreigner's blood just as Mags discovers in the Herald's archives that he is of foreign birth. Mags suddenly finds himself the subject of viscous gossip and dirty looks, which leaves him increasingly isolated, in spite of his membership on one of the new Kirball teams.

Mags deals with his increasing isolation by withdrawing further, leading to a vicious circle. The more he withdraws, the nastier the rumours get. When Dallen is injured and his two best friends turn on him, Mags flees into the night.

This books should be classified as YA as it has the typical angsty "I don't belong" theme that permeates YA. This is compounded by the almost improbable fight that Mags has with Lena and Bear near the end of the book. It doesn't mean it isn't a fun read, in fact it is like that comfortable old sweater that you slip on when a cold day hits. It is not the most complicated thing you own, but it feels good to wear it.

Jan 21, 2011

Anyone already a fan of Mercedes Lackey will enjoy this addition to the Valdemar series.
It was a fun easy read, good for many ages and for beginners to "the novel".

My only complaint essentially is the repetition of the same point multiple times over the span of 3 pages (this happened a few times). I'm not sure if Mercedes does this to waste space, accomodate new readers, or if she needs a new editor. Beware the repetition!... Beware the repetition!... Beware... yeah, annoying, isn't it?

SqueeGirl Oct 13, 2010

The author has done a good job of showing how Magpie's rough childhood has effected his outlook on life. Very moving.

Oct 10, 2010

Mags is finding his feet in this book, but he’s also growing up, with all the angst that goes along with it. That means that there’s lots happening in this book, both in growing pains and political intrigue. That’s what this author is all about: dealing with situations as they happen, in the moment, with all the baggage that you have at the time. I liked it…but it made me think of a cross between “Take a Thief” and “Arrows Flight”.


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Oct 11, 2010

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Oct 10, 2010

Mags is still the “odd-man out” at the new College. He’s out of step with the others, his upbringing leaving him socially inept. But he’s learning, and growing, and sometimes his skills bring him moments of happiness. But then his world turns around again, when he becomes the target of suspicion following the foreseers’ prophecy. And hormones are making tempers fly. Friends’ angry words hurt and isolate. And when his Companion is injured, Mags starts to really doubt if he really should be a Herald…


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Oct 11, 2010

p. 51—situation: Mags is out of his Grays, spying on someone, and mindspeaking with his Companion...

"What's strange?" [...]
"Clothes. Funny how they make ye feel. Yon fancy stuff I have, tha' I wore t' Midwinter...feel like there's allus someone watchin' me, an' I gotta be extra careful and quiet like so's I don't make mistakes. Like if I open m'mouth I'll get found out an' kicked out, even when it was just Master Soren what invited me in the first place."
"I can see that," Dallen replied.
"Reg'lar Trainee uniform, I feel like I gotta just try hard all the time, not waste a drip of a candlemark, better measure up, no slackin', no slouchin'. I gotta live up t' the Grays, belike. This..." he chuckled to himself. "This, y'know, I dun feel like there's all that pressure."


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