"Great Valdemar book"
Once he was a loyal soldier in the Karsian army. Through
an unusual set of circumstances he was chosen to be the
Companion of Kantor, a magical being that looks like a
horse but is so much more. Alberich had to prove to the
Heralds of Valdemar that he was worthy of joining them.
He accomplishes that during the Tedral War. Now with
Tedral defeated and Karse involved with its internal
problems, Valdemar is temporarily at peace.
King Sendar has been dead for six months and his daughter
Queen Selenay rules the country. The council is urging
her to marry and begat an heir but none of their choices
motivates her to get married. Alone and lonely, with only
her companion to confide in, she falls for Prince Karath
of Rethwellian when he comes to pay a condolence call.
None of the Heralds trust him; Alberich has reason to
believe he is a traitor but all he and his allies can do
is wait until the prince consort makes a move. They must
also protect the queen without her knowing that they
suspect her husband is planning something dreadful once
their child is born.
Anytime a Valdemar book is published it is a cause for
celebration and EXILE'S VALOR, the sequel to EXILE'S HONOR,
is no exception. The novel focuses on the first
year of the queen's reign and how her master Herald
Alberich, who is also her spy master watches over her and
makes sure she is always protected even when she is
unaware of the danger. Mercedes Lackey makes Valdemar
seem so real that readers will believe it actually exists.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 8, 2003