"Creative mix of magic, sword & sorcery, and country honor"
He is the youngest captain in the Karse army, a man who
made it up through the ranks due to a sixth sense. He had
to keep his magical power secret because only the sun
priests who rule the country are supposed to wield the
power, a gift from their God. When a Sunpriest discovers
Alberich's powers he orders him burned in the cleansing
fire, but his horse rescues him and takes him into
Valdemar, Karse's ancient enemy.
The horse is no ordinary animal but a companion, a magical
being who bonds with his Chosen, the Heralds of Valdemar.
Alberich settles into exile comfortably, making himself
useful to the king and heir. When the Karse invite the
Tedrael, a people with no country, into their land to fight
for the lands of Valdemar, Alberich does all in his power
to make sure that his adopted nation will win the upcoming
war without destroying the people who are the heart of
A Valdemar novel is always a special treat and EXILE'S
HONOR is no exception. Alberich is a memorable and
honorable hero who stays true to his values and even
impresses the rulers who by all rights should not trust
him. The story line is exciting, fast-paced and very
creative a mix of magic, sword & sorcery, and a country
bound by love and honor. Mercedes Lackey is one of the
genre's most creative fantasy writers today.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 10, 2002
The national best-selling novels of Valdemar are among the
most beloved and acclaimed works of Mercedes Lackey's
career. This brand-new, stand-alone book in the series
tells the story of one of Valdemar's most popular
continuing characters-the prickly weapons-master Alberich.
He was once a Captain in the Army of Karse, a kingdom which
has been at war with Valdemar for decades. But when
Alberich took a stand for what he believes in-and defected-
he was chosen by one of the magical Companion horses...to
serve the queen of Valdemar.