In Tales of the Valdemar: Crucible
In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book about a magical land called Valdemar would be the beginning of a fantasy masterwork series that would span decades and include more than two dozen titles.
Now the voices of other authors add their own special touches to the ancient land where Heralds “Chosen” from all walks of life by magical horse-like Companions patrol their ancient kingdom, dispensing justice, facing adversaries, and protecting their monarch and country from whatever threatens.
Trained rigorously by the Herald’s Collegium, these special protectors each have extraordinary Gifts: Mindspeaking, FarSeeing, FarSpeaking, Empathy, Firestarting and ForeSeeing, and are bonded for life with their mysterious Companions. Travel with these astounding adventurers in sixteen original stories.
“Feathers in Need” by Jennifer Brozek
“The Highjorune Masque” by Stephanie D. Shaver
“Lost Song” by Dylan Birtolo
“Unresolved Consequences” by Elizabeth A. Vaughan
“Gifts of Rage and Despair” by Ron Collins
“A Bellowing of Bullfinches” by Elisabeth Waters
“She Chooses” by Michele Lang
“The Harvest” by Kristin Schwengel
“Before a River Runs Through It” by Fiona Patton
“Hertasi and Wyrsa and Magpies, Oh My!” by Louisa Swann
“A Fire in the Grass” by Michael Z. Williamson and Jessica Schlenker
“Never Alone” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Down the Line” by Brigid Collins
“Ghosts of the Past” by Angela Penrose
“The Quiet Gift” by Anthea Sharp
“Healing Home” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“The Note” by Phaedra Weldon
“Vexed Vixen” by Mercedes Lackey