Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy. But life at the court is not without obstacles. When Mags is "recognized" by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, Mags himself comes under suspicion. Who are Magpie's parents-who is he, really? Can Mags also solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies-and prove his loyalty-before the king and court banish him as a traitor?
Thanks to you Ryan t55
This series has to be the best Valdemar trio of them all. The character setup is not tedious but thrilling and you see the plot as its uncovered, not before. Highly recommended55
I've always loved the Valdemar series! This one & the one before it (Foundation) promises to be exciting, fast paced and full of action. I can't wait for the next one!45
Overall, I really enjoy any book from the Valdemar series and this was no different. It was enjoyable, but not one of the best. It seemed very unrealistic that the Heralds would "abandon" one of their own who was suffering. The friends attacks on Mags didn't follow with how their characters had been built up in the past book and then in this one. An overall enjoyable read but definitely not one of the best Valdemar stories compared to the Arrows series and the Alberich books.45
I am a fan of the series, but this one was disjointed and confusing. I found it difficult to be sympathetic with the main character who doesn't seem to. Have developed much over time, still the same worries, issues and problems. I also had forgotten enough of the previous book that I had trouble following some of the story line. Better recapping would have helped. Disappointing.35