Book Review: Mercedes Lackey’s Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar

Posted August 4, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Young Adult readers

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Mercedes Lackey’s Finding the Way and Other Tales of ValdemarFinding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
is a Fantasy
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This edition was published by DAW Books on December 7, 2010 in paperback and has 352 pages.

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An anthology of fifteen tales of young adult fantasy in a theme of finding your path in Valdemar.


“Heart’s Choice” and “Heart’s Own” (Heart)

The Stories

Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon‘s “Finding the Way” is an unexpected pairing of a hertasi with a Companion in which the hertasi teaches the Companion patience so she may survive until her Chosen is ready. Twisty little tale!

Rosemary Edgehill and Denise McCune‘s “In Burning Zones We Build Against the Sun” is a rather depressing tale of the unique talents of a Valdemaran Healer and the struggles he attempts to survive. It comes right in the end…rather uniquely, although a bit on the vague side. Still, a good story.

Elizabeth A. Vaughan‘s “Unintended Consequences” is a very short story of traitors and a mournful death which ends unexpectedly well.

Mickey Zucker Rechiert‘s “Education of Evita” is an excellent tale of the confidence of youth with its resulting embarrassment of reality as Evita learns the consequences of judging from naiveté.

Elisabeth Waters‘ “A Charm of Finches” is one of those stories that exemplifies why I love stories about Valdemar. Its people are basically good and do what they can to help people. Maia has the Gift of Animal Mindspeech and manages to save several people now and who knows how many would have been harmed in the future through her gift of seeing through birds.

Don’cha just love that…a charm of finches so directly opposite a murder of crows…

Kristen Schwengel‘s “Healing in White” sees Shia Chosen by Eodan. Shia is a unique combination: a talented Healer with strong Gifts in Mindspeech and Empathy with a touch of Foresight and Sereth, the head of the Healers’ Collegium, is furious that they have lost her to the Heralds! At which Herald Merchan, Dean of Collegium, reminds her that the Companions are always right with their Chosen choices…that someone with the right combination of Gifts is always Chosen when they are needed…

Brenda Cooper‘s “Songs of a Certain Sort” takes a rare perspective with its warped household trapping and taking its way into becoming. Talk about getting what you wished for…

Stephanie Shaver‘s “Otherwise Engaged” is a sad tale of unrequited love and an unwanted death sentence.

Kate Paulk‘s “Heart’s Choice” is a lovely tale of tolerance and love when an unusual pair of sentient beings rescue a hybrid cub when its parents are killed. It’s also the first half with Hoyt’s “Heart’s Own”, providing the happy ending.

Sarah A. Hoyt‘s “Heart’s Own” is the happy ending for Paulk’s “Heart’s Choice” when Rem’s unease is answered in every way necessary.

Both are so well done that each story feels as though it is written with the same voice.

Tanya Huff‘s “The Time We Have” is such a sad story with its necessary ending and it feels as though an important chunk is missing. Wherever did Jors meet the lady with a braid?

Fiona Patton‘s “A Bard by Any Other Name” is an odd story of young love and bad poetry with a suggestion of a Bardic Gift revolving around a young graffiti artist.

Judith Tarr‘s “Change of Life” is absolutely lovely!! With a most unexpected lease on hope and requited happiness. You go, girl!

Nancy Asire‘s “Lack of Vision” is a story from Karse of a hanging judge required to adjudicate a murder trial with an inside look on achieving justice.

Michael Z. Williamson and Gail Sanders‘ “Groom’s Price” is the journey of Keth’re’son shena Tale’sedrin. A Chosen who resists his Companion’s choosing. For no Shin’a’in uses magic…no matter who is part of his bloodline.

The Cover and Title

A very Valdemaran cover with its Companion’s head in profile poking through a shield hole against a heraldic-looking banner. In light royal blue and gold. The title is accurate in that each tale is one of Finding the Way.


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