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Life at the Heralds' Collegium in Haven has definitely improved for Mags. He's even become something of a hero since risking his own life to rescue Amily--daughter of Nikolas, the King's Own Herald--from Karsite kidnappers. But Mags still doesn't know who his parents were, and Bear, Mags' Trainee friend, was not one to let him forget: "You gotta deal with your past Mags, you have to. If you don't, it'll just keep coming back to haunt you, and one day it'll do something to you that you can't get out of."

Mags began his special training as Nikolas' undercover partner and future spy for the crown. Disguised, they work at night in one of the seedier parts of Haven, where Nikolas had set up a false identity as a pawnbroker and fence. Mags poses as his deaf-mute nephew, covertly watching and listening from behind the desk. He was especially good at the trait that had kept him alive as a child laborer in the gem mine--ferreting out hidden motives.

Now Mags has graduated to a new role: Nikolas' partner and information broker. Mags channels his old cunning self from the mines and discovers that he's quite good at his new job. So good, in fact, that Nikolas decides to let him open the shop alone one hot, summer night. Mags has barely unlocked the shop when everything goes black in a blinding flash of pain.

He wakes with an agonizing headache, bound, blindfolded, in a conveyance of some kind. But worst of all, he's head-blind. No Mindspeech--he can't even sense Dallen. And if he can't sense or hear Dallen, then no one can sense him. And if no one can sense him, no one can come to his rescue.

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Simply Brilliant
February 28th, 2013
OMG. One of the most amazing Valdemar novels ever. Parts (especially nearing the end) as good as or even better than the 'originals,' like Magic's Pawn or Arrows of the Queen. Literally couldn't put it down, particularly during the last 4 chapters. In this case, Mind-magic, intrigue, and tangible life skills really were enough to fascinate - though i don't mean to discount all the fantastical characters, skills, folk, and creatures populating the other trilogies and time periods in Valdemar's history - love those too! But wow - this one was a mystery roller-coaster, especially towards the end. Totally worth reading through all 4 parts of this slowly unfolding saga. There was little to no tedium about this one, not even bits. And at last the word-for-word repetitions of what I'd already read in previous installments were in italics this time, so I could easily skip through them. Finally some of the characters I'd been so longing to see fleshed out, _were_ done justice. Wonder what's next? Please, Misty, don't even think of going into retirement! The sci-fi world needs you!
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Looking forward to the next
February 27th, 2013
This is one of the better volumes in this series. it starts out with a wedding and other events to introduce readers back into the the life of Harald trainee Mags and his friends. The mystery of his past rears it head when Mags is kidnapped. While there are a couple of slow parts when Mags is trying to survive on his own to get back home, it picks up again and some old questions about the land of Karse that fans of Lackeys Valdemar series might have get answered, such as how the priests of the sun lord got corrupted and why the sun lord hadn't stopped them. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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