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Enter the thrilling third volume in the epic Collegium Chronicles.

In Mercedes Lackey's classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent's identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King's Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous but uncaring father, one of Valdemar's most renowned Bards. And Healing Trainee Bear must struggle against his disapproving parents, who are pressuring Bear to quit the Healers' Collegium because he lacks the magical Healing Gift.

Each of the three friends must face his or her demons and find their true strength as they seek to become the full Heralds, Bards, and Healers of Valdemar.

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Best of the collegium lot so far!
February 28th, 2013
Loved this one! Further development of the characters as I'd hoped for. Dallen as _not_ invincible or omniscient, but still clever and even self-sacrificing. Finally some true emoting and believable soul-searching from Mags, plus an explanation as to _why_ he persists in clinging to his accent. The words he creates are marvelous :) Some hints of romance that, while excruciatingly predictable, don't descend into blithering platitudes, just genuine caring. Also more character development in the female protagonists - finally Lena grows a spine, yay! Still a few almost-too-easy solutions, but also genuine creativity in others, and enough unpredictability in the plot this time to keep the reader on his/her toes. Thumbs up :)
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