This book was the first that I read by Lackey, and I was hooked! The Valdemar world that she has created is very detailed an will draw you in. Since then I have been reading anything by Lackey I can get my hands on and I have yet to be disappointed.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I'm pretty sure that I read it when it first came out, but I didn't remember any of it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it - though it was very strange that he was lifebonded to his Companion. Still, a fun read and one that was genuinely surprising to me in parts.
Another great story by Lackey. This is the legendary tale of Lavan Firestorm - he is remembered in legends in the later Valdemar books. This is a great, heart-wrenching book. I had trouble putting it down.
Most of the Valdemar series is written in trilogies, but this one is an exception. Also, it is placed in between the Last Herald Mage books and the Arrows of the Queen books - so there aren't any familiar characters. Lavan Firestorm becomes a legend, and experiences many firsts within the Valdemar world. He goes through many hardships, but manages to come out a hero in the end.
I loved this book very much, but it is definetly aimed towards women - as are most of Mercedes Lackey's books. It is a very worthwhile read.
My favorite Valdemar tale. A young boy with the gift to start fires with his mind goes from a bullied student to the hope of the kingdom.
This book is very poignant, very powerful, and somewhat depressing. Mercedes Lackey is a fantastic writer and this is one of her best works. It really draws you in and involves you in the tale, and you really feel for the characters. It is not necessary to know everything about the Valdemar Heralds and their world to read this book, although prior knowledge does help. If you are looking for an emotionally-charged story, look no further!
Another classic Valdemar novel. Since it's only 1 book, the characters aren't as deep as usual but I still cried at the end.
Not nearly as good as the other Valdemar books.
I enjoyed this book. Dramatic ending. Sad.