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Owlflight by Mercedes Lackey
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Owlflight (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Once the tiny village of Errold's Grove, located on the border of Valdemar at the edge of the vast Pelagiris Forest, had been a prosperous community, trading the unique plants and fungi which grew in the dense forest for use in dying textiles. But that was before the mage-storms came. The mage-storms had devastated the forest, transforming many of its creatures into hideous beasts, warping the very land, and shattering the laws of magic which had governed the world since time immemorial. Only the bravest souls ventured into the Pelagiris now, but young Darian and his parents were among those courageous few. Darian's parents were hunters who worked in the strange new forest with intelligence and caution, trapping the bizarre change-creatures which had been created by the mage-storms and selling their fantastic hides. But Darian had not accompanied them on their last expedition into the Pelagiris, a hunt from which they never returned. Now, a year after his parents' disappearance, Darian is a ward of Errold's Grove, apprenticed to Wizard Justyn, a bumbling old man who lost most of his powers when the world's magic altered. Justyn insists that Darian has talent, and that he will be a danger to himself and everyone around him if he isn't properly trained. But to Darian, still sorrowing over his parents' loss, magic is just nonsense, a waste of time and energy. The only place he finds solace is in the dreaded forest, where he can hide among the huge trees and mourn in privacy. And it is from this secret retreat on the edge of the Pelagiris that Darian sees an army of northern barbarians sack and burn Errold's Grove, and watches his mentor Justyn die in a last desperate attempt to savethe village. Pursued by barbarians, alone and helpless, Darian flees into the deep forest. But the vast and dangerous Pelagiris Forest houses more than the monstrous creatures created by the mage-storms. The Hawkbrothers, an old and magical race, dwell in the ancient woods, and Dar… (more)
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Title:Owlflight
Authors:Mercedes Lackey
Info:DAW (1998), Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, ebooks, Working on
Rating:****
Tags:__scanned, _import170807, !dunno, !Po, Fic, SF

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When I first read this series I thought it was rather sweet and *understanding* and while there is a certain degree of that, this time through, Darien's introduction to life and it's knocks felt more realistic than usual with Lackey's books (within the obvious limits of course :-)).

By this point, of course, Lackey and Dixon were well up on the history of Valdemar and it was nice to see life in the country from the ordinary citizen's perspective and how they treat those who don't fit in to the niches they are assigned. ( )
  JohnFair | Nov 5, 2015 |
Fun trilogy.
  mateideyr | Jul 17, 2015 |
While in general this book shares the faults of all of the Larry Dixon-coauthored books - clunky writing, excessive description, melodrama - I actually dislike it the least. That's not saying much, mind, but it's not totally terrible.

The look at Valdemar post-mage storms is definitely interesting, and I wish it had stayed closer to Valdemar proper instead of mostly being a Hawkbrothers book. But it's a reasonable YA adventure story, and if it drags in places at least it gets somewhere. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
Good story. After the grand, world-saving sweep of Storms, we get a trilogy about some ordinary people dealing with the world post-Storms - mages dealing with the change in magic, everybody dealing with the strangeness left behind by the Storms, and everybody dealing with the changes in their lives from the war with Ancar - those who didn't come back, and the changes in what can be done because of that. It's set in a tiny village on the extreme west of Valdemar, which had no healer until a mage injured in the war came to help them; also, between the damage done by the physical storms and the new threats in the Forest, their economic base has gotten a lot weaker. The hero is a boy whose parents hunted the Forest, until they didn't come back; now he's, reluctantly, apprenticed to the mage. That's the setting. Then an attack by an army of northern barbarians, the involvement of a band of Tayledras who were nearby, Darian's (the boy) blossoming, and a new arrangement between Valdemar and the Tayledras, for this far-western area. The book stops there; the story could have, but doesn't. This is my third or fourth reread of the trilogy; this part of the story is necessary foundation, but it's not as good as the next two books. So merely good, not great. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Apr 6, 2012 |
I did not care for this book at all, and am not even sure I finished it. ( )
  fuzzi | Dec 3, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mercedes Lackeyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dixon, Larrymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barber, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Jody A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The air was warm, the summer day flawless, and Darian Firkin was stalling....
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