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Changing the World: All-New Tales of…

Changing the World: All-New Tales of Valdemar

by Mercedes Lackey (Editor)

Other authors: Nancy Asire (Contributor), Brenda Cooper (Contributor), Rosemary Edghill (Contributor), Sarah A Hoyt (Contributor), Tanya Huff (Contributor)12 more, Denise McCune (Contributor), Ben Ohlander (Contributor), Fiona Patton (Contributor), Kate Paulk (Contributor), Mickey Zucker Reichert (Contributor), Kristin Schwengel (Contributor), Stephanie D. Shaver (Contributor), Judith Tarr (Contributor), Elizabeth A Vaughan (Contributor), Elisabeth Waters (Contributor), Michael Z. Williamson (Contributor), Michael Z. Williamson (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Valdemar : Anthologies (5), Valdemar : Chronological Order (stories), Valdemar : Publication Order (stories 5)

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A selection of stories that are about different views of being a herald in Valdemar, some stood out but some didn't appeal. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 12, 2015 |
Some very good stories in this book, others were alright. It's always wonderful reading different stories about Valdemar ( )
  Steph1203 | Mar 14, 2014 |
1 - The One Left Behind - Mercedes Lackey
Set before the reign of Sendar; Marya's father was Chosen when she was small, and abandoned her and her mother to become a Herald. Years later, Marya's fiancé left to become a Herald before they could marry. But all is not quite as it appeared.

2 - For Want of a Nail - Rosemary Edghill & Denise McCune
Set at the time of the founding of Valdemar, when the Companions first appeared.
Navar and Doladan have been sent out on patrol to find out about the new city's neighbours. Navar worries about how Valdemar will remain uncorrupted until he meets the Companions Ardatha and Tisarand.
I haven't worked out the significance of the title, though.

3 - Softly Falling Snow - Elizabeth A. Vaughan
Queen Elspeth the Peacemaker, an old lady towards the end of her reign, finds solace in a walk in the snow and in talking to Bard Kyran.
I liked this synopsis of Elspeth's life.

4 - The Reluctant Herald - Mickey Zucker Reichert
When Lubonne meets his Companion, Carthea, he's happy with his life as it is and decides not to become a Herald. Carthea, however, tries to change his mind.

5 - A Storytelling of Crows - Elisabeth Waters
Maia likes living in the forest, away from people, where she can communicate with the animals around her, including Dexter the racoon. She collects feathers from the crows to fletch arrows for her brother to sell, until one day the Companion Clyton rides into her clearing to ask for her help with his injured Herald, Samina, and she finds herself getting involved in the affairs of humans.

6 - Waiting to Belong - Kristin schwengel
Shia, trained by her mother as a healer, was left behind in the village when Teo was Chosen. The little girl Pira shows signs of a Gift, when the Companion Eodan comes to the village.
I liked this story, but I felt I was missing something at the end, when there was a lot of regret and Eodan cut off something he was saying, but it seemed as though the reader would know what it would have been.

7 - The Last Part of the Way - Brenda Cooper
Rhiannon, a bard, and her twin sister Dionne, a healer, are accompanying the young Herald Lioran and his Companion Mila to Shelter's End. Lioran has suffered a tragedy in his life and they hope that they can help him.

8 - Midwinter Gifts - Stephanie D. Shaver
Lelia, a bard and twin sister to Lyle, whose Companion is Rivan, is recommended by Vehs, Wil's Companion and Talamir (the older Queen's Own) to help him gain access to a manor house where his Gift hints there will be serious trouble.
I like the open ending, though I wasn't sure about Wil's visions.

9 - Wounded Bird - Michael Z. Williamson
Riga of the Kossaki people and her brother Erki are in Mirr on a trading mission. Riga finds it hard because, as a woman, she is considered almost nothing, though she is recognised as a trader and fighter amongst her people. While being hosted, she becomes concerned about Jesrin, who is not much older than her and who seems to be beaten at the slightest whim of her owner.

10 - Defending the Heart - Kate Paulk
Set just after the time of the change-winds, Ree - a hobgoblin - and his best friend Jem find their safety and sanctuary threatened.

11 - Matters of the Heart - Sarah A. Hoyt
This story follows straight on from the previous one. Ree finds his place threatened again, and finds out what family means.

12 - Nothing Better to Do - Tanya Huff
A young Herald and his Companion (Jors and Gervais), both inexperienced with children, are saddled with transporting a toddler to his surviving relatives.
This one was quite funny.

13 - The Thief of Anvil's Close - Fiona Patton
Hektor Dann's family have always been in the Watch. Newly promoted over his brothers, Hektor is called in by an irascible old blacksmith to look for a thief that no-one else can see.

14 - Twice Blessed - Judith Tarr
Coryn Chooses Nerys and Kelyn (concurrently) - two girls who have hated each other from birth. Egil and Bronwen and their Companions, Cynara and Rohanan, are sent to investigate.

15 - Be Careful What You Wish For - Nancy Asire
With the changes in Karse and a female Son of the Sun on the Karsite throne, Tomar decides to return with his Companion Keesha to see if he can find any of the family he left behind when he fled Karse as a child.

16 - Interview With a Companion - Ben Ohlander
A reporter interviews a Companion near Lexington, Kentucky. (Yes; in our universe.)

average 3.59 stars
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  humouress | May 31, 2013 |
I was disappointed in 80% of these short stories. they all seemed to fall flat and not really have any of the 'magic' that the stories by Mercedes Lackey have. i especially disliked the last in particular. ( )
  librarydanielle | Apr 1, 2013 |
Not bad! I laughed quite a bit during the Tanya Huff story, and enjoyed Lackey's contribution to her own world. Like other reviewers, I was a bit surprised by what was allowed with this collection. Some authors dealt with main characters from the full-length books, which has not been allowed previously. There were also follow-up stories to those that appeared in a previous anthology. Good subsequent stories, but a quick recap would have been necessary for someone who hadn't read the previous stories. I was also a little taken aback by the story order; some of it wasn't quite logical.

Overall, I'm glad to have a new addition in this world. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lackey, MercedesEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Asire, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooper, BrendaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edghill, RosemaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoyt, Sarah AContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huff, TanyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCune, DeniseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ohlander, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Patton, FionaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paulk, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reichert, Mickey ZuckerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwengel, KristinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaver, Stephanie D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tarr, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughan, Elizabeth AContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waters, ElisabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, Michael Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Presents a collection of sixteen Valdemar short stories focusing on the Heralds, an ancient order gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and woman who are bonded for life to horselike Companions.

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