Bastion Mags returns to the Collegium but there are mixed feelings his included about him actually remaining there No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald but he is afraid that his mere presence is

  • Title: Bastion
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • ISBN: 9780756409456
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings his included about him actually remaining there No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite danger right in the heart of Valdemar The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection thMags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings his included about him actually remaining there No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite danger right in the heart of Valdemar The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now So since he is going elsewhere why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along Together they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner But what they find is not what anyone had expected.

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    Sigh. As I come to the close of another disappointing Mercedes Lackey, I wonder why I bother? I always grumble at her leaden prose, at the somewhat colourless characters, at the rather smug and self-congratulatory attitude of all the Valdemarans - constantly telling themselves, and us, how clever and noble and generally worthy they are So why? Why do I read them? It's not as if, particularly in the case of the latest Valdemar novels, the plots are all that good. They are mostly recycled versions [...]

    This series feels like something Lackey just churned out to cater to fans who clamored for more stories set in Valdemar, keep a steady income rolling in without any effort, or both. From the start it's badly misnamed, as "The Collegium Chronicles" are really about Mags rather than about the first days of the Heralds creating their school. And I found the pieces about the conflict over whether the Collegium should exist much more interesting that the haphazard and often ridiculous setup of Mags' [...]

    I just finished reading this. It answers most of the questions about Mags, but there are just enough unanswered that I can't decide if the series is finished or not. I enjoyed this book as much as the first (and more than #2-4). Despite the seemingly "leisurely" pace, the story does move quickly. There are some funny moments too. My biggest complaint is "how" the questions are answered. It was just very neat and tidy and most importantly convenient. Instead of Mags finding the answers, the answe [...]

    I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!(Description nicked—mostly—from B&N.)“Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings—his included—about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hidin [...]

    This is the fifth and (presumably) final book in the rather ill-named "Collegium Chronicles" series. (Ill-named because it ought to be about, well, the collegium, but it's mostly not.) It's an improvement on some of the earlier volumes (book two, I seem to recall, was rather dull), but this is not the author's best work by any means.It does contain much of what Ms. Lackey does well: lots of detail about what life is like in this world (something I love, though I can see that other readers could [...]

    Without fear of spoilers6 people, two horses, and two not-horses go on a camping trip during which Nothing Happens. For 250 pages. Finally, a long lost relative stops by for a real heart-to-heart. Still, aside from a dressing down of epic proportions, Nothing Actually Happens. Finally, in the last 30-40 pages, someone starts shooting real arrows. What are we reading about in those 250 pages of non-events? Let me see. Well, we find out exactly how many shuttered windows are in a state-of-the-art [...]

    Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.Bastion, the fifth and possibly final book in the Collegium Chronicles, is an entertaining but ultimately flawed tale that finally offers answers to the main questions of the series arc: Who is Mags, who wants to kidnap him, and why? But those answers don't come until the last 80 pages of the novel; the majority of the book is a long, elaborate, and episodic set-up designed to put Mags and a previously unknown character -- the one with the answ [...]

    My first review on as I mostly lurk on here and it has to be a negative:(So first in the series I was excited if bummed at how short it was. It got me hungering for more and I have faithfully bought each new one as they have come out, but the last few I felt should have been one book. Why was this 5 instead of 3 or 4 tops? What was going on with this book that talked so much about nothing leaving me almost to the end wondering when, if ever, the big bad enemy was going to show. I got the sense [...]

    Mercedes Lackey has a fluid prose that lets a reader drop easily into the story she weaves. We gladly follow along with anything she chooses to write with ease and joy. I have read all of Ms. Lackey's books. All of them. Saying that, when I found out she was creating a story about the start of the Collegia, I was intrigued. In the beginning of Valdemar, when she wrote the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, Heralds were trained either one teacher to one student or one teacher for a two to three like-gifte [...]

    My 3-star rating really applies to the whole five book Collegium Chronicle set. Honestly, at times I thought it was terrible, but I somehow read all the books, so must have had some redeeming qualities.I've been hugely into Mercedes Lackey since a friend introduced me to the books in high school, and have read most of her books. The Valdemar books are generally my favorites, but this series really didn't do it for me. I think it would have worked a bit better as a trilogy, with less of the follo [...]

    I am a huge fan of anything related to Valdemar, but this one is not my favorite of the Collegium Chronicles.What I've enjoyed most about Mags is his perseverance, and there just is not a lot of struggle in this book. The most important issue seems to be whether or not he will be able to consummate his romance or not.Yes, we learn more about his past and his ancestry. But in the end I just felt sort of apathetic.I really wanted to like it. I will keep reading the series, which I imagine will hav [...]

    I really hope this new book is going to answer the questions that the last book left unanswered.! I am spool looking forward to this book!!

    It's a Valdemar novel. Of course I'm going to read it.But I just spent half an hour attempting to write a positive review. In vain I have struggled; it will not do. You must allow me to confess that I did not particularly love this book.I couldn't write that glowing review because it wasn't the truth, no matter how much I wanted it to be so.Enjoying the experience of reading a book can occur simultaneously with not particularly loving the book. That was my experience with Bastion. Pretty much an [...]

    So we are now on book five of Mag's story, and the fatigue I was feeling after the fourth book, Redoubt, has now passed. I'm not sure if it's because I haven't visited Valdemar in almost a year, or if it's just because I found the pacing of this one to be a bit better, either way, I'm back in love with Mags. This time around, Mags is just returning to Haven, after his kidnapping and escape from Karse and his native tribe. He is just starting to settle down in his new reality, when it's decided t [...]

    The book was "ok", not great like Mercedes Lackey's first sets of Valdemar novels, but not as bad as the previous two books in the Collegium Chronicles series either. I found that I just didn't care very much about any of the characters in this set. Bland would be a good term for the whole Collegium Chronicles to date.The Good: This book actually has "stuff" happening through most of it and the plot goes somewhere. No endless pages of kirball!The Bad: Copy/paste fillers from previous books. (1)N [...]

    I didn't hate it, but for me it fell into the trap that Lackey's stuff sometimes does, where the hero/ine is just TOO PERFECT - skilled at everything they attempt, with interpersonal relationships that go alarmingly well and the ability to resolve completely preposterous conflicts within 75 pages. I really only read this because I'm a ridiculous completionist and couldn't bear only reading four books of a five-book series - but by the end I didn't even care about Mags' Secret Past except to feel [...]

    This is a sadly disappointing end to the series. There's no real conflict, aside from the inevitable fight against bad guys. The usual sense of hardship and loss-of-innocence Lackey usually includes in missing here.Instead, characters receive or are revealed to have skills that normally take years of training, all the romantic loose ends are tied off and the new culture that is revealed is never mentioned again in the future chronology. There were some interesting interactions, but the meanderin [...]

    This is a slightly odd entry in the Collegium Chronicles series, not only does very little of it take place at the Collegium, but there's no kirball. Well, it's mentioned a time or two, but there's no actual gameplay, and the book is the better for it, that device was getting rather overused. Finally, we get some answers about Mags origin, which probably makes this the concluding volume of the series. Although I've enjoyed it, I'm ready for it to be done, I want to see something new in the Heral [...]

    Better then the last one, with a nice neat ending. It seems to be that Lackey is taking less risks with Valdemar's citizens. Everything always turns out just the way it should be.

    Fifth in the Collegium Chronicles, a subseries in the Valdemar main series, which revolves around Mags and his Companion, Dallen.My TakeThis one takes up where Redoubt, 4, left off, with Mags rescued and about to increase his knowledge about his dead parents and the family to which he's related. It has its adventures, and the encounter with family is interesting, but it doesn't advance the story a great deal. It's more of a fill-in for Mags. To learn more about the people from whom his parents f [...]

    Another Binge Read (Read the all 5 books back to back, this review is for the whole kit and caboodle.)Fantasy / YA?♦ I enjoyed them but not up to Mercedes lackey usual.♦ Liked it, but didn't love it like the rest of the Valdemar novels.♦ Mags and every other character except for the adults, companions and sun cat was a whinny brat.♦ They wallowed in self pity, it was gross.♦ Some action, lots of suspense, some mystery.♦ Not real swearing, implied sex.♦ Ending was mediocre.♦ Despi [...]

    An abrupt ending. I can't say that, as a whole, the series was worth it. Each book had glimmers of something interesting, but the focus was always on something lackluster. Really, the whole arc of Mags' heritage is subpar. I don't know why that was chosen (pun) as the lynchpin for the series. In fact, Mags' ancestry undermines his origin as a "mine slavey". The choices make no sense, but whatever. This series was at it's best when it was describing life at the Collegium (excluding Kirball). Unfo [...]

    One of the talents of good writers is to create characters that the reader can care about. This series has led me to care about Mags, Amily, Bear, Lena, and many others. This volume had much to recommend it: action, romance, a charming scoundrel, desperate battles, psychological manip- ulation, careful planning for camping, and more.

    Fantasy. Lakey allows one to escape to a different time and place, one where some people have extraordinary gifts, and there are super-horses. In this instance, there is an almost pastoral "feel" to most of the story, with a bit of excitement at the end. Well-rounded and interesting characters, very human sorts of interactions among them for good or ill, and a nicely paced plot.

    *happy sigh* Homecoming. Going on circuit as a lure to the people insistent on returning Mags to his relatives. Answers. Resolution. Romance-ish? Danger. A satisfying conclusion to the Collegium Chronicles, but I still want more Mags—how fortunate that his story continues… ;)

    Good, but not great, ending to this series. The action was fairly brief, most of it wasn't that exciting. I did like how things all tied up, even if it was a little unrealistic how it all tied up. But we're talking fantasy here- everything's a little unrealistic. :)

    Took a lot longer to read than the other 4 books (which I read in about 3 days each compared to the 12+ days of this one). It just wasn't as compelling. A large part of that I think was the relationship between the two main characters, was just annoying. I think it's time for this series to end and look forward to a future Valdemar book with different characters.

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