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The twelfth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of no The twelfth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch. Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.


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The twelfth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of no The twelfth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch. Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.

30 review for Choices

  1. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Worthy addition to Valdemar anthologies. I always love stepping into the world of Valdemar! This collection of tales from such a magical place, always full of adventure is the equivalent of a chocolate lover's guilty pleasure. Here be stories that encompass the known lands that are part of the Valdemar experience. Written by a league of talented authors who love this universe Mercedes has created, 'Choices' brings those of us who have a long time relationship with Valdemar fresh new voices to enjoy Worthy addition to Valdemar anthologies. I always love stepping into the world of Valdemar! This collection of tales from such a magical place, always full of adventure is the equivalent of a chocolate lover's guilty pleasure. Here be stories that encompass the known lands that are part of the Valdemar experience. Written by a league of talented authors who love this universe Mercedes has created, 'Choices' brings those of us who have a long time relationship with Valdemar fresh new voices to enjoy. If however you're dabbling for the first time this is a portal into a startlingly different world. A NetGalley ARC

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    I love these books, they're a wonderful world to sink in to and enjoy, and the short stories are familiar and a roller-coaster of emotions. Valdemar has been a favorite of mine for most of my life

  3. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Dhu

    Another year, another Valdemarian anthology from Mercedes Lackey. These books are like catnip for me. The collections are sometimes uneven, but Valdemar is a wonderful invention, a rich secondary word with so many different cultures and potential stories, and there’s something about Lackey’s world that I find irresistible. As usual, there are some stories from longtime contributors, many of them featuring characters we’ve met before and come to appreciate, and some from new writers who’ve never Another year, another Valdemarian anthology from Mercedes Lackey. These books are like catnip for me. The collections are sometimes uneven, but Valdemar is a wonderful invention, a rich secondary word with so many different cultures and potential stories, and there’s something about Lackey’s world that I find irresistible. As usual, there are some stories from longtime contributors, many of them featuring characters we’ve met before and come to appreciate, and some from new writers who’ve never written for Valdemar before. And of course a brand new story by Lackey herself, which answers one of the questions many of us have had about Need - and also makes a strong statement about trans inclusivity. But then, Lackey has always been an LGBT ally, which is probably one of the reasons I feel comfortable with her work. In fact, Lackey’s story, “Woman’s Need Calls Me,” is my favourite from this collection, which is in fact one of the stronger collections of recent years - there really wasn’t one story that I didn’t enjoy, although some were slight in terms of action and adventure. Good comfort reading when I needed it. Note: This anthology contains 18 stories, 16 written by women and two written by men.

  4. 4 out of 5

    annapi

    I'm a teensy bit disappointed in this collection. A lot of them felt like the story was hanging, or left incomplete, as if it was expected to continue in a later edition. Another problem I had was that they often referenced characters and events from the books written in this world, and there was a lot to remember without any background given. They were still all good, just nothing that excited me. Even the last story, by Lackey herself, had one niggling issue that bugged me - if I remember righ I'm a teensy bit disappointed in this collection. A lot of them felt like the story was hanging, or left incomplete, as if it was expected to continue in a later edition. Another problem I had was that they often referenced characters and events from the books written in this world, and there was a lot to remember without any background given. They were still all good, just nothing that excited me. Even the last story, by Lackey herself, had one niggling issue that bugged me - if I remember right, the sword Need also healed, and the broken arm at the end shouldn't have been an issue for very long. Then again, maybe my memory isn't serving me well... Regardless, it's a good collection as usual, just not up to a collective 4 stars in my book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pengana

    Valdemar is a beautiful and magical place that Mercedes Lackey has built over many years. Her books have brought me joy and I have re-read many of them. She is incredible at weaving stories that captivate the reader, and has been capable of selecting others who share that talent and love for Valdemar in her previous anthologies. I looked forward to reading this book, but it was a serious disappointment. I felt the stories were unfinished, tedious rather than amazing, and not very well written. I Valdemar is a beautiful and magical place that Mercedes Lackey has built over many years. Her books have brought me joy and I have re-read many of them. She is incredible at weaving stories that captivate the reader, and has been capable of selecting others who share that talent and love for Valdemar in her previous anthologies. I looked forward to reading this book, but it was a serious disappointment. I felt the stories were unfinished, tedious rather than amazing, and not very well written. I was surprised they were chosen to be included in the lore of Valdemar. I hope this is a misstep in a very entertaining world where I have spent many hours of enjoyment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    3.5/5. This has been one of the books I've been looking forward to reading the most this year. We've got some stories continuing from the previous anthologies, and some new stories as well. I'm curious to see how some of the stories will continue in future anthologies (Herald Wil especially) while others I didn't care for. If your a fan of the previous anthologies or Heralds of Valdemar series in general you will most likely enjoy this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Little Red Readinghood

    I love reading more about Valdemar however--- several of these stories will be confusing to a first time reader. And some are linking like the second book in a trilogy. You need to be familiar with the characters and happy with an unfinished story. Folks who have read the other collections of short stories will enjoy but not someone new to the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sctechsorceress

    Many of the stories were very good, but a few didn't do anything for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sherlynne Nino

    Great stories I like to read short stories because my time to read is spare. I enjoy the story lines and the different authors vision of the place and people

  10. 5 out of 5

    penny shima glanz

    A very enjoyable collection of tales this year!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Glennis

    The latest in a long line of anthologies set in the world of Valdemar. The nice thing for dedicated readers is there are a few stories in here that follow a set of characters from previous years. The plus is the stories are stand alone and yet if read year after year do build upon one another. The collection makes for a great dip into world to get your fix. Not every story is about heralds and that is for the better since there is so much to this universe that has been build over the years. And The latest in a long line of anthologies set in the world of Valdemar. The nice thing for dedicated readers is there are a few stories in here that follow a set of characters from previous years. The plus is the stories are stand alone and yet if read year after year do build upon one another. The collection makes for a great dip into world to get your fix. Not every story is about heralds and that is for the better since there is so much to this universe that has been build over the years. And the final story is an early days story about Need. Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  12. 4 out of 5

    KittenDrake

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Williams

  15. 5 out of 5

    Connie Cole

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Stiverson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janice L.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  19. 4 out of 5

    compiledwrong

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sunshine Daydreamer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paula Artlip

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina Westlake

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gary L. Phillips

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan L. Versluys

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Porter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Fisher

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Bright

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Schwartzberg

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tessa L

  30. 5 out of 5

    James

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