Saturday, December 03, 2011

Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey

In Intrigues, the second volume of the Collegium Chronicles, Mags has grown a little older. But the events of winter still haunt him, and when a foreigner is seen with blood on his hands in the king's chambers, his life becomes a misery. While his friends are trying to clear his name, he begins to believe that there is some darkness within him, especially when he and Dallen are riding at night and something attacks him, causing a horrible accident. Dallen is severely injured, and could be permanently crippled. Mags very nearly kills himself and decides to run away so that Dallen can heal and choose again. Will Mags be reunited with Dallen, will the mystery of the foreigner be solved, and who or what is this mysterious force that attacks Mag's mind?
A very good book. A nice sequel with very well written characters. Other than the magic, the characters seem very real, and the emotions of the characters are very easy to feel. The book had a nice plot, and the transitions between characters weren't abrupt. I do wish that the book had been a bit longer, though. It seemed like it ended a little early to me. The book as a whole was very interesting, just like all of the Heralds of Valdemar books. Intrigues fits perfectly into the series, and I can't wait to read the sequel.

Michael Bart

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