[Giveaway] Pathways: All New Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

The eleventh anthology of short stories set in Mercedes Lackey’s beloved Valdemar universe features 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. 

Join Janny Wurts, Elisabeth Waters, Michele Lang, Fiona Patton, and others in twenty-four original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, all set in Valdemar, where:

A young woman without any of the Heralds’ Gifts must see a Companion safely delivered to Haven….

A Herald must revisit the mysteries of his childhood to save his own young family and combat a threat at the very heart of Valdemar….

A Hawkbrother flees for his life, trailed by a mysterious bird that prophesizes a dire future….

A mage must choose whether to steal a priceless artifact and be branded a thief and traitor, or let his country fall to magic that could prove far more deadly….


To celebrate the upcoming release of Mercedes Lackey’s newest Valdemar anthology Pathways, Penguin/Daw has been kind enough to offer us a copy  Pathways to give away to one lucky winner! Open to residents in the United States and Canada, just follow the instructions below and enter for your chance to win!


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  • Rachel Flesher / Raonaid Luckwell

    My favorite Mercedes Lackey book? Hrm, I love the Oath books with Tamra and Kethy (<3 Tamra, I think she is more kickass than Xena) and The Last Herald Mage with Vaneyl. He just won my heart completely.

  • Susan Robinson

    I would have to say that the Storm Winds trilogy is my favorite (I know, not a common choice); I enjoyed following Karal, An’Desha, and Firesong bring a new perspective/observation to life in Valdemar. Mags’ second collection is also interesting for the same reason. :)

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