This fifteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales 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.
I probably say this every time I go to review one of these books but I’m normally not that big of an anthology fan. I always feel like the stories end just as I’m really getting into them and it’s always a little disappointing. But there’s something about Mercedes Lackey’s anthologies that makes me love every single one of them. It’s honestly probably the fact that I’ve been a massive Mercedes Lackey fanboy ever since I stumbled across my first Valdemar book and it sparked in me a love of reading that almost feels like an insatiable hunger sometimes.
While some stories in Boundaries were a bit weaker than the rest, I thought the majority of them were fantastic and I loved every minute I spent reading them. One of the main reasons I think I love reading these anthologies over others is because we get to see aspects of the Velgarth and Valdemar that we don’t normally get. The majority of Lackey’s Valdemar books focus on the Heralds and while I love the entire concept of the Heralds it’s sometimes nice to be reminded that there are so many other stories to tell in the world. I love getting stories of Healer, Bards, Priests, or just mundane people thrown into scenarios that the Heralds usually get thrown into and seeing how they handle them.
So often when I read the Valdemar books I’m always imagining what it is like to be a Herald and I think these anthologies do a great job reminding me that you don’t have to have a magical horse and magic powers to make a difference. Boundaries also continue some of my favorite stories from previous anthologies and I can’t wait till we get a new one next year to get even more of those stories and characters.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone looking for something good to read, whether they’ve read anything else by Mercedes Lackey or not. I think these anthologies are a great way to introduce new readers to the Heralds of Valdemar series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.