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Pam Mar 4 2005 12:29 PM

Mercedes Lackey
 
She is an amazing writer, and for those of you that haven't read anything by her yet you should start with the Valdemar series. There are different orders you can read them in, but Mercedes Lackey herself recommends reading them in publication order. The first three books are Arrow of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall. For the rest of the list, go here

Flinx Mar 7 2005 05:46 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I've never read any of the Valdemar series.

My favourites are the Bedlam Bard, The Serrated Edge and Diana Tregarde books, which are all part of the Elves On The Road universe.

I have to admit that I don't particularly like Mercedes' choice of title Elves On The Road. It reminds me of our road signs here, instead of Koalas next 5km, it's Elves next 5km.

Flinx :crazy: :slug:

Lily Mar 7 2005 03:12 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I love her books. Found a copy of :"Firebird" at a charity shop for $2 and grabbed it. Very sweet. And I love Valdemar

Dragonsqueen Mar 17 2005 04:48 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I think I read a couple of books from her, but can't remember! I really need to look into more books by Anne McCaffery's co-authors~

freespirit91 Mar 30 2006 09:47 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
$2 what a deal !!!! i really wish i have read more of her books... i've only read two.....my mom just doesn't like me reading "adult" books!!!! it makes me so frustrated!!!

freespirit91 Mar 30 2006 09:49 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
what are some of the basic books that i just have to read.....

ilona Mar 30 2006 10:51 AM

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I have all of her Valdemar series and love it soooo much my kids bought me two of the CD's related to it for Mother's Day this year :D Naturally they are getting sick of listening to me trying to sing alongwith them (especially as they are sooo not into any kind of folk music LOL)

BTW freespirit, if you want to try any of her Valdemar series, try following her own advice and read the Arrows trilogy first - personally I then read the Vanyel trilogy which worked for me :D

Devcca Apr 3 2006 12:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by freespirit91
what are some of the basic books that i just have to read.....

Arrows of the Queen is good place to start off with. Also her elemental books are also good.
Elemental Masters

Fire Rose, The
Gates of Sleep
Serpent's Shadow, The
Phoenyx And Ashes
Wizard of London

depends on what you want to read. The Valdemar series are good.

Devcca Apr 3 2006 12:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ilona
I have all of her Valdemar series and love it soooo much my kids bought me two of the CD's related to it for Mother's Day this year :D Naturally they are getting sick of listening to me trying to sing alongwith them (especially as they are sooo not into any kind of folk music LOL)

BTW freespirit, if you want to try any of her Valdemar series, try following her own advice and read the Arrows trilogy first - personally I then read the Vanyel trilogy which worked for me :D

Pouts!

I wanna hear Sun and Shadow!!!

ilona Apr 3 2006 11:07 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Devcca
Pouts!

I wanna hear Sun and Shadow!!!


You can get it from Firebirds Arts & Music Inc at www.firebirdsarts.com along with Masterharper of Pern (which I already had) and lots of other Mercedes Lackey CDs :D
I'm still working on getting other ML CDs from the kids but not holding out much hope ;)

edith Apr 3 2006 05:04 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I've read the White Griffin. I liked it.

Karry Apr 4 2006 10:17 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
Hi, my son and I are avid Misty fans. We have most of her books and I would rate them up with Anne's books! Our favourites are the valdemar series, but i also like her bard series.

Karry

Weyrwoman Kalina Apr 4 2006 07:15 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I have read the Valdemar series and I LOVE it!!!

I KNOW I have more books by her, but I just can't remember what they are right now! :eek: :eek:

Shalyn Apr 4 2006 07:21 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I'm pretty sure I have all her Valdemar books, all her Urban Elf books, all her Tregard books (there are only three dammit! I want more Tregarde - I love that witch) but I haven't read any of the Joust books yet. The reviews were bad, and silly me - I believe them.

Anareth Apr 4 2006 09:06 PM

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I have all the Elemental Masters books except "Wizard of London" (someone will have to buy it for me), and I have most of Valdemar. I really only care about the ones with Heralds or Tarma and Kethry, because the whole Mage Wars stuff kind of bored me. I have the three Diana Tregarde books, which I like but find they end rather abruptly. (Wish she'd do more.) I've never been interested in any of her other books.

Moonlady Apr 14 2006 01:24 AM

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I love her Valdemar, bards and Elemental Master series. I actually was introduce to Misty first by my dearest friend who I have known since high school. I have only read one of the Diane books... Children of the Nigh but I loved it... I esp loved the hunky vampire. :blush: :D

Lindsey Jan 7 2007 01:11 PM

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I'm sloooowly making my way through the Valdemar books. Some I've read before, some I haven't..

So far, I'm liking the Last Herald Mage trilogy best :D

jenb Jan 23 2007 12:35 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I too love the Valdemar books, but I also like her Bardic Voices series (especially book 1, "The Lark and the Wren"), and her Obsidian Trilogy (book 1 is called "To Light a Candle").
As for my favorite Valdemar book.. I'm thinking Arrows of the Queen.

Allana Jan 23 2007 04:34 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I've read the Halfblood Chronicles that she wrote with Andre Norton, but I haven't gotten around to reading any of her others yet. I'm sure they're good. From what others have told me, the Halfblood Chronicles are not her best work, so I'm looking forward to reading her others (although I did like those books quite well).

PernesePhoenix Jan 27 2007 09:57 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
oooo I remember Ilya Ivanovitch form Firebird. I think I shall have too look harder for that one at the next book sale.

Hans Jan 27 2007 11:32 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Shalyn (Post 33673)
I'm pretty sure I have all her Valdemar books, all her Urban Elf books, all her Tregard books (there are only three dammit! I want more Tregarde - I love that witch) but I haven't read any of the Joust books yet. The reviews were bad, and silly me - I believe them.

Shalyn, you'll not get a bad review for the Joust books from me! I liked them. They're not up to a standard with the better Heralds book (I agree with Anareth there) but I do like them and I'll give credit to that smart marketing guy or gal that came up with the sentence that lover's of Anne McCaffrey's Dragons/Dragonriders of Pern will surely like this series :D

jenb Jan 29 2007 09:01 AM

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I liked the first Joust book the best, and I would recommend that any dragon lovers at least try it. It spends a lot of time exploring the care and feeding of dragons, and the relationship between dragon and rider. I enjoyed it.

Anneli Feb 6 2007 03:57 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I recently bought Joust, Alta and Sanctuary at a fantastic sci-fi/fantasy bookshop here in Oslo, which incidentally beats most of the bookshops in London other than the Forbidden Planet for the scope of its collection :good:

I enjoyed Joust and am halfway through Alta and reserving judgement as it's beginning to feel a bit contrived... But she's created a very believable world, different from Valdemar, so I'm going to keep going :D

Lindsey Feb 7 2007 01:56 PM

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You know, the more I think on it the more I seem to recall having Joust and a Tregarde book or two and possibly others stashed away somewhere. I think I got them in a lot off Ebay when trying to round out my Valdemar collection.

Might have to go dig those out :razz:

mawra Mar 12 2007 10:01 AM

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I loved the Valdemar books. I has most of them in hardback but like most of my Pern lost them in a fire 4 years ago and haven't had the money to replace them. :( :( I also loved the Tregarde books. I have not read any of the Joust books yet. If I ever get my over due books fine paid off I might. Jennifer lost a book and we didn't get it turned in until she FINLY cleaned her room and found it.

p.s NEVER, NEVER LEAVE A CANDLE BURNING

Lady Maelin May 7 2007 11:17 PM

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On the advice of a friend, I bought "Joust", and am enjoying it soooo much that I have already bought a copy of "Alta", the second in the series so that I can keep on with the story. Thanks Hans...once again a lovely reading suggestion.

Brenda May 8 2007 03:06 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Allana (Post 60636)
I've read the Halfblood Chronicles that she wrote with Andre Norton, but I haven't gotten around to reading any of her others yet. I'm sure they're good. From what others have told me, the Halfblood Chronicles are not her best work, so I'm looking forward to reading her others (although I did like those books quite well).

Same here! A friend just lent me several of her Lackey books, including "The Fairy Godmother" which I tore through in one night and am currently rereading... I think the other books she lent me are fairy tale types, "The Black Swan" is one of them I know... I do plan on trying the other series eventually!

HarperBrandy May 8 2007 09:42 PM

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**SPOILER FOR EXILE'S HONOR BELOW**



I'm know I'm totally in the minority on this one, but I find her writing sugar coated and poorly edited. Every time I read one of her books there are always glaring errors. Characters change names, portions of paragraphs repeat themselves...ect.

The last one I read was Excile's Honor and that was actually pretty decent. At least, the first half of it was. I think it would have been more interesting if the main character had actually fought against the Herolds because it would have provided true conflict... but, eh. Then "Myste" showed up. The author reborn in the book, who the main character falls for. It gave me the willys, to be frank. Like I was reading someone else's sexual fantasy. Ewwww...

And that's when I stopped reading her books about six months ago. Never again. Never, never again.

Brenda May 9 2007 11:14 AM

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I didn't see anything like that in the one I just finished reading, "The Fairy Godmother."

mawra May 9 2007 09:40 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I loved The Fairy Godmother & Exile's Honor, she is now my 2nd fav. author

dragonnkitten May 10 2007 09:15 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I absolutely adore the Elemental Books. I have also read several of her anthologies and highly recomend them too.


V

Kibbie Nov 11 2007 05:54 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I really only care about the ones with Heralds

thank you

GinnyStar Jun 17 2008 06:08 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hans (Post 61325)
Shalyn, you'll not get a bad review for the Joust books from me! I liked them. They're not up to a standard with the better Heralds book (I agree with Anareth there) but I do like them and I'll give credit to that smart marketing guy or gal that came up with the sentence that lover's of Anne McCaffrey's Dragons/Dragonriders of Pern will surely like this series :D

Also there is an interview about her in one of SFBC (r), about the "Dragon Jouters" 4 books so far. Also on fanfiction.com don't know the whole web address here, a fan writen story too.:)

Brenda Jun 17 2008 08:44 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I just found an Elemental Masters book I hadn't seen at the library - "Reserved for the Cat". I'm sure you can guess the tale it's based on! Involves ballet and the evolution of the modern musical.

Allana Jun 18 2008 08:48 AM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I'm waiting for "Reserved for the Cat" to come out in paperback, so it matches the rest of my Elemental Masters set. Right now I'm going back to read "The Fire Rose," which I guess they don't really consider to be the same series. I'm not sure why.

GinnyStar Jun 19 2008 05:01 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
Aerie is the last book so far, in Dragon Jouster.

GinnyStar Jun 19 2008 05:05 PM

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Kibbie your cat look a lot like our cat Reggie. He all black yellow eyes, about 12 and the eldest of our duo

Brenda Jun 23 2008 08:11 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I found ANOTHER new one - another 500 Kingdoms tale - "The Snow Queen." VERY good - I liked it better than the last two, if not the first one!

kevia Jun 23 2008 11:30 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Brenda (Post 111509)
I found ANOTHER new one - another 500 Kingdoms tale - "The Snow Queen." VERY good - I liked it better than the last two, if not the first one!

I'm reading that one right now. (well, when I'm not on the computer:grin:)

mawra Jun 30 2008 04:12 PM

Re: Mercedes Lackey
 
I am reading Queen's Arrow to Mom & Kibbie now. Mom really likes the book.
Mom has a hard time reading, because it is hard for her to hold the book open & her eye are still not right.
(Mom would prefer that I read her Steven King books, But That is NOT going to happen.
I do not read creapy.)


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