In the latest addition to the Valdemar fantasy series (Arrow’s Fall; Winds of Fate), Lackey returns to the capitol city of Haven, where young Lavan Chitward has. Brightly Burning (Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey – book cover, description, publication history. Author Mercedes Lackey Publication date 1 June Published by DAW ISBN Contents[show] Synopsis The novel which focuses on what.

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She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Refresh and try again. Want burninb Read saving…. Cover art by Jody Lee. There, in a fit of fear and rage, Lan’s dangerous Gift for firestarting manifests itself. Return to Book Page.

BRIGHTLY BURNING by Mercedes Lackey | Kirkus Reviews

Some of his comments would lead us to think so, but considering how absurdly obvious he was to Elenor, I would hesitate to attribute this characteristic to him. You hear very little from Herald Pol at the beginning, but that little bit is very important. A somewhat strange entry in the Valdemar saga, about a boy who can start fires telekinetically.

May 14, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: This novel an old favourite is everything that the Collegium Chronicles promised, but didn’t deliver. One person found this helpful. With the fire raging out of control, a Companion named Kalira ” Chooses ” Lavan. Lavan is a year old boy whose clothmaker father and needleworker mother have recently moved the family into the capital city, Haven.

This book serves as something of a standalone. Other books in the series.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. With the help of a unique herald, an empathetic healer and a special companion, Laven soon learns to keep his gift under control and eventually, to direct his awful firestorm as far as he can see.

This attack earns Herald Lavan the cognomen “Firestorm. Nov 13, Bibliotropic rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Some spoilers in this paragraph, read at your own discretion.


In the Battle of Burning PinesHerald Lavan singlehandedly holds back the Karsite army by creating a wall of fire in the path of the attack, buying time that allows the Valdemaran army to get into position. Put a face on your fear. I was expecting her to sacrifice herself for Lan or something similarly tragic, but she mostly just mooned over him then got over it. To me Tolkein is king of the truly epic story.

Lavan Lan Chitward is the son of prosperous parents, his father a cloth-merchant, his mother a fine needleworker.

Lan and his friends are real people, fully drawn. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.


After his mentor is blinded by an enemy assassin, he wipes out enemy priests conjuring demons – and much of their encampment. I am sure I had already read the book, but did not remember it.

They are also accompanied by a raging fever that leaves Lavan’s skin feeling sunburned. They have quite similar personalities. They are such wonderful beings.

This n This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon. I mmercedes to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. One of the things I enjoy about fantasy lckey other speculative fiction is their ability to offer social criticism — Mercedes Lackey has already written about gay life-bonds, as well as other relationships that are considered risky in the mainstream publishing world.

But brighhtly you’re feeling down, they’re damn welcome and make you feel worlds better. I really enjoyed this novel and the only thing brithtly brought it down for me was knowing from the beginning how it was going to end. It seemed to me, even when I first read this book over a decade ago, that Lackey wanted to revisit the same sort of feeling that she’d established with Vanyel in the Last Herald-Mage trilogy particularly the first bookand that went into the creation of Lavan.


Don’t have a Kindle? The Karsites, at least in this installment in the Valdemar saga, are little more than faceless Bad Guys, but unlike some of Lackey’s other books where she explores the Bad Guy’s motivations and point of view, Brightly Burning is told solely from the point of view of the Good Guys, namely Lan and his friend Herald Pol, the only two viewpoint characters.

May 09, Courtney Gear rated it liked it. Know him and know why he is your enemy. Vans family still being here and protecting Valdemar.

Enrolled in the Herald’s College as a trainee, he learns to harness his gift as well as other needful skills. They don’t approve of the only profession he prefers, that of a guard.

Mercedes Lackey has a tendency to recycle her plots and archetypes like crazy, and this one does a good job of being unique despite the clear repetition of the ‘abused, gifted child is rescued by morally upright clique running utopic government’ motif. Guaranteed to make you cry, I still get choked up at certain points of the story even now. This is a stand alone book: He’s abused in a crappy school and his natural defenses take over.

This is only the second Valdemar book I have ever read, after ‘To Take a Thief’, but I found this book easy to get into and readable. Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Is this feature helpful? He quickly starts tormenting Lavan, giving him the nickname Scrub, taunting him about being in a lower form, and calling his sexuality into question. So chronologically, it is between Magic’s Price and Oathblood. His mother, showing nothing more than annoyance at his confinement, soon calls in a herbalist-healer.