Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar-Mercedes Lackey (editor)

Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar
Mercedes Lackey (editor)
Daw, Dec 2008, $7.99
ISBN: 9780756405281

Obviously for fans of the classic fantasy saga, the latest Valdemar anthology written by the mythos creator Mercedes Lackey and fourteen other authors (“Heart, Home and Hearth” is collaboration between Sarah Hoyt and Kate Paulk) is once again a great collection. Each tale is well written and brings a personal view to Valdemar yet the contributions remain inside the Lackey sphere; though some push the limitations. The Companions select the Chosen and that is where the fun lies whether it is Falnac a child in his first duel (“The Cheat” by Richard Lee Byers), Mickey Zucker Reichert’s Herald “Dreams of Mountain Clover” or Tamar learning “What Fire Is” by Janni Lee Simmer. As always this is an excellent tribute to Mercedes Lackey as Tanya Huff, Brenda Cooper, Kristin Schwegel, Michael Z. Williamson, Stephanie Shaver, Fiona Patton, Judith Tarr, and Rosemary Edghill escort readers back to the realm of “Other Tales of Valdemar”. See SWORD OF ICE AND OTHER TALES OF VALDEMAR, SUN IN GLORY AND OTHER TALES OF VALDEMAR and CROSSROADS AND OTHER TALES OF VALDEMAR for previous tours.

Harriet Klausner

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