Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy. But life at the court is not without obstacles. When Mags is “recognized” by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, Mags himself comes under suspicion. Who are Magpie’s parents-who is he, really? Can Mags also solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies-and prove his loyalty-before the king and court banish him as a traitor?
I liked this book, as I like the majority of Mercedes Lackey’s books, but there were a few things about the book that disturbed me. The suspicion that Mags deals with is nothing new to Lackey but the horrible fights between Mags and his best friends felt out of left field. There is no reason given why his friends would abandon him, no reason given as to why his friends are angry with him. The arguments Mags had with his friends seemed to be purely plot movers so they felt false and forced.
I’m a huge Mercedes Lackey fan and I have been for a long time now. Since I’ve read so many of her books, I’m very surprised by a new phenomenon that she has been showing with this series: lack of resolution. Intrigues (like the previous book in the series, Foundation) has no real resolution. There is not too much more I can say without spoiling the book, but if you have read Foundation, you understand my point.Her other new thing seems to be four book series instead of her typical trilogy. Due to my feeling for books 1 and 2 of this series, I’ve decided not to read book 3 until book 4 comes out. I already own book 3 but I haven’t read it as yet.