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Owlknight [Format Kindle]

Mercedes Lackey , Larry Dixon
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Owlknight follows Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon's two earlier novels about Darian Firkin, Owlflight and Owlsight. By now the boy who ran from barbarian invaders is both knight of Valdemar and a master mage; he is governor of a small province and in love with Keisha who returns his feelings, but he still has problems and responsibilities. For one thing, he has never solved the mystery of what happened to his parents. For another, Keisha refuses to marry him lest his role as governor and hers of healer come into conflict--and there are still barbarians beyond the border who threaten one day to come back.

The story of how these problems are all resolved is told in a quiet tone unusual in this sort of epic fantasy. Darian has as much to look within for the solution to these issues as to struggle in the outside world. The woodland journey during which he does this is much of the time a celebration of the renewal of the human soul by the natural world.

Lackey and Dixon have found a courtly, meditative way of telling an attractively simple story. Darian's growth to final maturity is inevitable, but still fascinating. --Roz Kaveney,

From Publishers Weekly

The latest collaboration between the creator of the Valdemar universe and her husband concludes the trilogy begun with Owlflight and Owlsight. Grown to maturity in the multispecies woodland settlement of k'Valdemar Vale, Darian Firkin has become a knight as well as a Master Mage to increase both his influence with neighboring tribes and his prestige within Valdemar. Darian's work in government gives way to travel when he finds hints that his parents, whom he believed dead, may be alive in the North. He sets off to discover their fate. Keisha, Darian's lover and a town healer, joins him, along with a crew of companions, but she remains of two minds about the future of their relationship because of her belief that marriage demands a woman's subordination. More action is provided by the lovers' encounters with various threats, including with a marauding tribe, the Wolverines, who are both vicious and intelligent. Valdemar is now an immensely well-developed world, and the book is full of dry wit and rich detailAabout, say, the bathing habits of gryphons and the sarcastic, telepathic dyheli, deerlike sapient beings. The effect is marred by too much New Age sensitivity and didactic feminism, however, making the novel cloying for all but Valdemar devotees. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2285 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 467 pages
  • Editeur : DAW (1 novembre 2000)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002J05GXA
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Auteur prolifique dans des genres très différents (policier, nouvelles, science-fiction, entre autres), ayant collaboré avec différents auteurs, comme Piers Anthony ou Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey a connu la notoriété grâce au cycle de Valdemar. Dans cette longue saga (plus de vingt-cinq volumes depuis 1987), les hérauts sont les protecteurs d'un pays menacé par les forces de sorciers maléfiques. Ils sont aidés dans leur tâche par les Compagnons, chevaux blancs magiques dans lesquels se réincarnent les âmes des plus braves hérauts.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ce livre fait passer un agréable moment. 16 août 2004
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J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre, plus encore que le précédent. Après des cérémonies et des fêtes exotiques, Darian part enfin à la recherche de ses parents. Les personnages sont attachants et communiquent entre de façon intéressante, de façon vrai, en dévoilant leurs émotions et sans vouloir manipuler les autres.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent addition to the Valdemar universe! 7 octobre 1999
Par Olaf Keith - Publié sur
Darian's third adventure is a pleasure to read. And I disagree strongly with some of the other reviewers below. The three novels in the DARIAN`S TALE sequence are not as tigtly plotted as some of the other books in Misty Lackey's Valdemar universe, but they offer a lot of insights into everyday life in a Valdemaran village, a hawkbrother vale and even a Northern clan village. There's is no big LET`S SAVE THE WORLD YET AGAIN conflict that carries these novels. These three books are carried only by the characters and their slow maturation and growth. If you read all three books in the DARIAN`S TALE sequence in a row, you will realize what I mean. In these books Misty Lackey and Larry Dixon haven chosen to do without royal polticis and court intrigues, and I am really greatful for that. Darian's slow maturation in the course of three novels from an unlikeable and totally irresponsible teenager in OWLFLIGHT to the responsible and caring adult in OWLKNIGHT is a pleasure to read. And Mercedes Lackey announced that a fourth book in this sequence is planned.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lackey's work is tapering off 7 janvier 2000
Par An annoyed Lackey fan - Publié sur
It seems I've always been a rather large Lackey fan, and I've reread the Arrows trilogy and the Last Herald-Mage trilogy...and the first book of the Mage Wars trilogy over and over again. But it seems recently, when Lackey has been co-writing with Dixon, that the work is of almost lesser quality.
Okay, enough with the eloquence. THIS IS driving me, to quote Talia, "rather noisily mad"! What happened to the classic scenes that were in earlier books? What Lackey fan hasn't sobbed and reread Kris' death scene in Arrow's Fall fifty million times, and gone back and read it again? (My page of that book is tearblotted, hot-chocolate stained, and spaghetti-sauce stained. It's pretty pathetic.) What happened to solid, INTERESTING characters like Elspeth and Tremaine and Vanyel and Stefen and Tylendel? All we get now is a hairbrained idiot named Darian who's taking on waaaaay too many responsiblities, and his errant lover Keisha. The only reason I really stuck with this Owl trilogy was that the character of Shandi fascinated me, and Anda wasn't that bad for a secondary character. But I have to say, this book was still better than half of the science-fiction/fantasy junk that is out there.
I agree with another reader with a review below mine--why can't we read a trilogy about King Valdemar (that was NOT cowritten by Larry Dixon)? Or, jump ahead a hundred years...see what happens to Valdemar? Or explore Rethwellan a little more? (Tarma and Kethry and Kerowyn are fabulous characters. Why can't we see more mercs? They dropped off the face of the earth after By The Sword!)
Ah well, this is getting long-winded. Just wanted to give my opinion.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What is WRONG with you people?! 21 septembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Ok, I've been holding my tongue and trying to objectively read all the reviews, but this is it! Mercedes Lackey is a human being. She cannot reel out soul-searching miracles at the drop of a hat. I freely admit that the Last Herald-Mage series and the Arrows series were more emotional than the Owl series, but the Owl series has more everyday details and is closer to real life. It includes no life or death struggle for the entire world, but what kind of a world would Valdemar be if it was constantly in mortal danger? I also agree that she is concentrating way too much on Valdemar, and not on the other countries, but if that is what she wants to write about, accept it. Some reviewers are being too critical about her writing. If you didn't like, don't read it again! It's that simple.
Now for my actual review. :) Owlknight is the end of the Owl series where Darian, a young Valdemaran who was adopted by the Taleydras (Hawkbrothers) has to deal with the pressures of being a responsible adult. He earns several honors in the beginning of the book, and then he decides that he is ready to search for his parents, who went missing some 6 years ago. Keisha, a young healer and Darian's lover, goes with him. During the trip, Darian has to resolve his feelings about the use of magic, and about his parents. Keisha has to resolve her feelings about a woman's role in marrage, and her feelings about her sister Shandi. I won't give away the ending, but the Owl series has good character development, an interesting storyline, and a determined (if not a 'rush or we'll destroy the entire universe by being slow') pace. This book isn't going to squeeze your chest and have you on the edge of your seat as if you are actually the person, but it won't bore you to sleep, either. Altogether a very good story to snuggle up with at night.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I was puzzled by this book. 1 février 2001
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Owlflight, the first book in this trilogy, made me feel as if it was intended for much younger readers than the rest of the Valdemar books and Owlsight, the second, was great- back up to the usual high standards! This book fell somewhere in-between. It started out very good and I enjoyed it immensely, but at a specific point near the end of the story, it abruptly changed- almost from one page to the next. The characters lost their depth, the plot became shallow, events offended common sense, and the dialogue became either trivial or sounded like a first time author trying to be profound. (Made me think of the Bard Leslac if you've read Oathbreakers!) The worst thing was that the characters started behaving in ways that were completely contrary to their previous personalities! That's why this book puzzled me- I kept asking myself, "What happened?!"
I gave it four stars anyway because the majority of this book was very good. If you're a Valdemar fan, this trilogy gives you more insight into the hawkbrothers, an idea of how the Mage Storms affected the world, and an introduction to a whole new culture- the Northern Tribes. If you're a newcomer, I don't recommend this trilogy. I'd suggest starting with either "Magic's Pawn," and be blown away by the depth and intensity of the characters, or with "The Black Gryphon," and find yourself swept up in the great action!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The "Owl" trilogy limps to a close 13 février 2001
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While this book offers some interesting description, its problem is that there is no suspense, conflict, or action to speak of. Any possible conflict between characters or threat to them is resolved so quickly that the reader doesn't even have a chance to start wondering about it. While I enjoy a book that has some quiet moments and introspection, "Owlknight" is almost all quiet moments and introspection, which makes it very dull.
"Owlknight" is definitely below Lackey's usual standards. She knows how to make a book interesting and have a good balance between action and introspection. One wonders what happened with "Owlknight."
The first book in the series, "Owlflight," was quite good. The second, "Owlsight," was somewhat lacking in action, but sometimes that happens in the middle of a trilogy. However, one expects the third book to have a rousing climax, not limp along from one pat solution to another, as "Owlknight" did.
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