Shenanigans (Valdemar Anthologies Book 16) by Mercedes Lackey: Superb Fun

This sixteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages–and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents–combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more–make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

In the sixteenth anthology of short stories set in the world of Valdemar, featuring tales by new and established authors alike, the theme has created stories that are simply superb fun. From the first story to the last, each tale is selected carefully and written to resonate with the theme, Shenanigans, in a way that is positive and beautiful. The authors have created engaging characters, each full of depth and fun plots that carefully explore the idea of tricks and jokes to help solve a problem or lead to some kind of insight into the world of Valdemar.

What makes these anthologies so excellent is that each one will find favor with old fans of the Valdemar books but will also be enjoyable to new readers. Even if you aren’t familiar with Mercedes Lackey, I think readers will love the fun stories, especially in this particular anthology. There is whimsy, delight, and love as well as joy and laughter. Every story perfectly suits the theme. New and old fans alike will love the stories full of superb fun. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 jokes

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