Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born June 24, 1950) is a fantasy novelist from the United States. Many of her novels and trilogies are interconnected and set in the realm of Velgarth, primarily in and around Valdemar’s homeland.
Lackey has written almost 140 books and publishes 5.5 novels per year on average. She has been called one of the “most prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of all time.”
We have handpicked some of the best books by Mercedes Lackey for you.
Best Mercedes Lackey Books
1. The Complete Arrows Trilogy (Valdemar)
The three amazing novels that started Mercedes Lackey’s incredible career and inspired the imaginations of millions of readers across the world are included in The Complete Arrows Trilogy.
Talia, a daughter of the oppressive Holderfolk, is chosen by the immortal Companion Rolan to become one of the fabled Heralds of Valdemar in the Arrows trilogy.
Companions like Rolan are magical horse-like entities with abilities beyond comprehension, including the ability to detect the emergence of exceptional mental skills in select young men and women, such as Talia.
Talia will learn to harness her special mental talents of telepathy and empathy with Rolan’s guidance, and she will progress from an unskilled Herald trainee to the most important Herald of all: the Queen’s Own.
Talia and Rolan will work together to defend the queen, the heir to the throne, and the entire kingdom from perilous plots, impending unrest, terrible betrayal, and even a wicked and ancient sorcery beyond the Heralds’ magic.
2. The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy
Vanyel, the persecuted and mistreated son of a Valdemaran noble, finds acceptance in Haven when he is Chosen by the Companion Yfandes in this Lambda Award-winning trilogy.
Companions, such as Yfandes, are magical horse-like beings who have the ability to speak and bond with their Chosen, as well as activate psychic powers and magic.
Vanyel, on the other hand, learns new things about himself at Haven. He finds love in an unexpected place, loses it, and comes dangerously close to losing his life.
He will travel to the mysterious Hawkbrothers’ home with Yfandes and his aunt, Herald Savil, in search of healing and training, and will grow from a troubled and heartbroken Trainee to become the most powerful Herald-Mage in Valdemar’s history, and Valdemar’s only hope against an implacable foe bent on eradicating magic from the Kingdom entirely.
3. Family Spies Bk 3 Spy Spy Again
Prince Kyril, who is thirteen years old, and Mags and Amily’s fourteen-year-old son Tory “share” the Gift of Farsight, despite the fact that none of them is Chosen.
They are self-taught, however their shared Gift presently only allows them to see what is going on with their close family.
The Herald’s Collegium, after considerable deliberation, has chosen to test and train them nevertheless.
That’s when the fun really begins. They don’t have a single Gift in common; instead, they have two complementing Gifts that operate together in ways the Heralds have never seen before.
The Farseer is Tory, and Kee’s Gift is the ability to expand his range beyond a few dozen feet.
When Mags receives a frantic letter from his cousin Bey, the head of the enigmatic assassin-tribe, the Sleepgivers, their Gifts become vital.
Bey’s eldest daughter has been abducted, but he has no idea why or who did it. He’s invoking the obligation Mags owes him in order to locate his daughter before it’s too late.
Tory is confident that if anybody can find her, it will be him. However, this will need leaving Valdemar and entering an unknown and hazardous nation.
And he’ll be accompanied by a Royal Prince.
4. Beyond (The Founding of Valdemar)
Duke Kordas Valdemar is the ruler of a small, bucolic Duchy in the Eastern Empire that concentrates mostly on horse breeding.
Korda’s father went out to recruit magicians in the hopes of one day finding a means to escape and defend the people of the Duchy from tyranny, anticipating the day when the Empire’s exploitative and aggressive leaders would not be satisfied to leave them alone.
Kordas has spent his entire life gazing back. The Empire’s indications are becoming increasingly bleak. Mages have begun to harness the power of dark magics, such as blood magic, the energies of the Abyssal Planes, and the binding and “milking” of Elemental beings, under the command of the Emperor.
Then one of the Duchy’s wizards had an epiphany. There is a method to build a Gate far enough away from the Empire that the Emperor is unlikely to locate or pursue them as they evacuate everyone willing to escape.
However, time is of the essence, and Kordas has been summoned to the Emperor’s Court.
Can his reputation as a rural bumpkin and his acting abilities give him and his people enough time to flee? Or will the Emperor lose patience and invade Valdemar, stripping it of everything valuable and conscripting its citizens to fight in Imperial wars?
5. Foundation: Book One of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel)
A thirteen-year-old orphan called Magpie escapes a life of servitude in the gem mines when he is selected by one of Valdemar’s magical Companion horses to be taught as a Herald in this account of the early history of Mercedes Lackey’s bestselling world.
Magpie finds skills he never knew he possessed and sees the creation of the famous Heralds’ Collegium as he is thrust into the middle of a legend in the making.
6. Burning Water (A Diana Tragarde Investigation Book 1)
A seductive witch who writes romances and a cop who sees more than mortal men join forces to fight an old Aztec god!
Detective Mark Valdez of the Dallas Police Department isn’t just any detective; he’s a psychic who believes the cow mutilations and torture killings he’s been investigating are connected in some way.
He also realises that his weak psychic skills won’t be adequate to identify or even stop the murders.
Mark, on the other hand, has an ace up his sleeve in the form of a beautiful young romance author who also happens to be a practising witch.
Diana Tregarde isn’t just any witch—a she’s Guardian, tasked with safeguarding the Earth and all of its inhabitants.
Diana and Mark use contemporary science and old magic to uncover that they are on the trail of an Aztec god’s awakened avatar, not a typical serial murderer.
Tezcatlipoca and his four lovely handmaidens are preparing for a tremendous sacrifice that will usher in a new Aztec era in North America.
Diana isn’t sure whether her abilities are powerful enough to fight a resurrected Aztec deity, but she doesn’t have a choice.
She is pledged to defend mankind as a Guardian, even if it means risking her own life. Fortunately, she is not alone.
Mark Valdez is more than a police officer. Tezcatlipoca isn’t the only Aztec god roaming the earth.
7. Storm Breaking (Valdemar: Mage Storms Book 3)
The western allies, headed by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An’desha, have journeyed deep into the Dorisha Plains in search of the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons, when “Storm Breaking” starts.
According to legend, Urtho’s Vault lies under the Tower, deep beneath the plains, secret bastion of some of the most deadly magical weapons ever invented – weapons that Urtho himself deemed too dangerous to employ.
They had successfully dug this ancient armoury with the assistance of the Shin’a’in plainsmen, and risked their lives activating one of these antique but deadly instruments of death to unleash a huge blast of mage-energy.
Karal, Firesong, and their friends have momentarily countered the mage storms’ ever-increasing waves with this explosion of magical power.
They understand, however, that this frantic attempt will not rescue them; they have gained valuable time, but are still far from a lasting solution.
They now understand that the mage storms are a time-traveling “echoe” of the ancient Cataclysm that demolished Urtho’s Tower, produced the wide and desolate Dorisha Plains, and irrevocably distorted their planet over two thousand years ago.
They also know that if they don’t discover a means to expel these magical vibrations, another Cataclysm will occur, this time wiping out their whole world.
But the Vault isn’t the only thing buried for millennia beneath the Dorisha Plains, and the desperate allies quickly discover that their answer may lie beneath the dust at their feet, camped amid the remains of what once was the office of the most brilliant magician their planet has ever known.
It’s possible that the labor of a man who has been dead for millennia may save their world!
A must read from Mercedes Lackey!
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