DAW. (Founding of Valdemar, Bk. 3). Dec. 2023. 464p. ISBN 9780756417390. $29. FANTASY
In this concluding volume of the “Founding of Valdemar” trilogy, after Into the West, the origin story of this beloved fantasy world takes readers back to where it all began and tells the long-awaited story of how Valdemar came to be. This trilogy has told that journey from the perspective of Kordas Valdemar and his well-planned but explosively executed escape from the corrupt Eastern Empire—along with all his people—to the untamed West. In this book, the pieces that make Valdemar the place they first saw in Arrows of the Queen fall into place as the horse-like Companions gallop onto the stage amid a hail of spell fire as the answer to Kordas’s heartfelt prayers in the epic conclusion. Kordas is a hero worthy of the country he founded, and watching as he puts the final touches on his legacy is a delight from beginning to end.
VERDICT The legions of fans for this popular, long-running series will eat this entry up with a spoon and then hold out their bowls and beg for more stories in a world that thankfully exhibits no sign of ending.
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