Mercedes Lackey Books

Mercedes Lackey, who also composes filk music and had a stint rehabilitating raptors, is a sexagenarian American author. She is famed for her many series and sub-series, trilogies, standalone books, short stories, and other co-authored literary work. Her most notable and much sought-after work is called the Valdemar series, especially the Heralds of Valdemar sub-series.

Order of Mercedes Lackey Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mapping the World of Harry Potter 2005 Description / Buy
2 Gwenhwyfar 2009 Description / Buy
3 Arcanum 101 2012 Description / Buy
4 Dead Reckoning 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Reboots Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Reboots 2011 Description / Buy
2 Reboots: Diabolical Streak 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: Mage Wars Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Black Gryphon 1994 Description / Buy
2 The White Gryphon 1995 Description / Buy
3 The Silver Gryphon 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Magic's Pawn 1989 Description / Buy
2 Magic's Promise 1990 Description / Buy
3 Magic's Price 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Brightly Burning 2000 Description / Buy
2 Foundation 2008 Description / Buy
3 Intrigues 2010 Description / Buy
4 Changes 2011 Description / Buy
5 Redoubt 2012 Description / Buy
6 Bastion 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: Vows and Honor Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Oathbound 1988 Description / Buy
2 Oathbreakers 1989 Description / Buy
3 Oathblood 1998 Description / Buy
4 Take a Thief 2001 Description / Buy
5 Exile's Honor 2002 Description / Buy
6 Exile's Valor 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Kerowyn's Tale Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 By the Sword 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: Heralds Of Valdemar Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Arrows of the Queen 1987 Description / Buy
2 Arrow's Flight 1987 Description / Buy
3 Arrow's Fall 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: The Herald Spy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Closer to Home 2014 Description / Buy
2 Closer to the Heart 2015 Description / Buy
3 Closer to the Chest 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: Mage Winds Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Winds of Fate 1991 Description / Buy
2 Winds of Change 1992 Description / Buy
3 Winds of Fury 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: Mage Storms Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Storm Warning 1994 Description / Buy
2 Storm Rising 1995 Description / Buy
3 Storm Breaking 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Owlflight 1997 Description / Buy
2 Owlsight 1998 Description / Buy
3 Owlknight 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Valdemar Short Story Collections Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Valdemar Companion 1990 Description / Buy
2 Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar 1997 Description / Buy
3 Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar 2003 Description / Buy
4 Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar 2005 Description / Buy
5 Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar 2008 Description / Buy
6 Changing the World 2009 Description / Buy
7 Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar 2010 Description / Buy
8 Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar 2011 Description / Buy
9 The One Left Behind (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
10 Tempest 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Mercedes Lackey Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 In Celebration of Lammas Night 1996 Description / Buy
2 Fiddler Fair 1998 Description / Buy
3 Werehunter 1999 Description / Buy
4 The River's Gift 1999 Description / Buy
5 Charmed Destinies 2003 Description / Buy
6 Winter Moon 2005 Description / Buy
7 Harvest Moon 2010 Description / Buy
8 Trio of Sorcery 2010 Description / Buy
9 Dragon's Teeth 2013 Description / Buy

Order of One Dozen Daughters Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The House of the Four Winds 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Fairy Tales Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Firebird 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Black Swan 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Enduring Flame Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Phoenix Unchained 2007 Description / Buy
2 The Phoenix Endangered 2008 Description / Buy
3 The Phoenix Transformed 2009 Description / Buy

Order of The Bard's Tale: Naitachal Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Castle of Deception 1992 Description / Buy
2 Fortress of Frost and Fire 1993 Description / Buy
3 Prison of Souls 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Shadow Grail Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Legacies 2010 Description / Buy
2 Conspiracies 2011 Description / Buy
3 Sacrifices 2013 Description / Buy
4 Victories 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Wing Commander Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Freedom Flight 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Jennifer Talldeer Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sacred Ground 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Darkover Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Different Kind of Courage 1985 Description / Buy
2 Set a Thief 1991 Description / Buy
3 Rediscovery 1993 Description / Buy
4 Poetic License 1994 Description / Buy
5 An Object Lesson 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Halfblood Chronicles

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Elvenbane 1991 Description / Buy
2 ElvenBlood 1995 Description / Buy
3 Elvenborn 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Sword of Knowledge Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Reap the Whirlwind 1989 Description / Buy

Order of The Hub Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Wizard of Karres 2004 Description / Buy

Order of The Dragon Prophecy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Crown of Vengeance 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Brainship Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Ship Who Searched 1992 Description / Buy

Order of SERRAted Edge Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Born to Run 1992 Description / Buy
2 Wheels of Fire 1992 Description / Buy
3 When the Bough Breaks 1993 Description / Buy
4 Chrome Circle 1994 Description / Buy
5 Silence 2016 Description / Buy

Order of The SERRAted Edge: Double Edge

# Read Title Published Details
1 This Scepter'd Isle 2004 Description / Buy
2 Ill Met by Moonlight 2005 Description / Buy
3 By Slanderous Tongues 2007 Description / Buy
4 And Less Than Kind 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Hunter Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hunter 2015 Description / Buy
2 Elite 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Heirs of Alexandria Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Shadow of the Lion 2002 Description / Buy
2 This Rough Magic 2003 Description / Buy
3 Much Fall of Blood 2010 Description / Buy
4 Burdens of the Dead 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Elemental Masters Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Fire Rose 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Serpent's Shadow 2001 Description / Buy
3 The Gates of Sleep 2002 Description / Buy
4 Phoenix and Ashes 2004 Description / Buy
5 The Wizard of London 2005 Description / Buy
6 Reserved for the Cat 2007 Description / Buy
7 Unnatural Issue 2011 Description / Buy
8 Home from the Sea 2012 Description / Buy
9 Elemental Magic 2012 Description / Buy
10 Steadfast 2013 Description / Buy
11 Blood Red 2014 Description / Buy
12 From a High Tower 2015 Description / Buy
13 A Study in Sable 2016 Description / Buy
14 A Scandal in Battersea 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Bardic Voices Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Lark And The Wren 1991 Description / Buy
2 The Robin & The Kestrel 1993 Description / Buy
3 A Cast of Corbies 1994 Description / Buy
4 The Eagle & the Nightingales 1995 Description / Buy
5 Four & Twenty Blackbirds 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Five Hundred Kingdoms Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Fairy Godmother 2004 Description / Buy
2 One Good Knight 2006 Description / Buy
3 Fortune's Fool 2007 Description / Buy
4 The Snow Queen 2008 Description / Buy
5 The Sleeping Beauty 2010 Description / Buy
6 Beauty and the Werewolf 2011 Description / Buy
7 A Tangled Web 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Dragon Jousters Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Joust 2003 Description / Buy
2 Alta 2004 Description / Buy
3 Sanctuary 2005 Description / Buy
4 Aerie 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Obsidian Mountain Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Outstretched Shadow 2003 Description / Buy
2 To Light a Candle 2004 Description / Buy
3 When Darkness Falls 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Bedlam's Bard Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Knight of Ghosts and Shadows 1990 Description / Buy
2 Summoned to Tourney 1992 Description / Buy
3 Beyond World's End 2001 Description / Buy
4 Spirits White as Lightning 2001 Description / Buy
5 Mad Maudlin 2003 Description / Buy
6 Music to My Sorrow 2005 Description / Buy
7 A Host of Furious Fancies 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Diana Tregarde Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Burning Water 1989 Description / Buy
2 Children of the Night 1990 Description / Buy
3 Jinx High 1991 Description / Buy
4 Magic 101 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Walker Papers Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Winter Moon 2005 Description / Buy
2 Easy Pickings 2012 Description / Buy

Order of The Secret World Chronicles Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Invasion 2011 Description / Buy
2 Sgian Dubh 2011 Description / Buy
3 White Bird 2011 Description / Buy
4 Strike a Pose 2011 Description / Buy
5 World Divided 2012 Description / Buy
6 Revolution 2013 Description / Buy
7 Exemplar 2014 Description / Buy
8 Collision 2014 Description / Buy
9 Avalanche 2017 Description / Buy

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published Details
1 If I Pay Thee Not in Gold 1993 Description / Buy
2 Tiger Burning Bright 1995 Description / Buy
3 Sisters in Fantasy 2 1996 Description / Buy
4 A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic 1998 Description / Buy
5 Flights of Fantasy 1999 Description / Buy
6 Bedlam's Edge 2005 Description / Buy
7 Harvest Moon 2010 Description / Buy
8 Witches 2012 Description / Buy
9 Elementary 2013 Description / Buy
10 No True Way 2014 Description / Buy
11 Crucible 2015 Description / Buy
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Talia Sensedaughter is the featured protagonist in the “Heralds of Valdemar” sub-series of books authored by Mercedes Lackey. The first book portraying Talia Sensedaughter was published in mid-1987 titled Arrows of the Queen, and the sub-series of novels are shelved as speculative fiction genre (specifically fantasy literature).

For starters, Talia Sensedaughter is a Herald of the Valdemar’s queen. Incidentally, a Herald is a high-profile profession and Valdemar is the fictitious nation of planet Velgath; they form the basis of the books by Mercedes Lackey. The launch pad of the mini-series is Talia, who is an escapee and has now been offered a job relating to royal affairs.

The first book in the sub-series, Arrows of the Queen, starts by revisiting how Talia, a youthful escapee, saved a well-known Companion (a horse-like magical creature). Her commendable action earns her a job wherein she is made one of the Heralds.

By and by, Talia chances upon a coup plan and this sparks her quest for cushioning the queen. The ensuing plot will whet your appetite for more of her books, and made Mercedes Lackey one of the contestants for the Locus Poll Awards (1988) in the Best First Novel category.

Mercedes Lackey Awards

Mercedes Lackey has won prestigious awards and been nominated for other awards which transcend her literary work. In the years 1988, 1989, and 2005, Mercedes Lackey clinched the film music-centric Pegasus Award five times, thanks to her music career.

Closer home, the following the literary awards where she has been a nominee or won. In 1988, her 1987 book titled Arrows of the Queen was nominated for the Locus Award in the Best First Novel category. In 1989, her pro-LGBT 1989 novel titled Magic’s Pawn was a nominee for the Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBT Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror category; In 1990, Lackey’s 1990 novel named Magic’s Prince won this award.

In 1991, the novel titled The Elverbane won in the Book of the Year Award category of The Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC). In 1993, Winds of Change, a novel which she penned in 1992, was nominated for the Locus Award in the Best Fantasy Novel grouping. In 1994, Mercedes Lackey was nominated twice. First, her 1993 novel titled The Robin & the Kestrel was nominated for the Locus Award in the Best Fantasy Novel category. Secondly, her 1994 book named Storm Warning was nominated for the Lambda Literary Awards in the Science Fiction or Fantasy category. Similarly, her 1994 book titled The Black Gryphon was nominated for the SFBC (1994) award in the Book of the Year category.

Also nominated for the Locus Award (1995), in the Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel category, is the 1994 novel titled Sacred Ground and authored by Mercedes Lackey. Her 1995 novel titled The White Gryphon was nominated for the SFBC awards in 1995. Elvenblood, which she published in 1995, was nominated for the SFBC (1995) in the Book of the Year category. Storm Rising, produced in 1995, was nominated for the Locus Award (1996) in the Best Fantasy Novel group. Mercedes Lackey published a novel in 1996, called Firebird, and it was also nominated for the said award in 1996.

Best Mercedes Books

Many of the books authored by Mercedes Lackey are bestsellers by their own right. The following is a description of her best books by virtue of being nominated for or clinching coveted literary awards. Arguably, Storm Warning, which is the third in the Mage Storms series, is the best book. It is about the war-ravaged Valdemar kingdom in the run-up to a looming war with another kingdom, albeit one with magic superiority.

Hard on the heels of that best book by Mercedes Lackey is The Elvenbane, albeit co-authored. This book is the first one in the Halfblood Chronicles series. It revolves around Shana, a female crossbreed, who has been saved and reared by hitherto unknown dragons. Shana is a manifestation of a prophecy-come-true and makes the Elvenlord people jittery.

Other Book Series You May Like

Avid readers of books crafted by Mercedes Lackey also found the following books interesting. The first one Tanya Huff’s series called Quarters. This is about Bannon and Vree, two siblings-cum-assassins, whose assassination mission is ill-fated. Their target is a master of magic and greatly inconveniences them when he mysteriously takes Bannon’s physical form, leaving them to share Vree’s body.

Another worthy series is called Sword and Sorceress, written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This one is about courageous, gifted, and daring females with masterly knowledge of using swords and magic, and trumping in a world fraught with dangers.

When Does The Next Mercedes Lackey book come out?

Mercedes Lackey doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Scandal in Battersea and was released on June, 6th 2017. It is the newest book in the Elemental Masters Series.

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