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
1 Mapping the World of Harry Potter 2005
2 Gwenhwyfar 2009
3 Arcanum 101 2012
4 Dead Reckoning 2012

Order of Reboots Series

# Read Title Published
1 Reboots 2011
2 Reboots: Diabolical Streak 2014

Order of Valdemar: Mage Wars Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Black Gryphon 1994
2 The White Gryphon 1995
3 The Silver Gryphon 1996

Order of Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage Series

# Read Title Published
1 Magic's Pawn 1989
2 Magic's Promise 1990
3 Magic's Price 1990

Order of Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles Series

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

Order of Valdemar: Vows and Honor Series

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

Order of Kerowyn's Tale Series

# Read Title Published
1 By the Sword 1991

Order of Valdemar: Heralds Of Valdemar Series

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

Order of Valdemar: The Herald Spy Series

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

Order of Valdemar: Mage Winds Series

# Read Title Published
1 Winds of Fate 1991
2 Winds of Change 1992
3 Winds of Fury 1993

Order of Valdemar: Mage Storms Series

# Read Title Published
1 Storm Warning 1994
2 Storm Rising 1995
3 Storm Breaking 1996

Order of Valdemar: The Owl Mage Trilogy Series

# Read Title Published
1 Owlflight 1997
2 Owlsight 1998
3 Owlknight 1999

Order of Valdemar Short Story Collections Series

Order of Mercedes Lackey Short Story Collections

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

Order of One Dozen Daughters Series

# Read Title Published
1 The House of the Four Winds 2014

Order of Fairy Tales Series

# Read Title Published
1 Firebird 1996
2 The Black Swan 1999

Order of Enduring Flame Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Phoenix Unchained 2007
2 The Phoenix Endangered 2008
3 The Phoenix Transformed 2009

Order of The Bard's Tale: Naitachal Series

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

Order of Shadow Grail Series

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

Order of Wing Commander Series

# Read Title Published
1 Freedom Flight 1992

Order of Jennifer Talldeer Series

# Read Title Published
1 Sacred Ground 1994

Order of Darkover Series

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

Order of Halfblood Chronicles

# Read Title Published
1 The Elvenbane 1991
2 ElvenBlood 1995
3 Elvenborn 2002

Order of Sword of Knowledge Series

# Read Title Published
1 Reap the Whirlwind 1989

Order of The Hub Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Wizard of Karres 2004

Order of The Dragon Prophecy Series

# Read Title Published
1 Crown of Vengeance 2012

Order of Brainship Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Ship Who Searched 1992

Order of SERRAted Edge Series

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

Order of The SERRAted Edge: Double Edge

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

Order of Hunter Series

# Read Title Published
1 Hunter 2015
2 Elite 2016

Order of Heirs of Alexandria Series

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

Order of Elemental Masters Series

Order of Bardic Voices Series

Order of Five Hundred Kingdoms Series

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

Order of Dragon Jousters Series

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

Order of Obsidian Mountain Series

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

Order of Bedlam's Bard Series

Order of Diana Tregarde Series

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

Order of Walker Papers Series

# Read Title Published
1 Winter Moon 2005
2 Easy Pickings 2012

Order of The Secret World Chronicles Series

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

Anthologies/Collaborations

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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.