Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar is a collection of stories dealing with various aspects of the fascinating but unfortunately fictional world created by Mercedes Lackey who both edits and contributes to this enjoyable work. Many well-known and beloved authors contribute well crafted tales that add to the plethora of chronicles that feature such diverse creatures as hertasi and Tayledras, familiar characters such as Talamir, Selenay and Elspeth, and the different lands that interact with Valdemar such as Karse, Rethwellan, the Vales, and Sunhame. Different perspectives on the process of Choosing and the breadth of individuals who can be chosen both in terms of ages and occupation are explored as well as the drawbacks to lifebonds when both partners aren't quite perfect for each other. A continued look at a pair directly impacted by the Changes that created hobgoblins and the difficulties faced by those who are so radically different from those around them form a continuing link to previous anthologies and there are glimpses of those who serve in capacities other than Heralds such as Bards, Healers and representatives of the Son of the Sun.
Part of Mercedes Lackey's charm is her ability to craft a richly textured world filled with mind-expanding peoples and realistic situations that meld fantastical elements with commonplace occurrences. A true master of her field, evinced by the fact that other experts can join her world and create tales that seamlessly add to the intriguing collection of tales set in Valdemar. This volume was a welcome chance to revisit beloved people and places with the added fillip of having the familiar voices of well-known authors pen tales that stretch the imagination and help keep the mystique alive.
In March 1987, a young author from Oklahoma published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. This modest book about a magical land called Valdemar was the beginning of a fantasy masterwork series that would span decades and include more than two dozen titles. Now readers can take a journey to the world of Valdemar-including Tanya Huff, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Fiona Patton, and Judith Tarr-each adding their own special touches.