[a Novel of Valdemar]Book - 2010
Magpie is a thirteen-year-old orphan chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar and taken to the capital city, Haven, to be trained as a Herald. Like all Heralds, Magpie learns that he has a hidden Gift-the Gift of telepathy.
But life at the court is not without obstacles. When Mags is "recognized" by foreign secret operatives whose purpose is unknown, Mags himself comes under suspicion. Who are Magpie's parents-who is he, really? Can Mags solve the riddle of his parentage and his connection with the mysterious spies-and prove his loyalty-before the king and court banish him as a traitor?
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Mags is still the “odd-man out” at the new College. He’s out of step with the others, his upbringing leaving him socially inept. But he’s learning, and growing, and sometimes his skills bring him moments of happiness. But then his world turns around again, when he becomes the target of suspicion following the foreseers’ prophecy. And hormones are making tempers fly. Friends’ angry words hurt and isolate. And when his Companion is injured, Mags starts to really doubt if he really should be a Herald…
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p. 51—situation: Mags is out of his Grays, spying on someone, and mindspeaking with his Companion...
"What's strange?" [...]
"Clothes. Funny how they make ye feel. Yon fancy stuff I have, tha' I wore t' Midwinter...feel like there's allus someone watchin' me, an' I gotta be extra careful and quiet like so's I don't make mistakes. Like if I open m'mouth I'll get found out an' kicked out, even when it was just Master Soren what invited me in the first place."
"I can see that," Dallen replied.
"Reg'lar Trainee uniform, I feel like I gotta just try hard all the time, not waste a drip of a candlemark, better measure up, no slackin', no slouchin'. Like...like I gotta live up t' the Grays, belike. This..." he chuckled to himself. "This, y'know, I dun feel like there's all that pressure."
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