Take a Thief(Valdemar

Take a Thief Valdemar Mercedes Lackey s triumphant return to the best selling world of Valdemar Take a Thief reveals the untold story of Skif a popular character from Lackey s first published novel Arrows of the Queen Sk

  • Title: Take a Thief(Valdemar
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • ISBN: 9780756400583
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mercedes Lackey s triumphant return to the best selling world of Valdemar, Take a Thief reveals the untold story of Skif a popular character from Lackey s first published novel, Arrows of the Queen.Skif was an orphan who would have died from malnutrition and exposure if he had never met Deke the pickpocket By the time he was twelve, Skif was an accomplished cat burglar.Mercedes Lackey s triumphant return to the best selling world of Valdemar, Take a Thief reveals the untold story of Skif a popular character from Lackey s first published novel, Arrows of the Queen.Skif was an orphan who would have died from malnutrition and exposure if he had never met Deke the pickpocket By the time he was twelve, Skif was an accomplished cat burglar But it wasn t until he decided to steal a finely tacked out white horse, which was, oddly enough, standing unattended in the street, that this young thief discovered that the tables could turn on him and that he himself could be stolen

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    1. Mercedes Lackey

      Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

    333 thoughts on “Take a Thief(Valdemar”

    1. (Reread in 2016 because I was in a lousy mood this morning and needed a comfort-read.)With this novel, Lackey starts an examination of the histories and backstories of characters established in previous books. In this case, the character is Skif, first introduced to us in the very first Valdemar novel, Arrows of the Queen. Introduced there as an ex-thief and now-Herald, Take a Thief takes us back in time to Skif's childhood, telling the story of how he became a thief and how he was Chosen in the [...]


    2. Number 27 of 100 to e read in 2010 . . . I have to say that I think the three novels Lackey wrote in the early 2000s that deal with the interim time between when Selenay takes the throne of Valdemar and when Talia becomes her chief adviser (the Queen's Own) are in many ways the best. These novels, the first two of which deal with Alberich (and who figures prominently in this book) explore issues of honor, of why people fight, and of society and justice as well as any speculative fiction I've eve [...]


    3. I like it. Especially the second half.I like reading about the past of Skif (whom I learned to love in the "Arrows of the Queen"-Trilogy) and several times my heart has been breaking for him. Especially when the building with Bazie burned down. :(I also loved him meeting Cyrmy and holy, I can't tell you how much I love snarky Companions. Seriously. So much love. <3I also love the hints and legends about other Heralds (So, in which book do I get the story of Lavan Firestarter and is it going t [...]


    4. Another book in the Valdemar novels, Take a Thief first drew me in with it's beautiful jacket cover- the white horse or Companion on the from cover is enlarged on the back in a beautiful way, really cementing the idea of Companions. Cymry is a great character on her own, and add to that the fact that we get Skif's back story (Since he features in many of the main stories, it's about time) this book is close to perfection. It's one of the few Valdemar books my library owns, although they are look [...]


    5. Oh Mercedes Lackey. In an authorial move that had left me severely disappointed in both the Storm Warning series and Exile's series-- she does it again. What could have been an interestingly nuanced coming of age story about a young thief boy's inclusion in an elite group of morally superior and God-backed do-gooders, Mercedes Lackey imposes a ham fisted moral preachiness onto the characters. (One must only be all good or all bad -- well, unless you do bad for the good, in which case it's all ri [...]


    6. Much of Take a Thief reads like a fantasy version of Oliver Twist- an orphan boy who runs away and joins a gang of pickpockets. Skif is a clever and resourceful lad who learns to survive no matter what. Skif’s routine is interrupted with a tragic fire- which he suspects was not an accident. As he investigates it, he finds that the arson is connected with other wrongdoing. The wretched circumstances which he and his peers endure is astounding- it reminded me of the all too real poverty that exi [...]


    7. Structurally, this book is, IMO, rather unsound. The major conflict doesn't appear until nearly halfway through - the entire first part of the book is introducing Skif, showing his crappy life and how he becomes a thief, and basically setting up for the big disaster. After the disaster, there's a longish chunk of him flailing about looking for information, in the course of which he gets Chosen to be a Herald, and then the resolution comes rather wham-bam-thankyou-ma'am in the final two chapters. [...]


    8. Standalone novel which follows the adventures of Skif from the 'Arrows' trilogy. Standard Valdemar fare, but here the added length contributes to a more in depth and enjoyable read.This would actually be a fairly good book to start with if you haven't previously read any of Lackey's novels. I still feel that I should really be a 16yr old girl when reading these, but they are the ultimate comfort read, so


    9. I was rereading the Arrows trilogy and I was reminded how much fun Skif is which in turn reminded me that he had his own book and I had never read it. Immediate book guilt plagued me so I picked it up at the library and read it as soon as was possible. Skif is a lot of fun and while he had a pretty miserable upbringing which didn’t make for very fun reading, the second half of the book was worth everything that preceded it. Seeing how Skif and Alberich “met”, how Skif was chosen and gettin [...]


    10. My absolute favorite book in the series, I just love Skif. I think this is going to be a book I re-read every year.Re-read 2017 Skif is still one of my favorite characters in Valdemar.


    11. My first Lackey book and I fell in love :) Skif is one of my favorite characters of all time and I was so excited to see him pop up in other books


    12. I read this once, long ago, and decided to read it again. I really love the character, Skif, the thief. He's resourceful and intelligent and acted in a believable manner. He was small and young, so he did what he could to avoid notice. He was able to infiltrate busy places and sneak food. And I liked the positive people in his life. Seeing Alberich again was fun too. I might have to reread his books too!It wasn't a perfect score for me because I feel like his life before becoming a Herald was a [...]


    13. Skif was a scrappy little Valdemeran dude, hangin out in the slums and pinching good food from the tables of the rich when karma hit him. He ran into another thief, better dressed, better at the job, and -being bright- made a friend.He quickly found out why true thieves were few and far between. It was easy enough to pick something up, but picking something out was another skill entirely, skill set in fact. Stealth, agility, subterfuge, acting. Even math, for the fencing. His days were full of i [...]


    14. "Engrave my words on your heart."Just what I always wanted: more Skif! Origin, backstory, more adventures, the works!It doesn't really add anything to the Valdemar series, but for fans it's an amazing edition to a fantastic world.


    15. I still really like this book, especially the parts before Skif is Chosen. I would happily have read a whole book about him breaking into the houses of the rich, but I guess there isn't any conflict in that. Still, the focus on the thief-parts on the book, uch as I enjoy them, does lead to the Collegium parts being strangely abbreviated, with barely any attention paid to Skif's schooling or him learning to fit in with the other Trainees. Nonetheless, the mystery is executed well and finished in [...]



    16. Valdemar is always such a pleasure to return to. I enjoyed reading with Alberich again, and Skif was sweet.


    17. If you’ve read Lackey’s Valdemar books, chances are you’re familiar with Skif, the former thief and Talia’s friend and fellow trainee in Arrows of the Queen. (He’s also in Arrow’s Flight and Arrow’s Fall, and has a larger role in the Mage Winds trilogy.) Take a Thief is Skif’s backstory: his childhood, years as a thief, and first year as a Herald Trainee. And apart from a few small inconsistencies with both earlier and later books, it’s fairly well done.Skif is one of those “ [...]



    18. Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me sin [...]


    19. I loved the character of Skif from Lackey’s The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy. So it was such a pleasure to read more about his adventures and Choosing. I really enjoy how Lackey’s books continue to expand upon the stories of well-loved characters. This prolonged exposure is instrumental in my (slightly ridiculous) attachment to her characters.Take a Thief showed a very different style to Lackey’s normal writing. I really enjoyed this change of pace. I found that although I normally love her [...]


    20. Very interesting, I must say. I always have been curious about Skif's story, and I read this book with pleasure. It is well written and rich in detail, even though I imagined something more dramatic, let's say? but still, it is really good.


    21. This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Skif lives out on the streets, trying to find a spot of warmth and a bite to eat whenever and where ever he can. When his old mentor is murdered, little does Skif know that this will set him onto an entirely new path.Skif's one of those awesome protagonists that you admire for his bravery, skills and sense of humour. Yay, a male protagonist that [...]


    22. Skif's good at what he does. What he does is steal. An orphan in the poorest district of Valdemar's capital city, Skif has learned the hard way how to survive. He's made a comfortable life for himself taking from the Highborn who can afford it. Then, one terrible night, his life shatters. A fire takes the life of his guardian and mentor . . . a fire set on purpose. Suddenly, Skif has a new goal: revenge. He's close to attaining it when one of the magical horses known as Companions shows up out o [...]


    23. Skif is one of my favorite characters in the series. He lacks the angst of Talia or Vanyel. The first 3/4 of the book is wonderful learning about Skif's background and the things that shaped him. If the last part of the book when he is chosen to be a herald had been better I would have given this book five stars.But the ending is weak and when the villain is reviled you are left wondering who is the dickens was this guy. And why should I care that he is the villain.One other complaint I have is [...]


    24. Nice that this is one Lackey book about a child/teenager that's NOT misunderstood and angst-y.Skif has a rough life, but he's surrounded by people who have it equally as hard or harder, so he doesn't feel put upon. Interesting that he intentionally doesn't learn his figuring because to do so would exempt him from mandatory schooling and free breakfast. One of those potentially unintended side effects. I wonder how many other students intentionally don't succeed?Thought it was weird that it's Ort [...]


    25. I like Take A Thief - it's probably the closest to a truly standalone novel in the series, Skif is an engaging character, and the seedy underside of Haven is a surprisingly rich world (given that Valdemar is basically the ideal modern-liberal nation.) If you don't like dialect, though, it's going to totally fall apart for you, because that's pretty much all there is. (I find dialect totally readable - doesn't bug me at all.) The magical talking horse side of the book is the least of it, and it's [...]


    26. My biggest gripe about this book, and this could have just been the version that I read, was that it seemed very poorly edited. Nothing takes me out of the flow of a book like a room "lit by lanterns depending from the ceiling." Beyond that, I found Take a Thief to be an engaging read packed with interesting, believable characters. Skif was a charming lead (although I was never quite able to figure out how old he was) who was always trying to make the best of his miserable situation. He was join [...]


    27. I'm rereading all the Valdemar books and this is one of my favorites. My only real problem is that a comment in the story places it 20 years after the Tedrel Wars. The Queen was about 16 when they start and about 19 when they end and in a year marries and then has a child. By the time Talia's first story happens Skiff is a 3rd year and the child is maybe 11 (although she acts about 5)as she is supposed to be only a little younger than the 13 year old Talia. The most I can make Talia's first stor [...]


    28. A thoroughly enjoyable, though somewhat watered down, look into one of the most built up characters from the original arrows of the queen series of Valdemar. First the good, Mercedes Lackey is an excellent storyteller and writer. Once I pick one of her books up I rarely want to put it down. This one did not disappoint. Lackey spanned years and situations and I was thoroughly entertained. The bad, the only reason I have this 4 stars was because the writing and storytelling were top notch. The sto [...]


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