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Edit The novel which focuses on what could be called the tragedy of the Valdemaran Herald Lavan Firestorm. A boy Lavan from a mercantile family born with frightening abilities is misunderstood by his peers and family. Lavan finds himself stuck in a mercantile school he does not care for and with nasty bullies for senior students.

Life does not seem good for Lavan as he becomes the target of the leader of the Seniors. All this changes when quite suddenly during a bout of heavy-handed bullying a huge fire started around Lavan causing the school to burn down along with several of the students who had been bullying him. With the fire raging out of control, a Companion named Kalira " Chooses " Lavan.

Companions are spirits of Valdemar who choose people to become Heralds , who roam the land dispensing justice. Lavan in a single moment of panic and rage becomes a Herald Trainee.

During his recovery, Lavan is questioned at length by the Herald Pol as to the nature of the fire at the Academy. In an act of desperation, he is able to turn its effects away from the Herald and toward the large torches in the gardens. It is now, while Herald Pol and a city guard are discussing the fate of the boy responsible for the deaths at the Academy, that Lavan is accosted by Kalira.

It is through this bonding that Lavan gains his slim control over his terrible power. It is during this journey the group is ambushed, and Pol is seriously injured. Lavan uses the guilt and anger he feels because of the ambush to fuel a fiery attack against the Karsite encampment. This attack earns Herald Lavan the cognomen "Firestorm".

In the Battle of Burning Pines , Herald Lavan singlehandedly holds back the Karsite army by creating a wall of fire in the path of the attack, buying time that allows the Valdemaran army to get into position.

Once the battle is underway, he immolates a rush of foot soldiers with a wall of flame, and attacks another rush with large, random spouts of fire. Without Kalira to keep him sane and his gift under control, Lavan unleashes the full effects of his power in a final strike.

The firestorm not only destroys the Karsite army, but it consumes and kills Lavan as well.


Brightly Burning (2000)

The main character, Jennifer Talldeer, is a private investigator. She is also Kestral-Hunts-Alone, an apprentice shaman learning modified tribal magic from her grandfather. She is called in to investigate possible sabotage at a local construction site where Indian artifacts have been found. Much like Diana Tregarde, Jennifer is an independent woman and a powerful magic worker who also has mundane problems. In her short story After Midnight Lackey insinuates that the novel was an attempt to recover the spirit of the Diana Tregarde novels after the fiasco with a few fans believing the novels were based on real events. Note, a significant amount of text, and a couple of major characters in this work are adapted from stories written by Lackey in the Merovingen Nights shared universe series. That series was started by C.


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Moving to the capital city of Haven rips him away from his friends and boyhood pleasures, and nothing in Haven seems to fill that void. Unable to fit into the nouveau riche society, and unwilling to follow his parents into the textile guild, he finds himself adrift and depressed. His father enrolls him in a special school that will allow him to choose a trade that interests him, rather than be apprenticed against his will. There he finds himself terrorized and tortured by the boys in the sixth form until, with an awful roar, the gift of fire awakens deep within him and extracts revenge for his sadistic treatment. With the help of a unique herald, an empathetic healer and a special companion, Laven soon learns to keep his gift under control and eventually, to direct his awful firestorm as far as he can see. When the kingdom of Karse attacks, Laven is hurried to the border to assist his king and country by repelling the invasion. During the final battle Laven earns the name Firestorm and becomes one of the most famous heralds in the history of Valdemar.


Brightly Burning


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