Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey 5*
BLURB: Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings--his included--about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere--why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along. With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster's chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected
My Review: I have to admit to being a little bit biased towards any Valdemar story as they are my favourite fantasy series books. This one, as the fifth in the collegium storyline, is exactly what I expected it to be. A nice simple tale that continues with the trials and tribulations of Mags and his friends. There weren't many surprises and the story flowed easily. Over all I enjoyed it and look forward to any new collegium stories in the future. Mind you any stories about Valdemar are automatically on my to buy list.