Got woken up this morning by someone doing a telephone poll about news agencies, i'm guessing sponsored by LA Times, but not sure. It was kind of hard to answer since when i'm watching news i tend to skip between channels without paying attention to what network it is. I did know enough though to answer properly when they asked if i thought Fox has a fair and ballanced news program :)
This won't be news for anyone who pays attention to the Mercedes Lackey fan groups i'm sure. Last time i payed attention to any kind of fandom was when i was a regular on the Wheel of Time newsgroup, up until the fifth or sixth book came out =P
It's mentioned several times in the books that the Monarch's Own's Companion doesn't die when they do, it lives on and picks the next Monarch's Own. I _believe_ we're aso told that if the Monacrch's Own Companion dies, the new one (Monarch's Own Companions always being grove born) will bond to the existing Monarch's Own if they're still alive. I've often wondered exactly how long a Monarch's Own Companion could live for.
In Exile's Honor we find out the name of the Monarch's Own Companion before Rolan, Taver. When reading it i thought the name sounded vaguely familiar, which is part of what prompted me to read through the rest of the series again.
Given what we know of how Companions work, there were two possible ways we could have seen the name before. Although i wonder if the source of normal Companions is the same as the source for grove-born Companions.
While reading through the Last Herald-Mage, i found the name again. Taver is the Monarch's Own COmpanion in Vanyel's time!! Either the name is coincidentally the same (not likely in a novel), there's a few Companions that take "shifts" at being Monarch's Own Companion, or Taver was kicking around for at _least_ 580 to 630 years!!! That would make him almost half as old as Valdemar itself, possibly more than half, possibly a _lot_ more than half. I wonder if there is any mention anywhere of what the names of the first three Companions were.
Oh, and random tidbit, apparently there's a new book about Alberich out, "Exille's Valor." I was a little sad that Exile's Honor never covered Selany's reign at all, especially the assination attempt against her which Alverich foiled. Guess Mercedes Lackey decided to make me happy :)
Although what would _really_ make me happy would be a book, or better yet, triology, about Sunsinger and Shadowdancer. :)
Edit: Okay, this has bothered me every single time i've read the Last Herald-Mage. If Randale is incredibly sick and nothing any of the Healers have tried has helped, why the FUCK does Savil and Vanyel not call in some favors with Moondance, the Tayledras Healer-Adept??? It might not have worked, but why didn't they even try?