Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey is one of those rare stand-alone novels from the Valdemar Universe. The only other is By the Sword. Lackey could have made the protagonist in one novel who appears as a secondary or tertiary character in another. At great cost, his father sends Lavan to a trade school where the teen is meant to discover what interests him so he can be apprenticed as soon as possible.
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Lavan Firestorm is also referenced as a legend the books that follow in the Valdemar timeline. This article references the fictional organizations and locations used in the book.
As a result of their skills, they are invited to move from their rural home in Alderscroft to the capital of Haven, in Valdemar. Samael, Lavan's older brother, is already apprenticed to one of their father's colleagues.
Macy and Feodor, Lavan's younger siblings, are also looking to apprentice into their parents' guild. Lavan doesn't want to follow this path, having no interest in either of his parents' trades. He has a dream of entering the guard as part of the cavalry. He never expresses this desire to his parents, fearing their outright rejection of his wish.
His father decides to send him to a school created by the trade guilds in Haven, in an attempt to provide his son with opportunities to apprentice in a trade he might enjoy. On his first day in the Trade School he is initially interviewed by the schoolmaster, who determines what form or grade to put him into. After an extensive examination Lavan is placed in the Third Form. He soon realizes that his peers in the form are all younger than himself. This quickly brings him to the attention of Tyron Jelnack , a member of the Sixth Form.
Tyron is a bully and is encouraged by the schoolmaster to keep discipline and order during the school day. He quickly starts tormenting Lavan, giving him the nickname Scrub, taunting him about being in a lower form, and calling his sexuality into question. As a result of these increasingly aggressive and unprovoked attacks, Lavan begins to suffer with powerful migraines. These migraines are so powerful that he is unable to continue going to school.
They are also accompanied by a raging fever that leaves Lavan's skin feeling sunburned. His mother, showing nothing more than annoyance at his confinement, soon calls in a herbalist-healer. He gives Lavan several medicinal syrups that are supposed to help prevent the headaches from recurring. During this long confinement Lavan confesses to his mother that Tyron wants him to steal several lengths of a very expensive scarlet velvet silk.
Nelda reacts with scorn, believing that because Tyron comes from a very wealthy family he couldn't possibly be a bully, and Lavan just misunderstood a joke. After he is deemed fit to return to school, Lavan devises a new way to avoid the self-styled "Sixth Formers. The other children who suffer at the hand of Tyron start to follow Lavan's example, staying in class over lunch and sharing their bits of food with each other.
This new tactic greatly enrages Tyron and his gang, who catch Lavan daydreaming in an empty classroom after school. Tyron declares that Lavan must be punished for his defiance of their "rules," and orders that he receive 80 lashes.
Tyron and several friends haul Lavan to an unused classroom in the back of the building, where they decided to spread the lashes out over four days, so as not to beat him too badly. Once in the classroom they started pushing and shoving Lavan, before strapping him down to give him the lashes.
Suddenly, the room erupted in fire and the last thing Lavan remembers is the fire reaching out to consume his tormentors. During his recovery, Lavan is questioned at length by the Herald Pol as to the nature of the fire at the Academy.
When the questions begin to frighten and anger him, Lavan's Firestarting Gift slips his tenuous hold. 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. Kalira is a Companion, one of the horse-like spirit-creatures responsible for choosing Valdemar's Heralds; and she Chooses Lavan, bonding with him as a Chosen, as well as a lifebond.
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. But the final blow is struck when an assassin's arrow kills his Companion Kalira. Without Kalira to keep him sane and his gift under control, Lavan unleashes the full effects of his power. Only Pol and the other Herald's "Foresight" and "Mindspeaking" abilities allow the Valdemaran army to limit their losses to the inferno that Lavan sets upon the Karsites.
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Sixteen-year-old Lavan Chitward's world is turned upside down when his mother is selected as a textile guild representative in the small rural community where he was raised. 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, Lavan 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, Lavan is hurried to the border to assist his king and country by repelling the invasion.
Brightly Burning Sixteen-year-old Laven Chitward's world is turned upside down when his mother is selected as a textile guild representative in the small rural community where he was raised. 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.
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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. The book begins when Lavan's father decides to move the family from the countryside to the city of Haven. 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.