When you read a series of books that feature psychic horses, you expect some variation in quality.
Sometimes there are great moments, like when Yfandes ditched Stefan in the snow to stand by Vanyel’s side as he gave his life to protect the kingdom. Sometimes there are stupid moments, like when Gwena blew the carefully constructed plan to have Elspeth properly educated because she couldn’t stop humming. You keep reading because you knew what you were getting in to when you picked up the first book, and there’s no reason to be cruel to the part of you that still wants to know what’s going on in Valdemar, or to waste the hours of thought you’ve devoted to the tax code and the hot water heaters. If you’ve been a Mercedes Lackey fan for a long time, you know that some of the books you need to own so you can read them over and over, and some of them you put on hold at the library.