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The conclusion of the Mage Winds trilogy was pretty predictable and had a little more padding than it needed which dragged the pacing in places. Aside from the book starting back in the Vale, when the last book ended in the Forest of Sorrows, and the appearance of (view spoiler)[Vanyel and Stefen, albeit in spirit form, and that alone made it worth it to get to this point (hide spoiler)], there were no surprises in this book. I could tell what was going to happen from one moment to the next and
Finally the big conclusion to the whole Ancar/Falconsbane arc! We get some very good revenge, some epic pairings and best of all this leads into the next set of books, which I skipped and read out of order haha. This feels like a kind of bridging series; after a while Mercedes writing becomes more polished and distinct and you get elements in this one. I will freely admit that the Owlmage books are my favorite series, and this series lays down some of the foundations for them.Another great Valde...
Winds of Fury is the third book in the Mage Winds trilogy, so you'd at least want to go read the first two books, starting with Winds of Fate first and I'd also recommend you first read the trilogy that starts with Arrows of the Queen. I liken the Valdemar series to good comfort food. No, this isn't very literary in quality, but I find myself rereading the series every few years, because I like the characters and the world Lackey created. I don't think this trilogy has quite the same verve as th...
The first book had Elspeth the Heir. The second book had Elspeth the Brat. The third book has Elspeth the Herald, or, as I like to think, Elspeth, the "being heir no longer fits in with my life goals even thought I'm not sure what those are yet". As you can tell, Elspeth is not my favorite character. It was a bit interesting seeing the reaction, in Haven, to the exotic people, both human and non-human, that she returns with. But I end up feeling disappointed about how Lackey wrote Skif in these
Mercedes Lackey's third book of the Mage Wind's series was a satisfying conclusion. I like the way Mercedes builds a main character's journey through these Valdemar trilogy sets. Elspeth was a great character to get to know and watch grow in some ways. Some of the story resolutions were rushed, and other pieces a little drawn out, but overall I enjoyed many of these characters. Knowing her writing style, I doubt I'll see them much in other books except as auxillary characters, which is a shame b...
Mercedes has created the fabulous world of Valdemar. It is chock full of Magic,mystery,romance,suspense. One of the best fantasy series I've ever read.
Everyone in this book is a BAMF. Some minor complaints, but excellent on the whole.
Winds of Fury is the last book in THE MAGE WINDS trilogy. The villain trying to destroy a native tribe has been captured by the villain trying to destroy the city of Valdemar. Will they team up? Our heroine, Elspeth, uses all of her resources — human and magical — and gathers her team to leave Valdemar and trek the distance to the city where all three main villains reside to kill them and end the reign of human, magical, and environmental destruction.Mercedes Lackey needed an editor so badly, on...
Winds of Fury is the third book in the Mage Winds trilogy, and is not only a satisfying but also quite creative and interesting conclusion to that part of Valdemar’s history. The war with Ancar rages on, and the stakes are even higher now that, thanks to Ancar botching a spell, he has Falconsbane in his clutches and under magical coercions. Magic has returned to Valdemar and mages are being recruited from all over, and those with mage-potential are being looked for and trained. Everything’s lead...
While it took me much longer to read Winds of Fury than the other books in this trilogy, I did enjoy reading this novel. Winds of Change suffered from middle-book syndrome. The plot pacing was plodding but the characters were well-developed. Why does this always happen? So we can focus on plot instead of character development in the final book, obviously! Winds of Fury does focus more on plot than character, but thankfully does not neglect character entirely. Very few new characters are introduc...
The final book in the Mage Winds series concludes the story but leaves a loose end for the Mage Storms series. I recommend the Mage Winds series in order if you are going to read it. There are several characters developed in the Arrows series including a lot of background.This book - 2.6 stars. The series - This book is either too long or doesn't have enough in it. It is especially bad just before the climax where the pace is so slow, it goes backwards. As I mentioned in the previous bo
Elspeth and her lover, Darkwind return with Skif and Nyara to Valedemar. King Ancara of theneighboring kingdom has been threatening to invade for quite some time, and it was his assassination plot that started Elspeth off in search of mages. Darkwind's old vale has been turned intoa griffin and other not human races wonderland, and in someways this reader would have prefered to have stayed behind in the treehouses and hot tubs. But then my favorite pair and their offspring decide to go along, an...
In "Winds of Fury," Lackey brings the "Mage Winds" trilogy to an appropriately magical close. There are journeys, avatars, pitched magical battles, and of course, all the talking animals. Did I mention the talking and/or telepathic animals? Because I think they deserve mention again. There are not just horses, but also bondbirds, deer-creatures, and gryphons. Really, anything you might want.In fact, it's fascinating that communion with non-human animals is such a feature in fantasy literature. T...
A decent conclusion to the series, though I feel it could've been more complex. The characters and relationships from previous books continued, though didn't really develop much beyond where they were in the second book. The enemies could also have been more formidable, it felt like they spent a lot of time doing nothing before they were defeated - it would've been more imposing if at least Falconsbane and Ancar had been allies, they were fairly similar in temperament and preferences. Also, simi...
This book was fine, but not particularly impressive. It was generally enjoyable to read, but everything felt a bit rushed (which I couldn't find much of an excuse for because the build up to get into the story took forever at the beginning of the book, and the book itself was pretty long). In particular, I thought that relationships that were dynamic before became somewhat two-dimensional, and foes that were built up to be formidable opponents were readily dispatched without much explanation or
I've reread this book SOOOOO many times. And every time I read it, I am disappointed in the ending. We get such a buildup for Ancar and Hulda (Arrows trilogy) and Falconsbane (Winds) that the finale seems rushed. If they could have sent in a small strike team to strike at Ancar YEARS earlier, why didn't they??? One thing that I do love about this is that we see Hulda's deeper intentions with the Empire, which sets up the next series.My continued issue with all of the Valdemar novels is that the
Since I was 14...The land over Valdemar has held me in thrall. The Last Herald Mage series is what spoke most to my heart. Vanyel was an inspiration to me and still is my favorite literary figure. I was very happy to see that his progeny were featured in these book set 700 years after his time. Firesong and Elspeth do him justice in their strength and ingenuity. Thank you Mercedes for inspiring generation after generation and many more to come with your literary whit and style. You are loved by
"We will do well wherever we go. Home should be in your heart."An awesome end to an awesome trilogy. I loved seeing what happens to Falconsbane, and getting to see how everything plays out with Valdemar's magical wards coming down. From how much I hated Elspeth in the Arrows of the Queen trilogy, to how annoying I found her even at the beginning of this trilogy, she has grown into such an amazing woman and an awesome character.
Alright I found my tolerance for gratuitously evil, and it's a bit below the breathlessly power obsessed villains here. The previous books didn't spend as much time on that perspective even though there's all kinds of horrible stuff hinted at (to the expense of any conscientious S&M practitioner), but here they're enough of a viewpoint where it's like...euuirk. The world building and exploration of tropes is fine, I just am not a fan of that degree of unambiguousness even in my escapism.
Though I liked the first of this trilogy best, with it's focus on Darkwind, an Aragorn-like figure in that volume, I thought this was a tightly written plot. I thought the denouement was excellent...not a super long drawn out affair that one so often reads (or scans rapidly).The characters have become old friends. Their development is believable and compelling.I wish to return to Darkwind's land of origin, though, and not sure that will happen in an sequels.
There were several elements of this trilogy that I enjoyed: all the fantastic creatures, the various types of magic, the settings. But it felt like too many elements were being thrown into the story at once, and there were references to books I have not read yet (because I'm trying to read them in order). I think that causes some confusion, and for me, boredom. Not one of her better works.
I like the books Mercedes Lackey writes, she is good at creating a believable world and people to populate it. While her writing is not the strongest I do find it engaging ang and enjoyable. I like a series I can live inside of and her books are ones that have characters I feel invested in and a world I believe could exist.
FreedomAndesha lost all he was when a evil adept took over his body. Used him to hurt others and to experiment on his own body. Fought back with all his spirit and earned his freedom from darkness.
Winds of FuryElspeth and friends get back to Haven when Deceased Herald Vaugel caught FireSoungs gate and brought them to the forest of sorrows Wgith a mission to kill the leaders in Hardon the group whet and prevailed
I liked this one even though I think it could have been cut a bit shorter. Sometimes it felt dragged out.Still, a good conclusion to this particular trilogy... of course now I need to know what happens next!
Skimmed for ending of arc. Just leads to next bad trilogy :(
I finished reading all the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey - over 30 books in two months. I enjoyed them all!
So satisfying. This is the best series of Valdemar in my opinion.
Love itThis is the conclusion of the trilogy, and it handles itself well. I loved this book, and this author. Yes.