Storm Rising (Valdemar: Mage Storms #2)
I love Karal and his story of finding his place as envoy, and I find the mage storms very interesting. I really like Tremane and Hardorn. But every book in this trilogy has one boring subplot -and I skipped every page of Firesong's self-indulgent whining. Still, this book is very fun to read, which is what I look for in a ...more
Another strong book in the Mage Storms series. Although it doesn't have a massively exciting plot it doesn't drag like some middle books of a trilogy can. Karal remains a favourite character.
So much time on the minutiae of army life from the Tremane chapters! It's not as bad as the (frankly boring) chapters from the Evil Bad Guys in the Mage Winds series, as Tremane is a decent character. But I did a LOT of skim reading!
There's also a fair bit of "showing not telling" with chara ...more
Karal, struggling to fill his master's shoes and keep peace among the delegates, Natoli and the artificers, working on the solution to the Storms, An'desha, still struggling with overcoming his posession and sorting out his relationships. Duke Tremane, trying to keep his soldiers alive after being abandoned by the great Empire, and Firesong, falling into chaos and rage as he finds he's not ...more
I much prefer to have multiple first person narratives as in this book than just one, which is why Mags in the Foundation series is driving me nuts/getting on my nerves. As alwayws, she is to be commended for including gay ch ...more
Hard for old enemies to let go of distrust long enough to become allies. Sometimes committees can be counterproduct ...more
Unfortunately, the rest of the b ...more
I'm a fan of Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar books, for me they're like visiting with old friends. I like the concept of the Heralds and their horse-shaped magical Companions, and this series in interesting in that you're seeing Valdemar from the point of view of someone hailing from their traditional ...more
In Storm Rising, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs - terrifying creatures out of nightmare. Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical resources to protect their realms from these devastating, spell-fueled onslaughts. But as the situation becomes bleaker and bleak...more
I am very interested in Tremane and his growth as a character as well. Lots of inner development and breaking away from old things. In a way, I can kind of understand him changing into who he really is rather than what ...more
I love the way Tremane tries to make the best of things while he is stuck in Hardorn, and the way that he is characterised makes him a really sympathetic character, because you know that he tried his ...more