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Storm Rising (Valdemar: Mage Storms #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,810 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The anxiously-awaited sequel to Storm Warning. The threat of war from the powerful Eastern Empire has forced the kingdom of Valdemar into an uneasy coalition with the neighboring kingdom of Karse. But even the combined magical resources of these two strongholds may not be enough to withstand the power of a mysterious mage storm.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by DAW Hardcover (first published 1995)
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Apr 10, 2012 Cara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm cursed with the need to complete a series once I start it, even if I don't enjoy it. And so I continue to slog through Lackey's Mage Storm trilogy. The only interesting thing she does is to depict the struggles that Karal has to establish himself as a viable ambassador. And even though he doesn't succeed with everyone, he is--with the help of his friends--able to win over the previously bigoted, and absolutely unreasonable, new Shina'in ambassador. Again, Karal's too-wonderful-for-words qual ...more
Rosu Aquabutts
Definitely the weakest of the Valdemar books I've reread lately, this one is very much a second book. A collection of stuff happens but none of it is linked by one major theme. The only plotline that really worked start to finish was the Firesong's descent into madness plotline, which I think could have benefitted from being the main plot, because the rest of the novel really lacked focus. While I appreciate Lackey's attempt to do an ensemble cast rather than focus on one or two characters, I re ...more
Jun 14, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy rereading this series, but I know it has flaws. It's one of the ones that improves once I know the story. Not that the story is bad -just a little slow in parts.

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
Daniel Millard
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Jess Hale
Apr 01, 2016 Jess Hale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good points:
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
Debra Meyer
Mar 09, 2016 Debra Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been forced to take longer rest breaks due to a number of reasons and therefore all but flew threw this series so far but its a good set so it helps to keep my mind off my pain. Although the narrator's attempt at speaking for the gryphons about drove me wacky and I could almost feel the spit flying it was so disgusting, thankfully there wasn't much gryphon dialogue or I might have lost my cookies by the time I got through this second book with the same narrator am hoping the last one has a ...more
After Storm Warning sets up the new characters and Velgarth's predicament, this is the heart of the action:

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
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 08, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Storm Rising is a strong middle volume to the series. Other than the "Firesong goes slowly mad" plotline - which, while sort of interesting in that an established character becomes an unreliable narrator over the course of a handful of POVs, is just too unsubtle and way too whiny to really appeal - the characters remain delightful, and while there's no real plot arc outside of the larger crisis (and the ending feels totally tacked-on) it's exactly the sort of collection of escapades that I like ...more
Interesting to see mid-early Mercedes Lackey. I think this series should be called "Cozy Fantasy". You know things will turn out OK. Well, I think for this series. I am well aware of the horrible things whihc happened in other books, which made them all the more unsettling.

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
Jul 31, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things are getting ugly all over the world. The mage storms are growing and wreaking utter havoc. Our young hero Karal, even with the help of his avatar firecat Altra and (equine-esque) Companion Florian, feels way in over his head. He's one of the few who ISN'T magical, is in fact a living CHANNEL for magic - a singularly painful talent. Nothing like being someone everyone can use!

Hard for old enemies to let go of distrust long enough to become allies. Sometimes committees can be counterproduct
Jul 21, 2016 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me since ...more
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Leslie Toms
Sep 08, 2014 Leslie Toms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this trilogy years ago, thus it was completely new to me again. I love characters from Karse entering Valdemar (Alberich being one of my most favorite characters ever), so this book is among my top rated. The story continues to build on book 1, referring to things that you learned in the first, yet it has appeal as a "weak" stand alone. The characters are alive, the troubles current in some sense, and the tale just as vibrant and beautiful as Lackey's other creations.
Megan Cutler
Having read this series in chronological order (rather than the order of publication), this book held one amazing moment for me. The series cycled back to the place of its beginning, some two thousand years later. It was a grand moment, full of nostalgia, and it really cemented the series as a whole for me. If you haven't read the books in their chronological timeline, though, you're unlikely to experience it (the books I started with were written after this one).

Unfortunately, the rest of the b
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 29, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Valdemar Fans
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
This is the second book of the Mage Storms trilogy, so you should read Storm Warning first--in fact I'd go back further than that, and read the Arrows of the Queen with Talia and the succeeding books.

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
Riley Dawson
A good second book. A lot of trilogies fall prey to the second-book lull, and while I have a feeling that this will turn out to be the least exciting of the three, there were some major events in this second installment that will turn out to play a major part in the third book (I think). A lot more character development here, and we see some romance (some falling apart, some coming together). Lackey's writing continues to be excellent--the plot progresses at a steady rate and the storytelling is ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Meagan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly better than the first in the series, but everything to do with Firesong's personality changes makes me stabby. Plus most of the older characters are completely ignored, and since they're all so much better than the characters in this book it's a little frustrating. Bah!
Ward Bond
Nov 01, 2014 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

Jul 28, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Wyatt
Imaginative and creative in numerous ways, this book is a treat. Firesong's plight provides many moments of anxiety, An'desha continues to grow and mature, Karal meets two of the Avatars of the Star-Eyed, so now he has been introduced to spirits from three worlds, four if you count the Guardian of Iftel, plus he stands up to the Son of the Sun and proves he is finally an adult. Can't wait to see who he meets in the final book of the series. He is proving to be a priest of some versatility, going ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Trixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Son of the Sun is an amazing character and a subversion of the usual Jesus-type figure in magical stories. I read this over and over just for her. And Karal. But mostly her.
Jul 07, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this second installment in the Mage Storms series. The growth of An'desha and Karal is touching and I was right about Firesong getting worse. I was kind of disappointed in the reason---good guys are always good :P But it was a reasonable explanation and made sense.

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
Jan 09, 2016 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little dull. Mostly planning and discussions of how to develop magical defenses. I hope the third book manages some excitement.
Feb 04, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series, really enjoyed the whole story and plot line.

Also has great characters and builds up the world of valedmar even more.
Nov 17, 2015 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. However, it was a good story again, and certainly not bad.
Mar 31, 2015 K.l. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Grand Duke Tremane now stuck in Hardorn due to the unpredictability of magic, the Empire decides that the disruptions are caused by the Valdemarans. Karal and his companions (including a Firecat!!!) delve deeper into the causes of the magic disruption, and come up with an unpleasant solution...
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
Oct 04, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it
Lackey nearly managed to disengage me from this series--something I would have thought impossible after fifteen books in a little over a month--with the way she treats Firesong in this book. Instead of being the fabulously flamboyant, deeply compassionate Healing Adept I have come to love, his personality takes a much darker shift. Eventually, that is explained, though, and almost to my liking. I do continue to like Karal, firecats, and the Grand Duke Tremane. Therefore, I guess I'll finish out ...more
Lackey is one of my favorite authors ever! I started reading her in 8th grade but I will still pull out her books to reread them. Her character building is really her main strength – you want to meet her characters – which is probably why I always reach for her books as a pick-me-up, it’s like talking to old friends. Following the Valdemar timeline these books would come directly after the “Winds” trilogy. I love the main character in this book and the upcoming crisis that this trilogy deals wit ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eric Steele
May 03, 2016 Eric Steele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it really engaging I have read it dozens of times.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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