Storm Warning (Valdemar: Mage Storms #1)
First, please realize that I am a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar tales. I started with The Last Herald Mage Trilogy in 1989 when the first came out and have them still on my bookshelves in paperback editions. I really enjoyed them, though my sigh...more
OK, so you've read those two trilogies? Then the question becomes, do you want to continue on and invest in this trilogy? I'd say yes. I didn't like this trilogy as much as...more
The canvas is broad, the cast is huge. The characters ar...more
I really like Lackey's worldbuilding, and I love that much like Tamora Pierce (or maybe TP is more like her, who knows, I was exposed to Pierce first so I'm going with that) she sets multiple series in the same world. I like that. It means I can read a trilogy, I decide if I like the world and then I can just keep going and never leave. A lot of the characters here are your standards: the chosen one, the freaky guy that turns out to be awesome, the magical helper,...more
I found on reread that this was one of the less enjoyable books in the series. I really wasn't crazy about how long it took for anything to start happening. Compare the start of the Mage Storms -- over 100 pages of wandering in the cou...more
This isn't a series I would start with if you're new to the Valdemar universe. There are too many threads that might m...more
With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire--ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.
I give it a 3 because for me personally I don't want to feel charitable to "The Enemy"! I have spent the entire series until now hating Karse and am not ready to have a story from 'their' point of view especially this kids. He just really annoys me. Maybe it's because his god is Vkandis and he is a priest. I really don't know but this trilogy is my least favorite in the Valdemar series.
Just like Valdemar is an idealized fantasy of liberal politics, the "true" Vkandis faith i...more