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Storm Breaking (Valdemar: Mage Storms #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  8,353 ratings  ·  60 reviews
As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault ...more
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Published October 1st 1997 by DAW (first published January 1st 1996)
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Speedtribes
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Rosa Aquafire
"I liked it."

This probably deserves closer to two stars, but I have a hard time rating it just on its own merits. This book is the true final book of the core Valdemar series, and so I can't help but give it an extra star our of affection and respect for all that came before it.

Every last bit of plot that had been laid down since Arrows of the Queen comes to a head in Storm Breaking, the final book of the "main canon" of the Valdemar novels. The answers to all the mysteries of the Cataclysm, the
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Daniel Millard
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Dawn Livingston
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Jeremy Preacher
Storm Breaking doesn't work quite as perfectly for me for a couple of reasons, but it's still fairly solid. This is in large part due to Karal, who is just a delightful viewpoint character, and his sections work well with the Hardorn bits, which I also enjoy.

The main problem with the whole series is that each book ends with exactly the same climax, just with slightly higher losses. Nothing really innovative happens, and it sucks some of the climax out of the last book when it becomes obvious tha
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WillowBe
I really would like to give it 4 and a half. By the end, I found it quite affecting, esp Karal's encounters with the Sun/Son. The magical animals, I'm not so in love with, but by the end, I was OK with the more intellectual ones. I ain't never gonna love no gryphons though. And Larry Dixon's artwork- they deserve to half half a star left off just for having to look at those terrible drawings which simultaneously removed some of the wonder, yet did help you get and idea of what these creatures lo ...more
Renee
This is the wrap up to end all wrap ups!

The band of heroes (okay, at this point it's more an ARMY of heroes - all countries/tribes working together) finds themselves on the Dorisha Plains, when Urtho (THE Urtho from The Black Gryphon) lived in his tower. He was one-half of the war which caused the great Cataclysm aeons ago - echoes of which are causing all the ruckus now. They're hoping some magic gizmo in the tower might help explain/fix this whole mess.

The mages are still looking for a magica
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Bibliotropic
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Wench
I love Mercedes Lackey like I love Nora Roberts (although Lackey is by far the better-edited of the two). Even though I know exactly how the story will end, and it's not Great Literature, or even necessarily Highly Original, it's GOOD. At the very least, it's never shit, and that's a high accomplishment. I'm well aware there are plenty of criticisms to be leveled at Lackey, and I don't even have to think too hard to come up with some. I just don't care.

As sparse as my knowledge of Valdemar is,
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Ruthie
I've been working my way through Mercedes Lackey's books one by one since one of my best friends told me how much she loves them. I quickly fell in love with Valdemar, the Heralds and their Companions, and the magic of these books! I do have admit, however, that this wasn't one of my favorites of her books.

I just don't think I ever really got into The Mage Storms Trilogy as much as I did The Heralds of Valdemar Trilogy or The Last Herald-Mage. I think part of it is just that there is a lot of ti
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Ward Bond

As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault, hidden stronghold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised -- weapons that Urtho himself felt were too dan

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Victoria
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
Jan
This is book three in a series.
Had not read the first two, so sometimes was a bit confused. So suggest readers read the other two first in this series.

Loved the characters and the stories. Magic has almost been lost in a magical world, chaos in every kingdom. Can the different species of the kingdoms all join together to stop the force that is trying to destroy them all?

Foes and friends work together to save themselves, though many will give the ultimate sacrifice.



Riley Dawson
A good conclusion, this one tied up as many of the loose ends as could be expected so that was nice. What I didn't like was that it felt like 97% of the book was "oh no, the storm's coming, what do we do, it's totally coming you guys" while we saw no evidence of the storms whatsoever. The last storm just happened kind of randomly and took no time at all, and I felt like the converging of the storylines fell a little flat because of the rushed nature of the climactic event. Otherwise, I was glad ...more
Kathleen
As the conclusion to the Mage-Winds trilogy, this wraps up loose ends from throughout the entire Valdemar series while simultaneously opening up new vistas. It is an integral part of the saga and I was satisfied well enough by the conclusions many characters were brought to. That said, I found the story itself less compelling than usual. I continue to like Karal, Firesong, and everyone else a great deal, but their personal relationships weren't as well developed in this book making the inevitabl ...more
Rachel C.
Given to me by a friend before she moved to China. I read this book (the last in the trilogy) without reading the two prior. I don't recommend doing this; the plot didn't make much sense to me. That said, nothing I read made me want go and find the first two.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 29, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Valdemar Fans
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
This is the conclusion of the Mage Storms trilogy, so you should read Storm Warning and Storm Rising first--in fact I'd go back further than that, and read the Arrows of the Queen with Talia and the succeeding books.

I don't think this is the strongest grouping among the Valdemar books, but if you do love the preceding books, this entry is entertaining for several reasons. For one, Karal is an engaging protagonist, and its interesting seeing Valdemar from his Karsite perspective. I like also how
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Trixie
For all love Karal, this story was a mite underwhelming for me. It stayed in one place the whole time by necessity and it's the story I skim over the most out of Karal's. The ending, though, is one of my favorite's.
Cindy
I read this series years ago. I decided to re-read them and read all the Heralds of Valdemar books chronologically.

Loved it just as much this time as the first time!
Whyakin Himin
Amazing book. Amazing series. Wonderful ending, everything I could wish for. I was introduced to Mercedes Lackey's books 2 years ago and loved them ever since. First series was 500 Hundred Kingdoms followed shortly after by the Owl Mage Trilogy. Really recommend this author to anyone looking for a taste of extraordinary fiction.
Dragon
Echoes and the binding of the world, every part of it. Tayledras to Shin'a'in to Valdemar to the Eastern Empire, all are needed to survive the ancient echoes.
Rebecca
Great series, really enjoyed the whole story and plot line.

Also has great characters and builds up the world of valedmar even more.
Jordan Erika
The problem with this entire trilogy is that nothing happens until the climax and then the climax is simple and just...there...that its anti climactic and then the books just end. Plus a good chunk of each book is just different characters talking through ideas and questions in their own head, part of the whole "nothing happens" bit, and that is so utterly boring you just want to skip over it. Karal is an okay character as Mercedes lackey characters go, since most are usually...perfect really, w ...more
Claire
Apr 26, 2014 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
The end of this always makes me cry. :( KARALLLLLL. <3 Also, King Tremane is so great. Just so great. <3
Andrea
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
Michelle
I loved the conclusion of this trilogy! It was one of those things that made sense. It was interesting to meet the new successor and how he took care of the Empire, and to see Charliss slowly deteriorate. It wasn't surprising (Lackey rarely is unpredictable, but in a good way).

I really felt bad for Karal but I was kind of...I dunno, happy, about Firesong. Even at the best of times, he really annoyed me. I can't stand characters like him. But I like Altra and Tremane. It was neat to see Solaris f
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Maria
Jul 29, 2012 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maria by: Wyatt
I'd have to say that this series is the best of them all and what a way to end. Only I hope this is not the end. I'm curious to know where Vanyel will show up next, how Florian returns, how Karal and Natoli get on, even the Empire and how it develops - there are plenty of possibilities set up for future books. I enjoyed the philosophical and religious depth of these books, the vocabulary, especially in this one, and the characters, even Firesong, who tended to irritate me up until now. Unfortuna ...more
K.l.
The alliance between Hardorn, Karse and Valdemar has the allies frantically searching for a way to avert the reverse Cataclysm. The answer seems to lie in the Dhorisha plains, and new and surprising allies are revealed - including the inhabitants of the secretive Iftel - a revelation that is pretty good if you have read the Mage Wars trilogy... The only fault I had with this book was that I felt the ending was a little TOO rushed, It all just seemed to end very suddenly after such a big build up ...more
Annikka
This was a very good ending to an already interesting series. I loved how Ms. Lackey tied everything together at the end. There was a decent climax and a definitive end to the story, but it was obvious from reading it that Ms. Lackey intended to utilize some of the characters in other books. She left it open enough at the end to leave me wanting to know more about what happened to everyone after everything was all said and done. Not one of her best books, but still a good enough read.
Laura
I love Mercedes Lackey as an author, mostly because I find her characters so believable. I can really get attached to them and sympathize with their struggles. Unfortunately, once you've read one of her books, the reread isn't nearly as satisfying, because you got everything the first time around. There aren't really any little things, especially in this book, that I missed the first time around. That said, it's a good book with a very satisfying ending. Four stars
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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 & ...more
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