Winds of Change (Valdemar: Mage Winds #2)
Note: There will be light spoilers for Winds of Fate in this review. Please read Winds of Fate prior to reading this review.
The ending of Winds of Fate left the K'Sheyna Vale and its inhabitants in chaos. Darkwind's father, Starblade, has been freed from Mornelithe Falconsbane's control but still deeply damaged. Nyara - Falconsbane's abused daughter - has gone into hiding with Need and the gryphlets have been cleansed from Falconsbane's taint. Unfortunat ...more
The character of Elsbeth was written like a spoiled brat Mary Sue. First of all, all her angst about her place and her duty did not ring true for a young woman her age who has been a herald for sometime and has seen war. She came across as teenager.
The Mary Sue came in with the whole becoming an adept mage in less then a year. Please in all the other stories it takes years for a mage to make adept stat ...more
Having read it before, it's hard to accurately review but the plot was enjoyable and I enjoyed Darkwind and Elspeth's relationship. I'd forgotten a lot until it was reintroduced and my memory was jogged. I'm looking forward to rereading the 3 ...more
I picked this series up for nostalgia's sake; I first read it years ago, and the writing and story mostly hold up.
The EDITING though, is TERRIBLE. Whoever put these books together for e-book sale should be fired. Words misspelled everywhere, with a significant predisposition towards conflating "r"s with the following letter, e's with c's and other problems. It happens thought Lackey's series and is annoying enough that I doubt I'll buy another one of her books digi ...more
I love these books, even knowing what will happen if not exactly how it will occur. I only have one book left in this specif ...more
Elspeth and Darkwind. Two powerful warriors from two completely different worlds now thrown together in a joint e ...more
"Mercedes Lackey is one of my all-time favourite authors. Her 'Heralds of Valdemar' series is my favourite series of hers. Every now and then I re-read them. This is the second part of the Mage Winds trilogy. Herald-Heiress Elspeth and her companion Herald Skif with their Companions, Gwyna & Cymry, are at K'Sheyna Vale & have been made wingsibs. Elspeth is there to learn magic from Darkwind."
Darkwind finds Elspeth alternatingly attractive and frustrating as she seems to intuit on her ma ...more
The one thing I noticed that bothered me... I couldn't quite figure it out but the phrase deus ex machina kept popping into my head. According to Wiki: "...(from Latin, meaning "god from the machine"; ...more
For all that this book is quite adult in its content, it also has an air of childishness to it. Sometimes I found that endearing, and sometimes it was annoying. I felt differently about it when I was 14 years old, but not so much now that I'm in my ...more
In other words, it's obvious the author needed time to pass so that Elspeth could get her mage training without it seeming to happen overnight. So she's filled the entire first half of the book with 'busy work' and random encounters which don't actually advance the plot. Unfortunately, Elspeth's training still seems ridiculously f ...more
This novel details Elspeth's learning of magic, and Skif's finding of his cat girl. It's quite slowly paced, but fills in a bunch of interesting details.
Elspeth and Darkwind both mature in this novel. Elspeth is pretty awesome anyway, if I do say so myself, but it's cute to see the romance happening.
This history covered in this novel is of the Va ...more
Uh... Did the Shin'a'in give Mornelithe Falconsbane a SNOW GLOBE??
I don't know why I tend to like the second books in Lackey's trilogies the best. Maybe because we're given more of a chance to get to know the characters and their worlds, without all the PLOT! URGENCY! NON-STOP ACTION! of the first and last books.
So many new characters and interesting pairings! Herald and Tayledras, shaman and spirit-hawk, gryphon and mage-student, h ...more
In "The Mage Winds" trilogy, which began with the best-selling novel, "Winds of Fate," author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, "Arrows of the Queen" introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds--men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers--aided and served by their mysterious Companions--horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar's magical heritage. None but the Companions remember th...more
I enjoyed the exploration of Darkwind and Elspeth's relationship, but their character depth seemed lacking compared to Winds of Fate. I particularly love Lackey's emphasis on relationships as partnerships (maybe a foil would be useful somewhere?). Many side characters are developed more deeply. Unfortunately, there's ...more
spoilers: (I didn't remember that the K'alend'al or however you spell it came back this book, though it's kind of like... not really a huge deal. And also the shin'a'in spirit riders are badass. I am surprsied that this book doesn't deal with my least favorite character And'e'sha ...more
Generally this is how I rate books here on Goodreads:
5 Stars - I never wanted to put the book down
4 Stars - I was usually interested in continuing most of the time
3 Stars - I often got bored but was able to finish
2 Stars - I got bored enough to put the book down - I couldn't finish (or would have i ...more