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Storm Breaking (Valdemar: Mage Storms #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,688 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
The latest news from Valdemar heralds a storm worse still than anything the Empire alone has conjured for its sworn enemies...

Duke Tremane's allegiance to his emperor is stretched to breaking point. When the beseiged citizens of Hardorn offer him the chance to sit on its throne, he can see no profit in refusing. The antiquated earth-taking ceremony of kingship proves he ha
Paperback, 436 pages
Published 1996 by Orion Books Ltd - Millenium imprint.
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Rosu Aquabutts
"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
Kristy Halseth
While I reread these every few years, I think my rating went down this time. There was to much happening in to many places and it felt like most were handled too briefly. The ending was far too abrupt. The best parts of this book were with the Empire and Hardorn. Tremaine was interesting but, as usual, I find Elspeth very annoying. The book was much less satisfying than most of the books are. Although, getting rid of some of the characters that were too powerful and could likely solve everyone's ...more
Debra Meyer
Besides the tear jerker ending it was a tad too much stuff for one book the empire stuff could have had its own book all on its own and been fleshed out a bit more as a lot of it was just too abbreviated and confusing to the storyline. If it had been me writing this I would have made about 3 books out of just this one and it would have probably come out a whole lot better. I loved the fact that she wrapped up a lot of loose ends though, but I spent so much time trying to flip around the differen ...more
Jess Hale
For a book that is the final of a trilogy and literally features a climactic event that has been built up for three books, this climax....isn't.

It feels more like a middle book than book 2, which I enjoyed more. There is a lot of worrying by our characters about a solution that is pretty much the same as last book, plus more pages about a new character (Melles) in the Empire, which I pretty much skimmed the whole way through and didn't feel I missed anything.

I did like the Tremane bits in this b
Annette McIntyre
Mar 16, 2016 Annette McIntyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, valdemar
Karal, Firesong, Sliverfox, Lo'isha, Florian and Altra have put another temporary halt to the Mage storms, but it isn't enough and the Final Storm is about to hit and they have to find a permanent solution and time is running out, fast.

Herald-Mage Elspeth, and Darkwind k'Sheyna have been sent into Hardorn to see if Grand Duke Tremain is a possible ally even though he was sent into Hardorn by his Emperor to conquer the kingdom for him.

Son of the Sun Solaris of Karse has decreed that their ancient
Daniel Millard
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Megan Cutler
This book is weak as the ending of a trilogy, but as the wrap up to a long running series it's downright inadequate. This book is full of dense info dumps describing what's going on in the world. These updates consume so much page time, that there's little room for character development or interaction. So much of this book is internal monologue that it's a relief to see anyone interacting even if those interactions are ultimately useless.

It really feels like the author didn't have enough materia
Jo Oehrlein
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Dawn Livingston
Feb 24, 2016 Dawn Livingston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeremy Preacher
Dec 09, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 13, 2013 WillowBe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2011 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valdemar
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Mar 04, 2013 Wench rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013
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,
Mar 21, 2012 Ruthie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ward Bond
Nov 01, 2014 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

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
Jun 16, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Nov 18, 2015 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good ending to another good trilogy. This one I found a little disappointing. I felt that a lot of the subplot with the Empire was just padding - it didn't add anything to the story. However the main plot was good and certainly finished off a whole series of plots that had started in the Herald Mage trilogy - some even that had started in the Black Gryphon series! Worth reading.
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
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2014 Trixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 23, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Jan 19, 2014 Whyakin Himin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Mar 18, 2014 Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
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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 &a ...more
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