Storm Breaking (Valdemar: Mage Storms #3)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It really feels like the author didn't have enough materia ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As sparse as my knowledge of Valdemar is, ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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.
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 ...more