Winds of Change
But now the protective barrier set so long ago over Valdemar is crumbling, and with the realm imperiled by the dark magic of Ancar of Hardorn, Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne,
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 Darkwind has an immense appeal as an Aragorn-type character. Elspeth really comes into her own and shows a much ap ...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 plot, the world building, the diverse and likeable cast, the obsessed villain... It all worked together well. The book wasn't just sitting in the middle of a trilogy, it did a lot of heavy lifting to provide lore for the upcoming books, to foreshadow the next series, the Mage Storms, and to both tie things up from the first book and introduce the next.
But I'm conflicted. Super conflicted. The romantic subplot could have been satisfying, but Darkwind and Elspeth both seemed ...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
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
This is a long book. I could have done with at least a quarter less. A lot happens but much of it, especially in the first half, drags a little. A lot ...more
I'm glad to report that Lackey, who is a professional when it comes to plotting, largely manages after the excitement of "Winds of Fate" to avoid the middle-book sag in "Winds of Change," and craft an thrilling tale of adventure and romance.
Indeed, I remem ...more
I love the plotline of this series, I love the Vale and it's people, and the Companions and the gryphons. But I still hate Elspeth. She's so spoiled, but in a different way that in the Arrows of the Queen trilogy. She thinks she the best and it's her way or no way. It's only towards the later half of this book that I start to actually not hating reading things from her POV and hearing her speak.
The addition of the kestrachern and Firesong bring depth to the world outside of Valdemar. A great read and very interesting to see more of Mornelithe and his history.
Elspeth and Darkwind have become close and work magic together. There love for each other has grown. But the power of the heartstone did not go to the location of the new vale. Nyara has found love with Skif.
Things finally start moving. An enjoyable read.