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Winds of Fury

(Valdemar: Mage Winds #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  13,404 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Valdemar is once again in peril, threatened by Ancar of Hardorn, who has long sought to seize control of the kingdom by any means at his command.

Yet this time Ancar may well achieve his goal, for by harnessing the power of Mornelithe Falconsbane, the Dark Adept, he has set into motion a magical strike against Valdemar the like of which hasn’t been attempted in more than fi
Mass Market Paperback, 427 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by DAW (first published August 1st 1993)
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Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
The conclusion of the Mage Winds trilogy was pretty predictable and had a little more padding than it needed which dragged the pacing in places. Aside from the book starting back in the Vale, when the last book ended in the Forest of Sorrows, and the appearance of (view spoiler), there were no surprises in this book. I could tell what was going to happen from one moment to the next and ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally the big conclusion to the whole Ancar/Falconsbane arc! We get some very good revenge, some epic pairings and best of all this leads into the next set of books, which I skipped and read out of order haha. This feels like a kind of bridging series; after a while Mercedes writing becomes more polished and distinct and you get elements in this one. I will freely admit that the Owlmage books are my favorite series, and this series lays down some of the foundations for them.

Another great Valde
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Valdemar Fans
Winds of Fury is the third book in the Mage Winds trilogy, so you'd at least want to go read the first two books, starting with Winds of Fate first and I'd also recommend you first read the trilogy that starts with Arrows of the Queen. I liken the Valdemar series to good comfort food. No, this isn't very literary in quality, but I find myself rereading the series every few years, because I like the characters and the world Lackey created. I don't think this trilogy has quite the same verve as th ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars?
Kristy Halseth
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
The first book had Elspeth the Heir. The second book had Elspeth the Brat. The third book has Elspeth the Herald, or, as I like to think, Elspeth, the "being heir no longer fits in with my life goals even thought I'm not sure what those are yet". As you can tell, Elspeth is not my favorite character. It was a bit interesting seeing the reaction, in Haven, to the exotic people, both human and non-human, that she returns with. But I end up feeling disappointed about how Lackey wrote Skif in these ...more
Vaughn Lindquist
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Mercedes Lackey's third book of the Mage Wind's series was a satisfying conclusion. I like the way Mercedes builds a main character's journey through these Valdemar trilogy sets. Elspeth was a great character to get to know and watch grow in some ways. Some of the story resolutions were rushed, and other pieces a little drawn out, but overall I enjoyed many of these characters. Knowing her writing style, I doubt I'll see them much in other books except as auxillary characters, which is a shame b ...more
Tim Greeley
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Mercedes has created the fabulous world of Valdemar. It is chock full of Magic,mystery,romance,suspense. One of the best fantasy series I've ever read. ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone in this book is a BAMF. Some minor complaints, but excellent on the whole.
Melanie Page
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Winds of Fury is the last book in THE MAGE WINDS trilogy. The villain trying to destroy a native tribe has been captured by the villain trying to destroy the city of Valdemar. Will they team up? Our heroine, Elspeth, uses all of her resources — human and magical — and gathers her team to leave Valdemar and trek the distance to the city where all three main villains reside to kill them and end the reign of human, magical, and environmental destruction.

Mercedes Lackey needed an editor so badly, on
Ria Bridges
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Winds of Fury is the third book in the Mage Winds trilogy, and is not only a satisfying but also quite creative and interesting conclusion to that part of Valdemar’s history. The war with Ancar rages on, and the stakes are even higher now that, thanks to Ancar botching a spell, he has Falconsbane in his clutches and under magical coercions. Magic has returned to Valdemar and mages are being recruited from all over, and those with mage-potential are being looked for and trained. Everything’s lead ...more
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
While it took me much longer to read Winds of Fury than the other books in this trilogy, I did enjoy reading this novel. Winds of Change suffered from middle-book syndrome. The plot pacing was plodding but the characters were well-developed. Why does this always happen? So we can focus on plot instead of character development in the final book, obviously! Winds of Fury does focus more on plot than character, but thankfully does not neglect character entirely.

Very few new characters are introduc
Jack Vasen
The final book in the Mage Winds series concludes the story but leaves a loose end for the Mage Storms series. I recommend the Mage Winds series in order if you are going to read it. There are several characters developed in the Arrows series including a lot of background.

This book - 2.6 stars. The series - <2 stars.

This book is either too long or doesn't have enough in it. It is especially bad just before the climax where the pace is so slow, it goes backwards. As I mentioned in the previous bo
Lissa Notreallywolf
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Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In "Winds of Fury," Lackey brings the "Mage Winds" trilogy to an appropriately magical close. There are journeys, avatars, pitched magical battles, and of course, all the talking animals. Did I mention the talking and/or telepathic animals? Because I think they deserve mention again. There are not just horses, but also bondbirds, deer-creatures, and gryphons. Really, anything you might want.

In fact, it's fascinating that communion with non-human animals is such a feature in fantasy literature. T
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was so good that I've just spent all night reading it, because I've barely had a chance to pick it up since I started it, with Christmas, and present-making so greatly involved!

The conclusion of this trilogy was well worth the loss of sleep, though, as it brought together all of the disparate parts of the huge story of Valdemar, with it's Heralds, and Companions - and associated with them, of course, being the Shin'a'in, the Kaled'a'in, and the Tayledras.

There were friends, and enemies
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A decent conclusion to the series, though I feel it could've been more complex. The characters and relationships from previous books continued, though didn't really develop much beyond where they were in the second book. The enemies could also have been more formidable, it felt like they spent a lot of time doing nothing before they were defeated - it would've been more imposing if at least Falconsbane and Ancar had been allies, they were fairly similar in temperament and preferences. Also, simi ...more
Christiana Martin
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
This book was fine, but not particularly impressive. It was generally enjoyable to read, but everything felt a bit rushed (which I couldn't find much of an excuse for because the build up to get into the story took forever at the beginning of the book, and the book itself was pretty long). In particular, I thought that relationships that were dynamic before became somewhat two-dimensional, and foes that were built up to be formidable opponents were readily dispatched without much explanation or ...more
Bree Taylor
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018
I've reread this book SOOOOO many times. And every time I read it, I am disappointed in the ending. We get such a buildup for Ancar and Hulda (Arrows trilogy) and Falconsbane (Winds) that the finale seems rushed. If they could have sent in a small strike team to strike at Ancar YEARS earlier, why didn't they???

One thing that I do love about this is that we see Hulda's deeper intentions with the Empire, which sets up the next series.

My continued issue with all of the Valdemar novels is that the
Jessika Gonzalez
Since I was 14...

The land over Valdemar has held me in thrall. The Last Herald Mage series is what spoke most to my heart. Vanyel was an inspiration to me and still is my favorite literary figure. I was very happy to see that his progeny were featured in these book set 700 years after his time. Firesong and Elspeth do him justice in their strength and ingenuity. Thank you Mercedes for inspiring generation after generation and many more to come with your literary whit and style. You are loved by
Kendra Lawrence
Sep 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A cameo by Vanyel and Stefen is enough for me to give this four stars. And I love Firesong (also An'desha is adorable). I felt some characters like Silverfox were left out abruptly, but it looks like they are in the next trilogy, and the story of these characters isn't over yet.

The ending seemed rushed, and Lackey's battle scenes always feel a bit hurried, but overall, a good read, and I applaud Lackey for not shying away from certain things that would have been "problematic" when this series wa
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"We will do well wherever we go. Home should be in your heart."

An awesome end to an awesome trilogy. I loved seeing what happens to Falconsbane, and getting to see how everything plays out with Valdemar's magical wards coming down. From how much I hated Elspeth in the Arrows of the Queen trilogy, to how annoying I found her even at the beginning of this trilogy, she has grown into such an amazing woman and an awesome character.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright I found my tolerance for gratuitously evil, and it's a bit below the breathlessly power obsessed villains here. The previous books didn't spend as much time on that perspective even though there's all kinds of horrible stuff hinted at (to the expense of any conscientious S&M practitioner), but here they're enough of a viewpoint where it's like...euuirk. The world building and exploration of tropes is fine, I just am not a fan of that degree of unambiguousness even in my escapism. ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though I liked the first of this trilogy best, with it's focus on Darkwind, an Aragorn-like figure in that volume, I thought this was a tightly written plot. I thought the denouement was excellent...not a super long drawn out affair that one so often reads (or scans rapidly).

The characters have become old friends. Their development is believable and compelling.

I wish to return to Darkwind's land of origin, though, and not sure that will happen in an sequels.
Katsim Simons
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This was not my favorite. I have liked the relationship between Darkwind and Elspeth, for it at least developed gradually with less of teen angst than most relationships Lackey portrays. I really did not like the way enjoyment of sex was used to show Hulda was evil; I nearly quit. All in all, the middle book dragged and then this one was wrapped up too quickly, easily, and neatly at the end. It felt lazy. I s not sure I’ll read more if the series.
There were several elements of this trilogy that I enjoyed: all the fantastic creatures, the various types of magic, the settings. But it felt like too many elements were being thrown into the story at once, and there were references to books I have not read yet (because I'm trying to read them in order). I think that causes some confusion, and for me, boredom. Not one of her better works. ...more
Kate H
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the books Mercedes Lackey writes, she is good at creating a believable world and people to populate it. While her writing is not the strongest I do find it engaging ang and enjoyable. I like a series I can live inside of and her books are ones that have characters I feel invested in and a world I believe could exist.
Sandra Walker
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Andesha lost all he was when a evil adept took over his body. Used him to hurt others and to experiment on his own body. Fought back with all his spirit and earned his freedom from darkness.
Dwayne Tranbarger
Winds of Fury

Elspeth and friends get back to Haven when Deceased Herald Vaugel caught FireSoungs gate and brought them to the forest of sorrows Wgith a mission to kill the leaders in Hardon the group whet and prevailed
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this one even though I think it could have been cut a bit shorter. Sometimes it felt dragged out.
Still, a good conclusion to this particular trilogy... of course now I need to know what happens next!
Kathryn Walsh-Clark
A satisfying continuation

A pleasant read that pulls together the last stray threads of the arc, plus older stories (Arrows of the Queen and Magic’s Price both) while also setting up the next clear threat to Valdemar.
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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 & M ...more

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