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Winds of Fury (Valdemar: Mage Winds #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  12,054 Ratings  ·  104 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
Paperback, 423 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by DAW (first published 1993)
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And so the Taleydras and gryphons come to Valdemar, and both Falconsbane and Ancar are finally defeated.
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
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
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone in this book is a BAMF. Some minor complaints, but excellent on the whole.
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.
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
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
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
Kristen Coffin
"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.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
So satisfying. This is the best series of Valdemar in my opinion.
JoAnn Meaker
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading all the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey - over 30 books in two months. I enjoyed them all!
Kat  Hooper
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 will review at
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Skimmed for ending of arc. Just leads to next bad trilogy :(
A bit of a let-down - all of the action happened in the last 10% of the book.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Love it

This is the conclusion of the trilogy, and it handles itself well. I loved this book, and this author. Yes.
Lauren Lynne
A fun read. I love that the Valdemar series continues through another protagonist's eyes.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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Janie G
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm battling nostalgia and the positive feelings I had toward this series as a kid.

Lackey writes action and battle/fight scenes incredibly well, but this book seriously lacks action and is very heavy on character rumination. The previous books had significantly more character conflict, the characters in Fury are very cardboard-like. The bad guys are super bad and the good guys are super good, it's just not interesting to read about characters that are portrayed this way, there's no depth and co
Megan Cutler
Jun 28, 2008 rated it liked it
The third instalment of the 'winds' trilogy starts out better than the other two. For awhile there, I was starting to worry I'd actually LIKE a book with Elspeth as the protagonist.

Elspeth has finally matured to the point where she's bearable, I'll give the book that. The plot is also more interesting than the plot of the first two books, probably because it brings us back to Valdemar and the previously dangling plot. Unfortunately, upon the characters' return the reader discovers they've missed
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
Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*
I think this is probably the last book I'm reading in the series, I've just found it quite frustrating. This is the end of a trilogy but it just doesn't feel like it's come to a happy conclusion- there's still a huge threat looming over Valdemar and the way it ended just felt like a cliffhanger, exactly the same thing happened after Arrow's Fall- it was the end of a trilogy but the threat of the war with Ancar was looming so large that it didn't feel like a nice conclusion so I carried on readin ...more
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jess Hale
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Although not the drag to get through that the second book in the series is, I found this book a bit oddly paced.

Winds of Change ends with everyone geared up to head back to Valdemar, so it's a bit disconcerting when this book starts with "actually we can't go straight there because of Reasons" - only for our characters to get dragged there straight away once they DO set out!

I was looking forward to seeing the characters we've spent time with in the last two books, who are either very strange or
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aw, this one left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. I think Lackey's storytelling skills are getting stronger. In this book we meet a character who has previously been hidden inside another character's mind, which is pretty cool. And there's a lot of comic relief and light moments, to balance out the ~pure evil~ of the three malicious villains. I think the balance works. I especially enjoyed the romance between Darkwind and Elspeth in this one, which is sweet without being too sappy.

Everything works
Rachel Lein
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
A decent end to a decent trilogy.

This book did feel rather rushed and I think it could have benefited from being a little longer. It was also a little confusing to have all this focus on villains in the last installment to the series rather than much of anything through the two books before it. Those little conveniences that popped up to make everything work out as needed for the characters in the previous books were still hanging around in this one, which I saw no reason not to expect. It's ra
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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 &am ...more
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