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Storm Rising (Valdemar: Mage Storms #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  10,911 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
In Storm Rising, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs - terrifying creatures out of nightmare. Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical reso ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by DAW (first published 1995)
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm cursed with the need to complete a series once I start it, even if I don't enjoy it. And so I continue to slog through Lackey's Mage Storm trilogy. The only interesting thing she does is to depict the struggles that Karal has to establish himself as a viable ambassador. And even though he doesn't succeed with everyone, he is--with the help of his friends--able to win over the previously bigoted, and absolutely unreasonable, new Shina'in ambassador. Again, Karal's too-wonderful-for-words qual ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book two of the Mage Storms series once again follows Karal, Firesong and An'desha as well as a host of other characters as they try to stop the rising storms from creating more monstrous creatures and changing the land of Valdemar as they know it. It also has some great chapters featuring Tremane, the leader of the Imperial Forces in Hardorn. His flawed character is really excellent; he has had to make some tough decisions to see his men through, and has acted poorly on occasion from misinforma ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy rereading this series, but I know it has flaws. It's one of the ones that improves once I know the story. Not that the story is bad -just a little slow in parts.

I love Karal and his story of finding his place as envoy, and I find the mage storms very interesting. I really like Tremane and Hardorn. But every book in this trilogy has one boring subplot -and I skipped every page of Firesong's self-indulgent whining. Still, this book is very fun to read, which is what I look for in a
Rosu Aquabutts
Definitely the weakest of the Valdemar books I've reread lately, this one is very much a second book. A collection of stuff happens but none of it is linked by one major theme. The only plotline that really worked start to finish was the Firesong's descent into madness plotline, which I think could have benefitted from being the main plot, because the rest of the novel really lacked focus. While I appreciate Lackey's attempt to do an ensemble cast rather than focus on one or two characters, I re ...more
Another decent story by Lackey, but the kindle version is completely riddled with typos. Very annoying. The audible performance is also terrible: the reading is painfully paced, with very long pauses between words or phrases which are alternately vocally drawn out or read quickly. On top of that, the narrator uses excessively dramatic intonation, making the story feel whiny and angsty.
Dwayne Tranbarger
Storm Rising

Karal has stepped into it when he contacts the Imperials but Karal find a man with a heart to help the locals and then we have more help and a plan to move the protection for there three lands
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review here:

One of the most angsty book in this trilogy, but one that is necessary.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fantasy, r-daw
Jacquelin Siegel
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not as good as book one of the series but on to book three. I guess this is the reader's equivalent to binge watching Netflix shows.
Sandra Walker
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace For All

Several groups of people came together and started working on solving their problems. Solutions were put together to save all the different lands.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nostalgia redeemed

Some books live up to what I remember from reading them as a child. This series is one. It's fun and adventurous and it's got some heart and soul to it.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
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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
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Great story. The emotion really shines through!
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Storm Rising is a strong middle volume to the series. Other than the "Firesong goes slowly mad" plotline - which, while sort of interesting in that an established character becomes an unreliable narrator over the course of a handful of POVs, is just too unsubtle and way too whiny to really appeal - the characters remain delightful, and while there's no real plot arc outside of the larger crisis (and the ending feels totally tacked-on) it's exactly the sort of collection of escapades that I like ...more
Daniel Millard
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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After Storm Warning sets up the new characters and Velgarth's predicament, this is the heart of the action:

Karal, struggling to fill his master's shoes and keep peace among the delegates, Natoli and the artificers, working on the solution to the Storms, An'desha, still struggling with overcoming his posession and sorting out his relationships. Duke Tremane, trying to keep his soldiers alive after being abandoned by the great Empire, and Firesong, falling into chaos and rage as he finds he's not
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting to see mid-early Mercedes Lackey. I think this series should be called "Cozy Fantasy". You know things will turn out OK. Well, I think for this series. I am well aware of the horrible things whihc happened in other books, which made them all the more unsettling.

I much prefer to have multiple first person narratives as in this book than just one, which is why Mags in the Foundation series is driving me nuts/getting on my nerves. As alwayws, she is to be commended for including gay ch
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Things are getting ugly all over the world. The mage storms are growing and wreaking utter havoc. Our young hero Karal, even with the help of his avatar firecat Altra and (equine-esque) Companion Florian, feels way in over his head. He's one of the few who ISN'T magical, is in fact a living CHANNEL for magic - a singularly painful talent. Nothing like being someone everyone can use!

Hard for old enemies to let go of distrust long enough to become allies. Sometimes committees can be counterproduct
Megan Cutler
Jun 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Having read this series in chronological order (rather than the order of publication), this book held one amazing moment for me. The series cycled back to the place of its beginning, some two thousand years later. It was a grand moment, full of nostalgia, and it really cemented the series as a whole for me. If you haven't read the books in their chronological timeline, though, you're unlikely to experience it (the books I started with were written after this one).

Unfortunately, the rest of the b
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Valdemar Fans
Shelves: fantasy, novels, fiction
This is the second book of the Mage Storms trilogy, so you should read Storm Warning first--in fact I'd go back further than that, and read the Arrows of the Queen with Talia and the succeeding books.

I'm a fan of Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar books, for me they're like visiting with old friends. I like the concept of the Heralds and their horse-shaped magical Companions, and this series in interesting in that you're seeing Valdemar from the point of view of someone hailing from their traditional
Riley Dawson
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A good second book. A lot of trilogies fall prey to the second-book lull, and while I have a feeling that this will turn out to be the least exciting of the three, there were some major events in this second installment that will turn out to play a major part in the third book (I think). A lot more character development here, and we see some romance (some falling apart, some coming together). Lackey's writing continues to be excellent--the plot progresses at a steady rate and the storytelling is ...more
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

In Storm Rising, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs - terrifying creatures out of nightmare. Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical resources to protect their realms from these devastating, spell-fueled onslaughts. But as the situation becomes bleaker and bleak

Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maria by: Wyatt
Imaginative and creative in numerous ways, this book is a treat. Firesong's plight provides many moments of anxiety, An'desha continues to grow and mature, Karal meets two of the Avatars of the Star-Eyed, so now he has been introduced to spirits from three worlds, four if you count the Guardian of Iftel, plus he stands up to the Son of the Sun and proves he is finally an adult. Can't wait to see who he meets in the final book of the series. He is proving to be a priest of some versatility, going ...more
Lackey nearly managed to disengage me from this series--something I would have thought impossible after fifteen books in a little over a month--with the way she treats Firesong in this book. Instead of being the fabulously flamboyant, deeply compassionate Healing Adept I have come to love, his personality takes a much darker shift. Eventually, that is explained, though, and almost to my liking. I do continue to like Karal, firecats, and the Grand Duke Tremane. Therefore, I guess I'll finish out ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this second installment in the Mage Storms series. The growth of An'desha and Karal is touching and I was right about Firesong getting worse. I was kind of disappointed in the reason---good guys are always good :P But it was a reasonable explanation and made sense.

I am very interested in Tremane and his growth as a character as well. Lots of inner development and breaking away from old things. In a way, I can kind of understand him changing into who he really is rather than what
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With Grand Duke Tremane now stuck in Hardorn due to the unpredictability of magic, the Empire decides that the disruptions are caused by the Valdemarans. Karal and his companions (including a Firecat!!!) delve deeper into the causes of the magic disruption, and come up with an unpleasant solution...
I love the way Tremane tries to make the best of things while he is stuck in Hardorn, and the way that he is characterised makes him a really sympathetic character, because you know that he tried his
Debra Meyer
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been forced to take longer rest breaks due to a number of reasons and therefore all but flew threw this series so far but its a good set so it helps to keep my mind off my pain. Although the narrator's attempt at speaking for the gryphons about drove me wacky and I could almost feel the spit flying it was so disgusting, thankfully there wasn't much gryphon dialogue or I might have lost my cookies by the time I got through this second book with the same narrator am hoping the last one has a ...more
Daniel Devereux
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
From what I understand and have read of other reviews most people think this is the worst of the trilogy. Some even say it's the worst of all of Mercedes Lackey's work. I respectfully disagree. Many people say that this book focuses on a large cast and while it does, it's main focus is on Karal. Yes we do occasionally see things from the view point of other character but I think that adds to the charm of the book. I really enjoyed this book, not to mention the art at each chapter. I could almost ...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 &am ...more
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