In the meantime, Elspeth and Darkwind bring the Alliance to Hardorn and Duke Tremane. While there they help Hardorn move to it's new phase AND help Tremane with a new alliance with the mysterious nation of Iftel.
All the while, things are disintegrating back in the Empir ...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
Ok, so there's this Very Bad Magic Storm coming & everyone has to figure out what magic doubletalk to use to stop it.
Yeah. That's exactly the plot of this book & the other two books in this series. Mage-storm comes in, causes lots of problems, characters figure out how to stop it.
I really hate SF/F books/shows/movies where the entire plot is the characters having to solve a fantasy problem with ...more
Mercedes Lackey is a consumate storyteller. Wonderful wordbuilding- in the true sense of wonder, peopled with diverse and 3-dimensional characters and a well thought out imaginative- believable- story.
There are others that will tell you the story so I won't. The name Mercedes Lackey is enough for any of us who delight in the fantasy genre.
Read, enjoy (start with, at least, the 1st book in the trilogy but my advice is to start with the Arrows of the Queen trilogy,) ...more
Out of all of her Valdemar series, this is likely the best of the "Modern" setting she wrote. Not that the rest are inferior products, but more that she had a better grasp on the world she created and how to narrate it by this point.
Now all I need to do is choose what to read next! Five stars for this ...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
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
It really feels like the author didn't have enough materia ...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