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Storm Breaking

(Valdemar: Mage Storms #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  11,393 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Daw Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Judy Hall
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Karal and the allies have stopped Valdemar and the other lands from feeling the effects of the Mage Storms, for now, but the final, cataclysmic, wave is still coming. They must stay at Urtho's tower to try find another way to go.

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
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Dawn Livingston
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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Rosu Aquabutts
"I liked it."

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
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Kristy Halseth
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
While I reread these every few years, I think my rating went down this time. There was to much happening in to many places and it felt like most were handled too briefly. The ending was far too abrupt. The best parts of this book were with the Empire and Hardorn. Tremaine was interesting but, as usual, I find Elspeth very annoying. The book was much less satisfying than most of the books are. Although, getting rid of some of the characters that were too powerful and could likely solve everyone's ...more
Chris Presta-Valachovic
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
aka "Lackey repeats the exact same plot three times & still gets people to buy the book."

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
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Gabriel Hall
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Elaine
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: valdemar-books
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Katy M
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surpasses all her former books.

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,)
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James
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review here:

http://jamesgenrebooks.blogspot.com/2...

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.
Dwayne Tranbarger
Storm Breaking

The sacrifice of a few saved them all from the storms from the past. The Empire is corrupt and will need to be watched. Iftel will be a valued ally May there days be filled with joy
Carolina Edwards
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
The ending was heart rending. Not for who died but for those who survived.
But, this book spent way too much time with people and in places that have no impact on the story as a whole. Too much wasted time for a five star rating.
Sandra Walker
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cataclysm's

Storms worldwide affected everything in its path. Survivors from all lands managed to their homes. Lost a few good friends and family for good reasons.
Sono
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked these books. worth the read. The jumping around was natural, no longer felt choppy. By the end of the third book I didn't want it to be over.
Linda Malcor
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally strings from the last nine or so books decide to tie together into a knot that Gordian would be proud of.

I'd like to see more on the Empire in future books.
Lane
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish it would have ended better, still it made me cry
Susan Pola Staples
review later. this was a reread
Meira (readingbooksinisrael)
These books have so many bad things. But they also have some good things

2.5 stars, anyways

I wouldn't recommend them but I enjoy reading them
April
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm rereading Valdemar in chronological order - so much fun! The solution to the storms is a clever one and takes all the allied Peoples working together. Many loose ends are tidied in this book!
ms bookjunkie
Awesome. Great cast of varied characters and points of view.
Kirsti
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, a very satisfying ending to what was overall a great series. All the characters had their part to play and some of the questions I had from other series are answered in this one. I read parts of this series out of order when I was younger, and am only just catching up now (Still reading them out of order though, haha!) Now I understand more, I'm going to enjoy my favorite book (Owlflight) even more the next time I read it!

Now all I need to do is choose what to read next! Five stars for this
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Victoria
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
WillowBe
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really would like to give it 4 and a half. By the end, I found it quite affecting, esp Karal's encounters with the Sun/Son. The magical animals, I'm not so in love with, but by the end, I was OK with the more intellectual ones. I ain't never gonna love no gryphons though. And Larry Dixon's artwork- they deserve to half half a star left off just for having to look at those terrible drawings which simultaneously removed some of the wonder, yet did help you get and idea of what these creatures lo ...more
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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

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Daniel Millard
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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Ruthie
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been working my way through Mercedes Lackey's books one by one since one of my best friends told me how much she loves them. I quickly fell in love with Valdemar, the Heralds and their Companions, and the magic of these books! I do have admit, however, that this wasn't one of my favorites of her books.

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
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Megan Cutler
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is weak as the ending of a trilogy, but as the wrap up to a long running series it's downright inadequate. This book is full of dense info dumps describing what's going on in the world. These updates consume so much page time, that there's little room for character development or interaction. So much of this book is internal monologue that it's a relief to see anyone interacting even if those interactions are ultimately useless.

It really feels like the author didn't have enough materia
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Renee
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the wrap up to end all wrap ups!

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
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Karin
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-copies
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Jo Oehrlein
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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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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“That’s religion as an excuse. Sometimes it seems to me that when religious fervor enters the mind, the wits pack up entirely and fly out the ear,” Karal replied a bit sourly. “But worst of all is when powerful, ruthless people use the religious fervor of others to further their own greed.” 0 likes
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