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Winds of Fate (Valdemar: Mage Winds #1)
May 23, 2017
** spoiler alert ** I first read 'Winds of Fate' as a child, and loved it then, so it has a certain sentimental value for me. Even so, for an adult it has a number of glaring faults present that I never noticed on earlier readings. First, the plot doesn't make sense. Elspeth is supposed to be fulfilling her duty by either finding a mage or learning magecraft post-haste, and she's in danger besides. Instead of going to the obvious teacher, however, she pulls a temper tantrum on the road halfway there and demands to look for a trainer elsewhere. The characters are stereotypical and the author needed to devote too much to post-hoc explanations for their actions. The whole thing feels like a rush job, which, granted, is expected of Lackey's later work, but I hadn't expected to see it here.
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May 23, 2017 – Shelved