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Winds of Fury (The Mage Winds, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1994
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Meanwhile in Hardorn, King Ancar is preparing to launch a devastating magical attack on Valdemar. This time, however, Ancar has the assistance and guidance of a mysterious Dark Adept. Will Elspeth (with the help of some surprising new allies) be able to stop them in time to save Valdemar?
"Winds of Fury" is the final book in Mercedes Lackey's Mage Winds Trilogy. I enjoyed reading it but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy (particularly "Winds of Fate"). The story flowed smoothly and quickly, changing perspectives every few chapters. There was plenty of action, but I found the ending to be somewhat anti-climactic. I was expecting something much more profound and moving, like the end of "Magic's Price" or "Arrow's Fall." I can only hope that the Mage Storms Trilogy will satisfactorily pick up where this slightly disappointing ending leaves off.
However, the driving force behind this story was the characters. Elspeth is still not one of my favorites, but I'm really learning to like her more and more. She is a very strong person, and I can't help but admire that sometimes. Darkwind is perfect as always, but I wish he got as much individual page time as he did in "Winds of Fate." Firesong is absolutely wonderful, particularly towards the end of the book. He is just such a flamboyant, entertaining character.Read more ›
Elspeth and Darkwind matured a whole lot in book two, coming to work together and fall in love. I believed in that love story, and I believed in how well they worked together. I also believed in the destruction of Mornelithe Falconsbane, the more or less eternal enemy (from the "Gryphon" trilogy to the "Mage Storms" trilogy) who's set most of the overarching plot in motion.
However, in this book, "Winds of Fury," Falconsbane comes back to life, and we now find out he's had a Shin'a'in apprentice-shaman sitting in his head the whole time. (Well, An'desha had run off to learn magecraft, but if he'd have stayed in his clan, he'd have been a shaman.) I can't totally buy that, even though Ms. Lackey did it well and I like An'desha very much as a character.
Same with Nyara, Skif and Need (Nyara's new sword). They meet up with Vanyel and Stefen in the Forest of Sorrows (along with Elspeth, Darkwind, Firesong, and their Companions), which is very nice -- but it definitely came out of the blue. And although I loved seeing Vanyel and especially Stefen again (Stefen was one of my all-time favorite characters), I am just uncertain if they totally fit in here.
Finally, when Elspeth steps away from the throne of Valdemar to become the head of the Herald-mages, that makes sense. But having Queen Selenay take the news so calmly isn't; Selenay was close to tears at her "baby" leaving the nest in book one, "Winds of Fate." So, why the difference now? More Companion pressure? And if so, why wasn't it shown?Read more ›
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As opposed to Lackey's other books, I find this one hard to read. I'm not drawn into it the way I was with previous books. Maybe because I haven't read the prequel to this series.Published 3 months ago by Anna Maria
Mercedes Lackey doesn't disappoint! I love the characters she built in this series .....I want more!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
most books by mercedes lackeys are very good and this one is no exeptionPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite books of all time. The wrap of of the trilogy is incredibly well-done. There are a few parts that can drag the story on, but in the end, all of the slow portions... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Heather
Great fantasy writing about the world of Valdemar. This trilogy details the travels and birth into magic of herald Elspeth.Published 8 months ago by Anatreth
This is a wonderful book and a staple in my library both hardback and now kindle. That being said, the eformat is poorly done and full of errors and typos. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer