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Winds of Fury (The Mage Winds, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1994

4.5 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Mage Winds Series

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About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mage Winds (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886776120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886776121
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elspeth, with the aid of her friends Darkwind, Firesong, Skif, Nyara, and the gryphons, Treyvan and Hydona, has successfully repaired k'Sheyna Vale's damaged Heartstone and seemingly defeated the evil Mornelithe Falconsbane, banishing him to the Nether Planes. Now it is finally time for her to return to Valdemar with the mage-teachers she was determined to find and to take her place as the first Herald-Mage since Vanyel.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I've heard a lot of Valdemar fans, when making a review, compare other books to the Mage Winds ones and say that it was 'disappointing.' But I certainly didn't! I thought the characters were imaginative and seemingly come to life, the plotline continuously leaving you breathless and wanting to know what happens next, and the archvillain, Falconsbane, thrilling and shocking! I loved these books! I couldn't put them down! Darkwind and Elspeth were incredible, well-rounded characters, and I loved the huge part magic played in these books. In fact I think pretty much all the characters were well done; I understood them, and felt like I knew them. I haven't as of yet read any of the books from earlier time periods in the world of Valdemar, but I think either the Vanyel books or the Gryphon ones are next on my list, as soon as I finish the Mage Storms (I just need the last 1 of that), since both play a role in these books. People also criticize these books by saying that there are too many questions left unanswered. Well, that's what the Mage Storms book are for! If Lackey had tried to answer some of these questions in this trilogy, it would've taken away from the story too much. I'd rather be able to wait and find out a little later than destroy a great storyline! So, once again, I loved these books (their characters, plot, setting, etc.) and wish that one day I could visit a Tayledras Vale. Maybe I will, in my dreams... ^_
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"Winds of Fate" is a very good finish to the "Mage Winds" trilogy, yet there's something missing from this book. It's very hard to explain. I'm not sure I can, but here goes.
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?
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I have read this book years ago, and loved it then. When The "Magic" trilogy was released in February of this year, I decided to read the
"Winds" trilogy again since they both relate to Vanyel and the Taylaydras people. I love having them on my kindle so I can reread them whenever I want to. I'm a big fan of Mercedes Lackey and also Marion Zimmer Bradley. I love books about telepathy and magic so this fits the bill for me.
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