- Series: Mage Winds (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: DAW (August 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780886776121
- ISBN-13: 978-0886776121
- ASIN: 0886776120
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winds of Fury (The Mage Winds, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1994
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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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Regarding the story: this is the climax of a trilogy and integral to a much longer history of Valdemar. If you have been hooked by this universe then you will enjoy this book.
Some parts of the book are a little slow as it gets caught up in characters' thinking which tends to ramble. Also, sometime the thoughts are so intermixed with dialogue that the dialogue is interrupted and hard to follow. A person will say something and then there is a page or more of another person's thoughts that may or may not be directly a result of the vocal comment. Add to it is the fact that some of the dialogue is in mind-speech and it does get confusing.
Dialogue is fun and characters are interesting.
There is more than one love story going which makes it fun for the romantic.
This series included some pretty horrible villains. The things done by these villains are horrible and are most assuredly torture and sadism. While Lackey attempts not to be overly explicit, the descriptions are enough that if you don't like such things, then these books may not appeal to you. Personally, I thought they were a little too much, but I still finished the books and will probably read other series. (Note that if you haven't read the Arrows series, this is true to a lesser extent also of Arrow's Fall, but not as much so in the first two books of that series.)
This series also delves deeply into the appearance and intervention of gods/godesses and their avatars, not to mention spirits of long dead persons.
To the folks at DAW... Please check your work. The original books were well edited and mostly free from flaws. When you provide a Kindle version, please verify that the work is not degraded due to glaring errors that exist in this whole series of Kindle books. There's little excuse for this sort of poor workmanship, and I have to imagine it significantly reduces the value of stories from wonderful authors like Mercedes Lackey. For the new reader that starts with the Kindle edition, they're going to think poorly of the author and publisher that lets such flaws exist in the finished product. It would be a shame to drive new readers away from DAWs superb collection of authors and stories for something as basic as this.
To Amazon... Kindle is your platform, you should be encouraging these publishers to do better with their Kindle editions. This is not the only publisher with comments like this and others concerning Kindle version/transcriptions from paper works. Publishers such as DAW usually have high standards with their hard and soft bound books. The electronic versions should not be of lesser quality than what they demand of themselves when publishing printed versions.
The story is there, and that's most important. However, the OCR scan of the original text and the quality-check of said scan (if any was done) are pathetic. There are MANY words throughout all three texts that are miss-scanned and outright wrong. Momelithe instead of Mornelithe is one of the more common errors. The scan errors are common enough and jarring enough to interrupt the flow of the story frequently.
If this kind of thing bothers you, you might want to hold off on the purchase. Obviously it bugs me enough to leave the review. I still read the entire set. As I've said, I've loved the story for years. If such things bother you not, then by all means enjoy the story for the first or hundred and first time.