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19 2019 Re read 4 4.5 starsMisty is my 2nd fav author Misty s Valdemar is one of my fav series I read this book a very long time ago This was my 1st Re read of the book I remember being shocked and excited during my 1st read I loved meeting and learning about Firecats, which are like Companions I adored seeing gryphons and kyree as well as the other races The Re read was nice Spoilers Note to Self An desha 19 2019 Re read 4 4.5 starsMisty is my 2nd fav author Misty s Valdemar is one of my fav series I read this book a very long time ago This was my 1st Re read of the book I remember being shocked and excited during my 1st read I loved meeting and learning about Firecats, which are like Companions I adored seeing gryphons and kyree as well as the other races The Re read was nice Spoilers Note to Self An desha shena Jor ethan 15yo,Sorcerer Mage,half Shin a in,run away,former host to Ma ar,pal Firesong k Treva Tayledras envoy,Healing Adept,Vanyel s descendant Aya Firebird, bondbird Karal Austreben 16yo,Karsite temple novice,now priest envoy,channel,ex protege, ex secretary, son of chief stableman,ex stable sweeper,pal Ulrich Karsite envoy, Priest Adept Mage Black Robe,master,Solaris aid assistant,scholar,died, pal1 Altra Firecat,mage,Karal s advisor,ex Sun of the Sun,god s avatar Florian Companion,Mage,unpartnered,Karal s advisor Elspeth Herald to Outlanders,ex heir,Princess,Vanyel s descendant Gwena Companion Darkwind Adept Mage,k Sheyna Hawkbrother,ex scout Vree bondbird Skif Herald,spy,assassin,mate Cymry Companion Nyara mate,carrier of Need,daughter of Ma ar An desha daughter kinda Need mage,spirit sword,sorceress Treyvan Gryphon envoy,ambassador,mage,dad,pal1 Hydona Gryphon envoy,mage,mom Kerowyn Kero,Herald, Capt.,ex merc Sayvil Companion Alberich Herald, Karsite,weaponsmaster Lady Talia Queen s Own Herald,Empath,Holderkin,honorary Sunpriest Rolan Companion Dirk Herald,mate Natoli Rubrik s daughter,Blue, artificer,pal Rubrik Herald,Valdemar escort,paralyzed,dad Laylan Companion Rris kyree,historian Queen Seleney Herald,mom Daren Prince Consort,Herald,step dad,ex Rethwellan Lord Martial Quenten White Winds rep., freelance mage,Kero s pal Querna shena Tale sedrin Shin a in envoy,ambassador,killed Master Magister Henlin craftsman,Blue Master Tam she,Blue Master Levy mathematician,Blue Master Norten engineer,Blue Master Bret teacher,Blue High Priest Solaris Son of the Sun,Karsite,prophet,Black Robe Adept Mage Hansa Firecat,ex Sun of the Sun,god s avatar Vkandis Karsite god,Sunlord Star Eyed Kal enel Shin a in goddess Tre valen Shin a in avatar Dawnfire Shin a in avatar Sigfrid Red Robe Priest,Karse,pal1 Lord Palinor Seneschal of Valdemar Kyril Seneschal s Herald Herald Teren Dean of Collegium Griffon Lord Marshal s Herald Arnod Herald trainee,17yo Johen Herald trainee Lysee Herald trainee Semon Blues trainee 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 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 problems too easily was probably a good idea There were so many mages by the end of this set of books that you suddenly understood Vanyel s actions in making people forget about mage gift This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I read this about 5 years ago and it appears I liked it less this time I felt it dragged for most of the book up until around page 320 or so And there was a lot of magic double talk that was confusing I wish Lackey had had a cast of characters and who they were as well as a dictionary so I could keep the different factions, tribes, whatever, straight The book was confusing Also, I didn t like the end much Yes, I cried And was it just me Did I miss something or did Baron Melles get away w I read this about 5 years ago and it appears I liked it less this time I felt it dragged for most of the book up until around page 320 or so And there was a lot of magic double talk that was confusing I wish Lackey had had a cast of characters and who they were as well as a dictionary so I could keep the different factions, tribes, whatever, straight The book was confusing Also, I didn t like the end much Yes, I cried And was it just me Did I miss something or did Baron Melles get away with everything he did and became Emperor I kept waiting for him to get his just desserts.I lowered my original rating from a 4 to a 3 This book must be read in order of the trilogy As to where it fits within the Valdemaran books, I would say you might be better off reading the Arrows of the Queen trilogy to getback story on Elspeth as well as the books with Elspeth and Firesong, Need, Mornelithe Falconsbane and Darkwind Winds of Not necessary but it makes this trilogy much richer It s strange, I think the trilogy with Elspeth is better overall the Mage Winds trilogy , perhapseven, but there is so much to like about this book, this trilogy I think there are elements in this trilogy that are great I ll get to that later Parts of it were slow and tedious in my opinion, there were things that weren t explained well, didn t make sense, were inconsistant or at least appeared that way I got tired of it being stated that Karal felt useless I got tired of the Shin a in proverb about being careful what you ask for They might have mentioned it at least four times in the book.On page 46 when An desha is speaking to Firesong, about Karal he says light heartedly that Karal is occasionally bigoted That really comes out of the blue and sounds harsh and unecessary Maybe in answer to some criticisms that Karal seems too perfect That one really rubbed me the wrong way, it was so jarring.Elspeth in this book she just pi e me off She s so arrogant, and b tchy Arrogant in particular on page 56, and b tchy regarding Tremane maybe starting in the middle of the book Religion While it was kind of cool to see the variety of religion in the books, I really got tired of it, it was or became heavy handed And there was too much divine intervention It make things too easy in a way.Florian and Karal I don t know if this is good or bad Karal was Florian s Chosen for all intents and purposes Karal should have been chosen But he wasn t Even though the Companions are mystical, there doesn t seem to be any particular god involved just individuals that are able to be reincarnated if they choose and retain their memories, and control things from behind the scenes to some degree But I think he couldn t technically be chosen because he already belonged to Vykandes, so he was unoffically chosen The best things about the book Tremane I love this character Yeah, I know some things that were going to happen were too perfect in a sense, but I really love how Tremane winds up in Hardorn and what happens to him there The Empire, etc I really loved how this series showed how other countries acted, worked, thought in comparison to the Valdemar we know The Empire was especially well done, well fleshed out but then it needed to be The scale of what is happening to whom, and why The variety of peoples working together and how they came to be working together I loved the scale of the story Solaris She s not a favorite character, but I really came to like her at the end.As I was reading the last pages finding out what happens to who, the aftermath of what s done or not, and then was done and put the book down, I really felt a sense of loss I liked those characters, I liked them working together from disparate backgrounds and to find out what happens to them, where they go and what they do after what s done is done I was thinking, No I guess I just don t like goodbyes.So, bits of really great stuff, but certainly at times slow, uneven, confusing Certainly worth reading.I ll liking be reading the Arrows series with Talia that came before this trilogy or the Mage Wars trilogy I remember loving that one I suspect when I m done I won t be able to pick a favorite trilogy among the three Then I ll be off to read the Gryphon trilogy or revisit the Vanyel trilogy to see if I still like it as much as I recall I thought we were back in Valdemar, but the envoys in the alliance travel to the tower of one of history s best mages, a guy named Urtho who faced off and defeated a blood mage named Ma ar by setting off a device that destroyed all magic spells In the process, Urtho s tower was destroyed and Ma ar s hideout was decimated like a crater hit it In contemporary Valdemar, that crater is now a lake around which a village has popped up, so that s nice.Karal and the rest of the cast are at Urtho s tow I thought we were back in Valdemar, but the envoys in the alliance travel to the tower of one of history s best mages, a guy named Urtho who faced off and defeated a blood mage named Ma ar by setting off a device that destroyed all magic spells In the process, Urtho s tower was destroyed and Ma ar s hideout was decimated like a crater hit it In contemporary Valdemar, that crater is now a lake around which a village has popped up, so that s nice.Karal and the rest of the cast are at Urtho s tower to see if they can find another device created by the crafty tinkerer that might counteract the last wave that will hit, one that is likely to destroy everything as it changes living things into monsters In fact, these waves the undo spells are a historical echo coming back as the result of Urtho hitting the NO TURNING BACK button all those thousands of years ago.Readers are also sent to two other settings Elspeth and Darkwind travel to Tremane in Hardorn, as he is the newest ally to Valdemar, and we get to know Melle, the new heir to the Eastern Empire now that Tremane clearly isn t coming back Both settings demonstrate just how different Tremane and Melle would rule the Eastern Empire, but I found Melle s story line a snooze Lackey falls into telling, and my emotional attachment was zero Melle would silence food riots, and he d wish for the current emperor s death, and he would make a backdoor alliance with the captain of the army, but it felt that nothing was at stake Do I care about the faceless mass living in the Eastern Empire No.I started to feel emotionally detached in Karal s scenes at Urtho s tower, too What was it that was keeping me from caring Then it dawned on me no one has died no one I cared about, anyway since Vanyel s timeline And when characters do die, they have the honor of coming back as a deity s avatar, so they re not really gone.What the team at Urtho s tower was doing, and how long they had to do it, was unclear, which also made me feel like nothing was at stake Clearly people lived through the destruction caused by Urtho when he defeated Ma ar or there wouldn t be people in the present, so what is at stake Will everything living continue to turn into rage monsters Will people who can use magic simply die I honestly have no idea.As Firesong, Sejanes, and An desha, among others, translate Urtho s ancient tongue so they can figure out what each device does, if anything, readers are weirdly given no descriptions other than they settle on a cube puzzle to be their final solution I felt like I didn t know what anyone was doing in the tower Give me some translations of Urtho s documents, or tests run on a device, or what each device deemed not useful does, or what the devices even look like something.Tremane s sections were muchinteresting, as Lackey gives faces and value to the people he rules, and when one character gets lost, hungry, cold, etc., I care about him her and was interested in how Tremane would react We also get some new features wizard magic and what is going on in Iftel in Tremane s story line, so heads up for an exciting return to mind magic and intrigue This review was originally published at Grab the Lapels 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 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 Mage of Silence, Lake Evendim and the Dorisha Plains, the history of the Shin a in and the Taleydras, the barrier of Iftel, the Eastern Empire, the fate of Hardorn, the ultimate purpose of Need, and every single character who ever really mattered to the series is present in one way or another in this book It s the end to so many things and sadly, it doesn t conclude them all as well as it should.I really admire the fact that Misty is clearly trying to go outside of her comfort zone, but she might have been better off staying inside at this one She s at her best writing about a core group of characters, and while the final sendoff to this world and this cast of hundreds DESERVES a big, grand ensemble cast, Lackey fumbles a bit while trying to maintain tension and pacing throughout many different concurrent plots and characters This book, like the previous two novels in this trilogy, could have stood to have been twice as long It s as long as most of her other books, but four times as much happens in this Storm Breaking has even less focus than the previous too as it shifts away from primarily being about Karal, An desha, Firesong, and Tremane, and greatly expands the pool of characters to include returning favourites from every series before it And as much as I loved Need, Vanyel, Stefan, Yfandes, the Avatars, Tarma, Kerowyn, Elspeth, Gwena, Darkwind, and Vree all getting their moments in the sun, there just weren t enough words and pages to fit them all with satisfaction In addition, the Empire plot in its entirety could have just as well not existed Melles and Charliss took up a lot of the book while not really having any payoff, or even a long history in the series that needed concluding They just sort of took up space that could have been better used to fix the pacing in the other plots.But despite the odd pacing and the sudden ending, Mercedes Lackey manages to tie up every single loose end in this MASSIVE world without anything actually feeling out of place Some of the relevations, particularly about how the Star Eyed and the Sun Lord relate, and the true history of Iftel, are fist pumping moments for people who have been following the series from the start, and it s immensely satisfying to see every separate meandering thread from over the years weave back into this final tapestry.And you can t talk about the Storms books without talking about Valdemar, who is possibly Lackey s best realized character in the entire series His long, long arc finally reaches a satisfying conclusion, and tracing him back to the hotshot who first showed his face at k Sheyna vale in Winds of Change is a great feeling I have always loved the ending he s been given and how he learns to accept love where he can find it and respect himself forthan his looks This trilogy isabout Firesong than it is about Karal or An desha, and Firesong gets a hell of a satisfying ending 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 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 Empire, with Tremane s mortal enemy, Melles, preparing to take over power as Charliss loses further touch with reality every day.The danger is real and the action is thrilling, but there is too much story for this book We bounce between these countries and these stories Some are fine the way they are, but some I would like to seeof Great trilogy I really enjoyed it Valdemar is a place I would love to be and I hope I get to revisit there for a very long time The Mage Storms trilogy wraps up in an exciting way that was muchtense and action oriented than the previous novel in the series, which I m glad to see The reader gets to see the world as it s known change drastically Iftel opens its borders, Hardorn gets a new King, the Empire suffers yetturmoil and not just from the increasing mage storms and most importantly, the structure of magic itself is shattered and must slowly reform It s all a very fitting finish for this chapter of V The Mage Storms trilogy wraps up in an exciting way that was muchtense and action oriented than the previous novel in the series, which I m glad to see The reader gets to see the world as it s known change drastically Iftel opens its borders, Hardorn gets a new King, the Empire suffers yetturmoil and not just from the increasing mage storms and most importantly, the structure of magic itself is shattered and must slowly reform It s all a very fitting finish for this chapter of Velgarth s history, one that does justice to both the large and the small issues of all the major players in the tale Poor Valdemarans, just rediscovering magic and then having to witness it getting scrambled up before they can really get a handle on it But like all things, it has a drawback In this case, the drawback is the fact that this book or rather, this book and the book before it were clearly not meant to be read independently of the Gryphon series, which was published round the same time While the Storms trilogy deals with the echo of the Cataclysm, the Gryphon books deal with Cataclysm itself, and the events that followed Publishing these series at the same time formed a nice symmetry, but things are mentioned in the Storms books that get no explanation, and the only way to really find out about them is to read the Gryphon novels The makaar are a prime example of this Normally Lackey is all over repeat descriptions in her novels, but in this case it s almost like she decided to forgo that tactic in favour of getting people to buy both series for a full explanation Only having read and remembered the Gryphon trilogy kept me from being confused a couple of times.At the end of this trilogy, though, I have to say that if you re interested in the Valdemar books, this is a trilogy you can t miss Not without leaving a serious gap in your understanding of the world and how it works Though the second book may have been slower than the first, the third comes roaring back withfascinating things, world changing events, and the return of a few beloved characters that no doubt madethan a couple of people grin with glee There are a few books in the Valdemar series that can be skipped without much problem, but this certainly isn t one of them A must have for Valdemar fans This is my least favorite of the Mage Storms books, by far Lackey had a lot on her plate wrapping up this series as it ends the core Valdemar stories that started this journey Every question we had leading up to now is being answered Unfortunately, Lackey tried to fit too much into this single book There are too many concurrent plots and characters for pacing to work well There are too many things that needed to be wrapped up, and a few that we didn t need to have wrapped up, which Lackey t This is my least favorite of the Mage Storms books, by far Lackey had a lot on her plate wrapping up this series as it ends the core Valdemar stories that started this journey Every question we had leading up to now is being answered Unfortunately, Lackey tried to fit too much into this single book There are too many concurrent plots and characters for pacing to work well There are too many things that needed to be wrapped up, and a few that we didn t need to have wrapped up, which Lackey tried to do any way Speaking of things I never bought I could have done entirely without the Melles Charliss plotline Melles plotting and machinations to take over the throne were boring I don t think Lackey ever found Melles unique voice, so when I spaced out reading his sections I sometimes confused him and the Army Commander On the other hand, I love how Elspeth and Darkwind become envoys in Hardon Tremaine s character is one of my all time favorites, but I amcomfortable watching what happens in Hardon from Elspeth and Darkwind s perspective than Tremaine Being an outside is muchinteresting when it comes to earth binding And, honestly, I don t know if Lackey would have done this fascinating bit of magic justice if written from Tremaine s perspective She nailed all the Hardon content It s going to be difficult for me to say goodbye to many of these characters Particularly Karal Karal s character is unique compared to all the other Valdemar voices I love that he is a priest, a young man with a mentor without a mentor with a community of mentors, and can connect so deeply with everyone around him Karal is the most spectacular unremarkable character I ve ever had the honor of reading about I will miss them all (Read Pdf) · Storm Breaking ⚠ 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 dangerous to use With the help of the Shin a in plainsmen, they have successfully excavated this ancient arsenal, and risked their lives triggering one of these antique but potent tools of death to unleash a monstrous burst of mage energy With this explosion of magical power, Karal, Firesong, and their companions have temporarily counteracted the ever increasing waves of the mage storms But they know that this desperate action will not save them they have bought themselves precious time, but are still far from a permanent solution They know now that the mage storms are an echo through time of the prehistoric Cataclysm which destroyed Urtho s Tower, created the vast and barren Dorisha Plains, and permanently warped their world than two thousand years ago And they also know that if they don t find a way to banish these magical vibrations they will culminate in another Cataclysm this time destroying their world for good But the Vault is not the only thing buried for centuries below the Dorisha Plains, and camped in the ruins of what once was the workplace of the most ingenious mage their world has ever known, the desperate allies soon come to realize that their solution may lie beneath the dust at their feet The saving of their world just might be accomplished by the work of a man who has been dead for millennia As an end to a major work of fantasy, I m not sure it lived up to the promise of some many books before it Maybe if I was a die hard Lackey fan, I would bedisappointed, but as it is, I sort of liked it, sort of was bored by it.The land has found temporary peace from the storms, but everyone is working hard to find a solution to save them from the ultimate cataclysm, the final storm that will rip through the land In Uthr s old tower, they are trying to find something that they can use to As an end to a major work of fantasy, I m not sure it lived up to the promise of some many books before it Maybe if I was a die hard Lackey fan, I would bedisappointed, but as it is, I sort of liked it, sort of was bored by it.The land has found temporary peace from the storms, but everyone is working hard to find a solution to save them from the ultimate cataclysm, the final storm that will rip through the land In Uthr s old tower, they are trying to find something that they can use to help, while the new King of Hardorn is having to get used to his new powers But divine intervention may only be a heartbeat away as prayer might be the only recourse.It s taken me a while to pinpoint what it is I don t like about these books after all, they were well written, the characters are realistic and intriguing, the world is drawn beautifully, and yet they are lacking It s only as I come to review this final book, that I realised what is missing actual terror or panic or any real emotion about what is happening You get told a lot about what the storms are doing, but never really get to see it our heroes are battened down safely and hear about events outside through magical means So as a reader, you are twice removed.I did enjoy the read, but somehow what actually happened is starting to fade and I only finished it this morning I think I want a bitperil, a bitpersonal action and definitely not a lot of spirits gods ghosts coming along at the end to help everyone out