Winds of Change

Winds of Change

Mercedes Lackey / Aug 12, 2020
Winds of Change In The Mage Winds trilogy which began with the best selling novel Winds of Fate author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book Arrows of the Queen introduced
  • Title: Winds of Change
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • ISBN: 9780886775636
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Mage Winds trilogy, which began with the best selling novel, Winds of Fate, author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, Arrows of the Queen introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers aided and served by their mysterious ComIn The Mage Winds trilogy, which began with the best selling novel, Winds of Fate, author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, Arrows of the Queen introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers aided and served by their mysterious Companions horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar s magical heritage None but the Companions remember the long ago age when high magic was lost to Valdemar as the last Herald Mage gave his life to protect his kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries But now the protective barrier set so long ago over Valdemar is crumbling, and with the realm imperiled by the dark magic of Ancar of Hardorn, Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, has gone on a desperate quest in search of a mentor who can teach her to wield her fledgling mage powers and help her to defend her threatened kingdom.
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      • Mercedes Lackey

        Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website


    1. bookslifewine r winds of cNote There will be light spoilers for Winds of Fate in this review Please read Winds of Fate prior to reading this review.The ending of Winds of Fate left the K Sheyna Vale and its inhabitants in chaos Darkwind s father, Starblade, has been freed from Mornelithe Falconsbane s control but still deeply damaged Nyara Falconsbane s abused daughter has gone into hiding with Need and the gryphlets have been cleansed from Falconsbane s taint Unfortunately, Falconsbane is still [...]

    2. Perhaps reading this one straight after the first was a mistake this instalment was full of contradictions which constantly frustrated me The writing continued to be simplistic which, again, was so at odds with the adult content The inner dialogues of the characters in no way matched their age i could go on It s such a shame as the world was super interesting and had lots of potential Sadly the execution let it down.

    3. Had Mercedes Lackey not been such a prolific author, I feel this particular volume would have been widely acclaimed in mainstream literature It is probably the best of all her novels, in my eyes It is extraordinarily rich in characters deeply fleshed out, their motivations clear, in breathing settings the reader can walk in to, and in plot development I am impressed The character Darkwind has an immense appeal as an Aragorn type character Elspeth really comes into her own and shows a much apprec [...]

    4. I had some major issues with this novel far than I usually have with the Valdemar novels.The character of Elsbeth was written like a spoiled brat Mary Sue First of all, all her angst about her place and her duty did not ring true for a young woman her age who has been a herald for sometime and has seen war She came across as teenager The Mary Sue came in with the whole becoming an adept mage in less then a year Please in all the other stories it takes years for a mage to make adept status But n [...]

    5. Winds of Change is both better and worse than Winds of Fate The writing is substantially even we spend less time in Darkwind s head, which is the main problem with the earlier book The stupid jealousy subplots are present and just as stupid this is one of my chief pet peeves, the plot where lovers work themselves into a tizzy assuming their lover is attracted to someone else, when the reader having access to everyone s head knows that this is totally not the case Total waste of my time.Speaking [...]

    6. I read this the first time when I was reading all the Valdemar books back in college I ve reread Talia and Vanyel s series since then but not Elspeth s I enjoyed this book and the four stars is for nostalgia If I were rating it as a new book, it d be a 3.Having read it before, it s hard to accurately review but the plot was enjoyable and I enjoyed Darkwind and Elspeth s relationship I d forgotten a lot until it was reintroduced and my memory was jogged I m looking forward to rereading the 3rd in [...]

    7. Lackey is one of my favorite authors ever I started reading her in 8th grade but I will still pull out her books to reread them Her character building is really her main strength you want to meet her characters which is probably why I always reach for her books as a pick me up, it s like talking to old friends Another trilogy, events occur after the Arrows trilogy and Lackey s writing style improves quite a bit The reason I gave it three stars is because I have a soft sport for her earlier work

    8. Good story, WORST COPYEDIT EVERI picked this series up for nostalgia s sake I first read it years ago, and the writing and story mostly hold up.The EDITING though, is TERRIBLE Whoever put these books together for e book sale should be fired Words misspelled everywhere, with a significant predisposition towards conflating r s with the following letter, e s with c s and other problems It happens thought Lackey s series and is annoying enough that I doubt I ll buy another one of her books digitally [...]

    9. I found the second book in the series to be predictable with uninteresting characters Unfortunately, Elspeth s tale is just not as compelling as the original Valdemar series.

    10. Middle books in trilogies can be trouble You ve already set up the beginning, but you re not ready for the denouement yet Instead you have to fill the book with marching the characters from Point A to Point B, without a satisfying conclusion.I m glad to report that Lackey, who is a professional when it comes to plotting, largely manages after the excitement of Winds of Fate to avoid the middle book sag in Winds of Change, and craft an thrilling tale of adventure and romance.Indeed, I remember be [...]

    11. This book was great We got to see of the character s backstories and watch them progress The story line was well built and didn t feel like it was reaching, like many second books do I liked that we got to see of the character s thoughts The only thing I didn t like was that the ending seemed a bit rushed There was this big built up and plan and then it was all over without anything going wrong in a matter of about 2 pages But other than that, I loved it Great story, great writing, great chara [...]

    12. Few people are good judges of their own heart I love the plotline of this series, I love the Vale and it s people, and the Companions and the gryphons But I still hate Elspeth She s so spoiled, but in a different way that in the Arrows of the Queen trilogy She thinks she the best and it s her way or no way It s only towards the later half of this book that I start to actually not hating reading things from her POV and hearing her speak.

    13. Magical ChangesGreat love story among all the action was wild and free Surprise Vanyel is hanging around they will need his help.

    14. Good but a little irritatingI found this book 2 of the trilogy entertaining but the numerous transcription errors in the gryphons dialect were really offputting

    15. Woohoo, finally we get to see Elspeth and Darkwind get it on, after much tiptoeing around the issue Haha, I ve been waiting one and a half books for this, because I expected it This book I obviously read much quicker than the last, due to it FINALLY being Friday, and the Friday I get four days off after I guess my reading motivation returned with a decent night s sleep I love these books, even knowing what will happen if not exactly how it will occur I only have one book left in this specific se [...]

    16. Oh, oh, oh I haven t been this excited about a couple in literature since Vanyel and Tylendel Stefen from The Last Herald Mage trilogy, which was, ironically enough, written by the same author as The Mage Winds trilogy Mercedes Lackey is nothing if not a fantasy author, but she also creates some of the most touching and memorable couples I have encountered and I am romance cynic Elspeth and Darkwind Two powerful warriors from two completely different worlds now thrown together in a joint effort [...]

    17. Mercedes Lackey is one of my all time favourite authors Her Heralds of Valdemar series is my favourite series of hers Every now and then I re read them This is the second part of the Mage Winds trilogy Herald Heiress Elspeth and her companion Herald Skif with their Companions, Gwyna Cymry, are at K Sheyna Vale have been made wingsibs Elspeth is there to learn magic from Darkwind Darkwind finds Elspeth alternatingly attractive and frustrating as she seems to intuit on her magic lessons Doesn t un [...]

    18. The second book of the Mage Winds trilogy expands on a great deal that was hinted at in the first book of the series, and includes a great many hints about things to come Among others, the developing romance between Elspeth and Darkwind, the further healing of Starblade, and matter of the Heartstone, Tre valen s thoughts and feelings towards the now Avatar Dawnfire, and of course, Skif s hunt for Nyara.And the arrival of my dear dear Firesong Honestly, who doesn t love Firesong Mercedes Lackey [...]

    19. I really liked this book, as much as the first one Of course with all that happened in the 1st book the 2nd deals with the aftermath so it s not full, it s about interaction, further character development, the characters trying to take stock of the situation and figure out where to go from there The one thing I noticed that bothered me I couldn t quite figure it out but the phrase deus ex machina kept popping into my head According to Wiki from Latin, meaning god from the machine plural dei ex m [...]

    20. Mercedes Lackey s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series nearly twenty years later I read and re read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven t re read this series in its entirety in a long time and never as an adult There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re reading project is pretty exciting for me since it wil [...]

    21. I read the first book in this series first 20 years ago, when I was a teenager, and then again in 2008, on a whim I always meant to get around to reading the rest of the series, but something always came up, so I didn t manage to get to it until now.For all that this book is quite adult in its content, it also has an air of childishness to it Sometimes I found that endearing, and sometimes it was annoying I felt differently about it when I was 14 years old, but not so much now that I m in my 30 [...]

    22. This series feels like it has a lot of her husband s hand in it And not just in the drawings He manages to make sketches of characters that look very little like the descriptions of them in the book Elspeth turns into the BRAT again She is whinny and annoying She is complaining about Skif but it seems like she is over reacting because it never shows what Skif is doing She is just thinking about things and it really doesn t sound like Skif is crushing on her at all It really just sounds like Skif [...]

    23. If this series were an anime, this book would be the crappy filler animators put out while they wait for the manga comic to progress the storyline enough to continue.In other words, it s obvious the author needed time to pass so that Elspeth could get her mage training without it seeming to happen overnight So she s filled the entire first half of the book with busy work and random encounters which don t actually advance the plot Unfortunately, Elspeth s training still seems ridiculously fast Wh [...]

    24. This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there for in depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.This novel details Elspeth s learning of magic, and Skif s finding of his cat girl It s quite slowly paced, but fills in a bunch of interesting details.Elspeth and Darkwind both mature in this novel Elspeth is pretty awesome anyway, if I do say so myself, but it s cute to see the romance happening.This history covered in this novel is of the Vanyel var [...]

    25. A snowstorm swirled about the castle when the crystal was moved.Uh Did the Shin a in give Mornelithe Falconsbane a SNOW GLOBE I don t know why I tend to like the second books in Lackey s trilogies the best Maybe because we re given of a chance to get to know the characters and their worlds, without all the PLOT URGENCY NON STOP ACTION of the first and last books.So many new characters and interesting pairings Herald and Tayledras, shaman and spirit hawk, gryphon and mage student, human and bond [...]

    26. In The Mage Winds trilogy, which began with the best selling novel, Winds of Fate, author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, Arrows of the Queen introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers aided and served by their mysterious Companions horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar s magical heritage None but the Companions remember the long ago [...]

    27. This book dragged so much in the middle that I had to force myself to finish it Elspeth is said to be 27 years old in this story I would think that most young women would have been pushed into marriage by her age The Valdemar Council has not pushed her into a royal marriage yet in order to obtain heirs to the crown Could it be that they view the Twins Elspeth s younger siblings children of her stepfather and her mother as sufficient heirs to the crown Elspeth tantalizes us with the thought that [...]

    28. Character conflict drives most of this story, the enemy doesn t even make an appearance until late in the book Actually, most of the book seems to be an extended training montage I enjoyed the exploration of Darkwind and Elspeth s relationship, but their character depth seemed lacking compared to Winds of Fate I particularly love Lackey s emphasis on relationships as partnerships maybe a foil would be useful somewhere Many side characters are developed deeply Unfortunately, there s creepy love [...]

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