Winds of Change (Mage Winds Series #2)

Winds of Change (Mage Winds Series #2)

by Mercedes Lackey, Mercedes Lcakey

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780886775636
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Series: Valdemar: Mage Winds Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 146,149
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.28(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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

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Winds of Change (Mage Winds Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I love the Valdemar books, the overwhelming amount of spelling and spacing errors on the nook are really becoming an increasingly annoying obstacle. They are not little errors but big ones where names are changed and the only way to determine the intended word is to infer through the context of the sentence what might make sense. These things usually don't bother me but the sheer volume of mistakes is truly frustrating. I do love the author and her books and will continue to purchase her work but not through nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the ebook of this to replace a deteriorated paperback. The book itself is fine but the text formatting is atrocious - in particular with regards to the speech of gryphons. Frankly, I don't see any justification for 3-6 spelling errors page after page after page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but there are more errors in the ebook than there are in the hard copy of this book. This makes it very difficult to read at times even for someone who has read it several times. Many of the r's are replaced by the m which is very confusing. Otherwise it is a very good series. I hope the following books are not a bad as this one is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I love Mercedes Lackey's books, the publishers should be ashamed of releasing this version of an ebook. It was riddled with typos and misspellings, and the font styles (such as italics used when the person is mindspeaking) would change mid-sentence. I bought all 3 of the Winds of Fate books and By the Sword at the same time and all 4 books had the same problem. It was very obvious that no one bothered to proofread the books when they were converted to a digital format, even a main character's name was misspelled! I may buy Mercedes Lackey's newer books as they are released, but I will not be buying any of her older books, even though I really want them, until there's some indication that the quality has improved dramatically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It involves magic,mystery,adventure,and gives thrills to the reader. The book is about Elspeth, the heir to the thrown. She is trying to learn about how she can control her magic, but can she finish her studdies in time to save her people and the Vale from two different evils?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New worlds new ways and magic great read
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Winds of Change is the second book in the Mage Winds trilogy. If you're new to Lackey and the Valdemar series, I wouldn't begin with this book: Go back and read the first trilogy that begins with Arrows of the Queen, and certainly the previous book Winds of Fate. I enjoy the Valdemar series, and Elspeth is one of the first characters I got to know in it, as a child, so I enjoyed reading of her coming of age in this series. This also has elements, that if you loved books of Lackey, including those with Kethry and Tarma, are fun to follow: the sword Need becoming a character in her own right, learning more about the Tayledras, and this book features one of the more memorable of Lackey's villains. Overall, this is a fun and entertaining book.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favourites in the Valdemar-verse. Lackey continues the saga of the Princess Elspeth as she learns about magic in general and more specifically about her own powers as the first Herald Mage since Vanyel. This trilogy neatly ties together several pieces of information from other Chronicles of Valdemar, develops characters we've encountered before (including Elspeth, Need, Skif and Gwena), further deepens reading understanding of newer characters, like the passionate and talented Darkwind and his gryphon friends, Hydona and Treyvan, and introduces Firesong k'Treva, a character that is pivotal to most of the subsequent Chronicles of Valdemar.As some other reviewers have noted, there are mature themes in these books - dealing with sexuality, morality and power use - and may not be appropriate for younger readers, depending on their own maturity level.
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: Mostly a coming-into-your-power plot, with some side adventures and a good bit of romance. The trilogy's villain is still around and presents a background threat, but only gains importance towards the end. Something of a temporary closure is done at the end, with the central plot essentially resolved.Characters: The Tayledras in general are too exotic to really identify with, with the differences often being there for difference's sake. There's a prevalence of stereotypes in the side characters, though a few of them are developed to a point where they become interesting. The main characters go through some growth, since that's the main plot. Style: Nothing challenging. The book pushes the buttons of a young female audience, with plenty of romance and horse-love and a good pinch of dress design. Overall the text flows, though scene transitions tend to be rough. Plus: No damsels in distress, flailing about helplessly. Fairly thought-through magic. Minus: Gryphon speech. There are other ways to describe a hiss than to spell every word with five 's'. Reading more than one sentence that way is virtually impossible. Summary: It's not a book that has vast amounts of things happening, but it's entertainment if you like girl fantasy.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one is, for the first 3/4ths at least, mostly about relationships rather than adventures and quests. Skif is seeking Nyara, but his reasons - and her reasons for disappearing - are the focus, rather than Skif and Wintermoon's adventures while hunting. Darkwind is teaching Elspeth, but again the focus is on their relationship - or relationships - rather than on the lessons themselves. And so on. Darkwind and Starblade; Darkwind, Elspeth, and Firesong; Skif and Wintermoon; Nyara and Need; Nyara and Skif...lots of interactions and reconsiderations. Near the end, it goes back to being an adventure - Falconsbane pokes his head up, in a very nasty attack that comes way too close to succeeding, and they all work together (including Treyvan and Hydona's Clanmates, who show up just in time to help) to take care of him once and for all. Nyara is the focus of the job, but everyone contributes, and it seems that it worked. So then it's time to move on - and all those relationships come into play as they decide who goes where and does what. Very much the middle of a story, though it comes to a reasonable conclusion.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 more 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 often takes the middle of things, be they books or trilogies, to expand on things rather than to focus on big action. The initial conflict is set up in the first book, and this book paves the way for the third book. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is open to interpretation and personal taste. While many things within this book are essential to the plot, it could, realistically, been tightened and shorted and perhaps the trilogy could have been a duology.But to have that happen, you sacrifice a lot of character development and interaction, which I personally find quite entertaining.Especially when you learn about Falconsbane¿s origins and his continued reincarnations, and you see the list of names that he once had and a familiar one just pops out: Leareth. I remember reading that passage for the first time and flashing back to the Last Herald-Mage trilogy and feeling my jaw drop in surprise at the tie-in. Leareth¿s presence in that trilogy could have been easily contained within those earlier three books, but Lackey chose to bring him back, a mere mention that spoke volumes.And fortunately, that isn¿t something that fell prey to the numerous internal inconsistencies within the Heralds of Valdemar series.Falconsbane/Ma¿ar is definitely a fascinating character, once that I¿ll probably talk about in depth after I finish the trilogy proper. The name he takes for himself, Mornelithe, established as meaning Hatred-that-Returns, is all too apt, and has layered meanings that make him well worthy of a discussion all on his own.The Mage Winds trilogy, as I said previously, is definitely one that can¿t be missed for anyone who likes the Valdemar books. It may not be one of my favourites, but it is fascinating, and essential to understanding a good deal of the history of the world that Lackey sets up.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second installment in the Mage Winds series finds Elspeth and Skif in K'Sheyna Vale. The Heartstone is still flawed, but for the time being the combined efforts of Shin'a'in, Taylesedras and Heralds (with a few other unlikely helpers) have thrown back Falconsbane's attempts to take the Vale. Now that mere survival isn't a question, the allies must determine how best to defeat Falconsbane for once and for all.Much better than the first volume (for one thing, Skif stops acting so stupid, and Elspeth starts to seem more human and less like a wooden doll. And this series as a whole is an improvement on the Last Herald Mage (Vanyel's story) series, mainly because there's a fully present villain to deal with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to see what would happen next to the heralds and scouts on the pelagirs forrest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure what the problem was in editing, but since I have read it in paperback as well, it is only an electronic problem. Frequently the multiple rr’s together formed different words, as if autocorrect was turned loose on this version. Irritating, but only minor. Lackey is, as always, an amazing author. I enjoy reading and rereading her works.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, I was gonna buy this through Amazon but all the reviews complained about the same thing: Terrible Editing, so much so that it took away the enjoyment of reading the book. Well guess what? According to the reviews I've read on B&N the same thing exists, so NO Thank YOU
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Mercedes Lackey, but the spelling errors in this book actually make reading difficult at times. I wish someone would learn to proofread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all Mercedes lackey books, the storyline is solid and engaging, which is what earned it the three stars. The editing is not so great, however. I found so many errors distracting. While I can understand some formatting problems that arise from transitioning to the differing formats of eBooks and overlook them, there were simply far too many typos, missing words, extra or repeated word/sentences. I'm not trying to give a poor review here, I am hoping someone will notice and update the books with corrections. Even just a spell check would catch many of them. Every author needs a good editor.
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LadyLesley More than 1 year ago
Hoo-boy. Fighting your way thru the spelling mistakes is hard, very hard! It ruins the story flow. WHO did they hire to edit this book?  A sixth grader? Hello? Spell check anyone? I may have to find the paperback, this is ridiculous! Takes the fun of of the tale. 
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