Winds of Fury (Mage Winds Series #3)

Winds of Fury (Mage Winds Series #3)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Book Three of The Mage Winds trilogy. No longer the willful novice of Winds of Fate, Princess Herald Elspeth has completed her magical training. She returns to her homeland with her beloved partner Darkwind. Will they be strong enough to confront the magical evil that is threatening their land?

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ISBN-13: 9780886776121
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/01/1994
Series: Valdemar: Mage Winds Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 233,493
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.06(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 Fury (Mage Winds Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
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.
bbgeek12 More than 1 year ago
Winds of Fury is the last and final book of the Mage winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. In this book Elspeth leaves the vale formerly belonging to the Tayledras clan k'Sheyna to travel back to Valdemar. Her departure plans were to go to Firesong's clan and then proceed on to Valdemar. Instead upon departure the whole group is gated to the Forrest of Sorrows were the groups meet the ghosts of Herald Vaynel, his lover, and Vaynel's companion. Vaynel gives them valuable information about the magical barrier around Valdemar among other things. After telling them all he needed to, he sends all to his former home with the warning that the barrier around Valdemar was about to collapse. Elspeth and company arrive in the Ashkevorn manor and must travel to the capital, Haven. Throughout their journey they must endure mage wrought weather and rumors about Elspeth. Once at the capital they are greeted by a great procession and then are immediately lead into a council meeting. Elspeth here renounces her claim to the throne mainly in order to be the first Herald-Mage and fulfill all the duties preceding that occupation. The council agrees and the queen eventually accepts this need. After this happens Ancar is spurred into action by the fact that his mage powers could now be unhindered by the magical barrier formerly around Valdemar. Seeing the results of this violence the Valdemaren counterparts evacuate the country where Ancar attacked and send Elspeth and company on a covert operation into Hardon to assassinate Ancar, his teacher Hulda, and their supposedly dead enemy Mornelithe Falconsbane. This team of magical and non magical assassins proceeds to travel through Hardon in the guise of carven performers. They are assisted by an insider who knows all of Falconsbane's innermost thoughts and Need their magical sword. They make it to the capital and execute their plans. The final outcome of this battle determines the ultimate ending of the book. Throughout the book Lackey uses many literary devices to add characters and components to the book. One of these devices is personification .Lackey allows gryphon's to exist and talk to everyone and act as foreign ambassadors . Also lackey incorporates huge wolf-like creatures called kyree and the magical sword Need. Finally Lackey uses personification to describe the world of Valdemar and the surrounding countries .Another literary device Lackey uses are similes and metaphors. These are also used to better understand the reactions of people and possibly objects, how they would react to certain situations, what they are feeling, and even what they look like. Another literary device Lackey uses is imagery. While the characters are traveling through the land of Hardon, Lackey does a great job of showing you how maltreated the land has been by its ruler, Ancar. She makes you feel for the people and this land by showing their hardships and depression. The best part of this book was the character development. All characters undergo some change throughout the trilogy. Lackey portrays all these changes in a great way. For the main character Elspeth, Lackey shows how her journey to the Tayledras vales matures and how this maturity allows Elspeth to perform tasks that she formerly would not have been able to. Lackey does a good job of incorporating character development in the plot by making a character develop into a key element that ultimately decides the decides the ending of the book. The worst p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not even a hundred pages in and already am becoming irritated. Whoever transcribed this book to the ebook version is an idiot, or they were drunk. The number of typos is appalling. Some words so completely misspelled that I can't even piece together what it was supposed to be. The previous book in this trilogy had a few annoying typos, but this is a level beyond. Barnes and Noble, I am very disappointed in you for even offering such sketi. At this point I am ready to demand a refund. If you want to read this book buy a real copy, because this version is screwed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally love Mercedes Lackey and this story was good, though at some points a bit pretentious, explaining the actions of the characters instead of letting their actions stand alone. The biggest problem I had in this book and series was the poor editing. Character names misspelled frequently or the wrong name, repeated sentences and many, many typos. It just didn't feel like it had been through an editor or like a final draft of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great way to end the series. Valdemar itself is changed, and for the better. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I felt for the characters. Need is funny, I need not say more. She is who she is and has a dry sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud when Firesong was mad at makes me want to laugh as I write this. A great read and I would think that if you read Winds of Fate and Winds of Change, then you will probably read this book.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back to the adventure side of things. Elspeth goes home, with Darkwind, Skif and Nyara (and Need); and, much to their surprise, Firesong and the gryphons (who _meant_ to go to Firesong's vale!). Vanyel is _still_ an elegant pain in the butt (though seeing him interact with Firesong is truly amusing). Haven suddenly has a Heartstone, as well as a Herald-Mage and a good many mage-teachers. Falconsbane sticks his head up again, through some seriously weird coincidence and luck (bad and good). Major life-changes for a lot of people, just incidental to the adventure. Somehow, this book goes so fast that I can't see any over-arching meaning to it, unlike Change - there are a lot of aspects, but I don't really see a theme. Aside from "if you try hard enough, sometimes it works". This time Falconsbane is _thoroughly_ dealt with, as are Ancar and Hulda...and new threats and dangers start to appear. The Mage Storms trilogy follows directly from this story - not just this book, there are threads from throughout the Winds trilogy that don't get dealt with until Storms. I have to review as soon as I finish the book, mostly because otherwise I can't remember where one book stops and the next begins, in this six-book arc. Which is not a complaint - it's one magnificent story.
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: The build-up from the previous two books gets utilized in this one, although the main plot doesn't appear until the last third of the book. Until then it's side trips and side plots to show off the world and fill in a lot of background that is not really needed but is gratituous fan service.Characters: Too many point of view characters for any of them to really develop sufficient depth; most interesting is the newcomer, since he comes with a lot of potential for development that actually gets used. The established characters don't grow, or if they do, they do it in very placative and blatant ways. Style: What gets annoying about the book is that by returning into the established settings, all possible characters, settings, special terminology and ideas get utilized, which becomes grating very quickly. Also, any dialogue involving gryphons is virtually unreadable due to the duplication of 's' to portray their hissing. Plus: The possession plotline. Relatively little romance and fawning over the pretty horsies.Minus: Idiotic and stereotyped villains, very clumsy character development. Summary: An average end to an average trilogy, only it fails to really end the trilogy but simply leads up to the next one.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final installment in the Mage Winds trilogy finds Elsepth, Darwind, Niara, Skiff and Firesong on a desperate mission. They must infiltrate the mage storm-wracked kingdom of Hardorn and assassinate King Ancar and the bloodmage Hulda or see Valdemar overrun by a possessed army. Making a dire situation even more perilous, Adept Mornelithe Falconsbane, arch-enemy of the Talysedras, has been pulled through a proto-gate and is helping Ancar. Should the tiny group's mission fail, all will be lost.Riveting stuff - some loose ends get tied up. (Although some interesting action takes place off stage, so to speak.) A thrilling conclusion, albeit something of a cliff-hanger ending.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Winds of Fury is the third book in the Mage Winds trilogy, so you'd at least want to go read the first two books, starting with Winds of Fate first and I'd also recommend you first read the trilogy that starts with Arrows of the Queen. I liken the Valdemar series to good comfort food. No, this isn't very literary in quality, but I find myself rereading the series every few years, because I like the characters and the world Lackey created. I don't think this trilogy has quite the same verve as the original Arrows of the Queen trilogy, and isn't as moving as the trilogy with Vanyel that starts with Magic's Pawn. So if you're new to Lackey or the Valdemar series, go read the other books first. But if you've read the other books in this series and trilogy, I think you won't find this conclusion to the trilogy involving Elspeth disappointing. Go then and let yourself enjoy some times with old friends.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This volume is aimed at tying up the Mage Winds Trilogy, although as noted by at least one other reviewer, in many ways the entire trilogy is really setting the ground work for the Mage Storms trilogy. There are times when the development of Mornelithe's character seems jerky and choppy but it's my impression that Lackey wanted to demonstrate how patchy the villain's sense of self and reality are. The final show down in this book always seems to abrupt to me - the explosion of rage between the two female mages is understandable in light of their history but it takes no time whatsoever for them to go from cooly in control to unhinged and it always strikes me as an awkward moment.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Winds of Fury is the third book in the Mage Winds trilogy, and is not only a satisfying but also quite creative and interesting conclusion to that part of Valdemar's history. The war with Ancar rages on, and the stakes are even higher now that, thanks to Ancar botching a spell, he has Falconsbane in his clutches and under magical coercions. Magic has returned to Valdemar and mages are being recruited from all over, and those with mage-potential are being looked for and trained. Everything's leading up to a battle between not only Valdemar and Ancar, but also Falconsbane, and Hulda, three of the most powerful and pissy people that Valdemar has had to deal with in an age.That alone would be epic enough, but Lackey takes it a step further by giving us the character on An'desha, the man whose body Falconsbane took over and is currently inhabiting, and who is trapped in a tiny corner of Falconsbane's mind, his own personality intact but afraid. With the help of a little divine intervention, An'desha works to undermine Falconsbane's plans from the inside while the heroes of Valdemar can attack from the outside.I've always had a fondness for stories involving trapped mental presences, other people dwelling in minds where normally there's just one personality present. (What can I say, MPD and DID have been pet interests of mine for a long while now.) An'desha appealed to me from the moment he was introduced for that reason alone, and that was just helped along when we got to see his backstory, find out how his body was taken over by Falconsbane/Ma'ar, and more interestingly, just how he managed to keep his own personality intact while quietly sharing headspace with an ancient psychopath.If there's one thing about this book that irks me, though, it was actually the divine intervention that did it. I have no problem with deities showing their hands, but I have to admit that some things seemed a little bit like a cop-out. Avatars assisting someone, fine. But the goddess reaching down and undoing most of the physical changes that were done to both An'desha and Nyara so that they no longer looked so inhuman seemed like things were being tied up too neatly. A good chunk of the Valdemar books stress that actions have consequences, but that's just undone by admitting that sometimes your gods will step in and remove the consequences or the difficulties just because they feel like it. I'm not saying that An'desha and Nyara didn't deserve pity for what had been done to them. It's more like I'm saying it would have been far more interesting to see them continue to cope with what they had, come to grips with it, and moved beyond it. If you're looking for inspiration in characters, removing their problems rather than having them get past their problems takes away that which could be incredibly inspirational.It also raises questions. Why didn't the goddess step in earlier and remove Falconsbane's coercions from Starblade? Why didn't she show up and smack Ma'ar down in one of his previous incarnations? Why use that great power for aesthetics? It would give An'desha and Nyara some comfort, no doubt, and was a nice reward for all that they had done to bring Falconsbane down, but it seemed rather arbitrary.Aside from playing the deity card, this book was quite enjoyable, and a fitting end to the trilogy. It closes off that arc of the story nicely while still leaving some tantalising unanswered questions. If I didn't know there were books in the series after this, I'd be able to make a pretty good guess that there would be at least one set soon after. (As it turns out, there's another trilogy, which I will be getting to shortly.) Good Valdemaran fun, and this is pretty much where we get to see what I would consider the height of Lackey's stylistic development in the Valdemar novels. Definitely interesting to see that progression.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lackey’s stories of Heralds and horses, Companions and bondbirds, Hawkbrothers and Shina’in. So much fun!
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Very good story. Excellent Valdemar series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is as excellent as all of Mercedes Lackey's books always are. I always go out of my way, and spend the last of my little bit of money to get and read any of her books. She always writes about the characters in a situation and how they react to it. Other writers, that I have found to be dry, write about the situation that the characters were in and what the proper way to react would be. Please Mrs. Lackey, do not ever stop what you are doing. Not only are you my favorite writer, but you are one of my role models. I love your work, and will choose to read one of your books first. Your work is needed in this world. Love Mrs.Chupp
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