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Winds of Fate (The Mage Winds, Book 1) (urspr publ 1991; utgåvan 1992)

av Mercedes Lackey

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High Magic had been lost to Valdemar centuries ago when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. Yet now the realm is at risk again. And Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, must take up the challenge, abandoning her home to find a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage ablities.… (mer)
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Titel:Winds of Fate (The Mage Winds, Book 1)
Författare:Mercedes Lackey
Info:DAW (1992), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
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Winds of Fate av Mercedes Lackey (1991)

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A good start to this new series. Take the main players off of the familiar stage and go someplace new. Entertaining read. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
This is the first book in the third series of books about the Heralds of Valdemar.

In this book, the Heir, Elspeth, and her colleague, Skiff, leave Valdemar to go in search of the mysterious magic powers that Valdemar needed to counter the threat of their implacable neighbour Ancar of Hardon. Most people in Valdemar didn't believe in magic even if they saw it happening but this disbelief was becoming a liabiklity so Elspeth set off to hire mages to counter the magic being flung at them. As the quest proceded it became obvious that she was being herded to a specific destination and, being Elspeth, decided to make her own decisions.

This was a particularly preachy book (ineed the series as a whole is probably the most preachy of the Heralds books but if you can overlook that (much easier now than when I first read them), it is a reasonably decent read. ( )
  JohnFair | Aug 17, 2015 |
I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this re-read.

http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.ca/2015/02/winds-of-fate-mercedes-lackey.html ( )
  ElenaGwynne | Feb 12, 2015 |
I customarily skip the Mage Winds books when reading through Valdemar. They're pretty terrible, for the same reasons the Gryphon books are terrible. That reason is Larry Dixon. He's uncredited on these, but his atrocious writing is unmistakable. (I have been harsh on some of Lackey's work too, but her failures are in completely different directions.)

The Elspeth and Skif chapters are marginally ok - if they were the whole of the book, I'd probably give it three stars. The mock-romance is annoying, and the whole Destiny thing really wasn't developed enough to be interesting, but the core is there. The Darkwind chapters are just bad. Tedious, poorly written, overly reliant on As You Know, Bob and magically induced flashbacks to dump way more info than I care about, and with characters that all tend towards the whiny.

My vague memory suggests that this isn't actually the worst of the three (and the third is substantially better - I do reread that one sometimes) but the only reason I reread this one is because I am doing A Thing and refuse to cheat. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
I really enjoy this book. I've read it half a dozen times, easily. That does make it a little hard to review - I have to remember where this book stops, in the story. So...This is Elspeth's story - Princess Brat has grown up, in several meanings of the term. And as she reaches an age to start acting on her own, Valdemar faces a new crisis in the war with Hardorn - their ancient defenses against magic are weakening, faster than the forgetting-about-magic part of it. There are magic attacks being made within Valdemar - within Haven itself - and too many of the people who should be devising defenses are literally unable to remember that magic is any more than a bards' tale for more than a day or two. Elspeth seems to be immune to this, or at least less bound by it; this, among other things, convinces her that she needs to be the one to go out and find them a mage who can help them devise defenses, and possibly even find Heralds and others who have the Mage-gift and can be trained. She more-or-less gets her way, and heads out accompanied by her Companion, Skif and his Companion, and the sword Need. Things are going along swimmingly...and then Elspeth decides, apparently accurately, that she's being herded along the path of Destiny, and she wants no part of it. Then things start getting interesting.
Alternate chapters of the book, from the beginning, have been telling the story of Darkwind, a Hawkbrother from a clan that's in serious trouble. They're under overt and covert attack by a powerful, evil mage, and some of his early work against them is harming them now. Darkwind, with help from various sources, has just figured out what sort of attack is being made on them, and stopped one of the primary weakening agents - when these weird people all in white show up and claim that they want to help in return for lessoning in magic. Oh, did I mention that Elspeth turns out to have a very strong mage-gift herself? The book ends with a semi-successful ambush of the evil mage, and Darkwind agreeing to teach Elspeth as he renews his own lessons. Next, please! ( )
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High Magic had been lost to Valdemar centuries ago when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. Yet now the realm is at risk again. And Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, must take up the challenge, abandoning her home to find a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage ablities.

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