With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.
©1994 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This is one of my favorite books, you have no idea how happy I am to have it in audiobook! Karral's journey from horse boy to secretary to well where he ends up is a journey I love to take over and over.
I was slightly disappointed in the performance however. The narration is slow. Just enough to frustrate me. Thankfully I listen on audible's app and I was able to increase the speed to 1 and 1/2 speed. This makes all but a few sentences sound normal paced. Those sentences usually being an excited quote. Anyway thanks to this feature I was able to listen and love one of my favorite books.
Always enjoy stories about Valdemar. This one carries forward interesting characters into adventures in lands of new frontiers ,people, and places. Have ordered book two in the series.
This was a book I read years ago when first published. I loved the story.
Karal. A young man poised for great things who has normal concerns.
He made an exciting book almost boring!
Get a different narrator!
This trilogy is one of my favorite story arcs and Karal is a favorite character. Other reviews of the narrator nearly scared me off and I'm very glad I took a chance on it anyway. I'm from the Midwestern US and we speak a little slower than your average New Yorker, and while I did find him a little slow at first, I quickly adjusted and greatly enjoyed the series. I have returned books before for bad narration but there was never any question that this would be one of those. Now my only wish is that more of the Valdemar stories would be made available in audio!
I am just starting this book and am struggling with the reader. HORRIBLE!! I will stick it out since I love the series but will not purchase any more books by the reader. Poor inflection and emphasis on work words. Terrible.
I love this book and was happy to see it available in Audible but this narrator is horrible! He is so slow that I have had to speed up the narration to 1 1/2 X normal speed in order to listen to it.
Yes, the narrator. He doesn't have a wide enough range for a book with a large cast.
The narrator is weird choice for this series. He have a lovely deep voice, but this a series with a very young man as the lead. But my biggest problem is he seemed to only have two ways of differentiating characters - either making his already deep voice even deeper and more booming or making his voice whispery sinister. I can get past any pronunciation issues, that sort of thing does not knock me out of the story but it took me well into the 2nd book of the series to get over the voices. A voice that is described in text as a young mans voice should not be preformed as wheezy asthmatic and elderly
This is a good story. I read the books many years ago and I own them all. I am a great Mercedes Lackey fan. I have recently learned the best way to ruin a good story is to give it a terrible narration. He has an interesting voice, but as a narrator for this book, he ruined it. I could take no more than 20 minutes of grinding my teeth. This is a truly terrible version of this book. Disappointed doesn't cover it. Don't waist your money, or your credits..
I love this story and I love listening to stories read aloud. The parts that were in Karal's head were the best because the reader didn't have to make up stupid voices.
Karal Austreben is an interesting and deep character who has a wonderful 'voice' in the story itself.
Just about ANYONE who could speak at a reasonable pace and who might be willing to read the pronunciation guides that M. Lackey has published in several places. Not to mention someone who had more than three voices for characters that are not horrible.
PLEASE find some better readers for these books. They are some of my favorites and it is horribly disappointing to have them read by people who don't even care enough to learn how to pronounce the names.
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