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.
It was hard to listen to the narrator, who had a cold. Also his character voices were lame, and he even mispronounced key terms in the story...Very disappointing.
I actually liked the narrator.
...what a silly question. This is book 1 of a trilogy that takes place directly after a trilogy that takes place a few years after a trilogy. There are endings?
I can do the dishes while reading
A lot of people complain about this narrator but he's better than the one they got for the last herald Mage trilogy who mispronounced simple English words like bow. I could do without the raspy voice for some characters but otherwise I found him enjoyable to listen to.
Thought the story line started slow it made sense after you getting further in the plot.I increased the narrator speed and was more comfortable with listening. I will listen again, I also bought book 2 and ,. with the same narrator plan to speed up those also.
Slow Slow Slow
Once the narrator was speeded up.
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.
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!
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
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.
The first part of this book brings the reader up to date on characters they have met in the "Arrows" series, the "Last Herald Mage" series, and the "Mage Wind" series. While some time is spent filling the reader in on some details, it is written more to jar a memory than to explain the story. So I wouldn't advise jumping into this book as a newbie.
It does move slowly at first, but that is mostly to set up the canvas, and then the excitement and intrigue picks up. Another delightful book from Mercedes Lackey.
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