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 listeners 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.
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The story is the continuation of the outlander Elspeth in a new and strange land, learning more about herself and the people she has found herself among. Along with various cohorts and their own growth. The stories as a whole are really about growing and learning yourself (or themselves) and over coming obstacles. However it is set in a fantasy world, with real magic, mind magic, spiritual magic, mystical creatures and fantastical races. Over all I find the whole stories wonderful and amazing, through they are geared to a younger crowd. Teens & Young adults.
The narrator in book 1 by the end was starting to annoy me and I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the series (listening I have already read them). But I decided since I love the books so much to give the second one a try. I am glad I did. Someone must of coached her. Her voices for different characters are still not very strong or the greatest choices, but they do not take from the story and someone has coached her on the pronunciations of the world she was reading as that was my greatest irritant in the first one I am extremely thankful for it, and have now finished this one and moved on to the third one.
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