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BeckyWTop Contributor: Coloring
2.0 out of 5 starsB-o-r-i-n-g!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2019
I have read most of Lackey's Valdemar series and love them but this trilogy is giving me problems. The first book in this trilogy was ok but not a page turner. This book....is just plain boring. It seems that Lackey is very obsessed with same sex relationships. That is about all this book is about. It's a RELATIONSHIP book and NOT up to the wonderment of Valdemar. I am really struggling to get through it and will finish it since it is the middle book in the trilogy. I should have paid more attention to the lower reviews on this whole trilogy before I started it. I probably should have passed. I'm over half way thru and so far....nothing much has happened. It's more like a cheap romance novel and I really hate the page after page of either An'desha or Firesong "thinking the himself" about the relation ship. Talk about a nap maker! Actually Karal does alot of the "thinking to himself" too. Some may not be so bad but page after page after page of it....NOPE! I started skipping most of those pages. So....If you are looking and hoping for a page turner Valdemar book....you'd better look elsewhere.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2015
This is one of my favorite authors and love rereading over and over. The only reason I lowered stars is that the fist and third were available with audio at a reasonable price but when went in to purchase Storm Rising only available at very high Audible price. Very disappointed because kindle text to speech is awful, and other 2 in series are available with audible add-on as option. It forces you to put up with an text to speech, which is far behind in quality, or pay very high audible price. ( Realize it is a computer voice but there is no quality control for pronounciation. It is especially noticeable in fantasy/science fiction with odd names, and a lot of conversations. And STOP reading a colon as a word!!! It was so distracting after I figured out "colon" wasn't' a character LOL) It is the only trilogy I have purchased that does not offer all the volumes with audible as add-on, when available. I love these books and am very disappointed in this seemingly obvious ploy.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn enjoyable continuation of a fine series
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
The second book in Mercedes Lackey's Mage Storms trilogy, this book juxtaposes the magical storms building in the characters' physical world with the storms building in their personal lives and interactions, and the resolutions of several personal problems are key to developing a solution to the larger problem facing everyone. I found it an excellent read, although the editing of the e-book version left something to be desired as italics designating a character's inner thoughts don't always leave off or resume when they should.
I had this in hard cover already but I enjoy using my Kindle/phone/iPad interchangeably so much I actually purchased Storm Rising again for Kindle. I enjoyed the.book but was VERY disappointed with the Kindle version. First, I would greatly appreciate a discount for purchasing a Kindle version of a hard cover book previously purchased from Amazon, but realize it was my grudging decision to do so. Second, I was doubly disappointed that the Kindle version was so full of misspellings and faulty punctuation, some of which were so bad as to render a whole sentence meaningless. Does anyone understand the concept of proofreading prior to publication?! By the way, the same comments apply to both the Mage Storms and Mage Winds trilogies. (I know, I was dumb enough to keep buying them, but I really do love my Kindle)
Some authors resonate, some don't -- I'll admit getting sucked into the trilogy as an audio book for my 150-mile a day commute and there are moments that grab at me, there are also long passages that put me to sleep, at which point I turn it off and give it a rest so I don't doze off in traffic. The characters are generally interesting in an odd, outside society sort of way, but the long passages of 3rd-persona "documentary" descriptions or the long passages of introspection by one arrogant malcontent or another erodes what could otherwise be a pleasant if pedestrian story... it's one of those accounts that has moments of action or dialogue that are momentary interest, but after three of these and previous book by this author, I usually never get to the "so what..." question, nor really care which of the characters comes out on top...
A very good middle book, Usually middle books are necessary evils, to get you from the problem to the conclusion. But I liked all the interplay of the situations,. and how people are reacting. I read this on kindle and there were some typos that I have not found in the book versions, so I suspect that some of this was conversion issues. (For reasons I can not fathom, I had bought volume 1 and volume 3 as hardbacks, and could not find anywhere in the house volume 2, I may not have bought it, So I just bought volume 2 on kindle so I did not have to stop right before Christmas and find it at a store.)
3.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable book, lots of problems with conversion to Kindle
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
I like this book, and I have been able to read over many of the content errors--but it really does get distracting when you have 5 plus on a single page! I have gotten rid of most of my hardbacks due to space, hand strength and eyesight limitations and I only buy new books on Kindle. I WANT my old favorites and even my old "like enough to reread occasionally" books to be available on Kindle, but please--proofread the things! Someone else mentioned 20 or 30 content errors--must of gotten tired of counting!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
Mercedes Lackey never disappoints. She has given us the Kingdom of Valdemar, with its heralds and companions and mind magic. This trilogy gives us a better understanding of the neighboring kingdoms of Karse, Hardorn, and the evil Eastern Empire. It also brings "real" magic back to Valdemar for the first time in centuries. Beautifully written. Prepare to get lost in the intrigue!
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best epic of Mercedes Lackey
Reviewed in Italy on February 9, 2013
In the trilogy of the Storms, finally all the threads which started with the Valdemar trilogy (and from the past even from the Black Gryphon Trilogy and the books of Tarma and Kethry) come to the end. It is quite impossible personally to evaluate the three books one by one,as in truth they are a single book divided. Wthout going into spoiler , the books shows what's happen to the whole world of Valdemar (and Hardorn) too, when something much more dangerous than a black adept can cause havoc to the whole world Because the storms arrives directly from the past... And only working all together all the people of the various kingdom and people even of the Shin'a In and even some artifecres shall eb able to face this trouble What can people do when this event can destroy the whole world? These books have the answer, but logially, with step by step solution of people working together and stumbling and making mistakes, but nonetheless doing their best as human (or Gryphon, or Hertasi )