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1.0 out of 5 starsMp3 is terrible - recording ends before the story ends 👎
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2017
I love this series, so I hate to give this such a bad rating, but this is a reflection of the quality of the mp3 recording. The reader is ok, even though he mispronounces some words, in a way that could be rectified by simply looking them up in a dictionary - for example, "duchy," even though referring to the property of a duke, is NOT pronounced "ducky" (like a rubber ducky), it is "dutch-y." While somewhat annoying, however, the main problem is not the mispronunciation. Very unfortunately, the recording ends about 6 or 7 pages from the end of the book (at least, according to my very old paperback copy of the book) - it is VERY clearly NOT the end of the story!!! I originally thought I had received a defective disc, so called and asked for a replacement. The customer service representative I spoke with was helpful, and got the replacement out to me within two business days. Imagine my disappointment and displeasure upon discovering that the replacement has the exact same defect! 👎I can only assume that the master recording from which they make the copies is defective.I hope it is not that they were so careless while doing the recording that they just did not finish, but based on comments I have seen in how bad the kindle versions of some books are, who knows, especially if they used a bad kindle version for the reader instead of the actual book. Very, very disappointed - I will be returning all three audio books in this series, as it is basically all one story, and the mp3 totally screws up the ending. Very poorly done.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fine conclusion to a terrific series
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
Mercedes Lackey's Mage Storms series is one of my favorites, and this book brings it to a satisfying conclusion with both a solid plot and continued development of characters who have become old friends in the previous books. The inclusion of Baron Melles as a major figure is a particularly interesting twist, bringing Imperial culture to life through the eyes of a complex yet understandable villain, and his unwitting role in preventing worldwide disaster adds another layer to the conclusion. The only real complaint I have is with the e-book formatting, which frankly is rather sloppy. As I am familiar with the hard copy edition, I don't have any trouble following the story regardless, but someone without that background might find it more difficult as italics and sometimes punctuation aren't always where they should be to give the author's intended meaning.
3.0 out of 5 starsThis particular series felt like it was a bit rushed in spots and drawn ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2016
I''ve been reading Mercedes Lackey's books for years, amd generally she is an outstanding author, but occasionally when it comes to a series, she gets into a formulaic rut, particularly on her Velgarath world/Valdemar novels. This particular series felt like it was a bit rushed in spots and drawn out in others, and that there was more that Misty could have covered in this particular series. It seems she tries her best to keep the majority of her books in the <400 page range when most of us wouldn't mind extra reading to get more details, more history on the lands and people. This series in particular gave us a chance to find out more about Iftel, and what the Karsite religion was like before it was corrupted by false prophets and it only touched on this lightly. I would have liked to have seen a closer relationship beween Karal and Alberich, not on a teacher/student basis, but two outsiders from Karse who were taught about the evils of Valdemar and found out things were the very opposite of what they were taught. This book was good light reading, but I believe that so much more could have been included and it would hae been equally as engaging.
5.0 out of 5 starsGteat ending to a wonderful trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020
This last book neatly wraps up all the story lines in the Storm Trilogy . Everyone grows and learns as they face the final storm and comes out changed. Some suffer loses others grow up and all of them learn to live in a world forever changed by the past. It is a stark reminder that our actions in the present can forever change the future . I love all the Valdamar books abd this one is no exception .
4.0 out of 5 starsEdit: much improved! (Was: Terrible OCR in Kindle Version)
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2014
Edit: I noticed that the 3 storm novels were marked as "new" in my library and took a look. The horrific and prolific spelling errors have been corrected for the most part. The gryphonic "accented" text in particular is now rendered as in the original hard copy versions. Hooray for proof reading!
I own all the novels in paper form and have been re-purchasing for my kindle library. All of winds and storm are painful to read. The OCR is bad, and clearly there was no proofreading done afterwards. Nearly every page has a spelling error or three that your brain will auto-correct for the most part (aberration becomes abenation, for example) but in some places it is nearly untranslatable. This is particularly frequent in passages with gryphon speech. Lackey had added in extra letters to evoke the gryphonic accent in the original text; the OCR program has conniptions trying to convert it.
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 )