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  • Winds of Fate

  • Valdemar: The Mage Winds, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

High Magic has been lost to Valdemar centuries ago when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. Yet now the realm is at risk again. And Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, must take up the challenge, abandoning her home to find a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage abilities. But others, too, are being caught up in a war against sorcerous evil.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • bad Editing and narration make a writer look bad

  • By Jonathan Todd on 06-21-14

Returned the whole series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I loved reading this series, but I had to return the audible version. The narrator mispronounces names, and chose really strange accents for the characters. She was also not consistent with the characters accents.

  • Winds of Change

  • Valdemar: The Mage Winds, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much improved

  • By Linda on 01-30-14

Bad Narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Narrator wasn't a good choice for this series. Hard to get over the bad accents and mispronunciation.

  • Winds of Fury

  • Valdemar: The Mage Winds, Book 3
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

No longer the willful novice of Winds of Fate, Princess Herald Elspeth has completed her magical training. She returns to her homeland with her beloved partner, Darkwind. Will they be strong enough to confront the magical evil that is threatening their land?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, acceptably read

  • By Christian on 06-01-15

not impressed with the narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Really unfortunate narrator. Like other people have mentioned, the accents were really strange for the characters, and a lot of the names were really mispronounced!

  • Reserved for the Cat

  • Elemental Masters
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Mirabai Galashan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Based loosely on the tale of Puss in Boots, Reserved for the Cat takes place in 1910 in an alternate London. A young dancer, penniless and desperate, is sure she is going mad when a cat begins talking to her mind-to-mind. But her feline guide, actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, helps her to impersonate a famous Russian ballerina and achieve the success she's been dreaming of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good one for Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series

  • By Bonnie on 08-23-12

Performance ok

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Didn't love her voice for Jonathan. it was high pitched and almost whiney in tone, I always imagined his voice bring lower and smoother when I read the book.