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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 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

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

Read all of the Typos (but Great Story!)

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What did you like best about Winds of Fate? What did you like least?

I'm a long-time Mercedes Lackey fan and was prepared to enjoy this familiar story in a new medium. I like the tension between Elspeth and the Companions, and I loved that she dressed up and went around with a brassy female mercenary on their journey. However, the narration was not of the same quality I'm used to from other audiobooks. Free public domain librevox recordings have better editing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Need, probably, because this book is where her character goes from a vague idea to an actual personality, which I enjoy.

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

I might have to find Karen White and fight her if she says "mere" one more time when she means "merc." She did it once in the same paragraph that she said "mercenary company." There is no way that the context clues were not pointing toward ::shortened version of the word mercenary, which begins "m -e - r - c":: even if an error did cause many of the "merc" references to show up as "mere." But it's possible she was not permitted to correct even very obvious typos? I'll listen to the rest of this series, but not seek her narration out again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Distracting Errors (Typos!)

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the narrator! Or the proofreading - it's just possible the narrator wasn't allowed to deviate even from very obvious typos?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nyara is my fav because she doesn't give up, and because kitty!

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

Hmmm... I AM willing because I'm going to get the next book, but I won't seek her other work out if I can help it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful