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As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault, hidden stronghold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised - weapons that Urtho himself felt were too dangerous to use.

With the help of the Shin'a'in plainsmen, they have successfully excavated this ancient arsenal, and risked their lives triggering one of these antique but potent tools of death to unleash a monstrous burst of mage-energy. With this explosion of magical power, Karal, Firesong, and their companions have temporarily counteracted the ever-increasing waves of the mage storms. But they know that this desperate action will not save them - they have bought themselves precious time, but are still far from a permanent solution. They know now that the mage storms are an "echo" through time of the prehistoric Cataclysm which destroyed Urtho's Tower, created the vast and barren Dorisha Plains, and permanently warped their world more than two thousand years ago. And they also know that if they don't find a way to banish these magical vibrations they will culminate in another Cataclysm - this time destroying their world for good.

But the Vault is not the only thing buried for centuries below the Dorisha Plains, and camped in the ruins of what once was the workplace of the most ingenious mage their world has ever known, the desperate allies soon come to realize that their solution may lie beneath the dust at their feet. The saving of their world just might be accomplished by the work of a man who has been dead for millennia!

©1996 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Mercedes Lackey, totally ruined

One of the things that makes these recordings great is what happens when matching the right talent to narrate the right story. What makes them awful is what happens when the wrong talent is used to do the same. This is an awful combination.. this narrator and this story are not even remotely compatible. How do you ruin a wonderful story, by a wonderful author? Have this man read it for you.

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the narrator's voice was too deep and grumbly for all the characters at times it was difficult to understand

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Lags in places but I still love it

To be completely honest this last book is probably the weakest of the three, which is a real shame because I absolutely love Karal - he is probably my favorite of all Lackey's many likeable characters. His journey as a person, his want to help people, and the magical creature (and other more human friends) that attach to him along the way, were much more why I wanted to see how the book ended then the world threatening magics.

Because of this, the series as a whole, though still an immensely fun listen, might be one of those better read. I certainly found it to be so the first time I discovered the series - and it is also easier that way to skip a few paragraphs (or pages) when you get to the parts where it lags.

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Early Valdemar was better

Would you try another book from Mercedes Lackey and/or David Ledoux?

I'd try another book but while the idea of the story was interesting it probably should have been a novella not a novel, it was too long. I love the early Valdemar books and for that alone I would try another book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mercedes Lackey again?

Yes I would, but I was disappointed, this just lost pace at times. I also seemed disjointed, like it had been stuck together from a couple of different stories. and then suddenly it was the end.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration neither helped nor hindered the story. The best I can say of it was that I wasn't aware of the narration as a separate component of the story a lot of the time, which I guess is a good thing.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was bored, and it took several goes to get into the book and I wasn't dying to get back to it. I could leave it alone really easily.

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always loved her books<br />

I've loved her books since highschool can't wait to get more. looking forward to the mage wars.

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An old favorite mangled by an awful narrator!

This book and the other 2 in its series are old favorites of mine, so I was looking forward to listening while I knitted, I was totally disappointed. I have several favorite narrators and have run across a couple who are boring, but this narrator is just plain terrible. The voices he uses for characters change with every book in this 3-book series. His volume goes up and down unpredictably. He leaves words out. He misreads what's on the page. He reads some characters like they need throat surgery, the voice is so hoarse and hard to understand. The way he pronounces the words in the languages created by the author of some of the characters are actively painful. And the way he reads female characters is embarrassing! Seriously, Audible, don't use this narrator again. I'd give him negative 5 stars if I could. I'm certainly never going to make the mistake of buying a book narrated by him again!

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  • Maenad
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 12-28-16

great book, but a computer might read it better

I have loved these books for forever bit the reader is terrible. Everything is a question, and he puts emphasis and pauses in all the wrong places.