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Winds of Fate is the first book in the Mage Winds Trilogy.

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.

The Tayledras scout Darkwind is the first to stumble across the menace creeping forth from the "Uncleansed Lands." And as sorcery begins to take its toll, Darkwind may be forced to call upon powers he has sworn never to use again if he and his people are to survive an enemy able to wreak greater devastation with spells of destruction than with swords....

©1991 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Ok-could be shorter

First, this was my first Mercedes Lackey book, so i did not have nearly as many issues with the narrator as other reviewers did. I thought the narrator was actually quite good. She used sufficiently different voices that I usually knew who was talking, and her Like other reviewers have mentioned, her accents were sometimes uneven, fading in and out slightly with each sentence, but it was not so pronounced that it pulled me out of the story. And yes, she sometimes (but not always) pronounced "merc" as "mere," but it was probably a typo and the narrator probably isn't allowed to correct those.

Second, it *was* a bit confusing to jump into the Valdemar world with this book. All the recommendations i read suggested starting with the Arrows of the Queen series. Since all of the Arrows series is not available on Audible, I decided to start with this series, and it was clear from early on that I was missing out on a lot of back story that the reader was expected to know. However, it was still enough of a complete story on it's own to make it worth reading.

Third, I agree with other reviewers that this book would have been much better with some additional editing to cut down on the lengthy internal thoughts of the main characters. And that's coming from someone who overanalyzes everything and generally likes when characters work through things logically. In this case, especially in the first half of the book, there was so much internal monologing that was long, boring, and totally unnecessary to the story.

Overall, i don't think this was the best introduction to Lackey, but it was still a solid book. I loved the usage of magic, the connections with various intelligent animals, and the strong female characters (Kerowyn, Elspeth, and Need). There was too much focus on romantic interests for my tastes, but there was enough else to enjoy that I was able to look past the annoying budding romances.

I am going to try another Lackey book in the Valdemar series, but I don't think I am going to get the next book in this series, at least not right away. It left off in a comfortable enough place that I'm not dying to know what happens next. And, from the references in this book, I'm more interested in finding out more about what happened in the earlier Valdemar world.

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Love this series!

I wish all this series was on Audible! I have been reading these since middle school and just keep coming back.

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couldnt make it through the book

the concept sounds awesome and a couple of scenes got my attention but the narrator is so monotone I practically drifted off every other paragraph. I heard it was good so I think ill just get the hard copy and read it to myself

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The narration is so distractingly bad..

Why do all hawkbrothers sound like old Transilvanian gypsies? The narration makes listening to this wonderful story a chore.

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Enjoyable story, bad narrator

What disappointed you about Winds of Fate?

The narrator. She has no ear for fantasy names, and gives strange accents to them. The Taylendras are clearly Native American, but she makes them sound A cross of Eastern European and Irish.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mercedes Lackey? Why or why not?

Yes, I just hope the narrator is different.

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

Not if I can help it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was only the narrator I had a problem with.

Any additional comments?

Narrators need to sit with the author and get a better feel for the characters.

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narrator is a talentless hack

I loved this story until I heard this presentation of it. I suppose if you want to fall asleep this will do.

BORING!!!! the narrator destroys the story with her awful reading.

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Good reading, minor error grates

Good, but the reader repeatedly says "merc" as "mere". It's the abbreviation of "mercenary", not "merely" anything. Clearly, it's a usage the reader wasn't familiar with, so she replaced the "c" with an "e" to make the word familiar.

Other than that, a couple of names came out differently than were pronounced in older works. The Queen's Own is "Talia", whom this reader pronounces "tah-LEE-uh" instead of the usual "TAH-lee-uh". Fans of this author get very picky about things like that.

All that aside, it was a wonderful reading.

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  • B. Currie
  • Van Nuys, CA United States
  • 11-29-16

Love the book, narration needs a copy editor

The book is one I've read before and it's one of my 'comfort food' books. This review is for the narration.
The narrator's voice is pleasant, though slow (I sped up the play back for my own preference). There are many times the word merc (as in short for mercenary), is read as the word mere. There were a few other places where the wrong word is read, possibly due to typos in the text the narrator is using. When this happens itt throws me out of the story.

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  • Jennifer
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 11-01-16

Entertaiing

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It took some time to get into this story but once I did it was entertaining. I was really hoping Elspeth would’ve gotten knocked down a peg or two before the story was over but it never happened. Once she started on her adventure she was extremely rude and self-absorbed – her character was completely unlikeable.

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Barely passable

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

This is a familiar book to me that I enjoy, but the performance is just so sub par that it should be redone. I can only assume that the author never had anything to do with the recording -- or ever read the e-book (OCR) version of her books, or ever heard the final product.

What did you like best about this story?

It's fanciful and fun and I generally like the way that the Valdemar books are written.

What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

Karen White's cadence is deliberate and ponderous. Early on, the inflections of her sentences is remarkably similar. She was obviously uncomfortable and unpracticed with the fantasy words used.

Also, she's not an amazing actress in general. Her voice is pleasant. I wish she would have used accents less -- I would have rather had a more homogenous world than the sense that characters spoke their own languages slowly and uncomfortably.

Was Winds of Fate worth the listening time?

Well, I like the book and had some credits to burn, so I won't be turning them back in. However, it should never have been 18 hours. That length was based on the slow pace of the reader.

Any additional comments?

The OCR errors should never have gone live. I'm truly shocked that no one in the recording and reviewing process ever questioned words that appear to be randomly inserted into sentences in ways that don't make sense. I understand that the fantasy words could be mis-read without anyone not familiar with books. However, when the text is english, there's no excuse.

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