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{Download Kindle} Ù Storm Breaking ä 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 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 As an end to a major work of fantasy, I m not sure it lived up to the promise of some many books before it Maybe if I was a die hard Lackey fan, I would bedisappointed, but as it is, I sort of liked it, sort of was bored by it.The land has found temporary peace from the storms, but everyone is working hard to find a solution to save them from the ultimate cataclysm, the final storm that will rip through the land In Uthr s old tower, they are trying to find something that they can use to As an end to a major work of fantasy, I m not sure it lived up to the promise of some many books before it Maybe if I was a die hard Lackey fan, I would bedisappointed, but as it is, I sort of liked it, sort of was bored by it.The land has found temporary peace from the storms, but everyone is working hard to find a solution to save them from the ultimate cataclysm, the final storm that will rip through the land In Uthr s old tower, they are trying to find something that they can use to help, while the new King of Hardorn is having to get used to his new powers But divine intervention may only be a heartbeat away as prayer might be the only recourse.It s taken me a while to pinpoint what it is I don t like about these books after all, they were well written, the characters are realistic and intriguing, the world is drawn beautifully, and yet they are lacking It s only as I come to review this final book, that I realised what is missing actual terror or panic or any real emotion about what is happening You get told a lot about what the storms are doing, but never really get to see it our heroes are battened down safely and hear about events outside through magical means So as a reader, you are twice removed.I did enjoy the read, but somehow what actually happened is starting to fade and I only finished it this morning I think I want a bitperil, a bitpersonal action and definitely not a lot of spirits gods ghosts coming along at the end to help everyone out This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It seems that the best character in this trilogy, Duke Tremane, has been reduced to a sad and pitifully stupid character, fallen from the great heights of an excellent military leader an excellent military leader that made the fatal mistake of attempting to deal in politics against the Valdemarians I wanted him to be Chosen I wanted the Heralds to ask the difficult questions of the meaning of their morality now that there is this bad, bad man in their ranks I wanted the problems to be solve It seems that the best character in this trilogy, Duke Tremane, has been reduced to a sad and pitifully stupid character, fallen from the great heights of an excellent military leader an excellent military leader that made the fatal mistake of attempting to deal in politics against the Valdemarians I wanted him to be Chosen I wanted the Heralds to ask the difficult questions of the meaning of their morality now that there is this bad, bad man in their ranks I wanted the problems to be solved politically, not religiously With the creation of Tremane, this series had a very good chance at complexity only Lackey lazily dropped him and all the possibilities he represented for formulaic certainties He vanishes from the story almost as if she forgot that he even existed I was so upset by this lsot opportunity that even the gentle loveliness of Karal and his friends weren t enough to counter balance the obnoxiousness of everyone else in the book As can be seen in my review of volume 2, I can t see Tremane as a bad or unworthy man Flawed Yes Capable of misjudgment and mistakes but he owns up to his mistakes and works around them.Lackey has her Companions smugly assuring Elspeth that, no, rest assured they re in no danger of him ever being chosen they are free of the possible taint of him ever entering the Heraldic ranks I find this condescendingly insulting, unbearably smug, and completely unfair I don t care that he came from the supposed bad guys who have made so little appearance except for a few Mwuahahaha I mma keel j00 style three second cameos in past books that I have very little sense of whether they even are good or bad or neutral half the people from Karse came from the bad guys who s badness we ve been showed repeatedly and in detail I don t care that he s imperialistic, and is obviously political minded.It didn t matter that Tremane spent two volumes being as good of a person and leader as he could under terrible and confusing circumstances It didn t matter that he even acknowledges other religions and tries to work with the peoples wishes as much as possible within the sets of rules and laws he understands and believes to be best It didn t matter that we are not given any real backstory to decide whether or not Tremane was either a good or bad man The fact that he had a man killed with the intent of protecting his own people even going so much as admitting that he had misread the situation and was willing to make reparations he was too tainted to be a good man As I read scene after smugly moral scene, I had no choice to interpret it as thus The god chosen arespecial to the gods than the mere mortal man even if one is trying his best to be morally upright and good because trying is useless The taint of survival and expediency is unforgivable and in this world, there is no forgiveness unless you re a Herald Or possibly blessed by Heraldic intercession Fine, if that s what Lackey intended but she won t be able to sell me the idea that this is a particularly good world to live in.As for the rest of this book this book was formulaic, the characters spent too much time repetitively affirming each others moral decisions and condemnation It had too many characters and, in the end, with the ridiculous addition of some old surprise cameo appearances that didn t seem all that surprising in retrospect, it became plain anti climatic.Book 2 left me with an impending sense of doom This last volume simply left a bad taste in my mouth 19 2019 Re read 4 4.5 starsMisty is my 2nd fav author Misty s Valdemar is one of my fav series I read this book a very long time ago This was my 1st Re read of the book I remember being shocked and excited during my 1st read I loved meeting and learning about Firecats, which are like Companions I adored seeing gryphons and kyree as well as the other races The Re read was nice Spoilers Note to Self An desha 19 2019 Re read 4 4.5 starsMisty is my 2nd fav author Misty s Valdemar is one of my fav series I read this book a very long time ago This was my 1st Re read of the book I remember being shocked and excited during my 1st read I loved meeting and learning about Firecats, which are like Companions I adored seeing gryphons and kyree as well as the other races The Re read was nice Spoilers Note to Self An desha shena Jor ethan 15yo,Sorcerer Mage,half Shin a in,run away,former host to Ma ar,pal Firesong k Treva Tayledras envoy,Healing Adept,Vanyel s descendant Aya Firebird, bondbird Karal Austreben 16yo,Karsite temple novice,now priest envoy,channel,ex protege, ex secretary, son of chief stableman,ex stable sweeper,pal Ulrich Karsite envoy, Priest Adept Mage Black Robe,master,Solaris aid assistant,scholar,died, pal1 Altra Firecat,mage,Karal s advisor,ex Sun of the Sun,god s avatar Florian Companion,Mage,unpartnered,Karal s advisor Elspeth Herald to Outlanders,ex heir,Princess,Vanyel s descendant Gwena Companion Darkwind Adept Mage,k Sheyna Hawkbrother,ex scout Vree bondbird Skif Herald,spy,assassin,mate Cymry Companion Nyara mate,carrier of Need,daughter of Ma ar An desha daughter kinda Need mage,spirit sword,sorceress Treyvan Gryphon envoy,ambassador,mage,dad,pal1 Hydona Gryphon envoy,mage,mom Kerowyn Kero,Herald, Capt.,ex merc Sayvil Companion Alberich Herald, Karsite,weaponsmaster Lady Talia Queen s Own Herald,Empath,Holderkin,honorary Sunpriest Rolan Companion Dirk Herald,mate Natoli Rubrik s daughter,Blue, artificer,pal Rubrik Herald,Valdemar escort,paralyzed,dad Laylan Companion Rris kyree,historian Queen Seleney Herald,mom Daren Prince Consort,Herald,step dad,ex Rethwellan Lord Martial Quenten White Winds rep., freelance mage,Kero s pal Querna shena Tale sedrin Shin a in envoy,ambassador,killed Master Magister Henlin craftsman,Blue Master Tam she,Blue Master Levy mathematician,Blue Master Norten engineer,Blue Master Bret teacher,Blue High Priest Solaris Son of the Sun,Karsite,prophet,Black Robe Adept Mage Hansa Firecat,ex Sun of the Sun,god s avatar Vkandis Karsite god,Sunlord Star Eyed Kal enel Shin a in goddess Tre valen Shin a in avatar Dawnfire Shin a in avatar Sigfrid Red Robe Priest,Karse,pal1 Lord Palinor Seneschal of Valdemar Kyril Seneschal s Herald Herald Teren Dean of Collegium Griffon Lord Marshal s Herald Arnod Herald trainee,17yo Johen Herald trainee Lysee Herald trainee Semon Blues trainee This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I read this about 5 years ago and it appears I liked it less this time I felt it dragged for most of the book up until around page 320 or so And there was a lot of magic double talk that was confusing I wish Lackey had had a cast of characters and who they were as well as a dictionary so I could keep the different factions, tribes, whatever, straight The book was confusing Also, I didn t like the end much Yes, I cried And was it just me Did I miss something or did Baron Melles get away w I read this about 5 years ago and it appears I liked it less this time I felt it dragged for most of the book up until around page 320 or so And there was a lot of magic double talk that was confusing I wish Lackey had had a cast of characters and who they were as well as a dictionary so I could keep the different factions, tribes, whatever, straight The book was confusing Also, I didn t like the end much Yes, I cried And was it just me Did I miss something or did Baron Melles get away with everything he did and became Emperor I kept waiting for him to get his just desserts.I lowered my original rating from a 4 to a 3 This book must be read in order of the trilogy As to where it fits within the Valdemaran books, I would say you might be better off reading the Arrows of the Queen trilogy to getback story on Elspeth as well as the books with Elspeth and Firesong, Need, Mornelithe Falconsbane and Darkwind Winds of Not necessary but it makes this trilogy much richer It s strange, I think the trilogy with Elspeth is better overall the Mage Winds trilogy , perhapseven, but there is so much to like about this book, this trilogy I think there are elements in this trilogy that are great I ll get to that later Parts of it were slow and tedious in my opinion, there were things that weren t explained well, didn t make sense, were inconsistant or at least appeared that way I got tired of it being stated that Karal felt useless I got tired of the Shin a in proverb about being careful what you ask for They might have mentioned it at least four times in the book.On page 46 when An desha is speaking to Firesong, about Karal he says light heartedly that Karal is occasionally bigoted That really comes out of the blue and sounds harsh and unecessary Maybe in answer to some criticisms that Karal seems too perfect That one really rubbed me the wrong way, it was so jarring.Elspeth in this book she just pi e me off She s so arrogant, and b tchy Arrogant in particular on page 56, and b tchy regarding Tremane maybe starting in the middle of the book Religion While it was kind of cool to see the variety of religion in the books, I really got tired of it, it was or became heavy handed And there was too much divine intervention It make things too easy in a way.Florian and Karal I don t know if this is good or bad Karal was Florian s Chosen for all intents and purposes Karal should have been chosen But he wasn t Even though the Companions are mystical, there doesn t seem to be any particular god involved just individuals that are able to be reincarnated if they choose and retain their memories, and control things from behind the scenes to some degree But I think he couldn t technically be chosen because he already belonged to Vykandes, so he was unoffically chosen The best things about the book Tremane I love this character Yeah, I know some things that were going to happen were too perfect in a sense, but I really love how Tremane winds up in Hardorn and what happens to him there The Empire, etc I really loved how this series showed how other countries acted, worked, thought in comparison to the Valdemar we know The Empire was especially well done, well fleshed out but then it needed to be The scale of what is happening to whom, and why The variety of peoples working together and how they came to be working together I loved the scale of the story Solaris She s not a favorite character, but I really came to like her at the end.As I was reading the last pages finding out what happens to who, the aftermath of what s done or not, and then was done and put the book down, I really felt a sense of loss I liked those characters, I liked them working together from disparate backgrounds and to find out what happens to them, where they go and what they do after what s done is done I was thinking, No I guess I just don t like goodbyes.So, bits of really great stuff, but certainly at times slow, uneven, confusing Certainly worth reading.I ll liking be reading the Arrows series with Talia that came before this trilogy or the Mage Wars trilogy I remember loving that one I suspect when I m done I won t be able to pick a favorite trilogy among the three Then I ll be off to read the Gryphon trilogy or revisit the Vanyel trilogy to see if I still like it as much as I recall