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by Jody Lee,Larry Dixon,Mercedes Lackey




In the epic conclusion of the Mage Winds trilogy, Princess Elspeth the Herald and her partner, Tayledras adept Darkwind, return to Valdemar to confront the evil that is threatening her homeland.
Download Winds of Fury (Mage Winds, Bk. 3) epub
ISBN: 0886775620
ISBN13: 978-0886775629
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Jody Lee,Larry Dixon,Mercedes Lackey
Language: English
Publisher: DAW Hardcover (August 1, 1993)
Pages: 400 pages
ePUB size: 1707 kb
FB2 size: 1371 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 777
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Xal
The Kindle version of this book has many typos. I counted more than 10 before I quit counting about a quarter of the way through. I'm pretty sure the previous book in the series had many as well, although in that book, some were hard to tell because they were in the midst of transliterated conversation by the Gyphoons. In this book, however, they were unmistakable. This is just plain bush league and it was enough to detract from the enjoyment.
Regarding the story: this is the climax of a trilogy and integral to a much longer history of Valdemar. If you have been hooked by this universe then you will enjoy this book.
Some parts of the book are a little slow as it gets caught up in characters' thinking which tends to ramble. Also, sometime the thoughts are so intermixed with dialogue that the dialogue is interrupted and hard to follow. A person will say something and then there is a page or more of another person's thoughts that may or may not be directly a result of the vocal comment. Add to it is the fact that some of the dialogue is in mind-speech and it does get confusing.
Dialogue is fun and characters are interesting.
There is more than one love story going which makes it fun for the romantic.
This series included some pretty horrible villains. The things done by these villains are horrible and are most assuredly torture and sadism. While Lackey attempts not to be overly explicit, the descriptions are enough that if you don't like such things, then these books may not appeal to you. Personally, I thought they were a little too much, but I still finished the books and will probably read other series. (Note that if you haven't read the Arrows series, this is true to a lesser extent also of Arrow's Fall, but not as much so in the first two books of that series.)
This series also delves deeply into the appearance and intervention of gods/godesses and their avatars, not to mention spirits of long dead persons.
Vital Beast
I bought this book a number of years ago in hardbound and thoroughly enjoyed it, and have reread it a number of times. The original is showing its age due to multiple rereads and house moves so I went with the Kindle version rather than the dead tree edition as it should last longer this time. The story I rate as 5 stars, again, I'm repurchasing this, so figure I enjoyed it enough to buy it again. My 3 star rating (generous given the number of errors) is due to the fact that the Kindle edition was poorly (more likely not at all) checked prior to publishing. There are typos, there are incorrect words, punctuation issues, etc. I'm assuming they probably scanned and OCR-ed without much in the way of checking the output. Any editor worth their pay would have sent this back for corrections before allowing it out the front door. If I was the author or the editor with my name on or in the book, I'd be embarrassed.

To the folks at DAW... Please check your work. The original books were well edited and mostly free from flaws. When you provide a Kindle version, please verify that the work is not degraded due to glaring errors that exist in this whole series of Kindle books. There's little excuse for this sort of poor workmanship, and I have to imagine it significantly reduces the value of stories from wonderful authors like Mercedes Lackey. For the new reader that starts with the Kindle edition, they're going to think poorly of the author and publisher that lets such flaws exist in the finished product. It would be a shame to drive new readers away from DAWs superb collection of authors and stories for something as basic as this.

To Amazon... Kindle is your platform, you should be encouraging these publishers to do better with their Kindle editions. This is not the only publisher with comments like this and others concerning Kindle version/transcriptions from paper works. Publishers such as DAW usually have high standards with their hard and soft bound books. The electronic versions should not be of lesser quality than what they demand of themselves when publishing printed versions.
Wal
As much as I have loved these books for years and was excited to finally find them in digital copy as a set, I'm somewhat disappointed.

The story is there, and that's most important. However, the OCR scan of the original text and the quality-check of said scan (if any was done) are pathetic. There are MANY words throughout all three texts that are miss-scanned and outright wrong. Momelithe instead of Mornelithe is one of the more common errors. The scan errors are common enough and jarring enough to interrupt the flow of the story frequently.

If this kind of thing bothers you, you might want to hold off on the purchase. Obviously it bugs me enough to leave the review. I still read the entire set. As I've said, I've loved the story for years. If such things bother you not, then by all means enjoy the story for the first or hundred and first time.
Sadaron above the Gods
As this was a reread and a repurchase of a lost book, it was what I remembered it to be and I do like this author. Sold as standard fantasy, a lot of her earlier writing, when she isn't collaborating with her husband, comes off as more Young Adult that standard, all-age, fair. While her newer novels, involving pre-teens and teens, are feeling like more mature books. Although, it does feel like she is starting to run out of things to write about in this world. I think she needs to go back to the very beginning and write about the founding of the country and of Haven, back to the baron that fled the empire, and the very first heralds.
Mautaxe
I was rather disappointed in this trilogy. I loved the first Arrows of,the Queen trilogy, but these three didn't cohere as well. Too many stories juggling for their moment in the spotlight and the conversion to ebook has been poorly done. The typos are appalling, especially in the second in the series. It appears to have been scanned and poorly proofread. Similarly, the illustrations between chapters are often just smudges of grey and black tones. I did enjoy some of the characters. But Elspeth and Darkwind pale in comparison with Thalia and Dirk.