Monday, 14 September 2015

The Mage Storms - Mercedes Lackey

Karse and Valdemar have long been enemy kingdoms, until they are forced into an uneasy alliance to defend their lands from the armies of Eastern Empire, which is ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics may be beyond any sorcery known to the Western kingdoms. Forced to combat this dire foe, the Companions of Valdemar may, at last, have to reveal secrets which they have kept hidden for centuries... even from their beloved Heralds. 

My thoughts:
This is an omnibus with 3 books from the obvious trilogy that it is.

First up we have Storm Warning.
In this one I realised that there has been 2 trilogies before this one, my bad. So yes some people and events are totally new to me. But what was good is that it's from the pov of Karal. A priest from another country. So we meet everyone through his eyes, and I am saved that way. This book was mostly build up. 2 countries wants to make peace. An empire wants to destroy them all, and storms are coming with devastating effects.

Storm Rising is book 2
This book mostly deals with the aftermath of the first storms and more storms, and people talking about what to do with the storms.
On personal fronts Karal is dealing with what his God wants of him.
His friend is having love issues
And the most interesting part. The Empire sent a man to a neighboring country to take over. They had been ruled by an idiot so they were happy about it. I liked how he came in and understood that he had to care for his new subjects. Now if he can get that he should not take over more countries, than all will be good.

Storm breaking book 3
It's a fact. Duke Tremane is the best character in this book. I found myself reading his passages fast. I like what he is doing in the country he is meant to conquer.

So, all 3 books then. Book 1 was the best. Book 2 the weakest. Book 3 has the best character arc. So for that book 3 was the best, but only when it was about Tremane. He was interesting to read about.

Still I do feel like to really understand this world, those 2 other trilogies should be read first. It took a lot of the pleasure from me when I had not read them. Also the end, yes it was an ending, people are happy. But I felt more could come. Then again I need to check that if there is more...

For Lackey lovers this is a must.

Paperback, 1000 pages
Published September 4th 2015 by Titan Books
Fantasy
For review


40 comments:

  1. I still haven't read a book by her. Some day I will!

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  2. Oh wow I don't think I'm up to reading 3 trilogies just to understand this one, I'm afraid. But I'm glad you enjoyed it overall.

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  3. Hm... I do enjoy omnibuses, but it sounds like the other trilogies should have been included. That would be a massive book. We can do it. :)

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    1. Oh not in this omnibus. OMG that would have been HUGE

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  4. I'd love to give more of her books a try. I've only read House of the Four Winds, which was co-written by James Mallory.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Oh right, the new one, that one looked cool

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  5. I enjoyed her Dozen Daughters even if it's like a fanfic of Pirates of the Carribean... is this adult?

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  6. I hate it when I land myself in the middle of something. Glad you were able to muddle through even w/o the older books in the series. A 1000 pages, you go girl!

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  7. Eep..that is a lot of books if I want to catch up.

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  8. I don't think I've read this one but I used to really enjoy her books. I should try!

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  9. I read another series of hers many years ago, but I think those were vampires. So I don't think they're connected to these. Glad you still enjoyed them despite missing out on previous storylines.

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  10. HA. Will definitely make sure to read the trilogies in order if I ever manage to squeeze these in ;)

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  11. Great that you could jump right into it, even after the unread two previous trilogies. And, wow, this sounds like a work of considerable length... Yay for happy endings! :)

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    1. I do wonder what happened in those other trilogies ..

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  12. I still haven't read Lackey! I know I'm terrible! I hate when ai accidentally get a second trilogy! You're braver than I am jumping in.

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    1. Well this was my first so bad me too

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  13. Wow 1000 pages is alot. I am so bad with continuing books in series/trilogies.

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    1. Cos it's 3 books and that made it worse somehow

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  14. Oh snap! 1000 pages?! Girl, you got some chops. :)

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  15. I've not read any of her fantasy books yet. I hear great things about them. But I wasn't to impressed with her writing on her superheroes series I was following. I seemed taken with the other authors work more than hers there. But I should try one book in the fantasy realms.

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    1. Superheroes, see no idea what that book is either

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    2. It's the Secret World Chronicles that I've posted about (and more to come). It's done in podcast form or you can get the books. I do enjoy the idea and much of the world and stories. :)

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    3. Oh, I must have missed that she was there too

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  16. Haha. I remember when you were reading this and talking about the size of the book on Twitter. Glad it still worked out, even tho you missed the beginning of the series.

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    1. Gods yes. I braved through it, but it was close at one time

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  17. Still didn't read anything by Lackey. o:)
    I hate it when I accidentally read series out of order.

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  18. *waves* So far behind in my commenting this week.

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