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Storm Breaking (Mage Storm Series #3)

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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...

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Overview

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!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Mage Storms trilogy, which is itself but one of several novel-clusters in Lackey's epic Heralds of Valdemar fantasy series, concludes with zest as the mysterious mage-stormsset back temporarily in Storm Risingcontinue to produce monsters, disrupt magic (on which many cultures in Lackey's fantasy universe depend) and threaten to demolish all that exists. Here, the western allies, including mages and the Sun-priest Karal, look desperately among the exotic machines in the Tower of Urtho, the Mage of Silence, for a way to stop the storms; elsewhere, in Hardorn, Duke Tremane is offered the kingship, contingent upon a primitive ritual that will tie his fate to that of the land. Emperor Charliss declares Tremane a traitor and names Baron Melles his heir, allowing Melles new latitude for infamy. Many familiar characters from Lackey's previous books are here, as well as some impressive new ones, including a gryphon delegation from Iftel. Unlike most fantasy, this novel errs on the side of too little description, but, even so, Lackey's world remains rich in ideas and personalities, and the magic she imagines (unlike the political intrigue) continues to be complex and often innovative. Come the next stormy night, admirers of her brand of fantasy will enjoy curling up with this tempestuous work. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The stunning conclusion to the Mage Storms trilogy finds Valdemar on the brink of destruction from magical vibrations in which the mage storms. Recommended for fantasy collections with a series following.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886777555
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Valdemar: Mage Storms Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 290,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 4.06 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    A Satisfying Read

    This is the conclusion of the Mage Storms trilogy, so you should read Storm Warning and Storm Rising first--in fact I'd go back further than that, and read the Arrows of the Queen with Talia and the succeeding books. I don't think this is the strongest grouping among the Valdemar books, but if you do love the preceding books, this entry is entertaining for several reasons. For one, Karal is an engaging protagonist, and its interesting seeing Valdemar from his Karsite perspective. I like also how this concluding book in the trilogy pulls together threads from several preceding books in this universe, in dealing with Urtho and the cataclysm that formed a defining backdrop in the previous books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Must READ SERIES

    Great series end ties up some loose ends and takes you off on some interesting tangents to the stories you now. a MUST READ Book and series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    It was not the authors best

    This book was one that i did finish but it was rather hard. The plot was imaginative but there were some conversations and parts that had me wondering if they were really neccessary to make the book make sense. There wasn't much action but towards the end it got better. It just wasn't her best work. Only recemmended if you have patience bacasue it does get better at the end. If this is the first one of her books that you are reading then read Magics Price instead (also by Mercedes Lackey).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    Heartbreaking and Wonderful

    This was a wonderful climax of the six or so books that chronologically take place before this period (i.e. Winds series and Vow and Honor, Arrows series and Take a Thief). I'm so glad she's still writing and cannot wait for each new book that comes out. Valdemar is more than any other fiction series has become, truly 3D. Keep writing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2001

    Read it!

    You should definitely read this and all the other Valdemar books. They're really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    This one was great!

    The first two books in this trilogy were kind of slow, but this one is definitely a good read. It brings together all of the stories of the hardships of the people who are dealing with these awful storms. It was a great conclusion, and it's only a little sad.

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