Winds of Change (Mage Winds Series #2)

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In The Mage Winds trilogy, which began with the best-selling novel, Winds of Fate, author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, Arrows of the Queen introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds—men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers—aided and served by their mysterious Companions—horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar's magical heritage. None but the Companions remember the long-ago age when high ...

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Overview

In The Mage Winds trilogy, which began with the best-selling novel, Winds of Fate, author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, Arrows of the Queen introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds—men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers—aided and served by their mysterious Companions—horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar's magical heritage. None but the Companions remember the long-ago age when high magic was lost to Valdemar as the last Herald-Mage gave his life to protect his kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries.

But now the protective barrier set so long ago over Valdemar is crumbling, and with the realm imperiled by the dark magic of Ancar of Hardorn, Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, has gone on a desperate quest in search of a mentor who can teach her to wield her fledgling mage-powers and help her to defend her threatened kingdom.

The bestselling hardcover, now in paperback. This remarkable sequel to the bestselling Winds of Fate continues the beloved story of Princess Elspeth of Valdemar and Darkwind k'Sheyna of the Tayledras Clan as they come to discover their hidden magical powers and as they learn to rely on each other in a world on the brink of chaos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to Winds of Fate, Elspeth, heir to the throne of Valdemar, develops into a strong practitioner of magic under the tutelage of Darkwind k'Sheyna. Accepted as a member of the k'Sheyna clan of the Tayledras, magicians who cleanse lands damaged in the long-ago Magic Wars, Elspeth takes her turn in patrols searching for the vanished Falconsbane, an evil Adept who almost destroyed the clan, its Heartstone, and Darkwind's father Starblade. While Elspeth and Darkwind slowly and contentiously come to love each other, her companion Skif seeks the Changechild Nyara, daughter of Falconsbane, who turned against him to save the Vale of the k'Sheyna and then fled into the wilderness with the enchanted sword Need. Aided by the powerful but mysterious mage Firesong k'Treva, the Vale fights off another attempt at destruction by Falconsbane, while still greater powers put in an appearance and set the stage for the Mage Wind trilogy's projected third title. This is a charming, colorful and romantic coming-of-age tale, deeply imbued with the concept of responsibility as well as the imagined pleasures of power. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Elsepth, herald and heir to the throne of Valdemar, seeks to learn the long-forgotten skills of magic by studying with the reclusive Hawkbrothers of the embattled Pelagir Hills. When a powerful mage known as Falconsbane attempts to destroy her adopted clan, Elspeth must use her new talents in a deadly battle to save the people she has come to love. Lackey's talent for world building comes to the fore in her vivid description of the Hawkbrothers' culture, while her strength of characterization remains constant. Fans of the popular Valdemar series will create a demand for this solid fantasy.
Roland Green
This sequel to "Winds of Fate" continues the adventures of Elspeth and Skif among the Hawkbrothers. For those who know Lackey's land of Valdemar, this says enough. For those who do not, this is the wrong place to start an acquaintance with Lackey's large-scale world they should go all the way back to "Arrows of the Queen" [NAL/DAW, 1987], the first book in the first Valdemar trilogy. At the end of the previous book, Falconsbane the villain had escaped, so the main thrust of the follow-up is the joint effort by the whole series cast to bring him down. Lackey remains a superior writer whose large audience will certainly demand this book. She is, however, showing some of the signs of writing too many books too quickly, and it is not entirely the over-familiarity with its milieu that makes this book somewhat less fresh and exciting for the reader than the earlier Valdemar works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886775636
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: Valdemar: Mage Winds Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 234,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 4.20 (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Anyone editing?

    While I love the Valdemar books, the overwhelming amount of spelling and spacing errors on the nook are really becoming an increasingly annoying obstacle. They are not little errors but big ones where names are changed and the only way to determine the intended word is to infer through the context of the sentence what might make sense. These things usually don't bother me but the sheer volume of mistakes is truly frustrating. I do love the author and her books and will continue to purchase her work but not through nook.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Wretched text conversion

    I purchased the ebook of this to replace a deteriorated paperback. The book itself is fine but the text formatting is atrocious - in particular with regards to the speech of gryphons. Frankly, I don't see any justification for 3-6 spelling errors page after page after page.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    I love this book but there are more errors in the ebook than the

    I love this book but there are more errors in the ebook than there are in the hard copy of this book. This makes it very difficult to read at times even for someone who has read it several times. Many of the r's are replaced by the m which is very confusing. Otherwise it is a very good series. I hope the following books are not a bad as this one is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    While I love Mercedes Lackey's books, the publishers should be a

    While I love Mercedes Lackey's books, the publishers should be ashamed of releasing this version of an ebook. It was riddled with typos and misspellings, and the font styles (such as italics used when the person is mindspeaking) would change mid-sentence. I bought all 3 of the Winds of Fate books and By the Sword at the same time and all 4 books had the same problem.

    It was very obvious that no one bothered to proofread the books when they were converted to a digital format, even a main character's name was misspelled!

    I may buy Mercedes Lackey's newer books as they are released, but I will not be buying any of her older books, even though I really want them, until there's some indication that the quality has improved dramatically.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    Fun and Entertaining Middle Book

    Winds of Change is the second book in the Mage Winds trilogy. If you're new to Lackey and the Valdemar series, I wouldn't being with this book: Go back and read the first trilogy that begins with Arrows of the Queen, and certainly the previous book Winds of Fate. I enjoy the Valdemar series, and Elspeth is one of the first characters I got to know in it, as a child, so I enjoyed reading of her coming of age in this series. This also has elements, that if you loved books of Lackey, including those with Kethry and Tarma, are fun to follow: the sword Need becoming a character in her own right, learning more about the Tayledras, and this book features one of the more memorable of Lackey's villains. Overall, this is a fun and entertaining book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2000

    Starfire's comment

    It involves magic,mystery,adventure,and gives thrills to the reader. The book is about Elspeth, the heir to the thrown. She is trying to learn about how she can control her magic, but can she finish her studdies in time to save her people and the Vale from two different evils?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    Hoo-boy. Fighting your way thru the spelling mistakes is hard, v

    Hoo-boy. Fighting your way thru the spelling mistakes is hard, very hard! It ruins the story flow. WHO did they hire to edit this book? 
    A sixth grader? Hello? Spell check anyone? I may have to find the paperback, this is ridiculous! Takes the fun of of the tale. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    Even better than Winds Of Fate!

    This book is awesome! It takes you away from Valdemar and its customs and takes you to what seems like another world. This book also gives you more insight about the Shin'a'in Goddess which is very interesting. Mercedes Lackey is a wonderful author. She makes her worlds seem so 3-D, you actually feel you are there. Read Winds of Fate, and read this book as well. It is just so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    GRRRRRRREAT!!!!!!!

    This is the first series by Mercedes Lackney that I've read and now I want to buy the rest of the books the she's written.

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