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Lackey, who has enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Arrows of the Queen in 1987, scores another hit with the paperback release of the first book in an exciting new series. High magic had been lost to Valdemar when he gave his life to save his kingdom from destruction by the dark sorceries. Now it falls to Elspeth Herald, heir to the throne, to take up the challenge and seek a mentor who will awaken her mage abilities.

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Overview

Lackey, who has enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Arrows of the Queen in 1987, scores another hit with the paperback release of the first book in an exciting new series. High magic had been lost to Valdemar when he gave his life to save his kingdom from destruction by the dark sorceries. Now it falls to Elspeth Herald, heir to the throne, to take up the challenge and seek a mentor who will awaken her mage abilities.

Lackey, who has enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Arrows of the Queen in 1987, scores another hit with the paperback release of the first book in an exciting new series. High magic had been lost to Valdemar when he gave his life to save his kingdom from destruction by the dark sorceries. Now it falls to Elspeth Herald, heir to the throne, to take up the challenge and seek a mentor who will awaken her mage abilities.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First of a new trilogy, Lackey's fantasy novel, again set in the imperiled magical realm of Valdemar, features strong and believable men, women and creatures. July
Library Journal
When a powerful sorcerer threatens the kingdom of Valdemar, Herald Elspeth embarks on a search for a mage to defend her country. At the same time, in the magic-ridden Pelagir Hills, a young Tayledras scout named Darkwing finds himself caught between his duty to his tribe and his vow to foreswear magic. Set in the world of her ``Heralds of Valdemar'' and ``Last Herald-Mage'' trilogies, Lackey's latest fantasy (the first in hardcover), introduces a pair of engaging heroes involved in a conflict that reverberates with echoes of an ancient past. Although Elspeth and Darkwind's stories do not merge until the novel's end, Lackey's talent for foreshadowing and skillful plotting maintain continuity and interest throughout. Highly recommended--particularly where the author has a following.
School Library Journal
YA-- Elspeth, future queen of Valdemar, and her long-term friend, teacher, and fellow Herald, Skif, set out to locate a mage who will either train her or return with them to protect their home. Strong female characterization, vivid description, and fast-paced adventure entertain readers as good battles against evil in this first book in a fantasy trilogy.-- Barbara Hawkins, West Potomac High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886774899
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/1991
  • Series: Valdemar: Mage Winds Series , #1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.27 (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 January 18, 2013

    Terrible transcription!! Did anyone proofread this before it was released?

    I bought all of the early Valdemar books and noticed more typos that usual from the very first book. Unfortunately, each book just seems to be getting worse. This one is almost unreadable. Sometimes I literally can't figure out what a sentence means because of typos and spelling errors, so I have to guess from context or check my paperback copy. Takes all of the fun out of reading.

    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 October 6, 2011

    Definitely Recommended

    I'm a long time Mercedes Lackey fan, and I have fond memories of reading Arrows of the Queen over 15 years ago while sitting in high school study hall. While I read all of the Valdemar books in the order they were written initially... I went back and read them in the order of the Valdemar timeline, which I found enjoyable. This trilogy isn't my favorite of the Valdemar world... that distinction goes to the Last Herald Mage trilogy - Vanyel is one of my favorite characters of all time, but that's a different review. Since this trilogy has at least a portion of its roots in Vanyel's story, I might recommend reading those before this book... certainly characters from Arrows of the Queen, Arrows Flight, and Arrows Fall appear in the Mage Winds trilogy since they are so close together chronologically speaking. I'll be honest... I wasn't a huge Elspeth fan at first, and I generally prefer books that follow one main point of view rather than jumping from perspective to perspective. Despite that, I felt it worked for this story and the characters are rich an interesting enough that they all read as distinct individuals - a true skill when writing from multiple points of view.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    Fine Fantasy Read

    If you're new to Lackey and the Valdemir series, I wouldn't being with this book: I don't think the book, or the trilogy it is a part of is the strongest in this series, and it would be a spoiler for the earlier trilogy that starts with Arrows of the Queen. Go back and read those first, and if you like them, I think you'll enjoy this tale of Elspeth, a character in earlier books, coming into her own. I enjoy Lackey's "Vows and Honors" series as well with Tarma and Kethry, and in the precursor to this book, "By the Sword" she melds the two series. So I'd recommend reading those, too, beginning with "The Oathbound" because for me a lot of the fun of this book is how Elspeth deal with the demanding sword, Need, that is important in those books. I also enjoyed how this book opened up the world Lackey created, with Elspeth in her quest having to deal with the Tayledras, an interesting magical world in its own right. A good read and a good beginning to an enjoyable trilogy.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Fairly interesting

    Honestly, I quite enjoyed this book, although as someone else has said, the romance was a bit overdone. The descriptions were... explicit. I still found it interesting, and I enjoyed the parts where Need showed up. Nyara is quite an interesting character, and although the Adept twisted her, you could still identify with her, at least partially, which is a miracle on the part of the author, considering what Nyara is. Frankly, this is a good book, with only a few "problem" spots. Skif's infatuation, frankly was quite funny. Elspeth herself, is my favorite character. Strong-willed, a warrior, but with a distinct sense of humor.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Too much romance

    This was not my first book by Ms. Lackey. Before this book, I read the Mage Storm trilogy (which I loved with a vengeance) as well as the Phoenix Unchained (which I tolerated with a slight bit of enjoyment). I figured that because this book started the trilogy before Mage Storm, that it would be nearly as good. It wasn't. If you want a fantasy/romance novel (strong emphasis on ROMANCE!) this might be the one for you. Although I believe you could find books in that sub-genre that had a good deal of more likable characters. In this book you deal with Elspeth, the heir to the Valdemar throne (as well as being a egotistical, self-centered brat) as she searches for a mage to help her kingdom; and Darkwind, a Tayledras scout that has sworn off his magic (and you get to read about one escapade with his lower ranking girlfriend (who he is the commander of)) as he tries to convince his clan that they are in danger from an Adept (a very powerful magic user) that has a stronghold just outside their boarder. You also get to read about Skiff, (Elspeth's bodyguard/friend) who seems to be in love with her for some completely unfathomable reason, and Nyara, (a half human cat like creature that the Adept twisted) who has nearly uncontrollable pheromones and lusts. While I expected a small amount of romance, I also expected it to be more minute and tasteful and a good deal less explicit. The book, actually, would have been enjoyable (even including Elspeth) if not for the predominance of romance and innuendos (ranging from mildly suggestive to somewhat beyond suggestive). All that being said, if you like a lot of romance in your fantasy novels, (and are older than...oh, say fifteen as this book goes a bit further than a PG13 movie) I might recommend this book to you - as it was well written and has an intriguing plot line. There was very little action (none until the second from last chapter) and without a doubt none of the well written fight scene that you usually find in fantasy novels. Also, I felt as though Ms. Lackey did a better job of writing interesting characters in her Mage Storm series. I will most likely read the next book in the trilogy (because I don't like leaving trilogies unfinished - curiosity always overcomes me) however, it is not very high up my list of books to read.

    2 stars as it was below average, though I have read worse.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    A great book

    This was the very first book by Mercedes Lackey that I read, and it got me hooked on all the others. With great Characters and a well written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2007

    Sorry to say but this book is my least favorite of the Valdemar series

    After reading Talia and Vanyel's stories this book just doesn't compare to the others. However I did like how the book took place somewhere other than Valdemar. For me it just didn't grab my attention like Mercedes Lakey books normally do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Super

    Oh my goodness! can you say incredible? because thats what this book was. to get the chance to see Elspeth break from the path that was assumed for her is the best thing in the world. you really get to like her and you start to understand whats going on in her world. i loved this book so much! READ IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Winds Of Fate

    I will never read a book twice unless I REALLY like the book. Having said, that I am gladly saying, I would most likely read this book again. The details are wonderufl the plot interesting and smooth. Everything about this book screams perfect. So Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    Awesome book!

    I really enjoyed this book. The Mage Winds series is one of my favorite fantasy series, and I've read A LOT. I think it may be the diversity that this book offers: the mystic Tayledras and the people everyone loves, the Valdemarans. I really liked Elspeth. She is independent and cares not about destiny. I also like Vree. He's hilarious! I recomend this book to anyone that needs a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    Winds of Fate is an outstanding book!!!!

    I think Winds of Fate is an outstanding book because these series are some of many books that I'm interested in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    DON'T GET ME STARTED! IN A WORD- YES!!!!

    Hello everyone! Let me start off by saying, this is my FAVORITE series of ALL time! READ IT! This book is about Elspeth, a Herald of Valdemar and heir to the throne, who has Mage powers. She is sent to try to get her powers trained so she can use them in the war against Ancar, the king of Hardorn. It is also about Darkwind, a young Mage of his Vale. This book isn't the best in this series, but it kicks up at the end. WELL WORTH THE READ!! This is, in my opinion, the best series of all time. :-) So I have two words for you: READ IT!

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