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April 29, 2010

Storm Warning (Valdemar: Mage Storms Book 01) by Mercedes Lackey

Filed under: Reviews-Fantasy — Suramya @ 4:12 PM

Storm Warning (Valdemar: Mage Storms Book 01)
by Mercedes Lackey


Storm Warning is the first book in the Mage Storm Trilogy.

Karse and Valdemar have long been enemy kingdoms- their peoples filled with mutal prejudice and mistrust. Only the vile deeds perpetrated on both kingdoms by Ancar of Hardorn, and the subsequent emergence of the armies of Eastern Empire in the wake of his defeat, have forced these two so-different lands into an uneasy alliance.

For the Eastern Empire, which has long been isolated and shrouded in mystery, is ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics may be beyond any sorcery known to the Western kingdoms.

Forced to combat this dire foe, not only must traditional enemies unite, but the Companions may, at last, have to reveal secrets which they have kept hidden for centuries… even from their beloved Heralds.

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Review:Storm Warning is the first book in the Mage storms trilogy and it picks up the story from where the Mage Winds trilogy ended.

It gives us our first look into the Empire of the East that Baron Valdemar had fled from before he founded Valdemar at its current location. The empire was founded by Mercenaries fighting in the Mage wars against Ma’ar. Actually by this time almost all of the various people and countries introduced to us in the series have been shown to have been part of either Ma’ar or Urtho who fought against each other in the Mage wars. Hints are given about the war in the various histories remembered by each of the people and the gryphon’s keep mentioning Skandranon (the Black Gryphon) who was a soldier and friend of Urtho.

Parts of the book did seem a bit long especially the portions where An’desha was going through a period of self-doubt and pity. I never really liked the tragic hero character that is so popular in certain kinds of books so when it was used in this book I didn’t like it much, but thankfully it wasn’t dragged out much and it was actually relevant to the storyline so it wasn’t too bad.

A couple of new characters were introduced and some secrets about the Companions were revealed along with certain new abilities in them. It was a fun read and sets the stage for the next book in the series and the series after that.

Final Recommendation: A great read. Highly recommended.

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