New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey has enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. Now she takes readers on another thrilling journey with the first novel in her Mage Winds 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.
This first volume of a new trilogy is again set in the imperiled land of Valdemar, encountered earlier in Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series. The heir to the throne, Herald Elspeth, sets out with Gwena, her Companion (a Guardian Spirit embodied as a horse), to find an Adept who can teach her people both to use and to deflect the power of magic. On learning that she has great potential as a mage, Elspeth goes for training to the k'Sheyna clan of the Tayledras, sorcerers who specialize in cleansing lands damaged in the long-ago Magic Wars. K'Sheyna leader Darkwind, attempting to rally his people as they are assaulted by unknown forces, saves Nyara, a Changechild, and discovers that the evil Adept Mornelithe Falconsbane is the source of the clan's troubles: under Tayledras land lie miraculous artifacts the Adept desires. After Darkwind saves Elspeth, the two join forces to save his people. Lackey's delightful world of magic is inhabited by strong and believable men, women and creatures, the most enchanting being the griffins Treyvan and Hydona.
This is an amazing series that explains so much about what a herald is and sets the stage for most of the books that come after it. I would like to see iBooks add the Arrows of the Queen series as they are the 3 books that originally got me interested in Mercedes Lackeys books but this is definitely not a bad starting
point for readers new to the books.
mercedes lackey is a hack
that’s basically it. you can get a better reading experience from dean koontz and that’s a pretty low bar
Good book, really bad editing
A well written book that I have few complaints about. The editor or whoever proofreads should be taken out and shot, or some similar punishment. There are too many errors with italics, incorrect bolding and even random numbers to count. It's pitiful that this copy got past all the checks to public consumption. If I were the author and found out about this I would be livid. I doubt that so accomplished a writer such as Mercedes Lackey is would make even a fifth the errors found in the book.