Winds of Change - Mercedes Lackey

Winds of Change

By Mercedes Lackey

  • Release Date: 1992-10-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 70 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Nonexistent editing

    1
    By The average reader
    Whoever edited this book should be ashamed of themselves. Many words are misspelled, random words are bolded and why are do so many misspellings contain an m instead of the proper letter. It feels like someone screwed around with a Wikipedia article only its a book.
  • Winds of Change

    2
    By kswatson1
    The story here is fine, if a bit jargon-heavy, but it's classic Mercedes Lackey. At issue is the quite horrific job of translating to eBook from the original text. It is clear that an OCR program was utilized to scan the book, and this program failed to perform at even adequate levels. No post-scan editing was apparently performed (and if it was, new editors should be immediately retained). Errors are so frequent that the flow of the read is severely disrupted, particularly since people and place-names are unique. Three stars for the content itself, but zero for the legibility of the eBook. Best to read this in paperback format.
  • Failure to proofread OCR mars this book

    2
    By Greyfalke
    The writing is great, but it is aggravating to see a characters name spelled blatantly wrong in two different ways on the same page due to what i can only think are really obvious OCR errors. It's "Wintermoon", not "Wittennoon"! You will go pages without an error, and then, whamo... r, m, n, i, t and l become interchangeable for a page or two. OCR is bad at this guys, and character names and fantasy terms get mangled badly. It really burns me when I pay full price for this book, and the publisher can't even take the time to do basic quality control. Come on! This is bogus. I expect the same quality I would get from a paperback. Do they ship paperback books with such shoddy typography?
  • Good story, terrible ebook

    3
    By macwhizNY
    I love the actual book. However, this is one of the worst ebooks I've seen. It's not just the occasional typo; it's riddled with typos that any marginally competent spell-check would've caught. There are places where the text turns into random gibberish. Words are randomly boldfaced for no apparent reason. Passages that are supposed to be italicized randomly drop in and out of italics. It's obvious that this was a very quick and dirty OCR job from a not-very-clean original. If it were a $2.50 book, that'd be one thing... But the publisher should be ashamed to charge full price for this.
  • Embarrassingly bad conversion

    2
    By Sick of guessing unused names
    Whatever path is book has taken to ePub format, it did not go well. Random pieces of text are mistakenly italicized, or not, bolded, or not. Worse, whole sentences are reduced to gibberish, just chunks of letters. Most of the time it is obvious what it was supposed to read, and simply wrong, but even those more minor errors seem to be on nearly every page.
  • Ugh!

    2
    By renrijrakrin
    I love this book, but trying to get through this particular copy is enough to make my eyes bleed. It's hard to stay immersed in the rich tales of Elspeth's journey when nearly every other sentence has editing errors. Next time I will save money and look for a hard copy instead.
  • Typos galore!!!

    4
    By DanyalYusef
    I read this book years ago and thought I would re-read it here but wow what a mess. I cannot understand how this could get past even the most rudimentary editing. We have sentences that repeat in paragraphs, sentences that are transposed, italics that stop (or start) halfway through words, and the misspellings are atrocious. I counted over 30 in one chapter alone. The story is wonderful but this copy is so horrific it is almost insulting.