Storm Rising - Mage Storms, Bk 2 Author:Mercedes Lackey With STORM WARNING, the first volume of the Mage Storms trilogy, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey returned readers to a Valdemar, where the dire threat of war with the powerful, sorcerous Eastern Empire had forced the kingdom of Valdemar into an uneasy coalition with its traditional enemy, the neighboring kingdom of Karse. — Now, in STORM RISI... more »NG, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs--terrifying creatures out of nightmare.
Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical resources to protect their realms from these devastating, spell-fueled onslaughts. But as the situation becomes bleaker and bleaker, the still fragile alliance between these long-hostile lands begins to fray. And when Karal, the young Karsite envoy to the court of Valdemar, is wrongfully accused of collusion with the enemy, only the personal intervention of Solaris, the High Priestess and ruler of Karse, can defuse what is rapidly becoming a dangerously explosive situation. But Solaris also confirms the worst fears of the Heralds--that these storms do not come from the Eastern Empire, but from a completely unknown source. And unless Valdemar and Karse can locate and destroy the creator of the storms, they may see their entire world demolished in a final magical holocaust.« less
This one was much more exciting than the first - though I had misremembered some details that must be in the next book. Still, Solaris' character is interesting and all in all, I really liked re-reading this series - though I am very glad that I have a new one after the "Owl" trilogy, since I don't recall that trilogy too fondly. Still, the next one will be quite fun.