Just finished Winds of Change, book #2 of The Mage Winds Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey.
One sadist-mage down (more or less) and one to go. Honestly, between Kaled'a'in gryphons, Shin'a'in Swordsword (nice veil, Tarma), coupled with magic and love-lives complex enough to make my head hurt it is a wonder Clan k'Shenya survived at all.
But change is in the air...and focused upon Valdemar. Better get moving Elspeth and Darkwind.