A great working of Wild Magic and High Magic strikes at the heart of the Demon Queen's plots, but the human city, the Golden City of the Bells, falls farther under her sway with each day that passes. And without the City's High Magicians, the Wild Magicians, the Elven Army, and all their allies will surely fall before the onslaught of the Demon Queen's malignant warriors. But not all hope is lost. The Light's young mages, tempered by war, grow ever more powerful. High Mage Cilarnen learns an ancient secret that can make him, for a brief, white-hot time, the greatest mage in the world---unless it kills him. Jermayan, the first Elf-Mage in centuries, has linked with the dragon Ancaladar and rediscovered the swift-as-thought powers of Elven magic, which can reshape mountains and summon lightning from clear skies. Knight-Mage Kellen has molded his troops and the Unicorn Knights into a deadly fighting force. Soon the Elven King and his Commanders put Kellen's magical gifts to their greatest test, in the final battle between the Elves, the humans, and the Demons.
©2006 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2010 Tantor
When I first began listening to this series I wasn't sure I liked it .... It's a good story line that is well thought out and overall I was entertained ... but it's not a story that will task or engage the reader / listener much. Doesn't compete with other top notch series.
I ended up purchasing / listening to all 3 books in the series, however I don't believe I'll ever call this one of my favorites.
1- Overall few surprises or ah ha! moments ... somewhat predictable
2- Character development seems rushed pretty much across the board
3- Narration took some getting used do ... I couldn't decide if it is the way the book is written or the narrators style but I often felt as if I was sitting in a 2nd grade class
I liked the variation in the characters, it was easy to tell when someone else was talking, though it seems that a lot of the male voices ended up being similar.
I enjoyed this whole series, well thought out and consistent magic system, different races all have their own customs and histories. There are some things that bothered me, but not enough to really take away from the story line, the relative power and magics of the good and evil races seemed unbalanced. As underpowered as the good races seemed to be, it seems as if the evil races could have easily overrun the good races, and the people that could have balanced that feeling did not seem to have relevant roles in order to actually prevent that from happening; but it all works out ok somehow any way. There are way too many evil minion races that seem way overpowered to also have such great numbers to not have just overrun the good forces they came up against, and yet somehow even though they seem to constantly overwhelm; they are not as devastating as they should have been for the numbers and relative power they did have. The dragon was not as powerful as I would have hoped -I liked how the bond and magic worked for the dragon and its bonded mage- but I would have expected it to be fierce and dangerous even when it did lose its ability to use magic. The dragon should have dominated the lessor creatures it came up against easily, it should have taken bigger and tougher foes to keep it occupied and effectively neutralize it during battles.
All the things that bothered me were very minor compared to the richness of the story and the great character development, so this is still a definite must read for any one that likes fantasy.
Love + Sacrifice = Victory.
Kellan. I really engaged with his journey and evolution from whingey kid to powerful magic user who still retained humility.
Kellan, closely followed by Edalia.
I really enjoyed Susan Erikson, she is great at putting believable emotion into the voices. I think her characterisation is great.
Good story line let's you know the people and get an at oneness with them sense of reality.... Paul T.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I love Mercedes Lackey and the worlds she creates and this one is no exception. When first meeting Kellen you think of what a brat he seems to be and how self centered everyone in the story is. Don't stop listening there Susan Ericksen does a great job of bringing Kellen and his world to life. Things are not what they seem and the time spent getting to know Kellen will serve as a great contrast later. I fell in love with the creatures and characters in this series. The only thing in this story I found difficult to get past is the absolutes in the characters. I felt no conflicts, no internal warring the characters were just a little too perfect.There are no surprises and no mysteries to solve everything is laid out on the table. All of Mercedes Lackey's Characters are straight forward and simple.This lack kept me from truly connecting with the characters. That said Her storytelling and ability to bring a world to life is masterful and I will continue to listen to her stories.
This lack kept me from truly connecting with the characters.
The story has a very long lead-up and once it gets going, it crawls along. However, the last 6 hours are well worth it and I wish the rest of the book moved at that speed and tension level. The main character is very dense and more than a bit daft thus the reader catches on chapters ahead of the boy and that wears on the reader. By the 15th hour of the recording, I was ready to strangle Kellen for his daftness. He would worry for a good length of time about something the reader already knew was not important or was not going to happen the way he feared. You know it is bad when other characters comment on his darftness. Truly Kellen lead a sheltered life but I wish the authors had chosen to make him less daft and less worrisome and instead, devoted their writing to the plot. The descriptions are photographic at times, they are so detailed. But the narrative tension completely dies after the outlaw hunt and is not revived until Kellen has a vision and then it dies out again when he and Idalia arrive at the sanctuary of the Elves. It is finally ressurected at the last six hours of the narrative, which are very good. The last third bears striking similarities to the Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King and The Fellowhship of the Ring. That was something I did not expect. I am a long time fan of Mercedes Lackey, especially her series concerning Valdemar and its Heralds. I have never read any other James Mallory works, so I cannot comment on his writing. Since I am a die hard fan of Mercedes Lackey, I will listen to the sequel and I hope it is devoted more to plot and characterization and less to exposition and is faster paced. Show us what is happening, do not tell us about it!
The last part of The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey lives up to the calibre of the other two books. I had been eagerly awaiting its availability as a talking book and was not disappointed. Susan Ericksen is excellent as a reader, maintaining a consistency of voices throughout the series.
One always expects Good to prevail, but at times this seemed quite improbable, and the Elven warriors and their allies are sorely tried. The army moves across Elven and Wild Lands, struggling against the servants of the Demons. Dragons, elves, Centaurs, Wild and High Magic - it's all there. An enchanting listen!
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