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The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1 | [Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory]

The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1

Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.
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Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

Then Kellen found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic---or did they find him? Their Magic felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it. Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City's dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic---and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side.

Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wild Mage who knows more about Kellen than anyone outside the City should, meeting Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged into a world full of magical beings, Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom. The one thing all the Mages of the City agreed on was that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage---turned him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen's fate?

Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great War, they've been biding their time, sowing the seeds of distrust and discontent between their human and Elven enemies. Very soon now, when the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And then all the world will belong to the Endarkened.

©2003 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2010 Tantor

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    Brian Kailua Kona, HI, United States 12-24-10
    Brian Kailua Kona, HI, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow, just wow"

    This story is truely uneventful. I almost can't bare the thought of listening to another chapter. The annoying way the authors would discribe the most unimportant details at the worst possible time made this book so frustrating. Ahhhh! Why did I waste so much time? Plus, NOTHING happened. I have read more eventful chapters in a fairy tale. This book was selfish, drawn, and and soooo pointless. The main character was a 17 year old boy who whined and droned on about his little girlness. Don't waste your time. You WILL be sorely dissapointed!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jarred Evergreen, CO 06-02-10
    Jarred Evergreen, CO 06-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating World"

    This book dragged me in to its strange and wonderful world. I enjoyed the contrast of the two lifes Kellen lived and really the two worlds that existed in the book, that of Amathalia and the one outside it's gates. I like how the authors keep you guessing about Lycelons intentions, if he's innately evil and selfish. Or if his concerns actually have merit. I cant wait to listen to the next book in the series, so please Audible put out the last two books in this series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Washington, DC, United States 04-01-11
    David Washington, DC, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow, this is awful"

    I may have enjoyed this book when I was 13. The characters are described in hackneyed terms and resemble a child's conception of a "bad guy" or a "bored child with talent." Also, this narrator would make me dislike even the finest book -- she reads far more slowly than this material deserves, and her style is that of a condescending teacher reading to a kindergarten class. Maybe it gets better after the first few hours, but I will (thankfully) never know.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Barker Australia 04-04-10
    Gary Barker Australia 04-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Book"

    This was an excellent book, full of detail and action. Great story and well read by the narrator. A total joy to listen to. The story has a good ending that does not leave you hanging. Only leaves you wanting to listen to the next book.

    Come on audible, where is it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    F.Jensen Aarhus C, Denmark 02-21-11
    F.Jensen Aarhus C, Denmark 02-21-11
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    "One Star"

    I found the story itself to be brilliant my only problem was with how it was told. This is a book where you wish someone in ten years time would take it up and do a remake of it. I know I may seem harsh but it annoyed me to see a great idea mangled by detailed descriptions on things that basically irrelevant, like what elven cloth looked like in the sun, to mere skimming over important parts of the storyline, like Kellen discovering where his talent is in Wild Magic.

    The Authors were lazy and sloppy with their character description and it seems to me they tried to hide that by repeating Kellen’s inner dialog to a point where you wanted the gods in the book to strike him down because someone with potentially so much power and who was SO STUPID was a danger to all around him.

    As for the Narrator I can only say: There is only so much even the greatest Chef can do with a rotten egg.

    The One Star is to honor a Great Idea that never made it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel 05-25-10
    Ariel 05-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable"

    I greatly enjoyed this book. I was a little iffy about the narrator, as I'd gotten used to the one in the Enduring Flame series, but despite some of the different pronunciations, I liked her as well for the narrator. The story line was intriguing, and I'm more than ready for the next book. I want to hear more about Idalia and Jermayan, and more about Kellen and his newly found powers.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sumner 01-21-11
    R. Sumner 01-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Why??? Why???"

    I tried, gave it 4 hours.. twice. Just something about listening to someone complain about how boring their life is for 4 hours, makes the story... well, boring!!!!
    I listened to this and couldn't get into it, I tried a second time and gave it 4 hours. I can't imagine how this story could get worse. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone at all. I don't understand the 4 star rating because the story just isn't good.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 08-29-11
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 08-29-11 Member Since 2003

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Like 2 Different Books"

    I can only guess that Mercedes Lackey wrote the initial story line up through the point the main character is banished and meets his sister. After that, I honestly can say I never read (listened) to anything in more need of an editor in my life. The main character suddenly thinks incessantly about everything and does nothing. If he can mentally whine about or have thoughts of any topic, that mental topic will be repeated and repeated and repeated to the point you're yelling at the narrator. A simple passage of putting on armor drones on for 5-10 minutes like it's some sort of how-to guide. Mental comments on how a unicorn doesn't really look like a horse are stated EVERY time the main character sees his unicorn.

    Besides the extremely poor writing, there are MAJOR plot and/or editing issues that pop up about that point also. Kellen escapes the city and ends up in the Western Hills. Once they're under attack by the same city, people head east to escape (wouldn't that be back toward the city). The demon queen is strolling through her crystal garden on second and the next sentence has her getting off a bed. Kellen is sent off to Shadow Mountain on a big important mission even though he has no idea what that is... each time the topic comes up and he's about to ask what/who/where, he gets distracted by something and forgets to ask the question for days about where he's really being sent and who's there. REALLY?

    I'm probably about 4 hours from the end and just decided who cares - won't finish this book and certainly won't waste credits on the next two. I'm really disappointed in ML - till now, I've liked about she's everything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    silwan United States 04-08-11
    silwan United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I wouldn't recommend it for an adult"

    I thought the story was painfully slow, and written for a prepubescent child. I've listened to 5 of 22.5 hrs and it hasn't gotten any better.

    The main character is reportedly a 17 year old boy, but acts like he is still 10-13. The descriptions are verbose but childlike.

    Listening to him drone on and on about his boring chores, doesn't make for a very exciting or intriguing book.

    After purchasing works by Sanderson, Jordan, Glen Cook, Sergey Lukyanenko, or Brooks's Shannara series this was very disappointing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Foster-Turner Harrow, Greater London, UK 01-27-11
    Helen Foster-Turner Harrow, Greater London, UK 01-27-11 Member Since 2003

    I've been into epic fantasy, sci-fi and everything in between since I first read The Lord of the Rings. I also love detective novels.

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    "Yes and no."

    On the whole an enjoyable enough read but one thing bugged me no end, the never ending self doubt of the lead character. I get it, I do, but the teenage angst thing went on and on and got annoyingly repetitive. I felt it interfered with the pace of the book. The narrator is good but she has a slow delivery which fails to pick up speed and energy when the action gets going.

    It is classic genre material and good enough in its class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Gareth
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    "Good book, slow reading"

    This is an enjoyable fantasy novel. It has some fairly traditional characters, but there are some new twists placed on fantasy regulars. In addition the investigations of the corrupting possibilities of power and choice make for some deeper thinking.

    However do be sure to listen to the sample first. I found this so slow that I had to play it at fast speed on my ipod (and some words ran together), but that may just be my taste: try before you buy. If the narration had suited me better this would be 4 stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Redditch, Worcs, United Kingdom
    5/21/10
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    "Thourghly enjoyable"

    I found this book to be a very intriguing first installment, it has all the usual character introductions and progresses nicely, there are some stereotypical characters that dont seem very original but is totaly forgivable considering the story just absorbs you in and makes you want to listen.
    I found the narration more then acceptable, though the constant 'questioning' tone of voice did get a little frustrating sometimes. Overall though i did enjoy it, and i would certainly recommend it to any fans of this genre.
    Give it a go!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    West Bridgford, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "The Obsidian Trilogy (3 Books)"

    I am including all 3 books in my review. The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls. I cannot imagine anybody just reading one without absoliutely having to read the others.

    The characters are so well drawn that they become live, and the plot is so intriguing, it is difficult to switch off.

    This is one of those epics that you cannot leave alone until you have read it all, and yet you never want it to come to an end.



    Val S.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    11/14/12
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    "Very slow reading and missing pace in many places"

    I held high hopes for this book however found myself (as another reviewer mentioned) putting my iPod on top speed. The narrator, whilst clear is ponderous which coupled with long, detailed reflection by the main character drove to days of switching off and looking for other books to enjoy. I have finally finished the book and would only recommend if you enjoy a very slow pace. I have no inclination to find out what happened next.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • matt
    ramsgate, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "very good classic fantasy (its got it all!!)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Outstretched Shadow the most enjoyable?

    The story is great elves,unicorns,mage's and demons(ahhh). Really enjoyable story nicely read! 😊


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outstretched Shadow?

    I enjoyed the story best just takes you away to another world!!!


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favourite?

    Has to be the lead character!!!!😁


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An adventure in another world when demons come back!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like fantasy books your love this honest!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/11/12
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    "Disappointed"

    Was looking forward to an epic fantasy, but finally gave up just under halfway through first book. Coming off the back of 'the name of the wind' i found the writing style lacking, almost immature. Perhaps it was aimed at a younder audience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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