To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City’s Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger.
Kellen’s sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her.
Jermayan, who has learned much fighting at Kellen's side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years. Furious at her enemies' success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candle flames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain.
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©2004 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2010 Tantor
I really like this trilogy. Was disappointed that the third and final book is not availabe yet. It is an older series so I'm not sure why?? Please add it to audible when you can!
I've Enjoyed this Trilogy greatly, but the real reason I'm leaving this Review is to point out that the 3rd Book is not title like the rest of them. It is already Available here at Audible.com. "When Darkness Falls" is the last book.
Books 1 & 2 are great.....WHERE IS BOOK #3. I agree with the others, please add it to our offerings. This is worse that a TV show cliff hanger, at least with them you know next season the rest of the story will be availiable.
The reader needs to keep her pronunciation the same, and preferably correct. Other than a few words the she obviously wasn't familiar with and couldn't decide how to pronounce, a good story and well read.
I love the story almost as good as the first in the series the performance was actually pretty good I enjoyed the readers dialogue but the editing involved was horrible.
Absolutely! The story is engrossing and the narrator brings the excitement to life.
I can't pick one, because I love the WHOLE BOOK!
Susan Ericksen really brought the story to life. She is the consumate story teller. She told the story in a believable and exciting way.
The relationship between Kellen and Edalia is sweet and multi-layered. Edalia is his sister but in many ways she is also in a mother role. Kellen loves his sister but is also struggling with his own manhood.
You need to get all three books in this trilogy, an exciting, moving and satisfying listen!
The world and the magic system are great really helps to make this an intersting story. Least intersting - it would have to be one of the main characters. You get early on that he's growing up, but I don't need to live it. Pages up on pages of teen-thrust-into-the-big-wide-scary-world trying to sort life out angst, upon angst, upon indecision.
Replace the person that is reading the story, her performance made the slow, dragging sections of the book agonizingly painful. To the point where I wanted throw my MP3 player out the window into traffic, just to be done. Listening to an audiobook should add to the experience, not make it a chore or, in this case, a punishment.
Yes - extreme irritation with the author's insistance at OVER emphasizing the struggles of the main characters. It neither made me laugh nor cry... it did make me want to scream out in frustration.
AVOID if you value your sanity. I read the book years ago, but I was on pain medication recovering from back surgery. At least in the print version you can skim the extremely boring portions where the author seems fit to try and bore you to death with the internal struggles (hashed, re-hashed, and then hashed some more) of the main characters. Add to it this awful narrator, just sheer torture.
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.
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
This is a perfect sequel to the first book. Mercedes Lacky and James Mallory have pulled out the stops on this one, the character progression and the story build up kept me listning for hours on end.
This is a seriously good step up in quality from the first book as you can tell the authors are really getting in to the swing of the story, which is engaging right from the start as it starts off exactly where the first one ended, and leaves you once again on a cliffhanger at the end.
The narrator is clear and precise, i cannot fault Susan Ericksen she does a great job of bringing the story to life.
Highly reccomended to fans of the fantasy genre.
"The story does get going eventually"
half of the first chapter is a copy of the last chapter of book 1; to me this is both insulting to the intelligence of the reader and pure laziness by the author. Although the story does get better, the constant repetition of themes is annoying.
"To Light a Candle."
This is the second book in the Obsidian Trilogy, it could be read as a stand-alone story, but I was lucky to have read "The Outstretched Shadow" first. I could not wait to get into "To Light a Candle" and found it just as engrossing as it's predecessor. I love the characters, they seem so real; and the terrain is so well described that you can see it. I am now deep into the sequel, "When darkness Falls", and I do not want it to end. Could there be a better reason to read this wonderful series yourself!
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