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To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2 | [Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory]

To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2

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.
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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.

Enchanted? Listen to more in the Obsidian Trilogy.

©2004 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2010 Tantor

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    Mary Bjornskov 06-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun Listen!"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Lebanon, NE, United States 02-11-11
    Matt Lebanon, NE, United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Greenville, SC, United States 02-05-11
    Clayton Greenville, SC, United States 02-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Obsidian Trilogy"

    Wow
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ephanie FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-11-13
    Ephanie FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An enthalling listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story is engrossing and the narrator brings the excitement to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Light a Candle?

    I can't pick one, because I love the WHOLE BOOK!


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the 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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to get all three books in this trilogy, an exciting, moving and satisfying listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    snegopad Wash D.C. area 12-23-12
    snegopad Wash D.C. area 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Slow story made more painful by narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Light a Candle to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Wee Sacramento 06-27-12
    Steven Wee Sacramento 06-27-12
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    "I enjoyed this series"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan McGee 02-05-12
    Dan McGee 02-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Enough!"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-10-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great"

    Good story line let's you know the people and get an at oneness with them sense of reality.... Paul T.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amanda El Paso, TX, United States 01-07-12
    amanda El Paso, TX, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Good series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Light a Candle to be better than the print version?

    I always listen to books and read them so, yes in this case. I do


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't decide.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clarity and pronunciation of names that I would have driven myself mad with


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How do you live in a world where the magic changes and the balance of light and dark is constantly in flux?. Who do you trust wren even the good guys have gone bad?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a series that you can enjoy with your children as well as alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette 11-11-11
    Lynette 11-11-11
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    "Liked the story line, but there are issues"

    I liked the story, but there are periods of childish ramblings by main characters. This might be more interesting to a teen, but I just found it annoying. The reader is very slow. I was about to toss this book on the electronic trash heap when I tried the 2X feature on my iPod. The reader speed is now doubled and those annoying sections take up half as much time. I thought I might switch back to normal speed, but 2X works very well with this reader. I finished the book, in half the time, and am looking forward to the finale....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ooshga
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    "Wonderfull"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    West Bridgford, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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!

    (Val.S.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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