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The Phoenix Endangered

Book Two of the Enduring Flame
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: Enduring Flame, Book 2
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (414 ratings)

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In The Phoenix Endangered, the second entry in "The Enduring Flame", Tiercel, a budding High Mage, and Harrier, a reluctant Knight-Mage, develop greater power - and learn of the evils of war when they see the devastation caused by the fanatical armies of the Wild Mage Bisochim.

The desert tribes, led by young Shaiara, flee Bisochim's evil, seeking a legendary oasis deep in the desert - a refuge that may hold the key to stopping Bisochim and preserving the Balance between Light and Darkness, or that may be the cause of Light's ultimate downfall.

©2008 Mercedes Lackey; 2008 James Mallory (P)2008 Tantor

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    4 out of 5 stars

Give the kids a break!

The other reviews seem to get hung up on the "whining" of the main characters. I think what they are forgetting is that the main characters are just teenagers that have had the task of saving the world thrust upon them. They have recently (less than a year) found out they both have magic and have no real idea yet how exactly to use it and not a lot of help figuring it out. I don't know about anyone else but I get more whining from my teenagers about doing chores than the two main characters exhibit. This is a realistic reaction to the situation they have been thrown into and I think it makes it a more plausible storyline.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

O.k., but somewhat boring.

The story is entertaining but there was a distinct lack of any action. My other criticism is that after about 3/4's of the book I got very tired of the incessant whining of Tiercel and Harrier. Hopefully, the next book will move at a better clip and find our protagonists with more backbone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

anticipating the last book

When I purchased this audiobook, people seemed to take issue with the characters being whiny. To this, I say that you take issue with the characters being real. If you don't like character development, you won't like this series. The characters are tangibly real and the storyline grabs you. The narration is a little odd, sometimes the voice sounds like a stereotypical anchorman voice, and sometimes it sounds more normal. Apparently it's the same guy, but I think his voice has split personalities if that's the case. It's still good, and worth a listen in my opinion.

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FAR BELOW LACKEY/MALLORY QUALITY

I have loved lackey/mallory books in the past and I hope they get a chance to read this, as this is DRIVEL compared to their normal writing level. ENDLESSLY repeated summations of events, again and again. Horrible writing structure, repeated adjectives again and again AND STORY FLAWS!I would expect more from them as authors and not to make the small mistakes that ruin a story. EX: Harrier leafed through his magebooks and the unicorn tells him to read the title pages and he did. Then IN THE SAME BOOK NO LESS, the author tells you the books DONT HAVE titlepages. WHERE IS THE EDITING. I got sick everytime the same phrases were repeated again and AGAIN! IT WAS MADDENING to listen to. Also the Narrator is so blaise about what is going on you feel like you're listening to a blonde girl go on and on about their day at the mall. GET IT TOGETHER OR DON'T BOTHER WRITING THE FINALE to this utter crap.

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Decent read.

Overall a decent read. The story was a little lack luster at some points. Would give a 3.5 if possible overall.

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Not for all audience's

I recently finished listening to the Phoenix Endangered, the 2nd book in the Enduring Flame series. The book straddles a strange place somewhere between older YA (late teens) and adult. It is fairly standard fantasy fare and only the depth of the characters keep it interesting. It is basically another rewrite of the hero's journey, though I should add that it was a decent effort.
The narrator generally did a solid job as well.
Conclusion: I am not sure who this book is targeting. I might suggest it either for an older YA fantasy novel, however, I wouldn't suggest it for anyone else unless they are already fans of either authors work.

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very real characters to relate to

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

That's a hard decision, I loved Tiercel but I also liked Harrier for totally different reasons. He made Tiercel's mild mannered self come true, but Harrier's temper was legendary and believable.

Any additional comments?

EPIC!!!

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The Phoenix Endangered

The two young protagonists show no growth as they travel. Their twisted view toward killing monsters and murderous people does not conform to their goal. They are walking talking idiots, is this because they were city born? This story is painful and of all of the stories by Ms Lackey I have read, none have been this bad. I do not understand, this story could be so poor.

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Nicely done.

loved it can't wait to see what the boys do next and where is dragon

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Disappointed..

This book is very slow and redundant. I'm only at the second part of the book and have found that much of what I have listed to thus far should probably have been edited out or written so there are less filler words and scenes.

I must agree with the other reviewers when I say that the constant complaining and whining of the main characters is rather annoying, and am surprised to find this trilogy to be classified in the adult fantasy category; which I am sure is due to length rather than content.

I have in the past purchased books and not completed them for one reason or another and I typically don't pay attention to reviews, however these seem to be right on the mark. I'm quite sure I could have skipped this book entirely and moved on to the third.