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
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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
"Very enjoyable story ... Amazing narration!!"
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy!
The narration is SUPERB!! The myriad characters each have a life and vitality of their own .... Just superb!!!
The morality of the story makes it a must read for the pre and early-teen reader ... A modern Eosops Fables for today's youth.
I was actually a little disappointed with this conclusion. they rushed the important parts and dragged out the small details. the epic final battle was over in a few sentences where we got to hear long descriptions about clothes and whatnot. While I enjoyed the trilogy overall very much this final installment seemed as though the authors wanted to just get it over with.
Predictable. So much more could have been done with this story. I didn't like how some characters that could have gotten great depth were just cursory. Meh.
"love love love!"
great story! love the addition of dragons, but the story isn't overpowered, or taken over, by them. Strong side characters and very realistic personalities.
The narrator has a few words that are pronounced oddly. It could just be a regional difference though.
"i misss it now its over......"
a fine ending to a great trillogy
i found her narration easy to listen and smooth to follow
i binged through all three and sorry it is over...i will miss them
The entire series was well done.
I recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy book story lines.
This story concludes the Outstretched Shadow trilogy, and if you've made it through the second book you'll be pleasantly surprised that a lot of the slow pacing issues from the last novel are cleared up by the last half of this one as the story finally seems to have a sense of forward motion. The narrator is the same as the last two books, so you already know what she sounds like if you've listened to them. Personally, she reads too slow for my tastes. Seems a little bit like elementary school story time.
The story is wrapped up nicely, and the tale becomes a lot more engaging than some of the material in the previous book because stuff is actually happening that seems important to the overall story arc.
Still way too many adverbs. It seems worse in the 3rd book than the 1st. An editor needed to go through these pages and hack all the unnecessary "-ly" words to bits with an ink katana.
The whole "mage price" thing becomes total rubbish, because somewhere in the second book and all throughout the last book the concept of paying for spells with a personal sacrifice is thrown out the window in favor of paying for your spells in exchange for getting exactly what you want in life or something that you already did on your own without magical intervention. Considering the amount of the time that the characters spend bemoaning that they have to supposedly pay a price for their spells, this is a serious flaw in the story.
For example - spoiler: The whole thing about Idalia (spelling?) sacrificing her life as a mage price is wrong. It seems like she is killed as a mage price for a couple chapters, but she's actually remade as an Elf so that she can spend centuries of life with her Elven lover who she couldn't be with in the past due to the difference in their lifespans. Poor baby, that price must be so hard to pay. There are a number of other lesser examples of this throughout the story, and it makes the whole idea of mage prices seem stupid because the characters aren't paying anything for their magic if they are being given exactly what they want in life as the -cost- of a spell. It's like "I'm going to cast this spell to save these people's lives, and the cost to me is that I'm going to win the lottery and never want for anything until I die. Oh, I am so burdened!"
The Endarkened are as one dimensional as ever. Their PoV shifts don't do anything for the story. The trilogy would be better off without the segments from their perspective.
I thought that this last book was a fantastic finish to the series. It made me laugh, it made me cry (awkwardly in the middle of work) and I don't really ask much more than that from my books.
"great book and series"
This is a great read...wonderful character development and solid story through the series. I recommend this to any fantasy lover.
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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