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The Phoenix Transformed

Book Three of the Enduring Flame
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: Enduring Flame, Book 3
Length: 24 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the Enduring Flame Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory have given audiences a new view of the complex and fascinating world they originally created for the Obsidian Trilogy. Jumping ahead one thousand years in time, Lackey and Mallory have told the compelling story of Harrier Gillain, the first Knight-Mage in a thousand years; Tiercel Rolfort, the first High Mage in hundreds of years; and Shaiara, the young leader of a desert tribe who takes both boys under her wing but has a special affection for Harrier.

These three young people are their world's main defense against the evil called up by the rogue Wild Mage Bisochim. Bisochim's conviction that he was restoring the balance was shattered the moment Ahairan took her first breath. Now, in The Phoenix Transformed, Bisochim joins forces with Harrier and Tiercel, and the three mages search desperately for a way to destroy Ahairan as she sends her magical forces against them and the desert nomads under their protection.

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  • Katja
  • 05-01-2010

Disappointing

I really liked the first series(read it) and the first 2 books(listened to) of this series are ok, good action scenes keep you going, but this final book is a lesson in boring. The main characters are a bunch of whiners and the action is so slow, it is struggle to keep listening. The authors give way too much information and every detail of the characters is examined in detail ad nauseum. I was really hoping for excitment, but was left flat and feeling ripped off. What a shame as both of these authors are much better then this book. There was so much more the authors could have done with this book, but they choose not to. Again, it is just a shame. Don't waste your credit, your imagination on how it ends would be better.

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  • Clark
  • 24-04-2013

Great listen

Where does The Phoenix Transformed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This whole series was a joy to listen to the characters were brought to life in the imagination masterfully.

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  • SHB
  • 26-03-2010

Poorly written

This book is poorly written, and the characters act in illogical ways. I wouldn't waste a credit on this one.

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  • ADKman
  • 02-03-2010

Disappointment

I usually take other reviews with a grain of salt. However this time the negative reviews were spot on. There has only been one other book I either wanted to stop listening to or stopped--this is the second. Thank goodness for the 2x setting on the iPhone to get the pain over with since I was curious how it would turn out. A 24hr long book that could have been compressed into two hours. So much lost potential with the story given the first two books.

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  • E. Atkinson
  • 31-12-2009

Long and pedantic

Let me start by saying that I like both authors other works. This Series should have been a single book, perhaps two but by the time they got to the third book they spent too much time discussing the inner turmoil of each person. I understand that you need to know what is going on in the minds of the characters but seriously enough is enough. When the main characters are being attacked in what should have been an amazing battle scene, suddenly becomes a dreary lament (again) about the dreadful necessity to have to kill. There were lots of great creatures and dramatic situations that were sucked dry by the mindless bleating of the internal monologue of the characters. The self loathing and denial just kept going and going. I rarely find myself thinking that a book had great potential but was very poorly executed.

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  • Ross
  • 12-03-2010

Disappointment

Overall, the authors seem to have been writing alternate paragraphs. It seems to get interesting once every 2-3 hours and doesnt stay that way long.

The revolving path of doubt and irraitation with circular questions and recitations of the same words get dull after the first hour.

After half the book, it feels like the author seems to remind you how stupid and irritating they are writing. It seems INTENTIONAL that they keep repeating the same things, over and again.

2/5 for horrible writing style and a circular, repetative novel.

I read the first two, which were a 3 and 4 / 5 respecitvely, this puts a poor end to a decent series.

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  • John
  • 04-01-2010

Like nails on a chalkboard

I usually enjoy Mercedes Lackey books and the previous series in this world was fantastic ... this one just didn't measure up. The characters and plot were not too bad ... if you can stomach the constant, mewling, whining, and moaning of the main characters ... seriously I don't know 5 year olds that whine and moan that much. Everything the character does is like he is marching to the gallows and by the time he finishes a sentence I am ready to take his place and hang myself. Seriously do yourself a favor and pass on this one.

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  • G. Parish
  • 27-02-2019

A solid finish to the trilogy

I recently finished listening to the Phoenix Transformed, the 3rd 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. The story finally comes to some solid fruition in this final novel in the trilogy and has a decent payoff.
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 this particular series.

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  • Loghan
  • 29-01-2019

Long but satisfying end

Great series if you like deep background narratives. Ending was kinda thrown together but satisfying. A main event happens in this book I was going to hate the series for. Knowing how this series occurred I want to listen to the third endarken war books about Salken and Kellen the poor orphan boy.

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  • J Deutschendorf
  • 14-04-2018

Amazing Ending I was not expecting.

Would you listen to The Phoenix Transformed again? Why?

Of course, it's just such an amazing story.

What did you like best about this story?

The real raw emotions that the narrator provided for the characters had me genuinely crying with them and celebrating their victories.

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  • saira
  • 30-05-2016

excellent

great book, excellent read, story sucks you in and you can't wait to see what happens next

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  • KeBo
  • 17-04-2016

It was not a perfect match

I enjoyed the story, the typical moaning and bickering of adolescents and the sense of humor in interactions. What really made listening to this trilogy a tad of a chore was the overly theatrical reading.