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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Obsidian Trilogy Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781400183821
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Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training-all men, for women were unfit to practice magic-memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council. Then Kellen found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic-or did they find him? Their Magic felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it. Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City's dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic-and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side. Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wild Mage who knows more about Kellen than anyone outside the City should, meeting Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged into a world full of magical beings, Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom. The one thing all the Mages of the City agreed on was that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage-turned him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen's fate? Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great War, they've been biding their time, sowing the seeds of distrust and discontent between their human and Elven enemies. Very soon now, when the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And then all the world will belong to the Endarkened. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The narrative speeds to the end, avoiding a jarring halt while leaving the reader satisfied and wanting to know more.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2016

    " This Book Has been Outstanding So far . A little long Winded In place's "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/11/2014

    " This fantasy book was a mixed bag for me. It felt too long and the pacing was uneven. It definitely dragged at times. I dislike clearly defined "good" and "bad" guys, and unfortunately there are few moral subtleties here. The "bad" guys were dreadfully written and I literally had to skip those chapters to avoid reading (yet again) how much they relish torturing their helpless victims. However despite all these flaws, I did end up enjoying the book and I wanted to know where the story would go in the next book of the trilogy. The world is fairly well developed, the characters have some interesting moments, and the writing style is adequate. Overall it is highly flawed but still has some merit for fantasy fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/8/2014

    " I like the twist on magick this book takes. The wild magick theory intrigued me greatly, as well as the unique world. Good trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.M. Weiland | 2/1/2014

    " An excellent beginning meanders into a slow, repetitive, and, for much of the book's middle, goalless narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Okie | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, despite the triteness. I'm partial to fantasy fiction, anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/15/2014

    " I like the way that magic works in this novel. Its strange to call it a more realistic form of magic, but I can't think of another way to describe it. Magic has to be based in something, there is work that must be put into it, and demands responsibility of the person who wields it. The many creatures within are also more realistic, living in families, tending their homes, etc. Finally, I love the portrayal of the elves! Their long lives make them often unable to connect with humans - its an interesting dichotomy. Great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dmw0325 | 1/9/2014

    " This book had a REALLY slow start, but I absolutely loved it!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jimfinity | 1/9/2014

    " This is just sheer pulp fantasy. You probably shouldn't start this series if you're older than 15 or 16. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/9/2014

    " I still love it with each reread. My only complaint is that the beginning shouldn't have been so slow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/31/2013

    " I love this book. I've read it before. But I'm just not in the mood. I'm going to have to come back to this series. I think I'm to busy thinking about Inheritance... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Carlisle | 10/7/2013

    " A long, but very rich and rewarding fantasy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnette | 9/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this trilogy of books, and actually am sad it is finished. I would have loved to find out more about how Kellan and Vestokia progressed and about the changes the high mages made in their city etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirstie | 8/23/2013

    " When people don't know, they are happy as they can be where they are. But there are a few that know there is something different, and better if you look for it. But to start looking for it is the hardest part. Next hardest part is thinking that you've got something better now than you had than. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dragaeran | 11/29/2012

    " Interesting book, I like it's system of magic so far. Nothing too groundbreakking or me, but I like the writing style and the mythos, I'll be reading a lot more mercedes lackey, and there is definitely a lot to choose from "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hj | 12/26/2011

    " One of my favorites. BEST Unicorn ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vandy | 7/4/2011

    " Loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I love mercedes Lackey and how she draws you into her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 6/20/2011

    " I mainly recall this series started GREAT and kind of fizzled into mediocrity and mild annoyance. I'll probably someday reread it and see what I think then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ban | 4/15/2011

    " Wish I remembered more about this book ... I've got the second waiting to be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/9/2011

    " A great introduction to an excellent fantasy series. A little slow to start, but it's worth the wait! Excellent character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vandy | 2/7/2011

    " Loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I love mercedes Lackey and how she draws you into her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/11/2010

    " Too violent to read again. Compelling story and world mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/18/2010

    " Mages, Elves, and Demons.. Oh My! An enjoyable, fast paced adventure and coming of age story. I would recommend this to lovers of fantasy adventure ages 13 and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 10/12/2010

    " Must Finish Reading Series, was a bit hard to get into but once I did it was hard to put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/15/2010

    " I really liked this and am looking forward to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/5/2010

    " And yet another Lackey-created world! I'd love to chat with this woman...she must be incredibly fascinating.

    Amazing tale of how fear can repress a society. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 7/22/2010

    " A cannibalistic scene early on just repulsed me so much I couldn't keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 7/20/2010

    " I didn't like this book at first - being a budding fantasy reader I wasn't used to the words upon words upon words. However, the story grew on me as the action built and now I'm a big fan. #teamKellen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 7/12/2010

    " I still love it with each reread. My only complaint is that the beginning shouldn't have been so slow! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ban | 6/22/2010

    " Wish I remembered more about this book ... I've got the second waiting to be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 5/5/2010

    " I mainly recall this series started GREAT and kind of fizzled into mediocrity and mild annoyance. I'll probably someday reread it and see what I think then. "

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About the Author
Author Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fan­tasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.