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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:
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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 he 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, 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.

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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by K.M. Weiland | 2/1/2014

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

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