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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Enduring Flame Series Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781400175741
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory first teamed up to write the Obsidian Trilogy, which was set in a wondrous world filled with magical beings, competing magic systems, and a titanic struggle between good and evil. That world proved so popular with the creators and readers alike that Lackey and Mallory have returned to it again, with The Phoenix Unchained, Book One of The Enduring Flame, the opening volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy. After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance. Tiercel, a young Armethalian nobleman, is convinced that High Magick is not just philosophy. He attempts a spell-and draws the unwelcome attention of Bisochim. Tiercel survives Bisochim's attack and begins trying to turn himself into a High Mage. Next in line to be Harbormaster of Armethalieh, Harrier instead finds himself regularly saving Tiercel's life and meeting magickal people and creatures. To Harrier's dismay, it seems that he must become a hero. In The Phoenix Unchained, Harrier and Tiercel begin a marvelous journey to uncover their destinies. Along the way, they meet a charming female centaur, several snooty Elves, and the most powerful dragon their world has ever known. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This beguiling beginning promises a highly readable epic combining vivid characterization with an interesting exploration of how past heroics are twisted over centuries into something both more and less than they were.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandrea | 12/22/2013

    " A relatively enjoyable story, but quite predictable once you've read the series that takes place in the same world a thousand years ago (Shadow Rising/To Light a Candle/When Darkness Falls...not in that order...) The plot felt a little jumpy and sudden at times, but the writing style has a dry humor about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alisa | 12/14/2013

    " I picked up this book because I enjoyed the first trilogy set in this world. The magic system has some unique boundaries placed on it and the character development and pacing were engaging. This book was awful. It attempts to make the characters and storyline of the first series meaningless, leaving me to believe the only reason to write this book (since there isn't an original or amusing line in it) is to make more money for the authors. I realize authors need to make money but I regret the purchase of this book. I never finished it and wish I had gone to the library for my regretted lost time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 11/21/2013

    " Very nicely done. As always, she does a great job with these characters and this world setting. She's adjusted the time-span nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbd | 11/8/2013

    " I didn't realize this was a continuation of the obsidion quest. Lackey picks up centuries after Knight Mage Kellen has saved the world from the endarkened. I look forward to the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah | 10/31/2013

    " Capable if not novel fantasy about the trials of teaching yourself magic under terrific historical pressure, plus the old surprise-you're-magic plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francine | 10/18/2013

    " This is a great piece for fantasy fans. Three cheers, again, for Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I can't wait to start Book 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norabear | 9/23/2013

    " First book in a new trilogy set in the same world as the Obsidian trilogy (1,000 years later.) I loved how the main characters of the Obsidian trilogy became mythologicalized (is that a word?) in this story. Lackey shows why she is my favorite fantasy author with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 9/19/2013

    " This book was amazing I could not put it down until I finished it and not for a while after that even. I don't know how else to begin my review of it other than what I just said and you just have to find out how great this book is for yourself because I wont tell you anymore than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 8/15/2013

    " If you liked the Obsidian books, you'll like this, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Strong | 7/15/2013

    " Very good but better plan on the next part. Very much left hanging at the "end" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eruvanna Cuthelion | 6/17/2013

    " The book really seemed to drag at times, was kind of a slog to finish up the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/8/2013

    " I <3 Mercedes Lackey! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Grant | 2/22/2013

    " This one seemed lazy and predictable. It was mostly following the obsidian trilogy except it felt like being dragged through the same plot points, and most of them felt like they were included out of requirement rather than because they fit the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani | 8/24/2012

    " Once I got past the readers voices (especially the females), I really enjoyed listening to this story. I hate to start yet another epic fantasy series, but it looks like I will be reading the next book at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 3/12/2012

    " Fabulous! I loved this book and have been looking for the sequel for months. I see that it does indeed exist, now I only need to locate it. wish me luck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/5/2012

    " Harrier and Tiercel are perfect foils for each other. Harrier is practical, believes in things he can see and touch, and level headed. Tiercel is more fanciful, and very trusting of just anyone he meets. I also like how the characters from the Obsidian trilogy are now heroes in myth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Cowher | 11/28/2011

    " Although this is about Kellen's (Obsidian Trilogy) future world, it was missing something. Perhaps that something was Kellen. I have been unable yet to feel the need to read part two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mac | 9/7/2011

    " A real chore to read. Kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 9/1/2011

    " I saw book 3 of this trilogy on the new release shelf at the library so I went and found this, the first book on the regular shelf to give it a try. It was okay. The story moved pretty well and it looks like there are some good directions the story can go in the next 2 installments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. I liked it and immediately checked out and began listening to the next one. This is the third or fourth fantasy series that I am reading. It is hard to keep straight the rules of magic in each series but I did enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2011

    " I'm rereading the first two of this trilogy so the last (new) one makes sense to me. So glad I did - Yikes! what a ride! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/28/2010

    " Not bad; reads like it's written for kids, but although it gets off to a slow start, I was enjoying it enough by the end to be curious about the next book in the series. Nice fantasy, and I never read the 1st series but I'm still enjoying this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/2/2010

    " I love this book. It's interesting to see what has happened a thousand years after the events of the Obsidian Trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/24/2010

    " Enjoyable but not one of Lackey's best fantasy series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 11/22/2009

    " I saw book 3 of this trilogy on the new release shelf at the library so I went and found this, the first book on the regular shelf to give it a try. It was okay. The story moved pretty well and it looks like there are some good directions the story can go in the next 2 installments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 11/8/2009

    " This started a little slow for me and seemed a bit formulaic. However, I never saw the ending coming and I am going to definitely order the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francine | 10/13/2009

    " This is a great piece for fantasy fans. Three cheers, again, for Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I can't wait to start Book 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/6/2009

    " Harrier and Tiercel are perfect foils for each other. Harrier is practical, believes in things he can see and touch, and level headed. Tiercel is more fanciful, and very trusting of just anyone he meets. I also like how the characters from the Obsidian trilogy are now heroes in myth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 8/12/2009

    " If you liked the Obsidian books, you'll like this, too. "

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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

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.