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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,296 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: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400183845
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “High fantasy fans should appreciate the intelligent storytelling with an unmistakable flavor of Andre Norton at her best.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Tow | 2/19/2014

    " has a very good ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari-elf | 2/3/2014

    " One of Mercedes Lackey's earlier novels, but well worth a read. The story is well written, and sucks you in so you don't want to put the book down till you've finished. It has a nice take on the different races of the world, each complex and written with a good amount of complexity, which is not something you see everyday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krys | 1/24/2014

    " Very good book, tied up everything in the end. A little longer, but not as drawn out as the 2nd book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/21/2014

    " Misty Lackey delivers again. This was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy although I really did want to read more about the characters. Unfortunately, the next trilogy in the series takes place 1000 years later, so the characters in this series are only legends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Norabear | 1/19/2014

    " I don't know what happened with the third book in the Obsidian fantasy trilogy but it fell flat and to be honest, was rather boring. A shame to end the trilogy like this but thankfully the next book in the world, The Phoenix Unchained, regains the quality of the first two of the Obsidian trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Eddington | 1/16/2014

    " This was a fabulous book ending the Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Daniels | 1/13/2014

    " I totally lost track of all the characters in this trilogy. They all had 5 syllables and were too hard to remember. Somewhere Ms. Lackey must have a 300 page book full of characters, who they were, and what they did. I continue to be astonished at this author's ability to write epic fantasies and tie up all the loose ends. I still think the Elves drink way too much weird tea and sometimes the pacing slows to crawl of a drowsy, Elfin snail (they're slower than regular snails), but her attention to detail is magnificent to behold. Kudos to you Ms Lackey! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/8/2014

    " am reading this one over..most of my favorite re-reads are Lackey books. I was very surprised to find my shelves rather stuffed with her works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Flanagan | 11/13/2013

    " I really liked how this series ended.So many times I find myself unsettled by the inability to merge reality and fiction at the end. It seems that is the hardest part of a book or series, the end. Ms. Lackey and Mr. Mallory did a phenomenal job on this series. Kudos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Hindman | 11/12/2013

    " Enjoyed the trilogy, but have to admit the last book wasn't as strong. Felt rushed and a bit aimless, with a relatively anticlimactic ending after all the build up. However, still liked it! Loved the world and most of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Carlisle | 10/25/2013

    " a great conclusion to a wonderful series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Jeffers | 10/21/2013

    " Really nice ending, with a twist, to wrap up the series and tie up the loose threads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ljhunt2 | 10/5/2013

    " A good ending but not as satisfying a read as book two. It really lacked pace at the start and there was a little too much back story reminders which I hate. If they haven't read books 1 and 2 they are not likely to pick up book 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nyssa | 9/17/2013

    " Really enjoyed the entire series, still Love Mercedes Lackeys characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 5/28/2013

    " Third book in the trilogy, loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petrina | 1/7/2013

    " This is one of those books that I ended up buying in hardcover because I just couldn't wait for it in soft cover. Very, very good. A bit sad in some places, but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 12/22/2012

    " I waited with bated breath for this sequel to arrive at the library. The world Lackey created here was so vibrant, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichelle Rae | 10/12/2012

    " Oh man, this was SUCH a great series! I was SO happy with it! The ending was satisfying and worth every second I lost sleep finishing these books! All 3 books, HIGHLY reccommended for any fantasy genre lover!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adina Lee | 3/10/2012

    " Another nice ending to a fantasy book. Just how I like it. I can't stand all the silly names though, I abbreviate all of them as I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Cowher | 2/6/2012

    " This was the weakest of the three books, but it was still very entertaining. I will miss Kellen from my life. He is an incredible character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 1/26/2012

    " Lackey is a master fantasy writer. Her rich, believable worlds are peopled with fully realized complex characters who struggle with good and evil, wisdom and power, the real world and magic. I can't get enough of her writing. If you enjoy fantasy fiction she is one of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 12/7/2011

    " If the ending had been better, I'd have considered the entire series pretty rereadable. I certainly never read the sequel series of this series, based on the last 1.5 books of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/4/2011

    " great end to an epic fantasy trilogy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/29/2010

    " am reading this one over..most of my favorite re-reads are Lackey books. I was very surprised to find my shelves rather stuffed with her works. "

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

    " There's a feel of The Two Towers about this tale of demons, magic, and hypocrisy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 5/5/2010

    " If the ending had been better, I'd have considered the entire series pretty rereadable. I certainly never read the sequel series of this series, based on the last 1.5 books of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 3/8/2010

    " I really liked how this series ended.So many times I find myself unsettled by the inability to merge reality and fiction at the end. It seems that is the hardest part of a book or series, the end. Ms. Lackey and Mr. Mallory did a phenomenal job on this series. Kudos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/10/2010

    " I waited with bated breath for this sequel to arrive at the library. The world Lackey created here was so vibrant, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/13/2009

    " Incredible ending to the trilogy. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MarsianMan | 5/4/2009

    " Great conclusion to the series. (My second read-though) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/18/2009

    " great end to an epic fantasy trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/2/2009

    " This series is a fun read. Very entertaining. Some of the end was transparent, but there were enough surprises that the book never lost it's appeal. All in all I recommend it, and will likely reread it myself. The books really do not stand alone, so be sure to read them all in order. :o) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 2/28/2009

    " See The Outstretched Shadow for review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petrina | 2/24/2009

    " This is one of those books that I ended up buying in hardcover because I just couldn't wait for it in soft cover. Very, very good. A bit sad in some places, but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/9/2009

    " a great conclusion to a wonderful series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 11/26/2008

    " has a very good ending
    "

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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.