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.
©2009 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Tantor
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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.
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.
"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.
This whole series was a joy to listen to the characters were brought to life in the imagination masterfully.
I honestly don't agree with many of the other reviewers for this book. This book was a very good ending in the trilogy. I absolutely loved the feelings and sensations I got while listening to the book and the two before it. You can truly feel what the characters feel. Their conflicts of emotion and sense of duty. Their fear and trepidation yet desire so strong to keep an evil from harming others that their dedication to stopping it is beyond what I personally might have.
In this book I connected even more with the main characters than I did in the previous two. It was almost as if I was them and Dufris did an even better job in this book with his narration than he did in the other two.
Admittedly there were a few things that seemed to be left unsolved and I would have liked to known what happened between two of the characters. However, I'm wondering if this was deliberate and might transition into another trilogy that takes place further down the road in the timeline so to speak. I suppose we shall see.
I definitely reccomend that you give this book a try, especially if you want to find out what happens after reading the first two. It won't let you down. It didn't me. :)
"Found it worth the wait"
Sorry to see all the bad reviews, I for one enjoyed it.
Overall, I enjoyed this series (the first I've read of Lackey's). At the time I didn't think so, but compared to the second two, the first book was a bit slow and boring. The story is really a good one and I found it easy enough to hear beyond the repetitive whining others have mentioned. I love long stories and even with the repetitive parts, this was worth listening to. So much so, I'm listening to it for a second time (starting at book 2), which is rare for me.
I know a narrator can make or break an audiobook. This guy was pretty good. His different character voices are good as well as pronunciation of some difficult words.
As for the maturity level, I am adult and still found it interesting. It is obviously written for the pre-teen or early teen crowd, but the concepts are big enough to be interesting for my mind.
This book is poorly written, and the characters act in illogical ways. I wouldn't waste a credit on this one.
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.
"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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