To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City's Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger.
Kellen's sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her.
Jermayan, who has learned much fighting at Kellen's side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years. Furious at her enemies' success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candle flames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain.
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©2004 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2010 Tantor
This is a perfect sequel to the first book. Mercedes Lacky and James Mallory have pulled out the stops on this one, the character progression and the story build up kept me listning for hours on end.
This is a seriously good step up in quality from the first book as you can tell the authors are really getting in to the swing of the story, which is engaging right from the start as it starts off exactly where the first one ended, and leaves you once again on a cliffhanger at the end.
The narrator is clear and precise, i cannot fault Susan Ericksen she does a great job of bringing the story to life.
Highly reccomended to fans of the fantasy genre.
half of the first chapter is a copy of the last chapter of book 1; to me this is both insulting to the intelligence of the reader and pure laziness by the author. Although the story does get better, the constant repetition of themes is annoying.
This is the second book in the Obsidian Trilogy, it could be read as a stand-alone story, but I was lucky to have read "The Outstretched Shadow" first. I could not wait to get into "To Light a Candle" and found it just as engrossing as it's predecessor. I love the characters, they seem so real; and the terrain is so well described that you can see it. I am now deep into the sequel, "When darkness Falls", and I do not want it to end. Could there be a better reason to read this wonderful series yourself!
I really like this trilogy. Was disappointed that the third and final book is not availabe yet. It is an older series so I'm not sure why?? Please add it to audible when you can!
I've Enjoyed this Trilogy greatly, but the real reason I'm leaving this Review is to point out that the 3rd Book is not title like the rest of them. It is already Available here at Audible.com. "When Darkness Falls" is the last book.
Books 1 & 2 are great.....WHERE IS BOOK #3. I agree with the others, please add it to our offerings. This is worse that a TV show cliff hanger, at least with them you know next season the rest of the story will be availiable.
"Outstanding narrator for a favorite book"
This trilogy is one of my favorite series of books of all time. Like some do with LOTR, I read these or parts of them every year. This second book is even better than the first. The characters develop into people who's company I greatly enjoy and miss when I've finished reading. There is so much going on, so many unexpected events, and a great deal of wisdom. When I first began listening and found the narrator to be female, I was upset, because the main character is male, although young. But Susan Ericksen has such a range of voices and command over intonation, tone of voice, and the personalities of the characters, she expresses perfectly not just a teenage boy, but his wise older sister, a snarky male unicorn, a cantankerous male dragon, a host of stoic and high-cultured elves, arrogant middle-aged politicians, centaurs of all ages, and a race of demons - all separate and so varied that it's easy to picture each character and identify who's speaking. She's made my enjoyment of these wonderful books even greater.
"Reader Does Not Suit Story"
I really like this series but the reader is a terrible fit. She lacks subtlety and gentleness, and her accents are so terrible it makes some of the sections hard to listen to. She is great for other authors' books I've listened to, but I'm not sure I'll listen to this one again because of her performance.
"couple bad recorded spots"
like it. some recorded areas skip back and forth. I need six more words ha
"a truly entertaining series"
i listen to alot of audio books and this series i couldn't put down went all three back to back sad its over...
"Great book, Audio has Hiccups"
The story is absolutly amazing with tons of action anticipation and surprises. There have been a couple audio issues though with repeating sentances and hiccups but nothing that really impacted the understanding of the story.
I would have enjoyed it more if the occasional mispronunciations (it's gee-us, not gesh) hadn't kept pulling me out of the story.
I slammed the first volume of this trilogy because of the whiny main character, Kellen. Well, he blossoms in this second volume, and the whine vanishes. without it, he is much more likeable character. This is a rare occasion where the second volume in a series outstrips the first. Now I actually want to read the third.
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