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To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book Two (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy) Hardcover – October 7, 2004
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"Once Kellen realizes there is a world full of wonders, diversity, and people who think and live differently, he cannot return to the oppressive sameness of City life. When he refuses to give up the books, his father banishes him forever from the City and to a horrific death prearranged by the mages. The Wild Magic has another agenda for him, however, involving an acerbic unicorn and a woman-heavens!-to learn the Wild (but not sex) Magic from. Delightful."
--Booklist on The Outstretched Shadow
"Lackey and Mallory join forcers to create an epic fantasy filled with sorcery and swordplay set in a world on the verge of a Demon war. For most fantasy collections."
--Library Journal on The Outstretched Shadow
About the Author
James Mallory is the author of the Merlin trilogy (Merlin: The Old Magic; Merlin: The King's Wizard; Merlin: The End of Magic). He lives in upstate New York.
Together, Lackey and Mallory have written The Outstretched Shadow, the first volume in the Obsidian Trilogy.
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But the kindle version is terribly formatted, with a fair number of typos. The chapters that shift between Kellen's perspective, and the Endarkened Queen are jarring, with no kind of divider to break it up beyond an extra space, making the transition jarring. There are areas where a stray period ( . ) is just randomly between two words, and I've seen a few instances of typos. It could really use a proof reader to go through and format it better and remove the stray periods and other typos.
If those things bother you, I'd recommend physical book.
As for the book itself, it's OK and works better in "print" than audibly anyway. If you read and liked the first book of the series, the second book flows pretty much the same way. It's not one of my favorite Lackey novels and I suspect she didn't have that much to do with the actual writing. I rated it three stars based on the book itself, not on the Whispersync problems (which would have received a zero.)
Another problem I have with the book is that much of the magic created is very much unexplained. For instance, the bonding with dragons is basically set up as sometimes a person/elf can bond with a dragon and then they have more magic than anyone. Finally, the elf army seems very weak. They are constantly suffering huge losses from Shadow Elves and in my mind I kept thinking "well what are they going to do if they actually have to fight the demons army? They've already lost half their own troops and that was just against a group of creatures that live in caves".
To sum it up, there are some enjoyable parts to this book, and the trilogy. However I do not think it comes close to being as good as some of the other fantasy out there. If you choose to read this, be prepared for some long repetitive passages