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The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book One (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2004
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“Lackey has two great strengths as a writer: her ability to tell an exciting story and to create sympathetic characters who inspire effortless identification. Lackey is one of the best storytellers in the field.” ―Locus
“Lackey shows a sure touch with the wonder and adventure that characterize the best fantasy writers.” ―Romantic Times
“An accomplished retelling of the beginning of the Arthurian legend. A good choice for large fantasy collections.” ―Library Journal on Mallory's Merlin: The Old Magic
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, and, also with James Mallory, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls) and the Enduring Flame Trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed). She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenix and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.
James Mallory is author of the three-part novelization of the Hallmark Merlin miniseries: The Old Magic, The King's Wizard, and The End of Magic. He was born in San Francisco and attended schools in California and the Midwest, before moving to New York to pursue a career in writing. From an early age, he has been fascinated with the Arthurian legends, an avocation which triggered a lifelong interest in fantasy literature. He lives in California.
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Full review at ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
Ok, so here is the one downside to the book: A lot of people who read this book are going to think it is slow in the beginning, and I can understand why they might think that. I, myself, loved every part of the book. I did like the beginning, although I will admit not nearly as much as when the plot REALLY starts. And the plot REALLY starts about a quarter into the book - and then all of the sudden it is just one thing after another! I really loved the main plot of the book, the premise was so interesting, and the world was just captivating - it held my attention like you can't even believe. If you love fantasy, then you will absolutely LOVE this book - it has all the fantastical elements you love without coming off as cliched and old. There is never a dull moment - there is always something going on! One of the things I love about this book is that it isn't just one overarching story line - I mean of course there is one, but that's not ALL there is. There are tons of little things going on in addition to the main plot, and I absolutely loved every second of it! I also adored the characters in this book - you love to love the good guys and you love to hate the bad guys. But the character development is great, it is so cool to see all of them evolve and grow into who they are meant to be, and the interactions between all of them just made me smile nonstop! I literally could not put this trilogy down - I had many a late night because I would rather read these books than go to sleep. There are so many more things that I wish I could put into this review, but its so hard to put into words all the reasons that I LOVE this book! All I know is that this trilogy is one of my top five of ALL series, not just fantasy series. Its world was so amazing that it made me want to live there, I know how that sounds, but its true! I loved how the magic was set up, and I loved all of the different races in the world. The plot and characters were so incredibly spellbinding that I still think about this trilogy long after I have read it - and I plan on reading it again soon!
I just really can't put into words how much I love these books, and I hope that I have written something useful to all the potential buyers! I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers, and basically just everyone! I hope you love reading this book, and the rest of the trilogy, as much as I did!
The one main fault I have with this story is at time it seems to leap ahead on the story and at others drive you insane through minutae. I feel it is important to get an understanding of the history but as another reviewer mentioned, the story seems to be a bit slow on the uptake.
Aside from all that though, I truly really enjoyed this story. A young man faces his own fears, and also learn to stand on his own. This story is one my absolute favorits from an author who already has hooked. Mercedes Lackey is definitely one of the best in the genre.