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When Darkness Falls (The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 3) Hardcover – July 25, 2006
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At the start of Lackey and Mallory's highly readable conclusion to their Obsidian fantasy trilogy (after 2004's To Light a Candle), Knight-Mage [Kellen], leader of the alliance of humans and elves, has his work cut out for him when the forces of demon queen Savilla go on the offensive. Fortunately, [Kellen] has a powerful ally in the half-breed healer Vestakia, who because she's half demon can read the mind of her demon father and provide priceless information on their enemies. The deft handling of the romance between [Kellen] and Vestakia helps heighten suspense as the struggle on both the physical and magical planes grows more intense. Short scenes speed the action, which at times can be hard to follow, even for those familiar with the previous two volumes. Nonetheless, high fantasy fans should appreciate the intelligent storytelling with an unmistakable flavor of Andre Norton at her best. (July)
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“Lackey and Mallory combine their talents for storytelling and world crafting into a panoramic effort. Filled with magic, dragons, elves, and other mythical creatures, this belongs in most fantasy collections.” ―Library Journal on To Light a Candle
“In the captivating world conjured by veteran Lackey and classical scholar Mallory, there are three types of magic, each of which has its own rules, limits and variables. Kellen sets down a road he never expected to take, on a journey of dire importance to both humans and nonhumans (the latter including elves, unicorns, and other enchanting creatures). The narrative speeds to the end, leaving the reader satisfied and wanting to know more.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Outstretched Shadow
“[Kellen's] 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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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They tackled cultural stereotypes and differences, and how important it can be to form your own opinions based on observation and experience ( you KNOW how those centaurs can be!)
There were father\child issues, relationships, commitments, honor, duty, family, camaraderie, politics, they covered a lot of ground and did it well.
The ending had a surprise twist that was well done and made me very happy. I think having the pair of authors working together made a nice balance between romance, chivalry, action and gave a nicely balanced perspective. I think it's easily relatable for a lot of people.
I read the books purely for pleasure, I seriously needed a mental break. These did the trick, except I had a hard time putting the darn things down at night, so I had several very short nights! But they were worth it!
"When Darkness Falls" wraps up the story to the Obsidian Trilogy very well, with satisfying progress and unexpected twists, but it loses much of the charm seen in "Outstretched Shadow" and "To Light a Candle" in doing so, because there's just so much packed into it. The pace is fast- very fast- and we just don't see as much of the characters we've come to love as they hurtle along their way.
An excellent story, but I would have liked to see more between Kellen and Vestakia- a year of no interest and then that quickly?- and the Kellen and Lycaelon thing had potential that didn't show; even Idalia and Jermayan's romance felt like it was put in from obligation. The people in the story aren't the driving force in this one.
Definitely worth reading, and went more smoothly on the second read, but do not expect the same feel as from the first two books of the trilogy.
There is no point in reviewing the book as it is enjoyed best by not knowing what happens, but discovering the details as you go. And it is the final book of the trilogy, so one hopes you have read the previous two.
Is it worth buying? In my opinion, absolutely. Finish the story. If you haven't read the first two, take the time to read them first if possible. This book would be simply okay if it is simply a shortcut to the end. To really appreciate this one, you really do need a better introduction to everyone in this story.
Buy the books. And keep them. They are worth reading again, sometime down the line. A few times.
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