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The Outstretched Shadow

By: Mercedes Lackey,James Mallory
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
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Summary

Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

Then Kellen found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic---or did they find him? Their Magic felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it. Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City's dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic---and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side.

Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wild Mage who knows more about Kellen than anyone outside the City should, meeting Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged into a world full of magical beings, Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom. The one thing all the Mages of the City agreed on was that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage---turned him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen's fate?

Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great War, they've been biding their time, sowing the seeds of distrust and discontent between their human and Elven enemies. Very soon now, when the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And then all the world will belong to the Endarkened.

©2003 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2010 Tantor

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Good book, slow reading

This is an enjoyable fantasy novel. It has some fairly traditional characters, but there are some new twists placed on fantasy regulars. In addition the investigations of the corrupting possibilities of power and choice make for some deeper thinking.

However do be sure to listen to the sample first. I found this so slow that I had to play it at fast speed on my ipod (and some words ran together), but that may just be my taste: try before you buy. If the narration had suited me better this would be 4 stars.

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The Obsidian Trilogy (3 Books)

I am including all 3 books in my review. The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls. I cannot imagine anybody just reading one without absoliutely having to read the others.

The characters are so well drawn that they become live, and the plot is so intriguing, it is difficult to switch off.

This is one of those epics that you cannot leave alone until you have read it all, and yet you never want it to come to an end.



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Thourghly enjoyable

I found this book to be a very intriguing first installment, it has all the usual character introductions and progresses nicely, there are some stereotypical characters that dont seem very original but is totaly forgivable considering the story just absorbs you in and makes you want to listen.
I found the narration more then acceptable, though the constant 'questioning' tone of voice did get a little frustrating sometimes. Overall though i did enjoy it, and i would certainly recommend it to any fans of this genre.
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    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

Was looking forward to an epic fantasy, but finally gave up just under halfway through first book. Coming off the back of 'the name of the wind' i found the writing style lacking, almost immature. Perhaps it was aimed at a younder audience.

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    1 out of 5 stars

Very slow reading and missing pace in many places

I held high hopes for this book however found myself (as another reviewer mentioned) putting my iPod on top speed. The narrator, whilst clear is ponderous which coupled with long, detailed reflection by the main character drove to days of switching off and looking for other books to enjoy. I have finally finished the book and would only recommend if you enjoy a very slow pace. I have no inclination to find out what happened next.

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I just couldn't handle to rambling

I read the summary before buying and thought that the plot sounded good. I listened to it originally about 2 years ago and couldn't finish it. Making ot about half way through. This time I couldn't even complete an hour. I prefer faster pace stories. Where you slowly discover the new world for yourself. Not have it narrated continuously for an hour.

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Idiot Main Character!

Would you try another book written by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory or narrated by Susan Ericksen?

I am in the middle of another of Mercedes Lackey's books, (a different series) so the answer is, Yes to that question. Not having read anything, (that I can remember) written by James Mallory, I don't know. As for listening to another book narrated by Susan Ericksen, most definitely. She was the best part of the experience, as far as I'm concerned.

Has The Outstretched Shadow put you off other books in this genre?

NO! I have read hundreds of books in this genre, and have come across many that were much worse than this one. I love this genre too much to be put off by the occasional pebble among the diamonds.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Most of the scenes with Shalkan.

Do you think The Outstretched Shadow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I know this is the first book in a trilogy, so I can honestly answer Yes. As to why/why not? I have to hope the main character, Kellen grows up and stops being such an idiot. That would make the books which follow this one much more enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Because I like character based stories, I get very irritated when the main character is an idiot. Kellen spends way too much time second guessing himself, and agonizing over things he can't change and blaming himself for things over which he had no control. This constant angst constantly stalled the story, which would have been good otherwise. Even with evidence to the contrary, he continued in his silly belief in the words of people who had repeatedly proved themselves manipulative liars. Some of the other characters made up for the silly main character, but not enough to make this more than bearable to listen to. Susan Ericksen did a very commendable job of narrating what was, in my opinion a less than satisfactory book. I'll certainly be looking out for other books read by Ms Ericksen.

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Well read

gripping in some parts. overall a very enjoyable experience. can be a bit repetitive but in some ways it added to the description of the characters feeling

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a bit repetitive

The story is ok, a bit obvious though. The main gripe is the repetition, it's like listening to a politician making the same point over and over, but in different sentences. I found myself saying, "oh just get on with it!" I know the main character is young, but I did want to slap him at times and make him man up.

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Why wont it let me download part 4

Would you try another book written by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory or narrated by Susan Ericksen?

not if audible only lets me have 3 parts out of 4

What could Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

make audible release the full book

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Outstretched Shadow?

the ending of part 3 where it tells me to download the next part

Any additional comments?

i'll get something else and hope its the whole book

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