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When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey
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When Darkness Falls (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Mercedes Lackey (Author), James Mallory (Author)

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Title:When Darkness Falls
Authors:Mercedes Lackey (Author)
Other authors:James Mallory (Author)
Info:A Tom Doherty Associates Book
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Raising your reincarnated mate is creepy beyond imagining. ( )
  Dez.dono | Aug 8, 2017 |
The third of the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, a fantastic story that involved conquering demons, talking unicorns, dragons and elven mages, and human sacrifices of all sorts. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
Grande, epic fantasy. Wizards and elves and unicorns. Good vs bad. What's not to love. ( )
  LauraBLough | Dec 26, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this trilogy and have been lending it out to friends. ( )
  kalanasse | Mar 28, 2010 |
I really enjoyed reading the first two books in this trilogy. The problem with this third book is that it suddenly resolves everything, without expounding on any of the plot elements that had been hinted at through the first two books. 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. I felt somehow cheated.

After all the effort to paint the demons as powerful, evil, and intelligent, they show virtually none of those qualities in the third book. The impending "war" turns out to be one battle; the humans just sort of come along, even though we’d been led to expect a harder sell; Kellen and Vestakia end up together far too quickly (even though it was obvious they would); the relationship between Kellen and Lycaelon had potential that didn't eventuate; even Idalia and Jermayan's romance felt like it was put in from obligation. There were so many possible directions the book could have taken, instead it just plodded along and suddenly dropped the reader off a cliff into oblivion.

I am torn! It definitely makes a nice change to finish a trilogy in three books, as opposed to the recent trend of endlessly drawn out series- but it also illustrates why the longer series can be a good choice. In balance, I think would have been better to make this series four books if that was necessary instead of trying to conclude everything in the last few pages of the third book.

Definitely worth reading, but nowhere near as captivating as the first two books of the trilogy. ( )
  Jawin | Apr 10, 2009 |
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Mercedes Lackeyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Mallory, Jamesmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lockwood, ToddCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765341433, Mass Market Paperback)

A great working of Wild Magic and High Magic strikes at the heart of the Demon Queen's plots, but the human city, the Golden City of the Bells, falls farther under her sway with each day that passes.  And without the City's High Magicians, the Wild Magicians, the Elven Army, and all their allies will surely fall before the onslaught of the Demon Queen's malignant warriors.

But all hope is not lost.  The Light's young mages, tempered by war, grow ever more powerful.  High Mage Cilarnen learns an ancient secret that can make him, for a brief, white-hot time, the greatest mage in the world--unless it kills him. 
Jermayan, the first Elf-Mage in centuries, has linked with the dragon Ancaladar and rediscovered the swift-as-thought powers of Elven magic, which can reshape mountains and summon lightning from clear skies. 

Knight-Mage Kellen has molded his troops and the Unicorn Knights into a deadly fighting force.  Soon the Elven King and his Commanders put Kellen's magical gifts to their greatest test, in the final battle between the Elves, the humans, and the Demons. 

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