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To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy, Book Two (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Mercedes Lackey (Author)

Series: Obsidian Trilogy (2)

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In The Outstretched Shadow, which was named by VOYA as Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book for 2003, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory introduced readers to a complex new fantasy world populated by humans, centaurs, elves, talking unicorns, and demons. The Golden City of the Bells, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic---a powerful magic that is stable and reliable, though rigidly controlled and performed only by men. Outside the City's walls, humans and magical beings mix freely and call upon Wild Magic---a system sometimes erratic, always driven by desire and need, and performed by both men and women. Now, in To Light a Candle, the Demon Queen sends her forces against her human and elven enemies, sowing distraction and death. In the human City, the Queen's agents work to divide the Council and foment rebellion among the City's citizens. In the countryside, they target the most vulnerable and valuable---the young Elf Prince and the Wild Mages who might be the Demons' most dangerous enemies. To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City's Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen's sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic Price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her. Jermayan, who has learned much while fighting at Kellen's side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he Bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years. Furious at her enemies' success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candleflames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain.… (more)
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Title:To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy, Book Two
Authors:Mercedes Lackey (Author)
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More creatures, more characters, more complexity… To Light a Candle is the second in the Obsidian Trilogy and it makes a compelling addition to the set. A nice blend of light and dark leads to questions of who we trust and why. Diverse religious ideas and diverse systems of magic all lock perfectly together. Characters change and learn, inviting readers perhaps to view their own world too through different eyes. And adventures await in different places as threat and danger close in.

Not a simple tale, the interlocking paths of different characters remind me of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. But everything is not only drawing together, but also moving toward a scary conclusion. Readers will question the motives of different characters from start to end, with mysteries well hidden and action well told. It’s a clever, thought-provoking tale of a complex world that pleasingly mirrors the real in fantasy.

Disclosure: Still hooked. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Dec 9, 2019 |
I found this second installment of the trilogy maintained the same level of interest and development of the first book. Often sequels tend to fall off in quality, but this is not the case here. Character development was maintained and so was the continuity of the story line. Found this a very and interesting read. ( )
  cfzmjz041567 | Apr 18, 2010 |
I really enjoyed this trilogy and have been lending it out to friends. ( )
  kalanasse | Mar 28, 2010 |
We’ve all heard of ‘middle child syndrome’. Many middle books in trilogies suffer from the same thing - but that is not the case with this second instalment of the Obsidian Trilogy.

It took me much of the first book, "The Outstretched Shadow," to really get to know the characters, and it wasn't until the latter half of the book that I really got interested in the story. This book starts out where the last left off, and doesn't slow down for a moment. I was glued to the story from cover to cover and picked the third book up as soon as I finished this one!

In this volume, Kellen finally comes into his own, his sister and best friend unite, and the Endarkened's plot to destroy human-kind continues to fester at a rapid pace, aided by the High Mages’ continued blindness.
The characters are well developed and enjoyable to read about. The dragon and the unicorns (especially Shalkan) are an added bonus. I really enjoy these, especially with their droll sense of humour. The elves are intersting too, particularly the proper and formal speech they use. It is fun to watch the humans try to conquer that form of speech.

All in all, To Light A Candle is a good read, with engaging battles, interesting characters and new threats seen in every shadow. I do recommend it, but only after you have read the first book (The Outstretched Shadow). It has set the stage for high drama and great action in the third book of the Obsidian Trilogy. ( )
1 vote Jawin | Mar 24, 2009 |
Like the previous reviewer, I found this very readable. Though there were a few times where I felt my interest waning, something always happened right away to rekindle my enthusiasm for the story. I had a lot of fun with it, and was sad to see it end.

I did find that the story was broken down a little strangely, though. I’m not sure that I would’ve divided the action in quite that way. ( )
  xicanti | Jul 16, 2007 |
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In The Outstretched Shadow, which was named by VOYA as Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book for 2003, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory introduced readers to a complex new fantasy world populated by humans, centaurs, elves, talking unicorns, and demons. The Golden City of the Bells, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic---a powerful magic that is stable and reliable, though rigidly controlled and performed only by men. Outside the City's walls, humans and magical beings mix freely and call upon Wild Magic---a system sometimes erratic, always driven by desire and need, and performed by both men and women. Now, in To Light a Candle, the Demon Queen sends her forces against her human and elven enemies, sowing distraction and death. In the human City, the Queen's agents work to divide the Council and foment rebellion among the City's citizens. In the countryside, they target the most vulnerable and valuable---the young Elf Prince and the Wild Mages who might be the Demons' most dangerous enemies. To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City's Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen's sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic Price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her. Jermayan, who has learned much while fighting at Kellen's side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he Bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years. Furious at her enemies' success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candleflames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain.

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