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"The Golden City, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic. This powerful magic 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 ...
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"The Golden City, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic. This powerful magic 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 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, 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 candle flames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain.
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The long-lived elves of the House of Leaf and Star, with their allies (who include unicorns and centaurs), must face some formidable foes-immortal demons, ice trolls, frost-giants, goblins-in Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's well-wrought fantasy To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book Two. Some tongue-in-cheek humor (the hero shakes his head in disbelief at a drawing of a winged horse) helps lighten a long journey. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Although the Demon Queen has risen to conquer those who serve the Light, a few brave souls lead the fight against darkness. Kellen, a Knight-Mage, sits on the war-councils of the Elves, while his sister, Idalia, learns to wield the Wild Magic that will eventually overcome her. For the first time in a millennium, an elf knight has bonded with a dragon and become an elven-mage despite his lack of knowledge of magic. Lackey (the Valdemar series) and Mallory (the Merlin trilogy) combine their talents for storytelling and world crafting into a panoramic effort that relates the story of an epic struggle against Demons. Filled with magic, dragons, elves, and other mythical creatures, this title belongs in most fantasy collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Wide-ranging viewpoints and interwoven plots suggest an action thriller. It's a rich world with an ingenious system of interlocking magics."
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Praise for To Light a Candle:

“Lackey and Mallory combine their talents for storytelling and world crafting into a panoramic effort . . . filled with magic, dragons, elves, and other mythical creatures.”—Library Journal

“Wide-ranging viewpoints and interwoven plots suggest an action thriller. It’s a rich world with an ingenious system of interlocking magics.”—Amazing StoriesPraise for The Outstretched Shadow:

( VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror)

“Once Kellen realizes there is a world full of wonders, diversity, and people who think and live differently, he cannot return to the oppressive sameness of City life. When he refuses to give up the books, his 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

“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, avoiding a jarring halt while leaving the reader satisfied and wanting to know more."—Publishers Weekly

“Lackey and Mallory join forces to create an epic fantasy filled with sorcery and swordplay set in a world on the verge of a Demon war.”—Library Journal

“Their skill in weaving a story will leave readers eager for the next installment. Lackey and Mallory create a wide variety of multidimensional characters, especially Kellen who grows to manhood in realistic starts and stops, recognizing and accepting both his heritage and the consequences of his actions" —VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765302205
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Obsidian Trilogy Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author


Mercedes Lackey is the author or coauthor of close to 100 books, including the Halfblood Chronicles, the Dragon Jousters series, and the bestselling novels of Valdemar.

James Mallory is the bestselling author of the Merlin Trilogy and coauthor of the Obsidian Trilogy.

Susan Ericksen, an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has recorded many audiobooks, including Naked in Death by J. D. Robb.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    To Light A Candle, the Obsidian Trilogy Book 2

    Even though it is lacking in the detailing of the battle scenes, and of the graphic killing and maiming, with its well thought out civilization of Elves and Centaurs, and its perfect conflict of Light against Dark and Wild Magic against High Magick, 'To Light A Candle' belongs in any and all fantasy reader's library. I'm falling in love with Mercedes Lackey's epic and highly satisfying second installment of the Obsidian Trilogy!
    With the defeat of the Endarkened's deception at the Black Cairn, Kellen is aware of how they prefer to operate, with glamour and temptation. He returns to Sentarshadeen with his hands destroyed. They are burned away from the bone. Because of his sacrifice, the drought is ended. However, it will be a while for the weather to return to its normal pattern. For the time, there's flash flooding, and everyone is expecting a very hard winter. He also returns with one more surprise for the Elves, the half-demon and half-human Vestakia. Her Gift, the ability to sense Taint, is an asset to the Elven Army's fight against the Dark, if they will look past her red demon skin and horns. Not only that, but Kellen is finding it hard to keep his vow of celibacy and chastity for a year and a day difficult when he is around Vestakia. Thankfully relieved of the embarrassment of explaining his avoidance, his sister Idalia tells Vestakia why.
    The war is on its way to Armethalieh. Despite being Banished and Hunted, Kellen feels obligated to warn the human city. With Anigrel's dark actions and poisonous voice in Lycaelon's ear, he convinces the city deny the warning through its barriers and into the city. With Kellen no longer in need of a tutor, Anigrel puts himself right up Lycaelon's Arch-Mage robes. By playing a successful game of politics, he is formally adopted by Lycaelon as his son and heir to House Tavadon and with such a high elevation, a raise in his title soon follows.
    Undermage Anigrel is the secret agent of the Demon Queen Savilla. Because of his efforts with Lycaelon and the council, his Dark Lady and the Demons will be able to slip through the cracks in Armethalieh's protective High Magick barrier and eat its magic.
    Anigrel's political play manages to have Cilarnen Banished, and other seats on the Council emptied, (murdered for being a traitor). A mystery manifests itself when Anigrel supposedly Burns out Cilarnen's Gift, and it surprisingly returns to him with his first introduction and battle with a Demon.
    The Elven Army's discovery and fight against the Shadowed Elves is both good and bad. The Shadowed Elves were made by the Demons to distract them from their REAL objective, but what could that be.
    The dragon Ancaladar, one of the last of his kind, is forced out of his home and hiding place by the fighting in the caverns. Fearful of being bonded, he is bonded to the Elven Knight Jermayan. Once bonded, Ancaladar dies when Jermayan's life ends, forfeiting his long life. However, Ancaladar is an unlimited source for Jermayan's magic.
    The Crystal Spiders are discovered as creatures of the Light that aid the army in finding the other hidden conclaves of Shadowed Elves. Along with Vestakia's Gift and combined with Ancaladar's flying talent, the Elven Army stands a good chance of wiping out the Demon's disturbing creative diversion.
    Another problem complicating and filling the minds of Kellen and Idalia is the fact of an unpaid price. Kellen must forgive an enemy...

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    good vision, weak execution

    I give up on lots of books, and this one was borderline. There was just enough there to make me want to keep reading. I read the entire trilogy (hence the 3 stars), but never with any great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the character development of the protagonist was not compelling, even though it was (perhaps a bit too obviously) intended to be one of the driving forces behind the narrative.
    Clearly the authors had a vision for what this book was supposed to accomplish. IMO the vision was good, but the execution was a bit weak.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

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    Although I'm a big fan of Mercedes Lackey's books, I wasn't expe

    Although I'm a big fan of Mercedes Lackey's books, I wasn't expecting much from this series. I was wrong! I really liked the first book, although sometimes it was slow (a little too much detail, I thought) but I haven't been able to put the second book, To Light a Candle, down. (And I really need to get my taxes done!) Perhaps I'll give her other series' with Mallory another look.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    would check it out if I could

    Would someone please expain why this (being #2) book is not on ebook status when 1 and 3 are????????????????? Just not right!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    As Usual, a truly time-absorbing read

    Lackey and Mallory did it again with the 2nd book in this trilogy. It's a fascinating read full of excitement and suspense. The only thing I don't like about these books is that they spend the first chapter re-writing the last chapter of the previous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    Wonderful read!!

    My 17 year old daughter and myself both read this book and truly enjoyed it! It was riveting to the point that we couldn't put the book down and carried it everywhere we went while reading it! This is definitely one of our favorite authors and this series is at the top of our favorites list now!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Well worth reading

    To Light a Candle is a beacon of light in a world of darkness. This book grabs hold and simply doesn't let go. I had troble putting it down. The characters continue to grow from the first book, and are more loveable as the pages turn. I anxiously await the third book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    fantastic

    I have just started in the world of d&d and this book is wonderful it has given me great ideas for future games and I highly suggest it to anyone looking for a great fantasy novel. Can't wait to read the next book:)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    Much better than the first

    This book is much better than the first in this series. Lackey is my favorite author but the first one took almost half way into the book before it started to pick up and catch my total interest. This book did it right from the start. It shows Kellan acutally starting to put his powers to good use and fighting off the demons. Now that this book has actually gotten into the meat of the story I am really looking forward to reading the third part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    Ugh!

    This is one of the worst fantasy series I've ever read(this and anything by D. Eddings.) It's not the type of writing that draws you into a story and makes you be able to escape into the land that you're reading about. You can't get close to a character. It's also set at a pace that doesn't do the plot any good. The descriptions of battle scenes are written like a synopsis in a bad high-school book report. Everything comes to the main character, Kellen, way to fast and you feel as if he didn't work for anything. It just seems like he was handed everything. His battle sight, for instance, does he have any struggle in order to gain control over it, or anything else when it comes to his status as Knight-Mage? He has very few personal struggles and the ones he does have are overcome so easily that he doesn't gain much depth, in my opinion. UGH! I'm a big fan of Robert Jordan and I'm not saying this series should be as long or detailed as Jordan's work, but come on! You could throw a couple of details in there every once in a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Way to Continue this GREAT Adventure!

    While I must admit that 'To Light a Candle' has a hard-to-get-into beginning, the trek is well worth the effort!! All of the players return to continue the fight for the protection of their world from the Darkness that looms before them. Kellen becomes a stronger charecter as he grows into his own as a Wildmage of a special kind. The prices to be paid for the only magic that can be the salvation of all the peoples of this world prove to be heavy indeed as Idalia and Kellen have discovered. Hats off to our favorite duo of authors as they have joined together to continue the campaign for entertainment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2005

    One of the greatest book ever?

    Merecedes Lackey does not disappoint. To Light A Candle is just as wonderful as the first book. She captivates the reader and makes them feel like they are Kellen. It is a rude awakening to say the least when the real world floods back, but she provides a lovely escape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Very Good follow up

    over all it was a very very good follow up to the first book. Kellen was a little bit harsher than i expected and rather blunt- but that was described at Wildmagic talking through him. When Shalkan first saw Ancaladar it was a little hard to believe that he didn't run, just gawked really. A lot of Idalia's reactions weren't expressed and she seemed to drop more and more out of the story as the book went on. I didn't like how the book kept going back to Cilnaren and way back to the golden city and stay there for several chapters and totally almost forget the elves. Also the only other thing that bothered me was- how on earth do you mess up Cilnaren with Kellen? they are totally different looking! anyway. email me i can talk to you about hte book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Excellent

    Absoultely excellent, one of the best books from the authors. Read this book in more or less one sitting, then was forced to read it again..and again.. Only real downside to this book/series is the lack of a map. However the information on each area in the book, allows you the ability to more or less figure the locations out on your own. The character interactions where excellent, and believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    GOOD READ

    This is an entertaining read. It involves many twists and turns in its story line, which I'm not going to spoil the ending for you. I couldn't put it down 'till I finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Absolutely Brilliant!!!

    The Outstretched Shadow was the first book i've read by those two authors, and it's an amazing book. It's gripping, and has lots of twists and turns. I love this book and can't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    Love It!!!!

    I have read most of Mercedes Lackey's books, and this trilogy is one of my favorites! I just finished the book, and I didn't want it to end. I can't wait for the last one. Kellen is such a believeable character. All of his doubts and insecurities are something I could relate to when I was that age. I like being able to watch him grow into himself and his gifts. If you even think you like fantasy, you need to check out this trilogy. They put a new twist on magic and it's different forms, and also let you get to know different types of magical creatures such as unicorns, centaurs, and dragons. Please check it out, because it is worth it. If you want to wait until the last one is out, I wouldn't blame you since the wait might just drive me mad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Can't Put It Down!

    This book exceeds any expectations of fantasy.The action,storyline,everything is so well detailed that you literally will not be able to put it down!I was able to read this book for 6 hours straight,and still want to read more!ITs THAT GOOD!!A must read.Can't wait for the third!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    action-packed second Obsidian fantasy

    The Golden City of Armethalieh¿s Mage Council banished Kellen for possessing three books on the banned Wild Magic. Kellen left knowing how disappointed his sire, head of the council, was with him for practicing heresy. He quickly proves his worth at least outside the human population as a powerful warrior Knight Mage (see the award winning THE OUTSTRETCHED SHADOW). The elves honor on Kellen when they name him to their war council. Still in spite of his recent military and wizardry success, Kellen fails to persuade his hometown¿s Mage Council that danger remains from the deadly Demon Queen. These obstinate human magic practitioners cannot see beyond their ¿High¿ use because the enemy has infiltrated the council influencing everything.--- While Kellen fails with the human council, his Wild Mage healer sister Idalia and his eleven knight-in-arms brother Jermayan fall in love. Though an elf and human relationship is uncommon, even rarer is that Jermayan bonds with a dragon. Stunned to learn of the bonding, the Demon Queen sends her minion in waves to destroy her enemies.--- The action-packed second Obsidian fantasy grips readers from the moment that the human Kellen struggles with adverse weather (he grew up in a mage-controlled climate) and never slows down until the final altercation. The story line is fast-paced and never feels like a middle passage. Though it would help to read the first book prior to this one to gain a better understanding of the cast especially Kellen, fantasy fans know few if any authors can light a candle better than Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory can.--- Harriet Klausner

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