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Phoenix Unchained (Enduring Flame) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey , James Mallory
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076535506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765355065
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.6 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a millennium of peace in which much Magick has vanished from the world, Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, launches a campaign to reintroduce Darkness into the world. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enduring Story 4 April 2009
Following on from the Obsidian [mountain] Trilogy and set a thousand years later, follow the adventures of Tiercel and Harrier, with everything a fan of fantasy could want, more elves, dragons and unicorns, and cameo appearances by characters from the original story (Elves and Dragons live a long time) Good Vs Evil in an epic storyline that will endure for many generations. Lackey and Mallory are masters of fantasy and this book is no let-down, as a stand alone story or as a sequel. Highly Enjoyable and Recommended reading.
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I am an avid reader and will read just about anything, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book. I have read Mercedes Lackey before and enjoyed it, and on the face of it this book is the exact type of story I like - but I read a few chapters and was really bored. Which is a shame because I bought all three books together and now I don't want to read them....oh well! :)
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I have just started to read this book and it shows promise.This book follows on from The Obsidian Trilogy by the same authurs which I did really enjoy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard, but entertaining, "lite" epic fantasy 8 Sep 2008
By Kat Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up The Phoenix Unchained, the first novel in The Enduring Flame trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory because I haven't read Lackey before (and I wanted to) and this book was available on audiobook (and I needed something for my commute). The Phoenix Unchained is a sequel to The Obsidian Trilogy which, unfortunately, is not available (yet) on audio, and which I haven't read. However, I had heard that this new trilogy can stand alone, so I decided to give it a try.

The Phoenix Unchained begins as best friends Tiercel and Harrier are attending their city's celebrations of legendary events that happened in The Obsidian Trilogy. It's also Harrier's birthday and, as a gift, his strange uncle gives him a book about magick which Tiercel asks to borrow. Tiercel soon finds that he has some magick abilities and catches the attention of a Wild Mage named Bisochim who is far away but wants to make sure that Tiercel does not disrupt his plans for allowing some dark magick back into the world so that he can save the life of Saravasse, the dragon he's bonded to. Tiercel begins to have bad dreams, so he sets out with Harrier to find a Wild Mage who can help him.

What follows is a standard coming-of-age epic fantasy quest involving lots of slow travel, several magical creatures (centaurs, unicorns, dragons, goblins, elves, fauns, etc), and a lot of sarcastic bickering such as teenage boys tend to engage in. The Phoenix Unchained is not high literature, for sure, but it's solidly written, and the heroes are likeable, if not particularly exciting. There are, however, several borrowings from Tolkien and others (gosh, the elves look just like Legolas!) and some explanations and motivations are vague or unbelievable: Why doesn't Bisochim just go after Tiercel himself instead of sending spells or lackeys--sorry--who don't get the job done? When and why did Bisochim and his dragon fall in love (we see this happen, but I wasn't convinced)? How will letting in some darkness extend the life of Saravasse and why is Bisochim (who started off well) willing to let a lot of people die in order to do that? And if he has this potential for evil, why does Saravasse love him? Is Tiercel the only human with high mage powers, as the elves suggest, or is High Magick a skill that many people may be born with (as Tiercel says).

The plot is not particularly tight, and it's hardly original. Nonetheless, I found myself decently entertained and, since there was a major plot-twist/cliffhanger on the last page, I'm curious to see where the story is going. I may or may not go back and read The Obsidian Trilogy first. Lackey and Mallory give enough background and history that I easily understood what was going on and the basics (I thought) of the history I needed to know. However, I found out later in the book, once the boys meet some very ancient characters, that some of the legends that had been passed down for 1000 years where amusingly inaccurate. I missed this humor because I wasn't familiar with the original trilogy. I probably missed some other information that may have helped inform or entertain me, too. For example, what is a mage price? How does this magic work? Is a "balance" between light and dark necessary (as Bisochim maintains)? What is the "phoenix" mentioned in the title?

The Phoenix Unchained is recommended for anyone looking for a "lite" escapist fantasy epic. The audiobook is a good format for this one -- William Dufris's reading is dynamic and well-nuanced, though occasionally whiny as he depicts typical teenage angst. --FanLit.net
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good beginning 14 Nov 2007
By L. Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
While I'm amazed at the cost of this thin novel I did enjoy it. The story takes place far in the future from when last these authors took us into this work. Things are rather mundane and perky. So of course someone is out to ruin all the fun by releasing evil back into the world. Most of the story is centered around the friendship of two boys who will obviously be the heroes for solving all the woes. It is a slow meandering journey as the teens have their reality shattered bit by bit as they come to terms with how their world and lives are changing. I did enjoy it, however, and while some of the major themes and characters abilities do seem a wee bit recycled ( it happens at then end and I'm not about to spoil the book for anyone) I'm willing to give it a go and continue reading them to see what happens. It is well written and an enjoyable read. If you liked the Obsidian Trilogy you should like this one too. I just hope they get thicker. I like a good long read. Also Lackey is at her best these days when she works with other writers so pretty much this is the only stuff of hers I've been reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for The Enduring Flame Trilogy 27 Jan 2009
By M. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors, no doubt about that. One of the things I enjoy about her writing style is that you can pick up any of her books and enjoy it without having read anything before it. While the stories build on each other and you get a much broader view if you read the others in the series, each book is still capable of standing alone.

The Enduring Flame series is an excellent read but it lacks that component that I am so fond of. Unless you have read her previous Obsidian Trilogy you will be up a creek sans paddle.

That disappointing me somewhat, but I got over it quickly. The Enduring Flame is a great continuation of the Obsidian Trilogy. It is great to know what happens to the old characters and highly amusing to hear of them as legends when you have read their story directly.

I highly recommend the series to those have read the Obsidian Trilogy, but to those who haven't, go read that first before coming to these.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars did we need a fourth? 4 Mar 2008
By vanessa6 - Published on Amazon.com
I have been reading Mercedes Lackey books since high school and I always enjoy them. More honestly, I can't put them down. And I did enjoy this book too, but it was definitely not one of her better pieces (though also by FAR, not her worst). I loved the first trilogy (the Obsidian Trilogy), but I think that she should have left it there. "Phoenix Unchained" was predictable and by the end I had to wonder "didn't i already ready this story?" I hope that the sequel will take the book in a fresh direction, though I no doubt will buy it anyway.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars likeable return to a solid world 30 Oct 2007
By Wildwily - Published on Amazon.com
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If you read the first trilogy, this one starts with some rather obvious places. Whereas last time we started with High-Magic strong and powerful, Wild Magic poorly understood, and magical creatures feared, this time High Magic is forgotten, some magical creatures are common, and Wild Magic is well known. We are also introduced to our heroes in reverse order - starting with the High-Mage.

At times the book seems juvenile in tempermant: no one is truly evil or mean, just mis-guided. It also lacks a sense of urgency, rarely putting the main characters in dangerthat isn't resolved in 2 pages. It does provide for some enjoyment, but it pales in comparison to the first trilogy.
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