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The Phoenix Endangered: Book Two of the Enduring Flame [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Mercedes Lackey , James Mallory , William Dufris
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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (16 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400157862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400157860
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Aspiring High Mage Tiercel and reluctant Knight-Mage Harrier work on their powers while witnessing devastating attacks by the Wild Mage Bosochim, and while young Shaira leads the desert tribespeople toward a legendary oasis.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Love series, but does not live up to the ... 23 Sep 2014
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Love series, but does not live up to the standard of the Obsidian Trilogy. Still a great series that can be enjoyed after reading the Obsidian Trilogy or simply as a stand alone oeuvre. This partnership between Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory is a very successful one resulting in some very breathtaking and awesome books. Mostly, having read the first book in their new series - about Farkarinon - I cannot wait for the sequel in that particular series. A must-read for any lover of fantasy - including the Enduring Flame trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Oct 2013
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good storyline, like the way it's written. having read other stories by these authors you get a good sense of where the story is going
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure confirmed 23 Sep 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As those of us who have followed this series expected, this is another entertaining and thought-provoking book by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. Pity we have to wait for the final book in the trilogy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun book, builds characters while developing plot 18 Mar 2009
By Derek S. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book. It starts and ends slow, but ultimately it was satisfying. There are times where it took me a long time to finish reading a chapter. Not because the book was long, or dull, but because I knew that if I read it too fast, I'd be finished with the story. The way it is seperated by telling three seperate stores which intertwine seems to fit this story quite well, though I would have preferred longer chapters with Bisochim, as I think he's one of the less developed characters of the two books. If you enjoyed the first book, this one has a bit less excitement and wonder, but still it is an enjoyable story. The cliffhanger at the end could have been better written and I felt kind of let down by that. I suspect a publishing deadline must have been looming. I'll definitely get the third book when it comes out!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Ride 12 Nov 2008
By R. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fun and entertaining read. It is not one of Lackey's more serious novels; rather, it is a rip-rollicking adventure story. I enjoyed it highly and had trouble putting it down. The dialogue is very good and at times hilarious. If you have read the Obsidian Trilogy be forewarned that this series is not nearly as intense. One of the things I liked about this story is the introspection and the character's musings on why they are on this quest and the right and wrong of violence. Too often in these stories the main character is all too willing to pick up a sword and start swinging with no regard for the consequences or the effects.
I highly recommend this book (and the first book in the Enduring Flame series) and am looking forward to the third installment.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quest Continues 18 Nov 2008
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Phoenix Endangered (2008) is the second fantasy novel in The Enduring Flame series, following The Phoenix Unchained. In the previous volume, Tiercel Rolfort became the first High Mage since the Great Flowering. Harrier Gillian went with him to find a Wildmage to soothe or, at least, explain his terrible dreams of the Lake of Fire. After many adventures, Harrier found himself being chosen by the Wild Magic as the first Knight-Mage since Kellen the Poor Orphan Boy.

In this novel, Harrier is rather irritated with Kareta. Since she had brought him the three books of Wild Magic, the unicorn had not stopped nagging him about reading them and about practicing the spells. Kareta is surely beautiful, but she is just so pushy. Harrier just doesn't really see himself as a Wildmage, much less as a Knight-Mage.

Tiercel is happy in the bond with Ancaladar Star-Crowned and it does help with his magic. Ancaladar is so powerful that Tiercel can do just about any magic by drawing upon the dragon's resources. Ancaladar is also mentoring him in his studies. Their only problem is the shortage of time. It takes decades of training to become a master mage and they probably only have a year or two.

They are leaving the Elven Lands and will be crossing Pelashia's Veil in a few sennights. They stocked up on supplies and equipment in Karahelanderialigor and will pick up more supplies at Blackrowan Farm. After that they must find villages and towns to restock their supplies.

In this story, they cross the Veil and the very next night Tiercel has another vision of the woman at the Lake of Fire. He wakes up everyone else with his shouts. Then Harrier finally starts reading his magic books. Of course, he doesn't admit that to Kareta.

Kareta points out that Harrier also needs to practice his weapon skills. Harrier rebuts her argument by stating that he lacks any weapon skills. So she declares that he needs to use his magic to find an instructor.

Then they find a mostly dead warrior in the barrenlands. Since Tiercel has no healing spells, Harrier attempts to heal the man without anyone else to share the Mageprice. After two days sleep, he wakes up and learns that the man is healed. Still, he doesn't want to do that again without several others agreeing to take some of the price.

The wounded man sleeps even longer that Harrier does. When he awakes, they learn that he is a Telchi, a warrior from the Selken Isles. It seems that the Wild Magic has provided Harrier with an arms instructor.

Since healing the Telchi, Harrier can no longer deny that he is a Wildmage. He starts trying to perform the simpler spells in his books, but makes little progress at first, But they discover that Harrier's magic makes Tiercel feel weak. So Tiercel stays away from the wagon whenever Harrier is practicing his spells.

This tale takes Tiercel and Harrier into the Madiran. The Telchi guides them to his home city of Tarnatha'Iteru in the border lands outside the true desert. They meet the Consul and then follow the Telchi to his home. The next day, Tiercel starts searching records for the location of the Lake of Fire.

This story bridges the adventures of the first volume with the forthcoming conclusion in the next volume. Very little excitement occurs until the closing chapters. Still, the characters provide enough interest to keep the plot moving. Enjoy!

Recommended for Lackey & Mallory fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of serious magic, unusual cultures, and a touch of humor. Anyone who has not read novels in this sequence should start with The Outstretched Shadow.

-Arthur W. Jordin
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AUDIOBOOK REIVEW BOOKS 1 & 2 ENDURING FLAME 14 May 2009
By Ralph Cramden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Enduring Flame Series: What a harsh world we live in - apparently.

I just finished listening to the first 2 books of this trilogy (scheduled trilogy anyway). The Phoenix Unchained and The Phoenix Endangered. Written by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. Both read by William Dufris. Phoenix Unchained is 12 CDs, 13½ hrs. Phoenix Endangered is 14 CDs, 17¼ hours. I am new to both the authors and the reader.

UNlike most of the reviewers on Amazon, I am not familiar with "The Obsidian Trilogy", apparently written by these same authors. I came to this series sans history of the story so I don't care about it right now, I'm just looking at these stories as starting a new fantasy trilogy.

It seems that many of the reviewers think the story is negative because it is about 2 milk sop heros (well, milk sops because they regret having to kill thousands of people - EVEN THOUGH their actions were morally justified (ASSUMING ofcourse REVENGE is JUST moral cause for lowering one's self to the same level as those WE are killing - but then again,... isn't that the same argument THEY are making?).

It is truly a harsh world we live in if the current state of thought about these two heros in these marvelously told AND READ stories, is that they are BORING!

For myself, I have really enjoyed these 2 stories and the reader, William Dufris, is VERY GOOD. He has both the tone and range to be excellent at character identification and recognition and he is consistent. I highly recommend him as a reader if this series is indicitive of his work.

This is a "Wheel of Time" sort of series, only it moves a LOT faster - well ofcourse, if its a trilogy it would have to wouldn't it? Only here "the wheel" turns differently and for different reasons.

In the WOT, the wheel turns due to the combined force of both the male and female halves of "the one power". Without both halves, the wheel stops presumably. In The Enduring Flame, the wheel turns due to the forces of "the light" and "the dark", presumably "in balance" to "keep the wheel true".

1000 years ago, an event now known as "the great flowering" occured, when "the endarkened" were defeated. Since that time, apparently, only the darker side of humans had served as "the dark" side of the wheel - WHICH ofcourse everyone knows is not enough "of the dark" to keep "the wheel" in balance. Thus, came a "wild" mage named Bisochim, who came to believe that the wheel was "out of balance" since "the great flowering", (and thus logically "the wheel" would circle itself to death eventually - UNLESS he figures out a way to reintroduce (to a limited extent anyway) "the endarkened" into the world in order to "true" the wheel -in order to "serve the balance" (THE great duty of all "wild" mages).

Enter Tiercel Rolforth and Harrier Gillian (or, if you will, Rand Al'thor and Perrin Ebarra, and crazy Matt, or Eragon and Roarin, or Roland of Gilead and his companions, or like a great many of our favorite epic fantasy heros, destined for long journeys into unkown and dangerous lands. Being possessed of inate powers of which they know little, and MUST learn quickly or die at the hands of "the dark"). All of these are heros with a conscience (having deep guilt for what they have done or been forced to do "in the service of the light", EVEN IF what they had done WAS "justified". (These characters all realized that VENGENCE is only "justification" not "absolution". But then, if vengence IS "justification", we are all diminished to the same level as those we kill aren't we?)

Tiercel Rolforth is the first "high" mage born in 1000 years. As an infant, he required healing from a "wild" mage, who recognizing "what" this child was, ensured that when Tiercel's "mage gift" came upon him, he would not die or go mad without the aid of another "high" mage (since none existed now). Like many other heros, Tiercel learns to his chagrin, that every "mage gift" requires a "mage price" (either from him personally, or from others).

Enter Ancaladar, the "black dragon" who had helped defeat "the endarkened" at the battle of "the great flowering". Ancaladar, who by elf magic and at the cost of 3 lives, had agreed to transfer his "bond" to Tiercel. (Yup, there are dragons and riders in The Enduring Flame, along with elves, centaurs, unicorns, brownies, fawns, and all sorts of "endarkened thingys") Thus, giving Tiercel both his knowledge and power, Ancaladar gives Tiercel the ability to perform the magic he will need to perform.

Beside the noble born Tiercel, stands Harrier Gillian, the harbor master's third son of the northern harbor city of Armathelea (phonetic) (The ancient center of learning of the "high magic"... now long gone from the world). They had been best friends since infants, with Harrier being the ever wary and street wise one, and Tiercel being the ever naive and street dumb one, either naturally or deliberately wandering into trouble, and Harrier was always needed to bail him out.

Harrier is deeply dubious of Tiercel's new found fascination with the old "high" magic, and is repulsed by the idea of it. To his chagrin, following Tiercel on his quest to find the source of the impending "endarkened", Harrier learns from a unicorn that HE, Harrier, is ALSO not only born to be a "wild mage", but a "knight mage". A wielder of both the "war magic" and the "wild magic". These will both be needed to protect Tiercel on his quest to find Bisochim as stop the planned reintroduction of "the endarkened".

So, in the final book Tiercel and Harrier are going to have to address the larger question regarding Bisochim, .... WHAT IF HE'S RIGHT? ... WHAT IF, "the wheel" CANNOT be "in balance" without "the endarkened"? I'm really looking forward to the answer to that question.

What's not to like here? GREAT STORYTELLING, GREAT CHARACTERS ... GREAT READER.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiously Awaiting the Final Book 3 Nov 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read all the other reviews, and I just had to add my opinion. I love these characters. Tiercel and Harrier are complete enigmas to me! Tiercel is on a journey to save himself (from his nightmares) and then he's told he's going to save the whole world! At which point, he doesn't shrink back, or scare off, he steps up. For someone so young, I find that truely amazing. And if Lackey and Mallory didn't spend so much time inside his head, showing you that he's conflicted, I would think this kid had a death wish. Instead they take the time to give the character depth.

Harrier is the ultimate friend. How many friends do you have that would actually risk their lives for you, over and over? Harrier's entire mission as far as he's concerned is to keep Tiercel safe. Thats a huge responsibility for someone his age, and he shoulders it with grace. Sure, he's irritated a good deal of the time. Tiercel doesn't make it easy for him.

Ancaladar is a calming presence for both the boys, and he proves to be helpful in a great deal of ways. He's full of wisdom the boys can use, but he's careful not to give out too much and accidentally change the course the boys are on. With him around, Harrier doesn't worried about Tiercel as much and can actually focus on the task the Wild Magic has given him, namely becoming a Knight-Mage. Again, Lackey and Mallory spend a lot of time in Harrier's head. Harrier has a lot on him plate. On the one hand, he wants to protect Tiercel, and on the other, he has this new path of his own. He's extremely conflicted and not sure if he can manage both at the same time, or even if he wants to try.

I think this book is extremely well written, its a fantastic follow-up, and I am anxiously awaiting the final book in the series.
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