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To Light a Candle (Obsidian Trilogy - Book 2) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey , James Mallory
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (5 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765341425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765341426
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 10.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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KELLEN TAVADON COULD never have imagined fighting a battle so one-sided as this, but he no longer had the energy to spare for despair. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars more, please! 3 Aug 2005
To Light A Candle is the 2nd book in the Obsidian Trilogy and continues the adventures of Kellen and his friends in their quest to prevent the "Endarkened" - a race of immortal demons who gain their strength and powers throgh torture and pain - from conquering the world of Light. As with most trilogies, the first book, "The Outstretched Shadow" should be read first to understand the twists and turns of the story and to firmly immerse oneself in the world that Lackey & Mallory have created. The main players are Kellen, the first "Knight-Mage" in a millenia, his sister Idalia, a powerful wild-mage, Jermayan, an Elven-Knight who bonds to a Dragon (a race thought long extinct), and Shalkan, a unicorn, and one of the most entertaining and witty of the characters. The events of the book carry on directly after the 1st installment, with Kellen's return to Sentarshardeen after destroying the Endarkened enchantment that had caused a drought which threatened the survival of the Elven race. This is only the opening skirmish in a war of attrition that will undoudtedly climax in the third book. The main action of the novel centres around fighting the scourge of the "Shadowed Elves" - Elf-Goblin hybrids created by the Endarkened, who live a troglodyte existence and serve the Endarkened demons who have set themselves up as their gods. Kellen agonises that fighting the Shadowed Elves is only a distraction from what the enemy may be planning next, but knows that if the Elven armies do not unite to exterminate them , then they will be used against them. The Elves meanwhile feel guilty and disheartened at having to fight and kill those that they see as cousins (albeit those that would kill them without a second thought) - all grist to the Endarkened mill that thrives on despair. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 25 Mar 2014
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So far this book, the second in the trilogy, has been read by myself, my son and my father in law, that's an age range of 53 years! And we have all loved it. Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Light a Candle 31 Aug 2010
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This is book 2 in the Obsidian trilogy,thanks to Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory for a wonderful read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This 'middle child' is not one to be forgotten! 28 Dec 2004
By Andrea Acailawen - Published on
The middle book in many trilogies often seems to lack *something* in comparison to the first and last installments, but that is not the case with this second installment 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 became invested in the story. But Lackey and Mallory have managed to keep that investment from waning even a bit with this book. It starts out where the last left off, and doesn't slow down for a moment. It kept me glued to the story from cover to cover and left me wanting for more. I'm ready for the third book, now!

In "To Light a Candle," the characters I've come to know and care about in the fist book of this trilogy evolve a great deal, as does the overall plot. 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 Armathelia's continued blindness. Add to this some new intriguing characters and well-timed surprises along the way, and I found this book more difficult to put down the first.

Along with "The Outstretched Shadow," "To Light a Candle" makes the Obsidian trilogy a must-read series for anyone who enjoys a solid fantasy epic. I definitely recommend it.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning middle book in the trilogy 3 Nov 2004
By Grant Stephenson - Published on
A lot of times the middle book in a series will be considered lame, i.e. horrible. With this one, I was much surprised as the somewhat dull parts of the first book (i.e. overly long/verbose descriptions) were kept to a minimum, as the authors assumed we remembered the locales and didn't need to rehash it for us. I really appreciated that, as I hate when authors regurgitate a lot of previous materials to get the reader up to speed.

Kellen's personal development has come a long ways from where he started. In these books the authors portray the elves as having slightly different mannerisms than humans, which causes a lot of awkward social circumstances. What is neat, however, is that while Kellen causes what seems to be a lot of mishaps, when he is finally confronted with a situation in which he knows more of elvish customs than another, he has suddenly gone from knowing nothing to being uncannily like an elf himself in some aspects.

The plot of the book didn't seem like it was dragging or there were a lot of things that happened in the 2nd book that we wouldn't see resolved until the end. The crises in the 2nd book served to advance the plot without making it seem like it was just filler material for the last book. There was also a lot more combat, and the combat sequences were artfully written.

I enjoyed the character of Kellen the most, but I would have to say that compared to the first book Jermayan & Edalia (the first an elf & the second his sister) seem to have taken on a one-dimensional aspect. Previously, they each seemed to have their own strong personalities, while in this one Jermayan has more or less become a love-besotted fool and Edalia has turned into the stereotypical woman/sister. It largely seems like her independence, which was what made her so appealing and strong, has been taken away since her love of Jermayan has been realized.

Basically, this was really a good book. Even if the women characters were weak (including that half demon girl), the rest of the plot & the other characters really balanced it out. All in all, this book is a great read, I suggest if it has been a while since you read #1, you get a refresher and read it again so you can recall the City of Bells, etc. Enjoy!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first 13 April 2005
By Pedram Agharokh - Published on
I would say that if you read the first book of the Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory and thought it was an ok read, you will like this book much more. I found the first book to be a really good read and I absolutely could not put down this book. In the first book there was a bit of a learning curve in which you had to really get used to the world that the authors were portraying. You have to get to know how the characters interact, the systems of magic, what the social structures are and all of the fun little details that bring the world to life. Towards the end of the first book, the pace increases and the book really captures your attention.

This book does that from the very beginning. I immediately began reading this book after completing the first and was done with it in under five days. This is not becuase I am a speed reader, just becuase I honestly didn't want to stop reading.

In this book the development of the main characters grows and the plot really thickens, there are a lot of twists and turns that are very cool and unique. I found myself really drawn into the story, at times feeling like I was reading a well done account of events presented by master storytellers.

To Light A Candle is engaging, thought provoking and really overall a wonderful highly recommended read. The only thing that makes me sad is waiting for the next installment...

So to those who have read the first book of the Obsidian Trilogy, I am sure you will like this one, those who have not... pick up the two books read them through but get ready for a great adventure! Cheers!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read... 29 Oct 2004
By Seanettle - Published on
I wasn't sure during the first of the series if this was going to be a trilogy for me(a bit hard to get into and slow in the beginging, but it did pick up). To light a candle, continued that fast action-packed ending and hardly let me catch my breath....couldn't put it down! I am eagerly waiting for the next instalment. Great new world and new vigor in old fantasy standards(Elves, dragons, and magic). Kellen is a hero with a story that you want to follow!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Very Steep Cliffhangers 28 Mar 2005
By JoT - Published on
If I had not read the first book of the Obsidian Trilogy, it would be very difficult to avoid being critical of this second book in the trilogy. To Light A Candle is less a sequel than it is an opening and a collection of cliffhangers for the final book in the trilogy. It contains so many open-ended introductions of new characters, new threats, new powers, and new applications of ancient powers, that I can't see any way for Lackey to tie up all the loose ends within a single book, but I guess that's why she's writing the books and I'm just puttering around filling up pages with reviews.

I am somewhat surprised at the minimal conflict of opinions over this novel demonstrated by the reviews present here at Amazon. From my reading of other book reviews, I have come to believe that there is a large group of people who are immediately opposed to any use of clichéd fantasy elements, almost all of which Lackey has used in this trilogy (Please read my review of The Outstretched Shadow for a description of those elements). However, the cliché present is minimized by her over-arching world and character-building focus, particularly referring to Kellen's internal, personal doubt and the world's extremely well defined systems of magic.

Two things make To Light A Candle stand out as an engaging book. The first bit deals with Lackey providing us with a different perspective of Kellen and the changes he has gone through since being kicked out of his old home. One of the newly introduced characters was a star student and classmate of Kellen's in their former home. This high-magic practitioner, an interesting addition to the motley crew of elves, dragon, assorted wild-mages, and centaurs, was banished from Kellen's old home-land, much in the way Kellen was, and from this newcomer's eyes we gain this new perspective of Kellen and how much he differs from the frequently whining and indecisive whelp that was kicked out of his home-city for practicing a banned system of magic.

The second interesting element of this particular installment of The Obsidian Trilogy, in my opinion, is the demonstration, occurring near the end of the book, of how the two seemingly disparate types of magical systems, "High" and "Wild" magic, can be combined to deal frighteningly powerful blows to the insanely powerful "Endarkened". Also, the continued growth of Kellen's power, or at least his use and understanding of that power, is fascinating, as the power Lackey grants to her "knight-mage" is not a direction taken very often in most formulaic fantasy novels. Its entire nature is internal, more akin to having a second, more knowledgeable and far-seeing mind bolstering Kellen's own, than to any fire and acid slinging mage from other recent fantasy books. This kind of internal magic isn't seen as often in formulaic fantasy as it is in other types of adventure fiction (I can't think of anything else as similar to Kellen's magic as is Peter Parker's "spidey sense").

All in all, To Light A Candle is a fun read, with engaging battles, interesting new characters, new twists on old characters, and new threats seen in every shadow. I do recommend it, but only after you have read and enjoyed The Outstretched Shadow. As I said earlier, To Light A Candle seems to be primarily dedicated to establishing a stage for high drama and great action in the third and final book of the Obsidian Trilogy. All that remains to make this a trilogy I want to keep on my shelves to read again is a stunning final act.
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