- Hardcover: 604 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765302195
- ISBN-13: 978-0765302199
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.3 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,603,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Outstretched Shadow: 1 (Obsidian Trilogy) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2003
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There were three of them, at the bottom of a pile of ledgers, very slender volumes bound in some fine-grained, dark leather, with just a touch of gilt on the spine. Kellen found himself turning them over in his hands with some puzzlement. There was nothing on the spine of each but a single image-a sun, a crescent moon, and a star. Nothing on the cover, not even a bit of tooling, and the covers themselves were in pristine condition.
Odd. Definitely out of keeping with the rest of the used bookseller's wares.
He opened the front covers. The title pages were handwritten, not printed. The Book of Sun. The Book of Moon. The Book of Stars. He leafed through the pages, trying to puzzle out the tiny writing. The contents were handwritten as well . . . and seemingly dealt with magic.
They shouldn't be here at all! Kellen thought with a sudden surge of glee. Books on magic were very closely kept, with Students returning their workbooks to their Tutors as they outgrew them. And these weren't any of the recognized Student books, or anything like them, as far as Kellen could tell.
Without bothering to look through them further, he put them on the top of his pile and caught the stallholder's eye.
"Got younger sibs at home, do you?" the man asked as he wrote up a bill of sale with the merest stub of a graphite rod.
"No," said Kellen, startled. "Why do you ask?"
"Well, children's stories.... The man gestured at the three books. He handed Kellen his receipt.
Kellen studied it in confusion. There were his Histories, but what was this? Tales of the Weald, Fables of Farm and Field, and Hearth-side Stories?
There was something very odd about those books.
--from The Outstretched Shadow
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey began writing fiction while working for American Airlines. In addition to her many novels, she has written lyrics for and recorded several albums of fiction folk songs, which have been distributed through Firebird Arts & Music. Lackey's longest-running series, beginning with Arrows of the Queen, details the adventures of the Heralds of Valdemar. Lackey's other series include Bardic Voices; the Elementals; the Halfblood Chronicles (first volume: The Elvenbane); Elves on the Road, which includes Tor's Burning Water and its sequels; and the Obsidian Trilogy, also published by Tor, which begins with The Outstretched Shadow.
Lackey often teams up with both her fellow masters of fantasy, such as Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey, and talented newer writers Rosemary Edghill. Married to artist and sometime co-author Larry Dixon, Lackey, who was born in Chicago, lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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I love most of Misty's work because she brings characters to life with all their faults and foibles. Unfortunately, none of that was brought to this work. The characters are totally forgetable; I couldn't even remember the main character's name a couple of days after I finished the book, never mind the rest.
The story itself is well told, but for those hoping for something along the lines of Misty's "Last Herald-Mage" or "Mage Storms" trilogies character-wise forget it.
I don't think that it is highbrow, critically acclaimed writing or ground breaking fantasy or any other superlatives. What the trilogy does deliver is an enjoyable fantasy adventure story, long enough to be well developed and short enough to be ideal for taking on holiday. This is an easy, pleasurable read, just don't expect fireworks from page one, as one of the negative reviewers mentioned, it does start at a fairly slow pace. One criteria I have from books I keep is a good ending. Some books went to the library because although I enjoyed the beginning, even the middle, I didn't like the ending. I'd rather have a slow beginning than a boring ending anytime! Hope you agree :)
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