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Publication Order of Obsidian Mountain Books

The Outstretched Shadow (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Light a Candle (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Darkness Falls (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Enduring Flame Books

The Phoenix Unchained (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Phoenix Endangered (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Phoenix Transformed (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Enduring Flame Trilogy (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Dragon Prophecy Books

Crown of Vengeance (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blade of Empire (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Obsidian series is a successful book series of epic fantasy and fiction novels. It was written by a famous American author, Mercedes Lackey, in collaboration with another popular writer named James Mallory. This series is comprised of a total of 8 books, which were released between the years 2003 and 2012. In some places of its publishing, the series is also known as the Obsidian Mountain series or the Obsidian Universe series. The first three books of this series are penned by Mercedes Lackey alone. For the purpose writing the next three novels, she collaborated with James Mallory. These three books in which James Mallory gave his contribution form a separate series called the Eduring Flame series. It is also called as the Obsidian Trilogy series. Also, the last two books are included in another independent series entitled The Dragon Prophecy series. In all the books of the series, authors Lackey and Mallory have depicted the chief protagonists as Kellen Tavadon and Jermayan. In addition to these primary characters, a number of other characters are also mentioned, who keep recurring every now and then, and play important secondary roles. All the novels of this series are very popular and have successfully reached out to numerous readers from all parts of the world.

Author Mercedes Lackey is a reputed author of fantasy, fiction, paranormal romance stories, and fairy tales. She always keeps herself with her writing works and tries to write to multiple books simultaneously. Mercedes considers herself very lucky and blessed for successfully achieving everything in her life and career, in spite of the hectic schedule, deadlines, and increasing demands from the readers and publishers alike. It is the dedication, determination, and hard work of author Mercedes towards her work that keeps her motivated and energized all the time. And her success has risen to new heights with each passing day of her life. The famous and popular novel series written by Mercedes include Shadow Grail, Elemental Masters, Heirs of Alexandria, Valdemar, Bardic Voices, Elves of Road, Obsidian, and a number of other series as well. Author Mercedes believes that she learned the writing skills from Marion Zimmer Bradley, who she considers her mentor. She is also greatly influenced by CJ Cherryh, Andre Norton, etc. Mercedes was born on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She completed her graduation from the Purdue University in the year 1972. Initially, she began working as a model for artists and later entered the field of computer programming. This career field allowed her to work for the American Airlines based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Finally, she found her real interest in writing novels and since then she has not involved herself in anything else other than writing fantasy stories. Apart from writing full length fantasy book, Mercedes has also penned as many as 50 songs’ lyrics for a recording company called Firebird Arts and Music. Her specialization while writing the lyrics was in science fiction based folk music. For writing some of her books, Mercedes uses the pseudonym Misty Lackey. As of now, her permanent residence is in Oklahoma, where she resides with her dear husband Larry Dixon. The two have also collaborated several times for writing novels. James Mallory is also a famous author of fantasy & science fiction books. He is best known for writing Hallmark Merlin series’ 3-part novelization, The King’s Wizard, The End of Magic, and The Old Magic. Author being born in San Francisco, author James studied in schools all over Midwest, California. He shifted to New York in search of work in the writing field. James has been in close touch with the publishing industry for a very long time and has held numerous jobs in various departments. He considers himself fortunate in finding the right path and being able to give enough time for his writing projects. His collaboration with Mercedes Lackey for coming with this series proved to be the turning point of his career. James says that he became fascinated with the legends of the Arthurian time and the following historical evolution from a very young age. This served as the triggering point for his hardcore interest in the literature field. James even likes to study about the European and medieval history, symbology and iconology of traditional-folk legends, comparative religion, etc. When he is not writing novels, he likes to try his hand in the cinema and hiking. James lives in California.

The debut book of the Obsidian series written by authors James Mallory and Mercedes Lackey is entitled ‘The Outstretched Shadow’. This book was released by the Tor Books in 2003. The story revolves around the lead character named Kellen Tavadon. At the start of the book’s story, Kellen Tavadon is introduced as the Arch Mage Lycaelon’s son. His father was the leader of the benevolent and wise Mages’ Council and Kellen thought he knew everything about the working of the world. The citizens of the Bells’ Golden City were guided and protected by Kellen Tavadon’s father. The young Mages under training comprised of only men as women were not considered fit for practicing magic. The trainees were made to memorize the High Magic details, after which they were considered fit enough to join the council. Later in the story, Kellen Tavadon comes across the Wild Magic Books, which were regarded as forbidden. The contents of the 4 volumes made Kellen aware of the harsh truths of the world outside of the City. He learned that people over there also knew Magic, but they were not free to use them because of the various regulations laid down by the Council. While reading the Books, Kellen felt as if the Magic was a real living thing and that it is guided by only those who benefited from its practice. As the story proceeds further, Kellen becomes aware of all the dark secrets of the City. The Council banishes him from the City as soon as they learn about his knowledge of the dark secrets. An Outlaw Hunt is ordered to kill him, but Kellen runs away. He realizes that his life has changed faster than he had imagined. He comes across a Wild Mage, who seems to know a lot about him. Kellen also meets the Elven warriors. He goes on to realize that he has entered a world where he can interact with the magical beings that he used to think were abstract. On one hand, Kellen enjoys his new freedom, and on the other he fears that he might land his life in danger because of the wild magic around him.

The second volume of this series is entitled ‘To Light a Candle’. It was published by the Tom Doherty publication in 2004. At the beginning of the story of this book, Kellen Tavadon is shown as becoming the Knight Mage at a young age. He is praised for his skills and his bravery as a warrior and a wizard. He also joins the war councils of the Elves. When Kellen learns that a danger is about to strike Golden City, he warns that Mage Council. But, they do not pay any heed to his warnings and it becomes very difficult for him to convince them. The sister of Kellen, named Idalia, possesses the power of healing. She falls in love with an Elven warrior named Jermayan. Idalia is destined to pay heavily for saving the world with her Wild Magic, but until that day comes she wants to cherish all the joys that come her way. Jermayan gets bonded to a dragon while attempting to save the Prince, and because of this he changes into the first Mage of Elves in one thousand years. Demon Queen becomes very furious at this and attacks with her full force. Kellen is all prepared to face the attack and save Jermayan and Idalia from Demon Queen’s wrath.

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