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The Outstretched Shadow


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Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, and the Diana Tregarde Investigation mysteries. Her many other books include Trio of Sorcery, Sacred Ground, and The Firebird. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles; and, with Rosemary Edghill, of the Shadow Grail series. James Mallory is author of the three-part novelization of the Hallmark Merlin miniseries: The Old Magic, The King's Wizard, and The End of Magic. Together, Lackey and Mallory are the authors of the Obsidian Trilogy, the Enduring Flame Trilogy, and the Dragon Prophecy Trilogy.


In the captivating world conjured by veteran Lackey (Exile's Honor) and classical scholar Mallory (Merlin: The Old Magic) in this first of a high fantasy trilogy, there are three types of magic, each of which has its own rules, limits and variables. But it is the Wild Magic-anathema to Armethalieh, "the Golden City of the Bells," and considered by its residents to be heresy and truly evil-that has the most unusual aspects, for its practitioners must bargain for what they need and pay an often high price for power. Kellen Tavadon, son of Arch-Mage Lycaelon of Armethalieh, has been raised (indoctrinated, actually) to believe that High Magick is the only true magic and that his father and the Council of Mages have the final word. But Kellen isn't so sure. He's always been a bit suspicious of the council's tight control over the city. One day, while playing hooky from his lessons in magery, Kellen finds a set of books about Wild Magic. He knows he shouldn't touch them. To open the books and read them is to court a death sentence, no matter if your father is the Arch-Mage. But Kellen can't resist. And thus, after a bit of a slow start, Kellen sets down a road he never expected to take, on a journey of dire importance to both humans and nonhumans (the latter including elves, unicorns and other enchanting creatures). The narrative speeds to the end, avoiding a jarring halt while leaving the reader satisfied and wanting to know more. (Oct. 22) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

As the son of the Arch-Mage of the Council of Mages, Kellen lives an ordered life, structured by the principles of High Magick-until he discovers a set of forbidden books on Wild Magic and becomes anathema to his people. Banished in disgrace from his home, Kellen enters a wild world populated by elves and other magical creatures only to find that this world is threatened by the rise of demons deep within the Obsidian Mountain. Veteran fantasy author Lackey (Exile's Honor) and coauthor Mallory (who is responsible for the three-volume novelization of the TV miniseries Merlin) join forces to create an epic fantasy filled with sorcery and swordplay set in a world on the verge of a Demon war. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Lackey has two great strengths as a writer: her ability to tell an exciting story and to create sympathetic characters who inspire effortless identification. Lackey is one of the best storytellers in the field." --Locus"Lackey shows a sure touch with the wonder and adventure that characterize the best fantasy writers." --Romantic Times"An accomplished retelling of the beginning of the Arthurian legend. A good choice for large fantasy collections." --Library Journal on Mallory's Merlin: The Old Magic

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