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.
Set in the world of the authors' popular "Obsidian Trilogy," this entertaining second book in the "Enduring Flame" series (after The Phoenix Unchained) follows Tiercel, a teenage High Mage, and Harrier, a newly minted Knight Mage, as they chase Tiercel's terrifying visions of a fiery lake. The two grow into their roles as heroes, setting the stage for an epic conclusion to the trilogy. The consistently enthusiastic performance by six-time Audier Award nominee William Dufris (The Futurist) transports listeners directly into the story. For most fantasy collections. [The Tor hc was recommended as "a good addition, along with its predecessor, to any fantasy collection," LJ 8/08.-Ed.]-Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Entertaining. . . . This beguiling beginning promises a highly readable epic combining vivid characterization with an interesting exploration of how past heroics are twisted over centuries into something both more and less than they were." --Publishers Weekly on The Phoenix Unchained"Sets a lavishly detailed stage peopled with intriguing and well-developed characters whose futures hold both promise and peril." --Library Journal on The Phoenix Unchained