When Darkness Falls

The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 3

The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (Volume 3 of 3)

Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

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Despite a great working of Wild Magic and High Magic that struck at the heart of the Demon Queen’s evil plots, Knight-Mage Kellen and his Elven allies are still seen as enemies by the human Mage Council. The Elves and their allies must find a way to shatter the Demons’ hold on the human Mages, for without their High Magic, the forces of Light will be destroyed by the forces of Darkness.
The Commander of the Armies of Light decides to turn an Elven mine into a refuge for those driven from their homes by the war. Kellen is put in command of the force of engineers and warriors who will fortify the mine and does not learn until it is nearly too late that the caverns are full of Shadowed Elves. Vestakia, the half-human, half-Demon healer, finds that she has begun to be able to read the mind of her Demon father, Crown Prince Zyperis.
The Demon Queen, Savilla, is preparing a great sacrifice that will summon He Who Is back to the world and make her the ultimate ruler forever. When Wild Mage Idalia learns of Savilla’s plans, she knows there is only one way to prevent the coming of He Who Is. A very different sort of sacrifice must be made.





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WHEN DARKNESS FALLS (One: A Thousand Shades of Darkness)

THE PRICE THAT the Wildmages, the Elves, and their Allies had paid to learn the plans of their Enemy had been high. Two-thirds of the Allied camp had shared in the cost of the Wildmages' spell, and lay now in their tents stunned into exhaustion, cared for by those who had been exempted from the Price of the spell.

No one had expected that the Price would be so heavy. If not for Cilarnen, Jermayan, and Kellen managing to blend their magics to shield Idalia from the attack of the Demon Queen Savilla and save the lives of the spell-linked

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To Light a Candle
A New York Times bestseller

“Lackey and Mallory combine their talents for storytelling and world crafting into a panoramic effort. Filled with magic, dragons, elves, and other mythical creatures, this belongs in most fantasy collections.”--Library Journal

The Outstretched Shadow
Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror, VOYA

“In the captivating world conjured by veteran Lackey and classical scholar Mallory, there are three types of magic, each of which has its own rules, limits and variables. 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, leaving the reader satisfied and wanting to know more.”--Publishers Weekly

“[Kellen’s] father banishes him forever from the City and to a horrific death prearranged by the mages. The Wild Magic has another agenda for him, however, involving an acerbic unicorn and a woman—heavens!—to learn the Wild (but not sex) Magic from. Delightful.”--Booklist


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Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, and, also with James Mallory, the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed). She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenyx and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist’s model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma. 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. He was born in San Francisco and attended schools in California and the Midwest, before moving to New York to pursue a career in writing. From an early age, he has been fascinated with the Arthurian legends, an avocation which triggered a lifelong interest in fantasy literature. He lives in California.

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When Darkness Falls
The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 3
Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429913034
ISBN10: 1429913037
496 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765302212
ISBN10: 0765302217
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 496 pages
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Tor Fantasy
May 2007
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765341433
ISBN10: 0765341433
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 608 pages
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