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When Darkness Falls (Obsidian Mountain #3)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,743 ratings  ·  92 reviews
A great working of Wild Magic and High Magic strikes at the heart of the Demon Queen's plots, but the human city, the Golden City of the Bells, falls farther under her sway with each day that passes. And without the City's High Magicians, the Wild Magicians, the Elven Army, and all their allies will surely fall before the onslaught of the Demon Queen's malignant warriors.
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Mass Market Paperback, 602 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1995)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well....this one might best be thought of as a 3.5. I like this series and was very drawn in. I jumped from the second to this one immediately after finishing it.

This one however slowed down a bit in that it got very repetitive. Ms. Lackey seemed to for a while to have fallen prey to "Robert Jordan syndrome" in that starting with a retelling of the end of the second book (as the second book began with a retelling of the first) after which she, instead of launching out into the the plot began rel
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Miriam Lane
A lot of people see Mercedes Lackey's books as immature or unoriginal. I have even heard people say that she can't write without the help of someone else. I tend to disagree. It's not Bronte or Douglas Adams or Arthur Clark. This book, and all of Lackey's, are what they are and are nothing else. Some would argue that this is not the way people would behave in the situations. Well, Duh. It's fiction. Let's see, if we were in a war against evil demons a good person with a lot of heart wouldn't try ...more
Anne Hromalik
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Lindsey
different from the valdemar series that mercedes lackey is so well known for. and a delightful change in pace from her usual stories. i love this author and own a good portion of her 100 or so published books. this particular series demands your attention and wrenches every emotion from you during your reading experience. this is a great series to start off with if you are unfamilar with her writing style, but with any series i would start at the beginning and this trilogy only gets better. so l ...more
Gabby
Kellen found his way. Good for him. He trained and learned and strived for success over and over. He grew into his abilities and the respect of others. He is the right man for the job. But is the world and others ready to let him do it?
The fact that you are headed towars a goal and reach it, and others telling you that you have reached maturity, doesn´t mean at all that it is the truth.
Jermayan and Ashaniel´s conversation: Is Kellen wiser than his years and species? Priceless!!
Lydia
Good ending to this trilogy. Answers the age-old question of how a human (age span of 80 years) and an elf (age span of centuries) can maintain a long long relationship. Human must sacrifice self to save the world and then get reborn as an elf. The other elf then only has to wait a measly 18 years for a lifetime of romance.
Kelsey Hanson
I first read this book about five year ago. Generally, I liked it but I found the ending a little odd and couldn't really tell if I liked it or just found it too weird. Five years later, I still don't know how I feel about the ending. Overall whole of this series is greater than the sum of its parts. The whole series tells a really interesting story which usually makes up for some of the slower bits along the way. You do care enough for the characters and all that they have endured to make it to ...more
X
Like the previous books in the trilogy, the first half was a bit slow, but the second half was quite hard to put down. I liked the magic and the world, but I never felt too involved in many of the characters and there were parts that were a bit darker than I expected. Still, there were a few characters that I really cared about.

I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I'm trying to avoid any spoilers, but it just seems odd... I'm not sure if this character is really alive or dead or reincarna
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Now THIS is how you write good epic fantasy! I was a emotional wreck (crying and laughing at the same time) by the end of this book! Mercedes Lackey takes what has been building up in the previous two books and just completely blows everything out of the water. I was literally on the edge of my seat for the last hundred and fifty pages or so, just breathless with excitement and delight! And the ending was beautiful and perfect. Sad? Yes. But glorious as well. I am really sad to see this trilogy ...more
Tara
Aug 19, 2008 Tara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: normal
I enjoyed the trilogy over all, and the story was good when you got to part of it. It seemed like most of the book was to remind you about what happened in the last two (which was fine), but also to remind you what happened 5 pages ago. Which made for slow reading, also if you've read the first two books you know to get ready for a death. When it happens it's sad but you knew so it was fine, but then it's like they changed their minds or wanted an 'extra happy ending'.
Ari-elf
One of Mercedes Lackey's earlier novels, but well worth a read. The story is well written, and sucks you in so you don't want to put the book down till you've finished. It has a nice take on the different races of the world, each complex and written with a good amount of complexity, which is not something you see everyday.
Kelly Flanagan
I really liked how this series ended.So many times I find myself unsettled by the inability to merge reality and fiction at the end. It seems that is the hardest part of a book or series, the end. Ms. Lackey and Mr. Mallory did a phenomenal job on this series. Kudos.
Janine
The third of the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, a fantastic story that involved conquering demons, talking unicorns, dragons and elven mages, and human sacrifices of all sorts.
Petrina
This is one of those books that I ended up buying in hardcover because I just couldn't wait for it in soft cover. Very, very good. A bit sad in some places, but good.
Sharon
I waited with bated breath for this sequel to arrive at the library. The world Lackey created here was so vibrant, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended.
Krys
Very good book, tied up everything in the end. A little longer, but not as drawn out as the 2nd book.
Peter Carlisle
a great conclusion to a wonderful series...
Jimmy
After the great spell of Kindolhinadeltil’s Mirror, Kellen learns that Wild Magic and High Magick working together will kill the immortal Demons. With the harshest winter in a very long time only half over, the war is harder to battle and win.
Kellen is still strongly attracted to Vestakia and bonded to Shelkan with the Price of a year and a day of chastity and celibacy. Vestakia remains with the Elven army working with the Crystal Spiders to find the final enclave of Shadowed Elves. (They remind
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Jimmy
After the great spell of Kindolhinadeltil’s Mirror, Kellen learns that Wild Magic and High Magick working together will kill the immortal Demons. With the harshest winter in a very long time only half over, the war is harder to battle and win.
Kellen is still strongly attracted to Vestakia and bonded to Shelkan with the Price of a year and a day of chastity and celibacy. Vestakia remains with the Elven army working with the Crystal Spiders to find the final enclave of Shadowed Elves. (They remind
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Melissa
This is the third book in the Obsidian Trilogy. One should note that the first two books should be read before this one or the story will not be understood at all. The important thing to know about this series though is that Kellen has been banished from the High Mage city of Armethalieh and in doing so, finds his lost sister, goes to the elven lands, and becomes a Knight Mage. As a Knight Mage, he must save everyone from the Endarkened (demons).

In this book, it takes off shortly where To Light
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Karen
I wasn't a big fan of this book or this trilogy overall. I had three main complaints:

1) It's morally simplistic. There are the good guys and the bad guys. To make it even easier, you can basically tell whether someone is good or bad by what species they are and if they are from the "bad" species (demons, shadow elves, etc) then they should all be annihilated down to the last baby. This is not how things are in real life and I find it a cheat. The high mages were the only ones remotely ambiguous
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Rosemary
I've only given this 4 stars (which may be unfair) because I was disappointed by the too tidy ending, but otherwise I would have given this a glowing 5 star rating. As it is, I can only give it a four--but that four has brilliant glowing stars, and its own fireworks display.

When Darkness Falls is the third book in the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy, and all of the disaster, despair, and danger of the first two volumes does come to a head here, in mostly satisfying ways. The characters continue to dev
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Kellen Tavadon, a Knight-Mage of Wild Magic, is starting to see Demons or Them's plans for City of Thousand Bells. Kellen needs to learn how to command an army so that he can eventually lead the army. So Kellen is set a task to do just that towards the Caves of Halcaria. Blight and plague spreading fast thru all of the lands and Kellen learns that the Elven King has fallen ill to Shadow's Kiss. Kellen must make a decision he that wouldn't have to make this soon. Meanwhile Jermayan and his bonded ...more
Niccole Paytosh
When it comes to the story this was great. Everything that needed to happen, happened. I was pleased by most of the characters, and those not pleasing were at least tolerable. Kellen is for the most part past adolescent whining and Cilarnen, surprisingly gets much more time in this novel. Romance between the appropriately paired couples is for the most part very subdued, as well as the amount of Shalkan appearances. Unfortunately everything seemed a little rushed. I could have cut a good 20 page ...more
hm
Many enjoyable characters, and history of the land to read about. Most enjoyable character for me to read about was Idalia, and my least favorite character was Kellen, for being an obnoxious twit.

(I need to find less heroic fantasy genre books and replace them with strong women characters like Idalia!)

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Tyler Johnson
When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory is a typical good versus evil novel. This young adult to adult fiction novel was made to become the conclusion of the Obsidian Trilogy, and the two previous books really help the understanding and background of this book a lot. I would even go as far and say to not read this novel unless you have read the previous two in the series. When Darkness Falls also has the side purpose of setting the stage for the two authors succeeding series, w ...more
Betsy Baird
I finally finished it. This book, and the entire trilogy really were incredibly mediocre. The books were wordy, repeating information from chapter to chapter almost word for word. I'm not sure how much memory the average reader has, but mine doesn't need to be reminded of every detail every chapter. The plot was predictable. The characters were stereotypical. If you like fairly bland fantasy fiction, this trilogy is for you. It was too long a read for the amount of story. I think a good editor c ...more
Cheryl
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Joby Walker
In summary: Meh, pretty good, and ugh.

The first half to two-thirds of this book continues the fairly dull, plodding winter war of To Light A Candle which consists of staccato bursts of various characters' perspectives that advance the story yet build no suspense. The remainder of the novel is pretty good with a decent build up of suspense and the final conflict. And the series wrap-up is quite good except for the baby born at the very end -- just horrible.

One of the major failings of the series
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Stacey Miner
The first two books in this series were better equipped to fully absorb my attention. While the first book was a little difficult to get into, and the second book was easy to lose myself within, this final installment in the trilogy was a challenge. Somewhere in the second quarter of the novel, the whole of the story began to drag on and on and left me wondering when the heck they were going to get on with it. By the time I got to the final quarter of the book, I was pleased that finally it seem ...more
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & ...more
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