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The Phoenix Endangered (Enduring Flame #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,677 ratings  ·  75 reviews
"Before he learned that High Magic was real, Tiercel Rolfort wasn't sure what he was going to do with his life. Now he knows: keep from getting killed long enough to somehow teach himself High Magic and try to save the world." "Harrier Gillain always knew that his role in life was to keep Tiercel out of trouble. He's still doing it - only now he's got to fend off attacks b ...more
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Published (first published September 9th 2008)
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Kelsey Hanson
I am slightly less angry about this second installment but I still really dislike this series. As I said, I paid money for them and I will feel ripped off if I don't read them at least once. So here it goes. This one at least has more action and there is even one character who I have started to really like. Shaiara is pretty bad ass and I have never really seen a female "strong, silent type" so that was refreshing. I alternate between liking and hating Kareta, she does have a few endearing momen ...more
I thought about giving this sequel one star more than the previous book The Phoenix Unchained because of the story, but it's again too slow for me. I thought the story was a clear improvement. There are some things I don't particularly like about the book, and it's mostly some of the characters. Harrier, for example, is a very annoying character. The unicorn is also annoying. Tiercel is not as annoying, just not very special. My favourite is the antagonist Bisochim and his dragon Seravasse and I ...more
This was the best of the trilogy I think. It develops the characters quite a bit, and they grow from the cliche "Innocent Boy has to Save The World From Destruction But Nobody Will Tell Him Anything" into I think quite mature young men. I like how they interwove happenstance with the Wild Magic so that you're always left guessing whether something was intended to happen or was it just chance. I enjoyed reading about Harrier's growth especially as he begins to (grudgingly) accept his role as a Kn ...more
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Harrier is faced with a challenge - he hates killing, yet is fated to become a legendary Knight-Mage. Tyr, his friend and the hope of the elves, is just as lost and confused. Yet they must triumph over Bisochim, who is determined to wreak the peace of the light.

This novel is a bit unsatisfactory, particularly the ending. There could have been far
Not a patch on the original trilogy. A dumbed down attempt at a coming of age story with wooden characters.
Aug 25, 2010 Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lackey fans, obsidian trilogy fans
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first Lackey book to get 2 stars from me. I liked the characters, I liked the world/setting, and I liked the story, even though it's kind of cookie-cutter Lackey. What I didn't like was the writing.

What it is is... padded. This entire trilogy barely scrapes past 1200 pages (this book was around 400 pages). The authors should have cut the excess, boring crap and sold it as one big book. It is full of repetitive, circuitous dialogue (yes, the characters like to bicker and argue a lot.
I liked the characters, for some reason I favor Harrier over Tyr and I just adored Kareta despite how annoying she really is. But the characters were really what held this story together for me. When I think about all that actually happened in this book it wasn't very much. (I also found the back of the book to reveal more than I wanted it to).

One thing that bothered me a little was that the writers seemed to forget what their characters knew already. After meeting Idalia she tells them that she
William Bentrim
The Phoenix Endangered by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

This is book two of The Enduring Flame Trilogy. I enjoyed The Phoenix Unchained which was volume one. This picks up with the perils of Harrier Gillain and Tiercel Rolfort, apprentice port master and future clerk, continuing in their clueless manner. Facing unimaginable danger and the death of the world as they know it, they stumble blithely along trying to identify exactly who they are.

Teens, in general, struggle with identity so it i
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I got through about three quarters of The Phoenix Endangered on audio. This was a sluggish and clunky second installment in The Enduring Flame trilogy. The writing was dull and not much happened to advance the plot. By the time a battle finally started, I couldn't muster up enough interest to participate.

Even more than the last book, this one was full of two teenage boys brooding, bickering, whining, and being noble. Half of what they say is said "sulkily,
I enjoyed this trilogy very much and have actually restarted it to listen with my kids because I thought that with dragons and magic and elves ... this was right up their proverbial alley.

That being said the second book is not the most thrilling of books -- there is a lot that needs to be studied, there is a lot Tiercel and Harrier need to see and do. There are many people that need to be introduced to get the pawns in play. In my opinion, there is similarity with the original Star Wars trilogy
I thought about waiting to review this book until I finished the next one in the series because, frankly, this is not a novel. It's a whole lot of plot exposition for the next novel. This irked me. A lot. These books are fairly typical fantasy novels. I like the characters. I like some of the ideas in the books, and I love some of the descriptions. I like, for example, the thoughtfulness that the authors considered when they had a group of tent dwelling nomads who are confronted with the problem ...more
Cherry Mischievous

The cover art got it wrong. Tiercel is the blond one and Harrier is the ginger head. However the depiction is bang on and I like the drawing/art... It is pleasing to my fantasy buff eyes! The character development is very good as per usual with this dou author. I still miss Simera! And usually I hate cliffhangers... but this time around I was prepared! Having known these authors' writing style from the Obsidian Trilogy, I knew it's gonna be like that. I think it's a matter of my getting
As the first book in The Enduring Flame Trilogy, The Phoenix Unchained, this, the second installment, delivers as promised, IMHO. As with the first, it is well written and quite entertaining, never losing my interest (although, as with the first, I found one typo; and that is one too many). The story moves right along but I'm left wondering how Lackey & Mallory are going to be able to conclude the story in only one more book without rushing through the events.
The boys and lifelong best frien
Mercedes Lackey used to be one of my favorite authors, but it's been a long time since I read one of her books. I read the first book of this trilogy years ago when it was new in paperback, but never got around to picking up the rest of the series. I admit, when I started reading this book, I was disappointed. I wasn't even sure I'd be able to finish it. The writing seemed anachronistic and almost amateurish, more like that of a younger writer first starting out than of someone who'd been writin ...more
Rachel Miller Wright
I want to give this more stars than I gave the first in the trilogy, but it doesn't deserve more than three. Maybe I feel like the first book was really a two-and-a-half. In this installment, the characters didn't develop as much as they should have and the point of view transitions were abrupt. The hasty intro/disappearance of new characters is okay until you realize they probably won't be coming back on account of this being a short and shallow trilogy. Nonetheless, three stars means I liked i ...more
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I got through about three quarters of The Phoenix Endangered on audio. This was a

sluggish and clunky second installment in THE ENDURING FLAME trilogy. The writing was dull and not much happened to advance the plot. By the time a battle finally started, I couldn't muster up enough interest to participate.

Even more than the last book, this one was full of two teenage boys brooding, bickering, whining, and being noble. Half of what they say is said "sulkily," "rudely," "darkly," or "huffily." I got
Terrible #2. Series doesn't get better. Main character gets more powerful so he cries more. Mad at myself for being suckered in to read part 2. Up yours part 3.
If you like an all powerful hero, who is too scared to use his might and cries every time someone else gets a splinter. This book is for you.
After loving the first trilogy as much as I did, I couldn't wait to read this one. I was terribly disappointed. This book (and trilogy as a whole) fell short for me. The two main characters start out uninteresting and dull - and only get worse from there. They just become whiny brats and never seem to redeem themselves. The only interesting characters seem to get killed off too soon after introduction, and often for no particular reason other than as a plot device intended add more sympathy for ...more
The second of the series following the Obsidian Mountain series. Tiercel, Harrier and Ancaladar continue on their quest for the Lake of Fire, Harrier fighting his calling as a Knight-Mage the entire way. As they journey south, they meet up with 'the Telchi", save a city from destruction by destroying another. Meanwhile Bisochim moves his precious Isvani to his paradise and the Nalzindar go into hiding from the corrupted Mage.
And then what? Their adventures shall continue.
I loved it and cannot wa
Listened on audio. The story just got better and better. Even with breaks in the story, I was able to follow it to the end.
Don't remember much of this except an escalation of evil, dragons, desperation, and desert civilization.
Great book & definitely something I want to read again!
Re-read this one in preparation for the third volume, which has just been released. The two heroes depart the Elven lands for the desert, in the company of a dragon. Despite the fact that they are learning more about their new powers, this book moves a bit slowly. We hear more about the desert dwellers (although I confuse some of the details with the "Alta" books), and most of the action takes place once they arrive at the desert city. Future action is hinted at, it will be interesting to see if ...more
Some of Lackey's books/trilogies start out rough and get better. This one doesn't. I liked the characters quite a bit. The plot really wasn't bad. What WAS bad is the pacing. It takes way too long for everything to happen, and a lot of what does happen isn't well-explained. The ideas are interesting, and I like that even the bad guy isn't "bad," just misguided, but I'm starting to think that this should have been one, very strong, standalone novel rather than a trilogy.
Jan 29, 2009 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly by: Ben
I am having a bit of trouble with this secondary series in the Obsidian Universe. It seems like every book spends all it's time working towards gaining a certain goal - they get it - and then they spend the last section of the book completely undoing either the goal itself or the reason behind it. I am feeling annoyed and frustrated with that fact. Other than that, the book was entertaining - even if I am left feeling that nothing was truly accomplished.
I don't mind when the story takes more than one book to finish the tale but I'm growing tired of a "new" tale with the same characters being told in book after book. I realize that the author and audience have grown quite attached to the characters, but at some point you have to let them go! This "running to the well once too often" seems to be more of a problem in sci-fi & fantasy genre than others (there's only so many world-saving quests a hero can take).
Definitely better than the first, but the beginning is still slow. I got quite impatient with the minutiae of life on the road, as well as Harrier's stubborn denial of who he was.

By about a quarter of the way through, the story picked up quite nicely and I was engrossed until the end. It's clear that this trilogy isn't going to be nearly as epic as the original Obsidian Trilogy but in its own way that makes it just as interesting.
Didn't have me jumping out of my seat while reading. I actually switched to some other books and picked this up later. I finally made my way through it, but there is a lot of drag non-action time. I do want to read the third book to find out what happens, but it is taking a long time getting there. Really wish there was more to the series than running around in the desert trying to figure what to do with themselves.
Monica Robbins
another fantasy story....these are my favorites, everything is simple in them. however, in this one, evil is not so clearly evil, the main "bad" guy does not realize that what he is doing is destructive and is that not true for most of us, sure sometimes we know, but most of the time we do not realize it until it is too late. the second book of what i believe is a good series, if you like fantasy.
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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 &a ...more
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“The idea that they were going to have to-eventually-go someplace that was even hotter than this was now was worrying Harrier, but there wasn't much he could do about it at the moment. He couldn't imagine why anybody would want to live here if they had a choice. Sometimes, he thought, people were idiots.” 2 likes
“Yeah, and if I have to choose between being eaten by the Endarkened and telling my Da I'm a Wildmage, I'm not sure which I'd pick.” 2 likes
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