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When Darkness Falls

(Obsidian Mountain #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,230 ratings  ·  146 reviews
When Darkness Falls, the third book in The Obsidian Trilogy from Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

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, an
Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2006)
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Anne Hromalik
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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 reincarn
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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!!
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Loriann Sutton
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
a superb ending to the trilogy. i think this is my favorite of the three books. there was plenty of action and it was great to see at last the conclusion of the war and kellen fulfill his duties. i love Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's writing and it blends so seemlessly. ...more
J.V. Seem
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is where this book series and its war against the dark forces reaches its climax. And what an exciting and satisfying ride it's been.

This book, and this whole series has managed to keep the pace constantly, and has provided some incredibly engaging characters and equally memorable images.
This series has given me much joy and entertainment, and is a must read for anyone who appreciates quality high fantasy, rich in detail and without shortcuts.

There are, however, 31 pages of summary from the
Maria Shuffit
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Short version: If this were not the final book in a trilogy, and I were not committed to reading a trilogy for a challenge and running out of time to do so, I probably would not have finished this book.

As it is, I found myself skimming through this one quite a bit - something that I very rarely ever do, but I felt that the story was being forcibly dragged out for the sake of making what could easily have fit into two books, into a trilogy instead, since three is the magical number.

Upside: There
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
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
Kelsey Hanson
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 26, 2008 rated it liked it
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'. ...more
Erin Cabana
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Laura King
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Not the best edited series, nor the tightest story. A little repetitive at times — the heroes go here, tell someone how they got here, find something out, tell someone what they found out, talk to each other about where they go next, repeat.

But for all that, this trilogy feels like a return to the fun, simple fantasy I read when I was younger, and I can’t fault that.
Kelly Flanagan
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, tied up everything in the end. A little longer, but not as drawn out as the 2nd book.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert Clifton Storey Jr
This book was great until the ending. The last chapter was a missed opportunity. The great love tense ended in a fizzle, otherwise the rest of the book was still worth reading
Peter Carlisle
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
a great conclusion to a wonderful series...
The trilogy started out with a bang but ended in a fizzle.

As flawed as The Outstretched Shadow was, it was the best one in my honest opinion. Book 1 had the most "heart," so to speak. That all seemed to gradually disappear by the time I reached the final pages of When Darkness Falls.

Throughout the events leading up to the final battle--which was as anticlimactic as ever (view spoiler)
Kristen Lewendon
It kills me not to have loved this book. I remember a time when I devoured books by Mercedes Lackey like they were chocolate bon bons and I hadn’t eaten in weeks. This book was absolutely painful to get through. In fact, I’d highly recommend that you skip forward to at least the half-way point (two-thirds would probably be even better) and start reading from there. Anything of any importance will be repeated and retold so many times you’re sick of it, so you won’t miss anything. Normally I like ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broken alliances, the danger of unbridled anger, the wonder of trust and forgiveness, and the power of good over evil make When Darkness Falls perhaps the best of the three books in the Obsidian Trilogy. It brings the story to a very satisfying conclusion, resolving just enough issues and leaving just enough pain and happiness to go around. I began to guess the twist before the end, and found I’d only guessed a fraction of it. A well-woven trilogy, a well-built world, well-realized magic, and fa ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall I was satisfied with this as the conclusion to the trilogy. This still isn't anything groundbreaking or new and more like comfortable popcorn fantasy. As the concluding installment we get an epic battle of good versus evil with our heroes facing all kinds of obstacles and having to make tough decisions. I like that Kellen has grown a lot in the year that the trilogy takes place over and has really come into his own considering where he started. I feel like the ending made sense for the s ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give it 3.5 but i'll round up because the collective trilogy was good.

I probably skim-read 100 pages of this book. There was WAY TOO MUCH retelling of the events from the previous two books and it was simply irritating by the end. No author should be retelling events from book 1 within the last 150 pages of a series' finale. It's just poor planning and is extremely distracting and unnecessary.

Anyway, this was overall a very delightful series and is worth the read.... just plan on skimming a lo
Justin Domnitz
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I finished this dreadful three book fantasy. If I learned anything, it’s that atrocious writing, a poor story, and universally unlikable characters don’t stop books from getting written, published, and even turned into audiobooks. Maybe the silver lining is that if books this bad are produced, other more deserving works will be as well. This novel and the whole three book series are uninspired, derivative, and written in a laughable bad style.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know there are some problems with this book. The pacing is too slow in the beginning and then suddenly way too fast in the end. There are some serious deus ex machina moments and the solutions sometimes come rushed and out of nowhere. But I promised myself when I started rating books on here that when a book makes me feel strongly, I give it five stars. Chapter 18 made me cry. It was written so well, the story at that point so.. right.. Great ending to the series.
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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 & M ...more

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