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New York Times
and USA Today
bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory first teamed up to write the Obsidian Trilogy, which was set in a wondrous world filled with magical beings, competing magic systems, and a titanic struggle between good and evil. That world proved so popular with the creators and readers alike that Lackey and Mallory have returned to it again, with The Phoenix Unchained, Book One of The Enduring Flame
, the opening volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy.
After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.
Tiercel, a young Armethalian nobleman, is convinced that High Magick is not just philosophy. He attempts a spell—and draws the unwelcome attention of Bisochim. Tiercel survives Bisochim's attack and begins trying to turn himself into a High Mage.
Next in line to be Harbormaster of Armethalieh, Harrier instead finds himself regularly saving Tiercel's life and meeting magickal people and creatures. To Harrier's dismay, it seems that he must become a hero.
In The Phoenix Unchained, Harrier and Tiercel begin a marvelous journey to uncover their destinies. Along the way, they meet a charming female centaur, several snooty Elves, and the most powerful dragon their world has ever known.
In this opening volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy from bestselling authors Lackey and Mallory, Harbormaster-to-be Harrier and the young nobleman Tiercel begin a marvelous journey to uncover their destinies. Along the way, they meet a charming female centaur, several snooty Elves, and the most powerful dragon their world has ever known.
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey has a degree in biology from Purdue University. Like many writers, she has worked at a variety of jobs, including short stints as a waitress, security guard, and artist's model. She is the author or coauthor of close to 100 books, including the Halfblood Chronicles, the Dragon Jousters series, the Bardic Voices series, and the bestselling novels of Valdemar. She lives outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, several birds, and two dogs. James Mallory is a professional ghostwriter and bestselling author with several books to his credit, including the Merlin trilogy: The Old Magic, The King's Wizard, and The End of Magic. James was born in San Francisco and attended schools in California and the Midwest before moving to New York to pursue a career in writing. He has held an assortment of jobs in the publishing industry but has been fortunate enough to write full time for a number of years. He collaborated with Mercedes Lackey on the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mountain trilogy, as well as on the Enduring Flame trilogy. Mallory lives in California with his faithful dog, Diogenes. William Dufris began his audio career doing radio plays, audiobooks, film/animation dubbing, and language tapes in London, where he lived for thirteen years. While there, he had the honor of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. These experiences led him to cofound two audio production companies: The Story Circle Ltd. and Mind's Eye Productions. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. William is the original voice of Bob (and Farmer Pickles/Mr. Beasley/Mr. Sabatini) in the popular children's show Bob the Builder for the United States and Canada (Series 1-9). He produces, directs, acts and engineers for his audio theatre company, Rocky Coast Radio Theatre. He has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century, as well as one of the Best Voices of the Year in 2008 and 2009.