Goodreads Monday ~ The Outstretched Shadow

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

The Outstretched Shadow (Obsidian Trilogy Book 1)
By Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN13: 9780765341419
Pages: 711
Genre: Fantasy


The Outstretched Shadow, the first book in The Obsidian Trilogy from Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training–all men, for women were unfit to practice magic–memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

Then he found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic–or did they find him? Their Magic felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it.
Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City’s dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic–and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side.

Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wild Mage who knows more about Kellen than anyone outside the City should, meeting Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged into a world full of magical beings–Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom.

The one thing all the Mages of the City agreed on was that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage. Turned him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen’s fate?

Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great War, they’ve been biding their time, sowing the seeds of distrust and discontent between their human and Elven enemies. Very soon now, when the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And then all the world will belong to the Endarkened.

I actually own this trilogy. My nonhusband picked them up for me several years ago upon the advice of an employee at the bookstore. I have yet to begin them. I am a terrible girlfriend 😦 I just struggle with series and find myself with serious commitment issues anymore. So it is hard to begin one with such large titles boasting over 700 pages. Have you read these or have any thoughts on the authors? What books have been on your TBR for more than a year?

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46 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday ~ The Outstretched Shadow

  1. Got your name from Emily Williams. I get waylaid by lots fewer than 700 pages. So much to do, so little time. I get behind writing reviews, too. I publish reviews of other bloggers to help them bring in additional traffic. It helps me because I just can’t read a book and write one post a week. 🙂 Let me know if you’d like to contribute. Marsha 🙂

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      1. You and she might be Twitter friends, and she reblogged your post. I liked it and clicked it, which is how I visited your site. Anyway, I think you have a great site. 🙂


  2. “What books have been on your TBR for more than a year?” Such questions should be banned from our language. #censorship2017 I’ve been discovering so many different epic fantasy stories nowadays that I HAVE to check out some day, but maaaaan, why do you have to bring up interesting ones like this? 😛 Nop. Nop. I’m going to wait till you actually give it a shot before I even increase the size of my TBR!

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  3. I have a few phyiscal copies yet unread, mostly ARCs that still sound interesting. But I also have a couple that have been on my shelf for years. My ebook pile? Oh please don’t ask.

    As for that series I have not read it but it is pretty popular and the author is well loved around my circle.

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  4. I haven’t heard of this book, Danielle, but it sounds quite interesting! It seems like something you might enjoy, so let me know if you ever get around to it. I’ve always been curious about Mercedes Lackey’s books… just haven’t had a chance to read one yet. The length of this one is a bit intimidating for me, so you’ll have to let me know if it’s worth it in the end! 🙂

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  5. I am embarrassed to say I’ve never read anything by Mercedes Lackey, even though I also own some of her books! Like you mentioned above, I struggle with the size of her books (I have yet to find a book under 500 pages…), and honestly, these more dated looking fantasy covers have always been a turn-off. Oops!

    I hope you get a chance to read these soon– I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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  6. This sounds like fun!! And as Donna said- it’s got unicorns- so what more could you want in a fantasy?! 😉 I hope you enjoy it when you get round to reading it. I’m the same about long fantasies- it takes me ages to get round to them!!

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  7. I’ve never read (or heard of) this series but that front cover is epic! I know exactly what you mean with series, though. I begin them and end up feeling guilty for reading other books in between. I’ve tried, several times unsuccessfully, to catch up with an ongoing series before the latest book is released but I find it impossible, especially if, like with this series, each book seemingly has an infinite amount of pages! 😛

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  8. 700 pages is a serious commitment. I don’t blame you! I’ve definitely started to weigh my reading options by size of books, font, and margins. Best advice I read about reading was read what you want. If you’re forcing yourself to read it, it’s not the right book or the right time maybe to be reading it! Although, conversely, I am forced to read books I don’t want to read for my book club and many times I end up just loving them. Uh – the trials and tribulations of being a reader! 😉

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  9. I am the SAME way with series and chunky books these days! I hate committing myself them…

    Are you the one that has a thing for unicorns? One of my blogger friends has a unicorn obsession, but I can’t remember if it is you or not. I thought maybe it was you after seeing this book lol

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    1. I have a huge thing for unicorns haha! I love them with all of my little heart ❤
      I own an embarrassing amount of unicorn accessories 😉

      I find it daunting to pick up larger titles when I have some many to read (or should say want to). I have to constantly remind myself to just go for it sometimes or I will miss the good stuff!

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