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The Outstretched Shadow

(2003)
(The first book in the Obsidian series)
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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? The three slim volumes woke Kellen to the wide world outside the City's isolating walls. Their Magic was not dead, strangled by rules and regulations. It 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.

Kellen's life changes almost faster than he can understand or accept. 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 where the magical beings he has learned about as abstract concepts are flesh and blood creatures-Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom.

Especially once he learns about Demons. He'd always thought they were another abstract concept-a stand-in for ultimate evil. But if centaurs and dryads are real, then Demons surely are as well. And 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 all the world will belong to the Endarkened.

Genre: Fantasy
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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 1-4352-5794-4 / 978-1-4352-5794-8 (USA edition)
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September 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Obsidian Trilogy (Pb))
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey
ISBN: 1-4176-6318-9 / 978-1-4176-6318-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow (Obsidian Trilogy (Pb))
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 0-7569-5718-4 / 978-0-7569-5718-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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November 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 0-7653-0219-5 / 978-0-7653-0219-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book One (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 0-7653-4141-7 / 978-0-7653-4141-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

February 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow (Obsidian)
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 1-4001-1382-2 / 978-1-4001-1382-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow (Obsidian)
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 1-4001-4382-9 / 978-1-4001-4382-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow (Obsidian)
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
ISBN: 1-4001-6382-X / 978-1-4001-6382-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book One (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)
Author(s): Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
Publisher: Tor Books
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