Book Reviews: Burning Brightly & To Light A Candle

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Let me state it againMercedes Lackey is awesome. And by that I mean that she is a really good.

Product image for ASIN: 0886779898 Brightly Burning is another story in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, the book is about Lavan Firestorm (an important figure in Valdemar's history) and his story. And his end, the book is (like all the other Mercedes Lackey's books I've read) captivating and hard to put down. Unlike the rest of her books, this does not have a happy ending. In fact, it's not a very happy book, from the start to the end, Lavan is in... unusual situations (tortured, in love with a talking horse*, losing friends, feared, misunderstood, forced to kill a lot of strangers,losing his Companion, dying). The ending seems to be the only way out of a very bad situation, I cannot help but think that if the hero would've been allows to grow up, there would have been... problems. Either with the hero, or with the people around him. As it is, the story makes for a great legend, is told in a really convincing way and made me wish so much that it would go some other way. I wouldn't recommend it unless you already read about Valdemar, as it's not very good introduction for . If you have read Valdemar's novels before, than it's a very good read.

Product image for ASIN: 0765302209 To Light A Candle is the second book in  The Obsidian Trilogy, following Product image for ASIN: 0765341417 The Outstretched Shadow. Those books talks about a world where most of the humans are walled in a single city, and magic is something of a science, and a boring one at that. From there the story gets complicated, and involves elves, Wildmagic, Knight-mages, demon and a really good story. The world is real and very consistent; magic is something that has limits and bounds, and is explained very well (at least as well as you can explain magic :-) ). The plot is interesting to watch, and the characters are excellent. Highly recommended.

Product image for ASIN: 0756402468 Sanctuary is the next one on my reading list, it's the first trilogy by Mercedes Lackey that I'm ending, so I'm really interested in how she would finish the book. So far the The Dragon Jousters books were very good, so I've high hopes, I'll blog about it when I'm done.

Some more interesting books can be found here, I really like Hienlien, and I put some of those on my reading list (which is already bigger than I can manage).

*Yes, that is not an accurate description, so sue me :-)