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The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame by Mercedes Lackey
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0765315939
Date: 16 October 2007 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

A thousand years ago, the Endarkened were destroyed by the Blessed Saint Idalia, Kellen the Poor Orphan Boy and their allies, leading the world into a great flowering and an age of peace. That's what the legends say, anyway.

Now, Wildmages like Idalia are rare, Knight-Mages like Kellen are unheard-of, the High Magick of Armethalieh is long forgotten and the Elves have moved far away from humanity's lands. But that doesn't mean that all danger has vanished. Far from it.

From official release/information:

Book Description: After a thousand 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 Magic 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 Tyr'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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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