Review: Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory – The Outstretched Shadow

The Outstretched Shadow
Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
Kellen has been sent 3 strange books. For his knowledge, he shall be cast out of his city in discrase. Little does he know that other family members are willing to look out for him.
Kellen is endearing, frustrating and awesome all at once. Once again, a strong male character who I actually enjoy reading about. The unicorn he meets provides a bit of comic relief as well, as do the elves.
I only wish there was more of other wildmages and their skills. The prices and things are interesting to me, and I’d have loved to see more. I enjoyed the rustic environment that Kellen finds himself in, and the everyday experiences as well.
The detail of the Endarkened torture chambers and such is fascinating. It’s really quite horrifying to imagine, but it’s so interesting at the same time.
The elves are just as I could have imagined them. They don’t deviate from the usual idea for elves, which isn’t a bad thing as far as I’m concerned.
I really like this series, and I wonder whether it’s because it’s a work between two writers for a change. Lackey’s touch is clear, but this novel makes me want to go out and read some of Mallory’s stuff as well.

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