Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched ShadowTo Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix UnchainedThenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and te Phohe Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of SorceryPhoenix and AshesSacred GroundThe FirebirdThe Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist’s model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.