The Obsidian Key by Eldson Thompson is book two in the Legend of Asahiel fantasy trilogy. After reclaiming the Crimson Sword in the first book, Torin has accidently reopened a dimensional realm that contains the Illysp, foul spirits that possess man’s bodies and enslave their souls. The new King Torin must now find the ancient secrets used to overcome the foul spirits and rediscover a lost people who are rumored to have existed many years before. But even if he succeeds, it might still be too late for his devastated land.
The Obsidian Key has plenty of drama and some gruesome battle scenes. It is a bit slow moving at times, but still has plenty of adventure and political intrigue. It reminded me in some ways of the Shannara series by Terry Brooks on the scope of adventure, mission to save the world and trying to stop and ancient evil by lost “secrets”. At the same time, the book seems to be weaker than the first novel as the urgency for the mission seems to be lacking in regards to the lead characters. Torin seemed too reluctant at times and definitely worried about his romance a bit more than need be. And other characters acted out of character in comparison to the previous novel. Still, I would give it a 3.75 star rating and those who enjoy grand adventure fantasy will find it a pleasant or decent read.
In battle's fire, young Jarom became Torin, King of Alson, and now must forge his kingdom from the ruins of an empire. But by recklessly reclaiming the Crimson Sword of Asahiel, Torin reopened a dimensional realm no longer sealed by the power of the Obsidian Key. And now the Illysp have emerged from history's darkest hour—foul spirits that possess men's bodies and enslave their souls. With enemies advancing on all sides, Torin must undertake a perilous voyage to unearth the ancient secrets once used to overcome the vile interlopers. Yet even if Torin can somehow miraculously survive, it may already be too late for his devastated land.