Elves continues the story created by Terry Brooks in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. The well-written characters develop very well, growing out of old problems and confronting new ones.
I've listened to Book 1 from this series, Armageddon's Children. Unfortunately they had to switch readers for this book, and it suffered a little for it. The content has the same great setting and pace, but suffers a little for being the second of third book in a cliffhanger series. So it seems to wrap up the first book, but only set the stage for the third, with nothing to help it breathe on it's own.
The use of Lakota words that I would struggle with and familiarity with concepts made this feel natural and right, bringing me into the narrative more and allowing me to see behind the character's eyes.
The author provides a disclaimer that Crazy Horse is part of a hero story, but also a part of history. He treats the topic very well, giving all points of view and elevates the character by distilling the real man out of the legend and history books. I would highly recommend this to any fan of historical book.
Compared to Hounded, this story was less interesting and pressing. It does, however, show an awareness of consequence in Hearne's urban fiction that excites me for the series.
Daniels captures the voices and speech patterns of the ancient, modern, and inhuman characters masterfully.
Yes, this book offers a very enjoyable read with insight into how people view themselves, their character, and what it projects to others.
The characters grow quite well and Flo Gibson manages to capture their differences in continence marvelously.
A long conclusion.
I started with the first Genesis book, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the characters and the ideas presented. By this book, the surprises were gone as all the knots are tied up.
I would still recommend the series, and to read the series is to read this book. Standing alone, however, this book offered little depth or thought.
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