Silent death stalks the Harpers of Faern. One by one, members of the semi-secret society for good in the Realms are falling to a murderer's blade. Now a Harper agent and a beautiful half-elf assassin must solve the mystery. If they fail, they will be the next victims.
But things in the Realms are rarely that simple....
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This was a wonderful little listen. I look forward to listening to it again. Besides the great voice acting (usually male voice actors find it hard to do women's voices, and vice versa for female voice actors, but Summerer does a great job doing not only a variety of voices, but making them believable to the characters!), but the story itself is a great romp!
I love Danilo Thann. His character is heart rending in so many ways, while being engaging and fun at the same time. His dual nature is even sharper than that of the half-elven warrior, and much more interesting.
As I already mentioned, the great variety of his range. He gets into the characters without over-acting them. (OK, it is high sword and sorcery, so over-acting kind of goes with the territory, but he does only what the crazy characters require).
Nothing is what it seems.
While this isn't a bad story, nothing in this book hits the high notes. Character never quiet come to life, the plot meanders, foes are under developed and the setting isn't used very well. The book lets too many hints around the mystery slip and most readers will figure out the mystery plot long before the characters do making the middle of this book painful to get through as you wait for the characters to get a clue. While I've certainly read worse genre fiction, it lacked a little something to really set it apart or tap into the wonderfully vibrate D&D energy leaving it very average.
However despite the books flaws, I don't regret picking it up. While I can only recommend this book on its own to hard core fans of the Forgotten Realms series it does set the stage for better stories down the line and really lets you get to know the leads. The characters events and relationships established here all are used to much better effect later in the series and while it slows down in the middle, the last 3rd of the book really picked up nicely once Airlyn finally figured out the score and stopped bumbling around clueless from point A to point B and goes to confront the villains in a great high adventure conclusion.
So, while Elfshadow has its fair share of flaws, I still recommend picking it up if you are a fan as it builds into some great stories down the line.
The story was very well written and the narration was outstanding.
It was very engaging and easy to follow.
This is one of Eric's best.
I really enjoyed Elfshadow. Having heard Elaine Cunningham was an excellent writer and reading a few of her prior pieces... I expected this to be good. I really enjoyed how each chapter continued to follow the same main characters. No confusion or frustrating parts as the reader.
Having read Evermeet... it was nice to see how the events in that book tied into this story. Otherwise, Danilo (really funny and enjoyable character) and Arilyn were nice characters and made for a fun read.
Any scene with Danilo's wittiness.
Top to bottom it was a nice read. The story was a little weak and easily transparent but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this after the Elminster series (where Greenwood can be a little tough to follow).
Read Evermeet and then dive into this!
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