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The Elvenbane | [Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey]

The Elvenbane

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.
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Publisher's Summary

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

©1991 Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers” (Anne McCaffrey)

"One of the season’s liveliest and most appealing fantasy epics.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies.” (Amazing Stories)

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    Craig 03-29-15
    Craig 03-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Have always enjoyed this book. Having it in audible format just makes it that much easier when I have other things that must be done too.

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    Bart 03-04-15
    Bart 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "masterful fantasy story telling"

    a very well written and performed tale with depth and an enthralling story. The ending of the story comes too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 02-27-15
    Sean 02-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Well written and a good listen"

    Takes a little while to get through the background character build up but once it gets rolling it is very captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wonderbrat 02-26-15
    Wonderbrat 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not nice elves"

    These are not nice elves
    These are not mean dragons
    I loved the role reversals in this story and that the hero is a heroine.
    Very well read by Aasne Vigesaa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    killer7956 02-26-15
    killer7956 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed"

    Enjoyed book, good if you like elves, dragons and magic.ten words remaining before they let me close this screen Ugh!

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    Pen Name 01-26-15
    Pen Name 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Starts very slowly but grows on you real QUiCK!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    At first the writing (a narrated style) feels quite tiresome and (*evil grin*....) that's exactly why you'll be caught unaware.I think I rarely encountered writers able to be THAT engaging while writing from so many different character viewpoint.


    What other book might you compare The Elvenbane to and why?

    After listening to this, I recommend listening to The Black Jewels Trilogy and novels Tangled Webs, The Shadow Queen, The Shalador Lady and Twilight's Dawn.I discovered Elvenbane by reading an Anne Bishop interview where she says Andre Norton's novels broadened her horizons.Although different, Anne Bishop's work indeed owes something to Andre Norton's work.


    Have you listened to any of Aasne Vigesaa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to this narrator. She is brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Deards CA USA 01-14-15
    C. Deards CA USA 01-14-15
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    "Fun read"

    I liked this book when I read it some years ago. Enjoyed listening to it. Not my favorite narrator, but ok.

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    MN_Grumpy 01-07-15
    MN_Grumpy 01-07-15
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    "Excellent Dragon Elven Human conflict fantasy"

    In my opinion this work stands alone - even though it is the first in a series that ended with the passing of Andre Norton with the third book. At the moment I am inclined to not read any of the remaining two books. This was a good work - reading the synopsis of 2 and 3, I think I will pass!

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    Donna SUFFOLK, VA, United States 04-23-13
    Donna SUFFOLK, VA, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the different characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elvenbane the most enjoyable?

    I looked forward to what kind of characters was going to come along next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elvenbane?

    When everyone realized they could not just sit and do nothing, they had to make a change for a better future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked knowing that I could make this story last. Didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought there would be a different ending, wonder if there will be a continuing book. I would get it if there was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    edward courtice, ON, Canada 03-18-13
    edward courtice, ON, Canada 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"
    What did you like best about The Elvenbane? What did you like least?

    And book I had read many years ago. I enjoyed in then and it was nice to return to the story in audible formate


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good ending. Redemption. Revenge. Hope.


    What does Aasne Vigesaa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audio always bring book to life. And can be heard in the car on my commute


    Was The Elvenbane worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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