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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-15-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Totally Different Authors and Styles"

    WHEN AN ELVENLORD WAS UNHAPPY, IT WAS HIS HUMANS , WHO USUALLY SUFFERED.
    Chapter one is great. It is dark and very adult. I like dark and thought I was really going to like this. The Elves have captured Earth and turned humans into slaves. The best a human male can expect to be is a gladiator and a woman a concubine to an Elf who will not beat her. It is the first time I know of that Elves are depicted as bad guys and they are really mean.

    The dragons are not really dragons, they are shape shifters. I even thought that was interesting. Around chapter three we obviously change authors and we go from an adult dark fantasy to something written for six year olds. I might have been able to hang on if the book had been 10-12 hours, but 19? I had better books to listen to.

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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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    Pamela 02-27-13
    Pamela 02-27-13
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    "Not my thing!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The idea is good but the story was drawn out and tedious. Maybe It is just not my thing!


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    Mervin 02-22-13
    Mervin 02-22-13
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    "Week ending"
    Any additional comments?

    I feel the story and plot were very good.However I felt the ending was week. It felt like the authors did not know what to do from that point on and just ended the story leving thing up in the air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    phyliss twin falls, ID, United States 02-20-13
    phyliss twin falls, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    inactive rn married to awesome husband, have 4 children,12grandchildren. love stories, all genres but detective/crime and epic fantasy best

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    "the elvenbanes are so cool"
    What did you love best about The Elvenbane?

    the closeness of the characters they became partof my family


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

    mistborne they were a family and worked together


    Did Aasne Vigesaa do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    totally awesome there was no doubt who was who


    Any additional comments?

    i was in the hospital when i listened to this and it made my journey so much easier

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 02-05-13
    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "plot frustration"

    major issue with the plot ... and continued frustrations ... could be a really epic idea for a story but fell so flat

    one day the council of kin meet and want to tell Shana the truth of her past, send her into the city along with a kin in disguise to keep watch on her and ensure her safety ... and the reasons they are responsible to do so

    the next, they decide she must go without being allowed to say goodbyes or have goodbyes said to her, given no information or guide, and dropped in the desert to "figure it all out on her own"

    uhm ... huh?

    I finished it in the hope there would be a reconciliation for this gaffe ... but only got a, "we were wrong" acknowledgement at almost the very end of the book which then wrapped everything up in a seemingly few pages.

    I could continue with plot irks but will just sum it up by saying: disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 02-04-13
    Gail 02-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "FUN and enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Elvenbane?

    The images and imagination it invoked.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shawna and her adoptive mother.


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

    She brought the characters to life for me.


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

    No. I enjoyed thinking about it in-between listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting to buy the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arda Setagaya, Japan 01-28-13
    Arda Setagaya, Japan 01-28-13
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    "premature, young adult fiction"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line with more in depth characters and challenges. This is like a rendition of ugly duckling set in a fantasy setting, with very juvenile motives.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Snow Crash from Neal Stephenson.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I found the narration performance satisfactory.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Tyler Wyo 08-23-12
    Victoria Tyler Wyo 08-23-12 Member Since 2008

    Tori

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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Elvenbane again? Why?

    I read this book years ago and was happy to find it on audible. the Narrator makes the charaters come alive and the story was as good the second time as the it was the first.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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