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.
"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)
Once the story got going, it took me to another place and time which is why I love science fantasy.
When Shawna the two-legger pounced on Rovey the Dragon. Obviously it was a shock to everyone!
For me, this book had a very long, slow start and I almost gave up on it. When the foundation for the story was being laid, the Narrator was difficult for me to listen to. There was just something about the way she finished sentences that bothered me. As the plot began unfolding and the characters began interacting, all my issues above went away. I enjoyed the story once it finally got started. I don't believe it to be a terribly unique storyline but entertaining which is all I ask. I will finish the series.
Did not read the print version.
Great story concept. I liked how the charachters got out of stcky situations - some I guessed, some I didn't.
Great lead in for next book
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It was an interesting world with some good characters. I felt that some of the key characters weren't that deep or engaging but it still made for good time.
I'm a fan of fantasy both epic and contemporary, I cant get enough of it!
I loved that the book well thought out, the hierarchy of the Elves, Humans, and Dragons grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept me listening all the way through. Great story.
I'd rather not say. Its a major plot point.
Shana; a halfelven girl raised by dragons.
The Battle Begins.
Authors take to long to get to the point. They spend to much time showing how evil the evil is, and how bad things are for the humans. This book took too much time to get to the real storyline which is really good.
The Overall story line is great. There is a good plot, lots of twists and turns but sometimes a little predictable.
The performance of the story really brought it to life, I will be listening to the next book and probably reading the last of the series. Really good characters and world, my only complaint is that it seems like the authors spent more time building the world than in telling the adventure. I would have thought the war with Darien would have been long and involved and more telling...instead of an explosion, no answers and it's over. We'll see.....maybe it's in the next book
Wonderful narrator. Such a slow and depressing start. Took a while to pick up but when it did- it had a great ending!
I read so I can write
This story is slow getting started and drags at various places throughout, but is fairly good at the end. It is not Mercedes Lackey's best. I personally prefer the books she writes solo.
Geeks rule the world!
Maybe, it's not like the Wheel of Time or the David Eddings books, but it's enjoyable.
The story was very different from other magical stories. The relationship/differences between the 3 races and the multiple struggles for direction were extremely interesting.
I always like watching characters evolve, and I was surprised in this book - pleasantly.
The reader brought each character to life quite well. The way the book is written, changes in chapters, context or story are very quick - for example the story might shift from Shana in the desert to Alara calming the weather but there will be no chapter break, pause, nothing to indicate such a shift has occurred and if you aren't listening carefully you can easily miss the context change. This happens constantly thru the book and it's quite annoying, I don't understand why the author has so few chapters or breaks when they change subjects. Maybe for reading this is ok, but for a narrator - they need to somehow pause.
Some parts were funny, nothing extreme.
I have to admit I kept expecting more treachery from the characters .F ortunately the storyline was so intriguing it wasn't needed . The pacing of the story was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this book.
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