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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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    Gail 02-04-13
    Gail 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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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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    D. Robnett Seattle, WA 08-06-12
    D. Robnett Seattle, WA 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "VERY Slow Start but..."
    What did you love best about The Elvenbane?

    Once the story got going, it took me to another place and time which is why I love science fantasy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Shawna the two-legger pounced on Rovey the Dragon. Obviously it was a shock to everyone!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Duluth, MN, United States 08-06-12
    Duane Duluth, MN, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Elevenbane"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elvenbane to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


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

    Great story concept. I liked how the charachters got out of stcky situations - some I guessed, some I didn't.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great lead in for next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 07-31-12
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "Entertaining but not exceptional"
    What did you like best about The Elvenbane? What did you like least?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Camp Pendleton, CA, United States 04-01-12
    Alexander Camp Pendleton, CA, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a fan of fantasy both epic and contemporary, I cant get enough of it!

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    "Interesting Take!"
    What did you love best about The Elvenbane?

    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.


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

    I'd rather not say. Its a major plot point.


    Which character – as performed by Aasne Vigesaa – was your favorite?

    Shana; a halfelven girl raised by dragons.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Battle Begins.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa SYRACUSE, UT, United States 03-03-12
    Lisa SYRACUSE, UT, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story Long time to get there"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Overall story line is great. There is a good plot, lots of twists and turns but sometimes a little predictable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Aasne Vigesaa?

    yes.


    Was The Elvenbane worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna United States 02-25-12
    Shawna United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Performance, good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elvenbane the most enjoyable?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 01-18-12
    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 01-18-12
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    "Slow start recovered in great ending!"

    Wonderful narrator. Such a slow and depressing start. Took a while to pick up but when it did- it had a great ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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