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The Elvenbane Audiobook

The Elvenbane

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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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    Lisa SYRACUSE, UT, United States 03-03-12
    Lisa SYRACUSE, UT, United States 03-03-12 Listener Since 2005
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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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    Nicholas J Vavra 01-18-12 Member Since 2016
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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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    MickeyMarie Narnia 01-28-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 01-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best of Lackey"

    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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JEFFREY Gainesville, VA, United States 09-16-15
    JEFFREY Gainesville, VA, United States 09-16-15 Member Since 2011

    Geeks rule the world!

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    "Good Story"
    Would you listen to The Elvenbane again? Why?

    Maybe, it's not like the Wheel of Time or the David Eddings books, but it's enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts were funny, nothing extreme.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alan boise, ID, United States 08-03-15
    alan boise, ID, United States 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it- consistently kept my attention."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bart 03-04-15
    Bart 03-04-15
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 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 1 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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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