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