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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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    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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    MickeyMarie 01-28-13
    MickeyMarie 01-28-13

    I read so I can write

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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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    Amazon Customer 08-07-12
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    "Watch Out, Elves!"

    A continuation of The Elven Blood, Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey team up to reveal more of the rich world they created in the first novel, with our favorite Dragons aligning themselves with our Wizard Heroine to help defeat the High Elves and free all of their slaves - a task easier said than done. Aasne Vigesaa did a great job of narrating both stories, with many different voices for all of the characters, and there were plenty of them.

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    Amazon Customer magazine, AR, United States 02-21-12
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    "disappoints on several levels."
    What would have made The Elvenbane better?

    Tell a more consistent story. Actually write an ending. Communicate with the other writer.


    Has The Elvenbane turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    No


    What character would you cut from The Elvenbane?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    It seems that they were afraid of violence, but the story they created called for it in many chapters. They went into depth at times then glossed over other critical events to the degree of appearing to have fallen asleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathie Kalispell, MT, United States 09-22-11
    Kathie Kalispell, MT, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "really good"

    nice pace, good lore and characters, gentle twists and turns, looking forward to more from this author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-26-11
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-26-11

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "The Elvenbane, draon and suppernaturals"

    A good story but i found my-self loosing interest in several parts. I basically enjoyed the story though and found the narrator good.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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