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The international bestseller and epic adventure

A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle. Despite Mandred's barbaric human nature, the queen orchestrates an elfhunt joined by the two strongest warriors in Albenmark to pursue the beast. Farodin, the fiercest fighter in the land, and Nuramon, the healer, seize the opportunity to make history alongside Mandred in a life-defining series of battles waged in parallel universes.

The Elven is an epic tale, bringing heroes together across the boundaries of their worlds to avenge past losses and influence fates yet to be decided.

©2004 Bernhard Hennen and James A. Sullivan, all rights reserved (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2015 by Edwin Miles.

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  • james
  • eagle mountain, ut,United States
  • 01-22-18

Good read!

Just finished this book. I felt like the 1 star review it had was grossly unfair. At the begining I was drawn into the story right away. It such a refresher to read a book that doesn't follow the overdone storyline in alot of fantasy books. You know the one. Some poor farmer kid has great magical power. And can't control it. Or he is secretly the son of a king. or something along those lines. I have over 500 fantasy based books in my collection. and this one is definitely in the top 20. take a chance you won't be disappointed.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!!

Great story and character progression. Fantastic narration. Really fell in love with the personalities. Such fantastic world

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Too long for middling tale

I am an outlier with my review ratings of this book. The tale was not very engaging and it felt like the author more or less contrived story arcs along the way to insure that most of the DnD/LotR had some mention, even if briefly. Then, not satisfied with that alone, the authors felt obliged to provide scant mention of gnomes and djinn but, oddly, no orcs. Instead, where Tolkien imagined orcs being of elven origin, that honor befell on the lowly (pun intended) dwarfs.

Where Bilbo's magnum opus was 'There and Back Again', the author could have taken a hint from the Beatles and named this, 'Here, There and Everywhere'. There were lots of inconsistencies such as Mandred's constant lamenting over the lost companionship with his first son but then barely giving his second bastard son a few minutes of holding.

Lastly, the length was way too long for the story which was made even more obvious by the rambling, reminiscing, reaccessing, reacquainting and regretting occurring in each story arc.

The writing was fine but the story itself never garnered much interest with me. The narrator was also good with voice modulation and gender variations but lacked a proper amount of inflection that would have made the characters more interesting.

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It's a walking saga (No spoilers)

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Any kind of actual story in it.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Yes he was okay. Thus the three stars.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment for sure, so much could have been done instead of two elves walking from one place to another and then back again.

Any additional comments?

No spoilers because you pretty much know how it's going to end from the beginning. The only thing keeping you reading it is the hope that the author is surely not that stupid...only to find out that he is. The story begins with two elves courting one elf of no particular attraction. She is boring and lifeless...ends up almost causing the complete desolation of the world!! There is probably only 30 min. of interaction to get to know her throughout all 38 hours! It's a walking simulation where two elves search high and low for her. While letting the entire world go to shit around them. Then when they find her the most predicable thing happens she can only chose one of them! Like that's how it was always going to end but neither of the elves thought about it. Spare yourselves the painful 38 hours to get to this point and just know that it one of the elves ends up stranded for all eternity in war ridden world by himself....yup it's as lame as it sounds.

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truly original story

Not the last bit formulaic, and very engaging. Production and narration almost flawless. Highly recommended.

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Believable characters

Loved it! Narrator, story, characters. All Great. The world. Historical research. Everything was Amazing. It was all so gripping. In fact, I didn't want to stop listening and reading. I stole every minute I could to finish this love story/epic journey.

You will not be disappointed by reading/ listening to this story. Trust me, the love story is not too much, but not too little either. Great all around.

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An epic adventure

A great book that has adventure spanning over a thousand years. All the characters grew on me, so I ended up liking most of them ,even the horrid ones!

Only 2 books have been translated into English. I hope the others will be too.

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The only thing that I can say if you like this kind of fanticy you will enjoy this book.

Elves fighting to save the world from demons and all to save the future we look towards reaching.

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narration ruined it

This book is an english translation from the original german. It’s hard to know if the writing is as spare as the english version but for a fantasy novel, the book lacks the fantastic and wonder that one would expect in a book about elven queens and magic. Even so, I could probably get past that if the narration were better. My primary complaint about the narration is the voices that Michael Page gives to the characters. They are cartoonlike which makes the characters even flatter. Between the prosaic writing and the simplistic vocing, I was unable to finish the book. For the first time in over hundred audio books, I think I would enjoy reading this book myself far more than listening. I hope I can upgrade my ratings after, and if, I finish reading this novel.

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The standards of high fantasy are held ever higher

This well paced, well told, and well executed adventure made me pace my house, jump with joy, literally recoil in horror, and slump with sadness. The characters have become so close to me, it's as if I am losing friends upon finishing this book. this is my second read through, and every string inside my heart has been plucked. All hail Jarl Mandrid Torgridson.