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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Week ending

Any additional comments?

I feel the story and plot were very good.However I felt the ending was week. It felt like the authors did not know what to do from that point on and just ended the story leving thing up in the air.

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  • phyliss
  • twin falls, ID, United States
  • 02-20-13

the elvenbanes are so cool

What did you love best about The Elvenbane?

the closeness of the characters they became partof my family<br/>

What other book might you compare The Elvenbane to and why?

mistborne they were a family and worked together

Did Aasne Vigesaa do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

totally awesome there was no doubt who was who

Any additional comments?

i was in the hospital when i listened to this and it made my journey so much easier

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  • Tamara
  • Vista, CA, United States
  • 02-05-13

plot frustration

major issue with the plot ... and continued frustrations ... could be a really epic idea for a story but fell so flat

one day the council of kin meet and want to tell Shana the truth of her past, send her into the city along with a kin in disguise to keep watch on her and ensure her safety ... and the reasons they are responsible to do so

the next, they decide she must go without being allowed to say goodbyes or have goodbyes said to her, given no information or guide, and dropped in the desert to "figure it all out on her own"

uhm ... huh?

I finished it in the hope there would be a reconciliation for this gaffe ... but only got a, "we were wrong" acknowledgement at almost the very end of the book which then wrapped everything up in a seemingly few pages.

I could continue with plot irks but will just sum it up by saying: disappointed.

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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.

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  • Arda
  • Setagaya, Japan
  • 01-28-13

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.

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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

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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.

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  • Duane
  • Duluth, MN, United States
  • 08-06-12

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

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  • Jason
  • Sherwood, OR, United States
  • 07-31-12

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.

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  • Alexander
  • Camp Pendleton, CA, United States
  • 04-01-12

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.