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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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  • Sean
  • Floyds Knobs, IN
  • 02-27-15

Well written and a good listen

Takes a little while to get through the background character build up but once it gets rolling it is very captivating.

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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.

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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!

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Starts very slowly but grows on you real QUiCK!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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Fun read

I liked this book when I read it some years ago. Enjoyed listening to it. Not my favorite narrator, but ok.

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Excellent Dragon Elven Human conflict fantasy

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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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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  • Bobbert
  • magazine, AR, United States
  • 02-21-12

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.

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  • Kathie
  • Kalispell, MT, United States
  • 09-22-11

really good

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

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  • karen
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 08-26-11

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