Once upon a time, the Caliph of Baghdad sent the Emperor Charlemagne a wonderful gift: An elephant named Abul Abbas. That gift brought great magic into the royal court, and a great betrayal. With the help of a stableboy who is more than he seems, and the Elephant himself, the Emperor’s daughter Rowan must learn to master that magic and save her father’s life.
I like Judith Tarr - her characters are often flawed, and our heroine in His Majesty's Elephant is definately in that mold. The story is interesting and well written. Unfortunately, the narrator seems only able to read short segments, breaking the flow with awkward timing and inflection. It's not awful, but really mars an otherwise really good novel.