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Publisher's Summary

Here is the third volume in Robert Stanek's magnificent Keeper Martin's Tales, the series fans have called the Star Wars of fantasy. Filled with mystery, intrigue, adventure, and magic, the audiobooks transport us to a world unlike any other. Praised as an instant classic, Robert Stanek's outstanding series has quickly become a favorite.

Adrina, Emel, Vilmos, Galan, and Seth face even greater challenges as their world is transformed. Vilmos, in his quest to become the first human magus in a thousand years, must control the darkness within him. Adrina must accept her place and work together with Emel to help the elves make their plea to Great Kingdom's council. What happens will amaze you.

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©2002 Robert Stanek; (P)2005 Reagent Press

Critic Reviews

"[A] complex tale...sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike....Stanek will likely draw a cult following....This cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek's next installment." (Voice of Youth Advocates)

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The VERY BEST

My teenage son is the one who got me started on Robert Stanek's books. We've both become avid listeners and recently got a second ipod. I listen when I walk and sometimes while driving. Stanek has a gift with creating interesting characters who are well-written and critical to the story. Some, like Emel, grow on you and you start to like them more and more. Others, like Vilmos and Valam, you like right away. The author masterfully blends the history of the world into the story and draws you into his richly imaged world. By the time I got to this third book, it felt as if this land was as real as our own. The plot has numerous twists and turns. There is intrigue, mystery, adventure and plenty of action. If you enjoy fantasy, this is a must read. Even if you don't usually like fantasy, you may very much enjoy this.

94 of 95 people found this review helpful

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This is amazing!

I've enjoyed listening to all three books so far. I didn't think the author could out do the second one, but this is by far the best one. For me the characters are the best part of the story. I've enjoyed following Adrina, Vilmos and Seth's adventures. Emel is also a favorite and he starts to accept who he is. The introduction of Myrial and Edward makes an already strong cast of characters even better. Listen to the first two and then listen to this one.

131 of 133 people found this review helpful

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Simply fantastic

Like all the others in the series, this book is beautifully written and hard to put down. I didn't want to stop listening, and sometimes I'd sit in the parking lot to finish the chapter I was on. I've never before read a series where each book is better than the one before. The narrator is excellent.

55 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Tough to put down

After I listened to the sample for this one, I could think of nothing else. This is a magical series, and I've never before found a series where each book is better than the one before. Sometimes people say that, but in this case it's true. It's well written with a great story to tell and a reader who does a great job of telling it. The characters come alive with emotion and feeling. The twists are well done and the surprises are many. Quite a find.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Lakeville, MN, USA
  • 05-01-08

Absolutely Amazing and Great For All Ages

I found this wonderful story totally captivating. On the surface it's about one thing, but underneath this it's an intense exploration of the characters of 3 gifted young people and their complex relationships with others and the world around them. It leaves you surprised and wondering time after time, and just when you think you have been surprised for the last time, the author does it to you again.

I love the entire series. I've become a huge fantasy fan, and The Kingdoms and the Elves rates up there with the fathers of fantasy. I could not rest until I finished the entire book. If you like a great story, you will love The Kingdoms and the Elves 3. Genre has nothing to do with it, it is just a great story.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • USA
  • 06-02-05

Great 3rd book

This book was a strong follow up to the first two. In many ways, I think it was even better. The writing continues to be excellent. I love how the characters are so well done even the minor ones. I feel I know Adrina, Emel, Seth, and Vilmos. I'm not ashamed to say my heart went out to Adrina from the start of this one. Xith continues to be a mystery, but I think that's as it's supposed to be. Lots of ongoing mystery, much action, and a whole lot to cheer. You'll enjoy this story immensely, it is even richer than the first two. I felt I was right there with the characters the whole time. I especially enjoyed king's mate and Edward -- he's a troant, half troll and half giant. Brilliant! I can't wait to listen to the next one.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Book!

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches 1 and 2 are both amazing books, but this is the book where I was sure Robert Stanek would my favorite author for a long long time. It is an absolutely terrific story to enjoy with the family. Filled with action, adventure, suspense, and many other great things a reader will enjoy. This book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as you travel with three unlikely heroes. If you enjoy reading, do yourself a huge favor and pick up these books today! The characters are likeable and well thought up. This book is fun for ANY age or person who likes books or a newcomer! Enjoy!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Trevor
  • Coral Springs, FL, USA
  • 05-07-08

it was amazing

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches III was a very good book, because it gave a ton of detail. Robert Stanek did an excellent job giving details. It felt like I was there. Read this book- you will love it!!!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Mitch
  • El Paso, TX, USA
  • 10-08-06

Great AND Exciting!!!!

This book is great. It is action packed with many cliffhangers. I couldn't stop listening to it. Robert Stanek tells the continuing story of Vilmos, Adrina, Seth, and their friends as they race to save their world and discover their own destinies. Vilmos is a young boy who lives a plain life in a small village until the terrible dark secret that he is a magic user is revealed. In his land, magic is considered evil and his being a magic use is a crime punishable by death. He escapes his fate barely with the help of Xith, an ancient gnome who begins to teach Vilmos magic as the two make their way to the north and lands safer for this with Vilmos's special gifts. Along the way Vilmos encounters many fierce enemies including Erravane queen of the shapeshifting wolmerrelles and more, but nothing prepares him for his first solo trip to the other worly realm called under earth where he meets goblins, trolls and a strange creature called a troant. Meanwhile Adrina is returning home to Imtal from her journey to the South. She has had quite an experience and come to love Rudden whom she is to marry. As she returns home, Emel returns with his father to Imtal as well. He brings the elves, and the arrival of the elves in Imtal changes the course of history. Very well written, I am so glad I picked it. Read it or listen to it, it's so worth it.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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This is what Audible Listening is all about!

Once again, Stanek kept me listening until the small hours of the morning. Not only does he have the ability to create rich landscapes, but he peoples these landscapes with characters you want to know more about because they are interesting and real. As ever, Stanek doesn't overwhelm the reader with needless detail in the manner of Robert Jordan, rather he works detail seamlessly into his narrative.

The well-rounded characters are beautifully drawn. Stanek's prose style changes subtly from one character to another, making each fresh.

He continues the practice of devoting a section to one character at a time and shifting between characters to keep the pace brisk. He also lets the read fill in blanks with their imagination which has a much more powerful effect than an overabundance of detail. In fact, I was so glad that every braid pull, skirt tuck, etc wasn't detailed.

Plus Stanek is an author who respects the intelligence of his readers. He doesn't waste page after page backpedeling over every little thing that has happened previously in the story. Instead he picks up where he left off last and moves forward. I strongly recomend this series to everyone who enjoyed good books. These books are rare finds.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful