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The Elvenbane

Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,236 ratings)
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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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Love it, but there is no conclusion to series.

I just wanted to warn anyone who can't handle a series which is unfinished, and may never be finished. The book is great, and the Audible version excellent as well. Sadly the death of Andre Norton put the end of this series somewhere (hopefully) in the future. Mercedes Lackey is a wonderful fantasy author, and I've read and thoroughly everything she's put her hand to (that I could get my hands on). This is a great story for fantasy book lovers. It has all you want, magic, creatures, love, iintrigue, imagination galore, etc. I just hope we find out what actually happens to the characters in this story who are left without any resolution. My imagination isn't good enough - I need the professionals! If Audible has any power encouraging authors, please do so. The entire Valdemar series should be in a quality Audible format. The Colegium Chronicles isn't the best way to start listening to her Valdemar books. (and Arrows of the Queen is 1/3 of a story).

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Narrator could use some valium

I doubt I will listen to this narrator again. She was over the top, near hysterical at time, and boring at others. Even when Shara is a young adult, her voice still sounds like a small child. The narration doesn't help the story. It is apparent there were two authors, and it is easy to tell where one stops and the other starts. Parts of the book are very adult, dealing with concubines, oppression and violence. On the other hand, the parts about Shara seem written for the middle grade reader. I never felt the two stories merged into one. Especially during Shara'a scenes. She remembers and thinks about things but they have already happened. We don't get to experience them with her. The book did not hold my interest.

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Surprisenly enjoyable

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

The start of this book in a harem had me going back to look at the equivalent of the book flyleaf. I wasn't at all sure I had gotten the book I had selected. But after I got over the shock, I found it to be very entertaining. And as I got further into the story, it went well beyond the sort I book I was expecting. It was a complete change in a major way from how Elves and Dragons are usually portrayed in stories. This difference brought real excitement to the story instead of just another retelling of the standard fare of a story with small chances where you basically knew the plot. It rips the glow and halo of the elves and gives a giant leap in the character of the dragons changing them to something so much more interesting that beast.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that it told that not everything turns out right in the end. That some will suffer and die even if they don't deserve it but it is worth trying no matter what. And that one person can make a big difference and change the course of events. Though the person that accomplishes this doesn't always end up being perfect or even being rewarded.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a prude but I was surprised by how the book started out. I was expecting a book about elves and dragons along the normal lines of the standard stories. Starting out with a selfish conniving human in a harem for a powerful elf ruler wasn't what I was expecting from a book about elves and dragons. The way the dragons would interact secretly in the lives of the elves and humans was much more interesting than the way stories usually portray them. This book made the other stories seem like the had been Disney-fide to their most simplest flat form while this instead still held all the vim and vigor of life even the ugly sides. People/elves/Dragons where portrayed to have real faults, jealousy, power hunger and even cruelty. While still showing that strength of character and good could also present in the same. Instead of making their character one dimensional by always being bad or good.

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Totally Different Authors and Styles

WHEN AN ELVENLORD WAS UNHAPPY, IT WAS HIS HUMANS , WHO USUALLY SUFFERED.
Chapter one is great. It is dark and very adult. I like dark and thought I was really going to like this. The Elves have captured Earth and turned humans into slaves. The best a human male can expect to be is a gladiator and a woman a concubine to an Elf who will not beat her. It is the first time I know of that Elves are depicted as bad guys and they are really mean.

The dragons are not really dragons, they are shape shifters. I even thought that was interesting. Around chapter three we obviously change authors and we go from an adult dark fantasy to something written for six year olds. I might have been able to hang on if the book had been 10-12 hours, but 19? I had better books to listen to.

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anti climatic

Decent storyline but this story ends WAY too quickly. The book spends tons of time describing outfits hair eyes and walking of characters ect while evading the prime storyline, especially the ending I was expecting a great battle for an end with time spent within it. While I appreciate some description of the character and environmental aspects...in many ways I found it overdone and the ending I felt was VERY rushed. It left me very disappointed! Book two of this storyline is just as bad...and as of the third quarter of 2018, book 3 is not available on audio book. I will be requesting a refund of these books since they did not give me a feeling of adventure and satisfaction that I get with most books.

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Weak Ending

At times I thought this story could be interesting and fun. I did not like the cruelty of pointless violence and murders by characters who were not held accountable. There was way too much racism accompanied with slavery along a low regard for life in general. I was hoping that the ending of this very long tale would address these many issues for an overall improvement of this very dark society. I was disappointed and left wondering if there was to be a sequel. I hope not. I cannot recommend this book.

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exceptionally read. written. love love love. adore

loved this book twenty years ago. love it now. will forever be in my thoughts and heart.

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  • Brian
  • California City, CA, United States
  • 11-29-16

Very Dissapointed

I couldn't believe how long this book was. It felt like a dark children's book that was dragged out over 19 hours but didn't really say anything. There was substance where there didn't need to be any and no substance where there should have been. There are no fight sequences in this book. A story that has elves, humans, half-breeds, and dragons should have at least one good fight scene! The magic systems between the races seemed like they were going to be interesting but again, no substance. With the exception of a cursory overview, they didn't even try to explain the magic system. Sections of the book that seemed woefully unimportant were drug out for no reason and sections that seemed like pivotal moments in the book were either discussed in a paragraph or two or just skipped over completely! Every time that I thought something cool was going to happen they completely skip the event and just tell you how it ended. Towards the end I checked to see how much time was left. When I saw that there were only 20 minutes left I knew the ending was just going to be glossed over like the rest of the story. None of the characters were likable because none had any substance. They do a horrible job of explaining places, things, and people in the book. I didn't even know how old the main character was until halfway through the book and even that little tidbit was vague. It almost seemed like the authors were assigned random chapters of the book without being told what the story was actually about and then separated to write their own sections. I suffered through it, but I will be returning it. The story itself had great potential but the authors really failed to tell it. I DO NOT recommend this book.

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A fun listen

Where does The Elvenbane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On a scale of 1-5, I would rate it a 4 (5 being high, 1 being low).

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the adventure and the thrill of discovering the history of the main character as well as the origins of the dragons. Looking forward to hearing the next book in the series.

What about Aasne Vigesaa’s performance did you like?

The performer did a great job characterizing the characters, though one of the voices seemed exceedingly childish as the story progressed. This may be just how the character was originally written, though I would have to read the physical book to know for sure.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a few moments when I chuckled out loud, but it didn't make me cry.

Any additional comments?

A fun listen, great for wandering around the house while doing chores. The progression keeps a nice pace and the performer does a good job withouth being too grating on the nerves.

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Week ending

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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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  • Miss DePlume
  • 08-31-16

Mildly Entertaining

What did you like best about The Elvenbane? What did you like least?

The best "gimmick" of the book would probably be the "evil unicorns" - but what I liked the least was the obsession with breeding - a constant refrain of the tale. We're presented with a world where humans are slaves and treated like cattle - and we're reminded over, and over again about breeding habits of the elves.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey ? Why or why not?

Mercedes Lackey is usually quite a good one for a comfort read - only because I used to read her as a high school student and when I want something familiar, I know what I'll get. I wasn't completely enamored with this pairing with Andre Norton. I'd definitely be willing to go for another Lackey offering but I don't feel like continuing this series.

Which character – as performed by Aasne Vigesaa – was your favourite?

I thought she did a good job overall, providing unique voices for all the characters, and non-irritating male voices. I do find in some audio books the reader's interpretation of the opposite sex can make or break a performance - this was not an issue for me in this audiobook.

Was The Elvenbane worth the listening time?

Yes, but I did find myself losing interest at various points.

Any additional comments?

I got this one as 'easy listening' after going through some pretty heavy and fairly intense Sci Fi offerings. Unfortunately it didn't drag me in - perhaps it was TOO easy listening? So much time is spent establishing the in's and outs of this world - and while some inconsequential things are described in great detail, major action points (or bits of important dialogue) are glossed over. When a main character reaches a major plot point, where they have the opportunity to make a compelling speech - it's entirely skipped over with what amounted to a "He told them everything and asked, "So, what do you think?" This is the type of thing that ultimately put me off listening to more of this tale.

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  • Caz 1212
  • 09-06-18

Enjoyable story

Really enjoyed the story, whay could go wrong with having dragons and elves in a world with humans! The narrator took a lot of getting used to and her inflections on words made it difficult at times to work out character names.