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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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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).
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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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