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Eleganta: A novel of Fairykind [Kindle Edition]

Denny Swartzlander
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On a hidden isle in the seas near dark age England, a young fairy named Ethywyne Eleganta secretly gives birth to the first youngling in fourteen years. She and her child become the hunted prize of the wicked troll general Sunderin. Ethywyne must make the perilous journey across the Fairy Realms, to get her child to the Fairy Queen, the only one who can protect her from the shadow that seeks to destroy all of Fairykind.

Her experience takes her from a humble life of gardening and craft-making to the center of an adventure that grows to involve fickle goblins, giant ogres, magic fairy dust, thieving pixies, an enchanted hedge maze, and even Vikings of the Norse lands who happen upon the isle in their plundering voyages.

This book is intended for a young adult audience, aged 12 and up. However, anyone who treasures fantasy and imagination will wildly enjoy this novel.

Editorial Reviews


Motherhood is easy for no one, but especially not for Ethywyne Eleganta. Eleganta tells the story of fairies off the coast of Dark Age England. For the first time in long time, a new fairy is born. But this young one's life is threatened off the bat, and her mother must travel long and far to keep her daughter alive. Eleganta is a fun fantasy and a treat for fairy-lovers everywhere. --The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Denny Swartzlander is the author of the Eleganta fantasy book series. He lives in the midwest of the land known as the United States. His exact location must be kept secret, for the trolls do not want this story to be told, and they will stop at nothing to silence him.

Product Details

  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0980127815
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OW608E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Fantasy Read! January 14, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Eleganta follows the journey of Ethywyne Eleganta, a fairy who is the only one to have seeded a youngling in fourteen years. A darkness however wants her youngling, Lirratywne (Lira for short). When the dark ones and trolls, led by the General Sunderin descend upon her peaceful home of Bila Eutay it is up to Ethywyne and her guardian Weiyna to take Lira to the Queens Castle saftely.

Alright I will be completely honest, I only got this book on my kindle because it was one dollar. However, after reading Eleganta, I would have gladly paid more!
Eleganta may start off happy, but it quickly becomes a race for survival. The trolls are dead set on destroying the Fairy realms, led by the horrible Sunderin and the Dark Ones. Ethywyne starts off very pure, and well.. ends that way also but during her journey she grows, she gets stronger, braver, and I appreciate a heroine that is not a whiney brat and when the time comes, acts.
There are alot of neat places in Eleganta, I loved the descriptions, it was informative but it did not bore you with mundane details of every rock and tree. On Ethywynes journey she will travel to places such as the shineing, silvery, Sparkling Woods, the Pixie Glades and the muddy swamps that lie before the glades.
There are many who would help Ethywyne as well, besides Weiyna you will meet the actor Feolyn, the father of Aurellia Julay, the guardians of Aurellia Ayson and Rae and many more. Nymphs, Goblins, Fairy Eaters and grogs are a few of the mystical creatures presented to you as well.
Eleganta is said to be a young adults novel, and while true, anyone who enjoys fantasy will love this book. There is no sexual content, no swearing, the bloodshed is kept to a minimum (there are no decapitated heads or severed body parts!) The writing is fluid, clean and understandable. The emotions are conveyed beautifully and not overdone. This was truely a great read and I can only hope the next book in the Eleganta series comes out soon!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey into the Fantastical February 15, 2010
What a great read! The imagery is just wonderful, the characters are likeable, and the heroine is one worth cheering for. The book is very hard to put down and easy to get into. If you like fantasy then you will like this book. It's definitely not just for the tweens. Anticipating the next installment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable book! February 22, 2010
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We downloaded a sample of Eleganta to see if we would like to give it a shot and just that small sample pulled us in. (we have several kindles on one account) All of us enjoyed this book VERY much and look forward to reading any future books by the author. You get pulled in as soon as you start reading and can't put it down until the very end. It is definitely worth buying and checking it out!!

Thanks for such a wonderful and entertaining novel!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleganta January 31, 2010
By CaHarp
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I love the genre of fantasy. When I find a good story I hate for it to end. I was not disappointed by this novel. I truely enjoyed all the characters how each one developed and grew. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your dad's fairies... August 4, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Eleganta paints a portrait of the world in which we live from the perspective of inhabitants that are often overlooked. The book is gripping and believable throughout and very hard to put down.

The complexity of characters and plot make this a book that I will read many more times. The detail makes visualization a breeze but doesn't bog you down with too much of it.

You should read this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bored December 29, 2010
By Layla
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I hoped this would be exciting and it was to a small degree. It had little emotion or depth and left little to the imagination because of the way actions and thoughts were spelled out. Seasoned fantasy readers will be disappointed but this may be a good read for youngsters. I agree with other reviewers that the ending is abrupt, maybe there will be a sequel for those that wish to know what happens.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the online reviews of this book and hoped it would be the well-crafted fantasy novel described. Unfortunately, it really isn't. The characters seem extremely one-dimensional, the descriptions are truly cliched, and the plot seems to be recycled from pretty much every other good-vs-evil novel ever written. Odd characters and situations are introduced here and there for no particular purpose that I can see, and details slip through the narrative cracks (for example, things lost in one scene appear again without explanation in later scenes...) I am also continually distracted by things a good editor would have caught, like the use of the wrong synonym.

This reads like a first draft from a very young writer without fully developed self-critical facilities. I hope the author will consider revising and tightening it - A LOT! It remains possible that there may be a decent novel in here someplace.

On the other hand, the publicist for this is doing an incredible job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! July 24, 2011
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I found this book to be a light easy read that kept you in the middle of everything discovering a new world. Once I started this book I didn't put it down until I was completely finished with it. Now my teenage daughters are reading it and finding just as much joy in it as I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I love the, action and adventure around every corner. I really hope that there will be a second book, because it was just that good.
Published 7 months ago by Kelly Mayes-Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I actually found out about this book a while ago because the author is my cousin. At first my aunt had told us about the book saying "You know your cousin Denny? Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by Alicia Swartzlander
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I enjoyed reading. Interesting way to describe fairyland. Looking forward to the next novel. Will get the kindle version when it is out.
Published on January 9, 2013 by Sharyn Bruno
2.0 out of 5 stars What happend to the ending???
I thought that this was a great read until I realized that the author would not be including an ending. Every book should have a begining, middle, and an end. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Bes
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleganta a novel of Fairyland
I loved this book and was absolutely ready for the next one in the series. It is not normally the kind of book I read, but I was taken away to this place and found it hard to put... Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Kruzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleganta: A novel of Fairykind
My only complaint is that there isn't a second book.......Hint Hint I loved it. I truly hope this story continues.
Published on January 11, 2012 by Shannon
1.0 out of 5 stars Eleganta needs an editor...
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit I've only read as far as the end of the first chapter of Eleganta. I can't bring myself to read more of it. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth it
I don't like writing negative book reviews, especially when I have to imagine that the writer feels pride in the effort s/he put into telling the tale or it wouldn't be... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Heather M
5.0 out of 5 stars love love need more
loved this book need more tell us about howtheylivein the villages and about the shops leave the darkness out wan the clothes makers and city details more flowers and more fairies
Published on May 20, 2011 by Donna Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars eleganta
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There is a lot of books that I have read just by the hip, not knowing the outcome of the book. Loved everyone of the books that I got by just the hip. Read more
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