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Elfhunter: A Tale Of Alterra, The World That Is Paperback – November 11, 2005
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The main plot of this book focuses on a mysterious `person' who is seeking to single-handedly rid the world of Alterra of elves. A small group takes up the search to find and stop this threat to the elven people. There are also several sub plots woven into the story. Sub plots such as the malevolent Wrothgar and just what his plans are, the relationships between the elven people, the requsite love angle, and a surprising point of view from that of the horses. To name a few. This novel is rich in story and provides a deep feel of not only the characters and their plight, but also the richness of the world and setting. This novel single-handedly takes the reader to almost all parts of the world and introduces many things. Though this novel is rich and detailed in terms of plot, it does suffer at times from a slowness. It's almost as though Ms. Marks is writing a play and has interludes between acts. Some of the plot points are more clichéd then I would have liked them to be as well.Read more ›
And while the people in the book are very human, the horses in the book are very equine. I love the window into the mind of horses that C.S. Marks has given us in this book. While Eros's cunning may beyond the ability of (most?) horses, his motivations, reactions, and movements (like those of his companion Realta) are pure horse.
Gorgon is a fantastic villain. Not only is he a formidable and terrible foe, but he is also just as complicated as the protagonists, and the story of his past is just as intricate and formative as the others', or perhaps moreso.
There are a few magical objects in the world of Alterra, but they were made by and are used by very human characters, making them anything but simple and all-powerful. Magic is not used in this book as a simple solution to a complicated situation, to my relief.
The excellent characters in this book are brought together into a gripping story line which kept me up late at night reading and left me dreaming about the characters when I slept. When I finished the book, I was relieved to know that Fire-heart, the next book in the series, was already available for me to continue the tale.
This book is a fascinating and compelling read; however, the author's near constant use of foreshadowing can be a bit tiring. The writing style is a bit stilted and formal at first but loosens as the book advances, so I look forward to the next books in hopes that the looser style continues there. Overall, this is an excellent addition to any fantasy reader's library and I look forward to the continuation of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very exciting and this book gives much more insight into the world of elves and dwarves. I would recommend it to anyone liking fantasyPublished 1 month ago by Marna C.
Liked the story,was good to know the characters and there hardships. How they played in this great advantune.who will live and who will die.Published 2 months ago by Richard Basaldu
If you are a fan of YA literature, or of alternate universes, Elfhunter will grab your imagination and rush it through a headlong race against a nasty, cruel and wily creature... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Kenney
I found the book very readable and hard to put down. There are many diverse, complex characters that are being developed at a pace that keeps you interested and looking forward to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CMcD
Though reviews state it's written for all ages, it seems to be written for a much younger reader. The story was interesting enough to finish reading it, but I didn't care for the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This boom kept my interest so i didn't want to put it down. God character development. Action appropriate to story line.Published 6 months ago by Barbra J. Buehl
A very good, well-developed fantasy story. The author does an very good job in creating and describing the world of Alterra and its various inhabitants (elves, dwarves, humans,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by John