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The Elementals Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1994

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Remnants of humanity escape the great flood and make their way to safety in prehistoric Ireland. A singer and his companions survive the volcanic eruption that destroys the palace of Minos in Crete. A farmer's wife in 19th-century New Hampshire discovers the secrets of a sacred stone, and in the 21st century, George Burning Feather seeks the wisdom of the past to combat the ultimate natural disaster--the death of the air. The best-selling author of Lion of Ireland (1983. o.p.) turns her storytelling gift to a New Age eco-fantasy that reflects the need for reconciliation with the forces of nature. Though the connections among the four stories comprising this volume emerge only in the final story, each tale bears its own compelling message. Libraries should strongly consider this title for fantasy or general fiction collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An alluring ecological fantasy . . . Poetic." --Publishers Weekly

"A stirring, often touching song to nature and to humanity's interdependence with it, and an impassioned reminder that we are not merely tenants on this earth, but custodians."--Alan Brennert
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy (March 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812518152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812518153
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,782,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book initially seems to begin as a series of rather odd short stories, until the author sneaks up behind you like a thief, stealing your breath and your heart, and you find your jaw was left on the ground about a mile back. I've never been an environmental fanatic, but upon closing this book I immediately went and threw out my aerosol hairspray cans. Well worth reading, and VERY well worth reading a second time!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Stark on March 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was one of three books we studied in my English Lit II class. I read the whole book in one day, and it was a great book. The Elementals combines classic myths with great fictional storytelling. The first two parts are fantastic, especially the second about the destruction of the island of Thebes, which is one of the islands belived to be the real Atlantis. The final story was a tough one for me to read, because it portrays a very disturbing end to the human race, but the book ends with a strong hope for redemption. A tremendous effort by one of the leading Celtic writers of our time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 16, 2003
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"Water". The melting of the ice caps leads to the great flood destroying Atlantis. Few survive the calamity, but Kesair leads the small band in a desperate search for land that takes them to Emerald Isle in hopes of starting over
"Fire". If you can make it in the palaces of Crete, you can make it anywhere thinks talented musician Meriones. When the volcano erupts, spewing fire everywhere, Meriones struggles not just to survive, but to rethink his philosophy of life. He now understands that man proposes, nature disposes.
"Earth". Good old Earth allegedly has no feelings as mankind goes about destroying it. Tell New England housewife Annie Murphy that Earth lacks compassion as she is the demanded sacrifice or else the planet has nasty plans for mankind.
"Air". Several millenniums have passed since Kesair survived the sinking of Atlantis. The Earth has seen what man has done and become. George Burningfeather leads the final battle of survival though it seems obvious that mankind's reign is done.
This is a cautionary "anthology" consisting of four warning novellas that if humanity does not change and take care of the planet, the Earth will react. The first two tales are incredibly powerful ancient historical stories that adhere to the warning theme inside an exciting narrative. The "Earth" story seems a bit flat compared to the previous duo while the "Air' contribution will leave readers breathless. Superb admonitory ecological allegory that not so gaily asks, "What's Going On" while forewarning that "in the Year 2525..."
Harriet Klausner
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The book is split into 4 parts and the 4 stories are only very lightly linked together. We first follow the flight of a small group of humans as Atlantis is flooded and the quest to find land and a new start begins lead by the strong personality of Kesair. The second story follows the destruction of Crete by volcanic action. Meriones a low level musician at the palace flees for his life as Crete crumbles. The third story is focused on the strong willed Annie Murphy and her connection to the earth and rocks in particular. This then leads us in the fourth story to an Indian reservation and George Burningfeather. As the earth burns and humanity is facing destruction can we be saved? In many ways this is 4 short books in one with a focus on climate change which in todays world makes this a very topical book (even though the book was written in 1993) as well as a great read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "tonyclark" on May 30, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At first it was a mystery, as to where you are being taken. As you read further and further you start get the feeling and then the connection to Mother Earth, which starts to pervade you thoughts and with the final chapter you suddenly are in awe of what Morgan has created. An equal to creation stories in the Bible but much easier to read. Fascinating and exciting and very, very well done.
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This book is actually four stories which follow people who are (presumably) linked by a genetic inheritance of affinity/control over each of the four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. The characters are very compelling and so well written that I kept looking at the cover and wondering why I had never heard of Llywelyn before. Some readers may find it too preachy; the author basically hits you over the head with the environmental message.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not a book for light reading. It has 4 stories involving 4 elements of earth. Each elemental story has a central character descended from the first, each element involves a powerful story of nature. A very good read that affected me and how I perceive what we're doing to our world, which, I believe, was the authors point.
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By John P Ory on March 3, 2012
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This is not the best of works by this author. The format for linking stories together utilizing time and elements as a thread was a good technique. However, the stories had little to do with one another. Never the less, I still found the book worth reading.
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