Lord Dunsany's best-known novel is The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924), wherein the men of Erl desire to be "ruled by a magic lord," and the lord's heir, Alveric, ventures into Elfland to win the king's daughter, Lirazel. Their story does not progress as a reader weaned on the diluted milk of formulaic fantasy would expect; and the novel's unique journeys and events are matched by Dunsany's rich and lyrical prose and by his contagious intoxication with the magic and marvels of both Elfland and our own world. --Cynthia Ward
This is writing that requires close reading, otherwise the beauty can be glossed over and missed.
Lord Dunsany's beautiful prose poem The King of Elfland's Daughter is one of the seminal novels of fantasy literature and offers everything such a book should.
The story has such power, is written so lyrically, is woven so richly, that there can be few comparisons.
This Book was sooo great they actually made an album
about it. I highly recommend the CD "The King of Elfland's Daughter". Read more
It's easy to think Dunsany's writing is verbose but shallow, but the story here has depth, the characters are fairly well developed and a number of interesting themes are explored. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Abraham
The King of Elfland's Daughter is not a book to be read if you are in a hurry or don't like poetic Victorian prose. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bish Denham
If you are looking for The Lord of the Rings this is the wrong book. This is a very early precursor of fantasy and does not have the same feel of modern fantasy.Published 14 months ago by A.K. Frailey
My packing done, I had nothing much to do this afternoon, and devoured this in a sitting. Yes, I'd read it once before, thirty-or-so years ago, but (as M. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
I've read a bunch of Dunsany's short stuff and really liked it but this is the first novel of his that I've read (I don't think he has too many novels). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shane Tiernan
There is a reason some great classics retain their appeal over time and others fade into obscurity. For literature it must not only be a great story but also have a timeless... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alan C. Bryant
This is a good story, it is not an exciting story, but is an enchanting story.
There is beautiful imagery that can take your breath away.
But again this is a fairy tale. Read more