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Product Details

  • Series: Elven Age Saga (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937293424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937293420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,871,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


S. Marie Vernon, Pacific Book Review
World of Ryyah-Birth of the Half Elves, H.L. Watson has created an extraordinary piece of Elven fiction.  A book that is a must read for those who still believe in magic; the magic of love and romance, the magic of a loyal family, and the magic that can renew one's faith when all they hold dear is lost.

From the Back Cover

Twelve-year-old Donovan and his best friend, Akenji, are standing on the riverbank in their small fishing village south of the Wood Elven Forest, dreaming about their future when, suddenly, Boric's Barbarians invade and undertake a massive slaughter. The orphaned boys are kidnapped and face a life of slavery until an Elven commander, Alayna, and her Elven Rangers intervene. The boy's fate changes when the brave and good-hearted Alayna defies Lord Aden's orders to kill the human children. She instead obtains a begrudging permission to raise and train them in archery and sword tactics so they can serve as scouts for the Wood Elves. Under the nurturance of Alayna, the human boys learn that the Wood Elves are not the fierce creatures they had been taught to fear.

Customer Reviews

I was drawn in immediately from page one.
Highly recommended for all readers, I look forward to reading more in this series to see what will happen next.
The World of Ryyah was a story that was filled with elves, barbarians, mystical forests and magic.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy@Read to My Heart's Content on June 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
H.L. Watson created a fantasy world where elves and humans have biased fears towards each other, living each day in contempt of the other race, in his novel, World of Ryyah: Birth of the Half Elves.
In this novel, we meet Donovan, a human, whose entire village, save for a few male children, are taken into captivity from an barbarian army. Surprisingly, the human children are rescued by an elite force of elf rangers, lead by a strong and formidable female who takes a special interest in the children. They learn the ways of the Elves, even though the King of the Wood Elves doesn't exactly appreciate the human Rangers.
Many emotions come to pass in this story: heartbreak, love, remorse, passion, and revenge. I believe there are some very important parallels to the themes in this story and the actual world we live in. Racism runs rampant in the story, but it is between the elves and humans not understanding each other and fearing what they do not understand.
And then when Donovan rescues the princess from slavery, these two main characters have to come to grips with what they thought were truths may just be opinions.
We see each person, Donovan and Brandela, grow into a more solid character, especially Brandela, who realizes that there are some responsibilities more important than being princess.
There were parts of the story that was abrupt and jumped to other places, where I think there could have been more of an explanation. Some sections were slow but others were exciting and quickly helped the tedious parts move along.
It was surprising that the author chose the ending that he did, one I was not expecting, but I did understand the basis for it.
I have to give the book 3 stars. It wasn't one of my favorites and I probably will not read the sequels but I did enjoy the book while I read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Davis on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Donovan,who lives in a fishing village with his parents. One day the barbarians come and violently attack his village. His mother is sold into slavery and his father is murdered. When the mayhem is over they take Donovan and his best friend to use for slaves. Soon they are rescued by a group of elves. Even though humans and elves are usually enemies, their leader, Alayna, decides to take the human children and train them in the way of the elves. Years later when Princess Brandela gets kidnapped by barbarians Donovan has to rescue her.

This was a really good story. If you like fantasy adventures you will love this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Junkie on May 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was excited to get this book and had been wanting to read it ever since I first came across it on Barnes and Noble. Unfortunately, it was not as good as I had hoped. The story line is interesting and I liked the whole human and elf getting married despite the animosity between the two races. This, of course, leads to the birth of the half elves.

The story begins with Donovan and his friends being rescued by the elf Alayna. She takes them to her home and convinces the king to allow her to train them as Elven Rangers. Fast forward 10 years later and the Princess Brandela is set to fulfill her duty as the king's daughter. Brandela gets kidnapped by the barbarian Garock and Donovan sets off to rescue her and avenge Alayna's death.

The story did not flow well. It's only real saving grace was the fact that it read quickly. It started off well with Alayna saving the children and adopting them. And it maintained an interesting pace up until Brandela is rescued by Donovan. After that, it started to read like a romance novel. They suddenly fall in love, which seemed a bit quick for me as there was no time spent building their relationship.

I found the battle scenes to be too quick. They would have just begun and then it was over. While on the flip side, the author spent chapters going over Brandela's and Donovan's personal feelings towards each other. And much of that was repetitive and made the story drag. Then there were times that I got a bit lost as every few pages that author would write that a month, or several weeks, had gone by. Most of that wasn't necessary. Also, the constant flipping in point of view got tedious. One minute you are seeing things from Brandela's point of view, then suddenly it's in Donovan's.
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By Tiffany L. Davis on June 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
World of Ryyah, by H. L. Watson, is a story that surrounds a few major characters, Donovan, Alayna and Brendala. Donovan is a normal, human child who's village is attacked by barbarians. Those who aren't killed are taken as captives by the barbarians. Alayna is an elf leader. She rescues Donovan and his friends. Brendala is the Wood Elve's Princess. Though the humans and the elves were taught to hate each other, they must learn to put those feelings aside when Alayna decides to take Donovan's group in and train them as elves. Over time, and with Alayna's training, Donovan and the other humans gain the respect of Brandela. Throughout the story, you get to see Donovan and Brendela grow into solid characters that experience grief, love, passion, fear and many other strong emotions!

I have to say that I liked the different feel of this book. Though there are millions of fantasy stories out there, I feel that Watson really brought a different outlook with World of Ryyah. A couple parts of the book seemed slow, but not so much as to take away from the story. I also like that you really don't see the ending coming. I like when I think I have a book all figured out and then it just slaps me with a different spin! Great job to the author. I look forward to reading more from Watson!
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More About the Author

H. L. Watson was born and raised in Dallas Texas and his always been an avid fan of the fantasy and sci-fi gender as well as a dedicated online gamer. Mr. Watson first came up with the concept of world of ryyah when he was in his early 20s and began thinking up interesting in detail background stories for a videogame concept. As the years went on Mr. Watson adopted his early concepts into what will become known as the world of ryyah book series (The Elven age saga). And these series readers will become well-versed within the world of ryyah and read about many strange and interesting races and characters.