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Elfhame: A Dark Elf Fairy Tale (The Darkwood Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : June 13, 2016
- File Size : 3209 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 234 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01H1OBLL4
- Publisher : Fiddlehead Press; 2nd Edition (June 13, 2016)
- Lending : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1680130838
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,613 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I like: the interesting and unusual worlds, the plot was good, and clean, with lots of action. I guess it's probably a YA novel. I realized later it was a beauty and the beast retelling.
What I didn't like: the heroine just seemed awfully mature for someone who just turned 17. I get that this was fantasy and in this world the children had to grow up quickly, but Mara was almost unrealistically mature. Also, for two people who found each other to be so foreign looking and unattractive, their love story didn't seem to 'click' for me. It was one of those very last minute 'oh my, I really loved him and need to get back to him' plot lines, a real turnaround from prior scenes.
All was not puppies and rainbows, however. The book became incredibly rushed once Mara crossed into Elfhame, and because of this, the plot, characterizations, and romance suffered. What could have been a spectacular story ended up petering out as the book came to its conclusion. Don't get me wrong - I still loved the book - but the pace definitely did it a disservice. Though few, there were also some noticeable editing errors, mostly misspelled character names here and there.
I wish the author had taken the time to really fill out the story and give the book the polish it deserved, but I'm still glad I read it. If you like fantasy, this is one I'd recommend as a bit of a shorter read.
There are plenty of novels where the characters rush into emotions, but these characters did t even have the remotest amount of buildup. It was I distain you one day, and adore you the next.
I won’t not recommend it, if you’re looking for a quick easy read, but I definitely don’t sing it’s praises.
....also just realized that this is supposed to be styled after beauty and the beast, but there are literally no elements of that other than the fact that the prince looks different because he’s a different species...and she’s kinda a jerk who likes to tell him he’s ugly.
Good, quick read that you can finish in one sitting. After reading this, I actually bought another Skeleton Key book - by another author. Didn't like it at all, so when you're buying this series, just be aware that not all the writers who are part of this series are going to offer you as good a book as this one.
Top reviews from other countries
Prince Bran is the heir to not only the Hawthorne Throne, an-end-of-the-world prophecy, but he’s a fearsome Dark Elf. His life is filled with duty, war and magic. He is taciturn, a powerful sorcerer and fearsome warrior.
These two are linked – a prophecy one has lived by and the other is blissfully unaware of. Aside from that, they have little in common.
Fate has her way and our two fine heroes meet; there are deceptions, battles with unpleasant monsters, surprises, unlikely friendships and a rollercoaster ending.
Told like a fairytale, the story is engaging (I read it through in a couple of hours as I couldn’t put it down), and the characters are great. Mara quickly captures the readers – feisty and brave, a bit naive but knows her own mind and is not afraid to say so. She is not a wallflower.
Bran is a sympathetic character – doing his duty and fulfilling a prophecy that will save his people, despite his own reservations, safety and happiness. The elves are seen by the humans as alien and ‘hideous’, with strange and mythical ways; the humans are viewed as primitive and weak. And both factions are proven wrong.
Well-crafted and filled with adventure this fantasy tale is definitely one for readers of mythic tales and fairy tales. Younger readers may find the monsters and the battles unsettling but this is a good read for any age.
The descriptions of the elves was great; it was nice to find a mortal wandering into the realms and having a different experience to the norm. Also the character viewpoints coming from two sides of the same prophecy was engaging and relatable. I will definitely be re-reading this book and sharing it with my niece (she's an advanced reader at age 11 and I consider this book appropriate for her).
Looking forward to reading the next book!