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The Four Forges (Elven Ways) Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2007
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Praise for The Elven Ways series:
"Sevryn Dardanon is not your typical elf. In fact, the world of Kerith is not your typical elf world…spectacular series debut…fresh variations on the standard epic fantasy tropes." —Publishers Weekly (for The Four Forges)
"Rhodes evokes an atmosphere of urgency in her series opener, set in a world of ever-shifting alliances and unforeseen dangers. Strong characters and a compelling story make this a good choice." —Library Journal
"The intricately plotted, character-driven saga of the Vaelinar's desperate struggles finds anchors in folklore and legend, appealing to fans of slower pacing and detailed worldbuilding." —Publishers Weekly (for The Dark Ferryman)
"Richly drawn settings and intricate plots." —Booklist
"…a fantastic epic fantasy in what looks like it will be a special series similar to the works of Tad Williams and other great epic fantasists. The key cast members are believable individuals with distinct personalities. Jenna Rhodes leaves enough threads for readers to look forward to the next tale, but in a paradox The Four Forges feels complete." —The Book Review Forum
"Rhodes has built a fully realized world with engaging characters with a dangerous manifest destiny. The characters are complex and real in perilous times and leave you waiting anxiously to see what is resolved. A bright beginning for a new light on the fantasy horizon." —ConNotations
About the Author
Jenna Rhodes (a pseudonym used by R. A. V. Salsitz), was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels. She also writes under the names Emily Drake, Anne Knight, Elizabeth Forrest, Charles Ingrid, Rhondi Vilott Salsitz, R.A.V. Salsitz, Rhondi Vilott, and Rhondi Greening. Rhodes has been writing since she was in 3rd grade. She has published over 50 books and short stories. She can be found at rhondiann.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is very choppy, with abrupt and confusing transitions, and important characters that just appear without back-story or explanation. The pace of the book is slow even with the all the factions and characters running around doing mysterious things. The characters do not act in ways that are consistent with their history. For example, the feared assassin never manages to kill any important character, even though he does make a number of attempts. There is a spy in one of the groups, and the other members are oblivious to his presence, even after having been warned. You the reader, on the other hand, can count up the likely suspects on one finger. The transitions between story lines are bizarre. In one case there is a fight that takes place in one afternoon. That thread is interspersed with another story line that takes place over a week. These transitions needlessly add to the confusion of the reader.
The final action sequence in the book left me surprised and unsatisfied. Where did that come from? The book is too long, and it badly needs an editor to help tighten up the narrative, improve the flow of the book and introduce enough foreshadowing to help the reader make sense of the story.
Not a terrible read, with shy Riverdance, mysterious Daravan, evil Quendus, and tons of other characters, but nothing gave it the oomph to break into the 'I really liked this part of the fantasy world' sentiment I get sometimes when reading.
Jenna Rhodes has created a rich and vibrant world and has done so with 25 years plus writing. It shows! After you finish this first book you will want to start on the second in the series, The Dark Ferryman which has been published recently.
Enter the world of Kerith, you will not regret it!