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The Ungifted Elf Paperback – May 20, 2014
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The sentences are short. True. Though, to me, it added that right atmosphere that one might have - being “cautious”, when you’ve been told and treated like you weren’t good enough. All your life.
Cos that’s what The Ungifted Elf is about. Eckxio was unable to cast magic. But why??
And yes, the journey might be rough - you might have to look for your fairy king to make you see they were wrong all this time, but it’ll be worth it!
The Ungifted Elf is not just some random piece of fantasy, but one with a strong message: never stop believing in yourself and your abilities!
(Thank you for the reminder… ^_^)
For the author: version read/downloaded could use better editing/proofreading for misspelled, misplaced & many wrong past tense words that should have been used.
The story begins with an exiled elf turned wanderer named Eckxio who has finally located a mountain where according to an old myth, is inhabited by a fairy tribe whose king might be capable of unleashing the magic that he was apparently not born with. Bullied and frustrated by his misfortune during his childhood, he was exiled only 5 years ago and carries three items that have somewhat compensated his lack of magic skills during his travels: a sword forged with a rare kind of steel that can deflect magic, a gauntlet with a strange serpent eye (a beast that he himself killed and has an unsightly scar on the face as proof) that can absorb small amounts of magic and rechannel it, and finally a fairy called Nala that doesn't have arms, a body covered with fur and 4 belly buttons that she uses to rechannel magic.
His hopes of climbing the mountain are thwarted by a group of soldiers from a nearby city that are looking for something as well. Presuming their queen wants to capture the fairies for some evil purpose, he starts a killing rampage and oddly enough, instead of wanting to behead him, the female commanding officer kisses him in the mouth after meeting him for just a few minutes after he reluctantly saves her life after being attacked by a guardian golem.
Now, the story has some good merits. I simply loved the creativity surrounding Nala's character and how physically bizarre she looks. The story spins some things around and elves aren't immortals per se, but they can enjoy living around 300 years, are seldom more than 5 feet tall and of very slender build. While of average height for his race, Eckxio stands out because his body is bulkier than usual granting him for leeway when using the sword.
The premise is quite interesting and I liked Eckxio's determination when he reaches the cave to the hidden fairy city. However, lots of info is repeated (the book seems to enjoy stipulating Eckxio's height at least 3 times), I would have preferred a flashback chapter of the circumstances surrounding Eckxio's exile and subsequent romance with a human woman instead of a few info dump paragraphs, his decision to eventually work for the queen as a warrior whose men wanted to damage the fairy home made little sense and the writing just didn't flow with particularly artistic prose.
The soldiers served the queen. The soldiers worked long nights guarding the mountain. etc etc etc...
A lot of the prose sounded like an elementary school assignment. While gramatically correct, it just didn't seem to sound fluid which took away from the enjoyment factor. I think this story with some major editing, removal of redundant repetitive information and some flashback chapters would have really made it shine because the story was clearly there. A sufficiently laudable effort to merit 3 stars.
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