- Publisher: Tor Australia
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 38mm | 204g
- Publication date: 30 October 2003
- Publication City/Country: Sydney
- ISBN 10: 0812571231
- ISBN 13: 9780812571233
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 114,472
In this long-awaited new novel in The Halfblood Chronicles, fantasy greats Norton and Lackey tell the enthralling story of the reclusive elvenlord Kyrtian, who emerges as a hero in a world torn by politics and war. When his cousin, Aelmarkin, tries to prove that Kyrtian is unfit to run his estate, the plan backfires, and soon Kyrtian, who doesn't share the venal, greedy nature of his cousin, finds himself with more power than he ever wanted. Like his father before him, Kyrtian has always treated the humans on his estate like servants, instead of enslaving them as other elvenlords do. His father's legacy also leads Kyrtian to learn ancient military skills long since lost to elvenkind through the carelessness of the elvenlords. Kyrtian's rediscovered knowledge piques the interest of the current elvenlords, and soon Kyrtian finds himself appointed the new commander of the army, to the relief of his ruling peers.For the sons of the most powerful elvenlords, the Young Lords, have rebelled against their fathers and are waging war. But by taking advantage of both the privileges of his new command and the help of some unexpected new friends, Kyrtian finally gains the resources to embark on his own, personal quest--resuming his father's search for the Great Portal, the magical doorway through which the original elvenlords entered this world.As war rages between some sons and fathers, Kyrtian searches desperately for his own lost father, hoping to uncover not only the mystery of his disappearance, but also the secret behind the origin of elvenkind.
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Andre Norton (1912-2005) was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. From SF series such as Solar Queen and Beast Master, to fantasy series such as Witch World, Norton's work has enthralled readers for decades. She was lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America and received a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. An Ohio native, Ms. Norton lived for a number of years in Winter Park, Florida, and then moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she lived until her death in 2005.Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy with James Mallory ("The Outstretched Shadow," "To Light a Candle," and "When Darkness Falls"), the Enduring Flame trilogy with James Mallory ("The Phoenix Unchained," "The Phoenix Endangered," and "The Phoenix Transformed"), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including "Trio of Sorcery," "Phoenyx and Ashes," "Sacred Ground," "The Firebird," "The Fairy Godmother," and "Alta." Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.
By Cherry 05 Aug 2010
It took me a long time to read this book. The ending was a bit of an anti-climax. The pleasure is more on the reading of their adventure rather than what happened at the end. The authors are admittedly a good spinner of a tale, but did not quite pull it off in the end, which was rather surprising. This book is almost like a WGC (wild goose chase) that Heroes Adrift by Moira Moore is.
There were a few salient points in the story that the authors completely missed to exploit. They either did this intentionally with an intent of another book to follow or they just completely missed, hence the flat ending. I think they intended to follow this book up in the beginning. But it seems that got cancelled as shown by Mercedes Lackey's website that this series is supposedly to have four books. The fourth book being Elvenbred. But Elvenbred was never published (yet).
"A damned fine tale, a splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers." --Anne McCaffrey "Grand Master Andre Norton and new master Mercedes Lackey combine prodigious talents in The Elvenbane, a conjuration of all the ingredients of classic fantasy--sentient dragons, elegant elves, wily wizards, magical crystals, rites of passage, political intrigue, and a dash of youthful romance. Norton and Lackey fans will be spellbound by this novel!"--Jennifer Roberson "Romance blossoms, war threatens, and heroism ensues. . . . Both authors have a sweet way with characters, and there is enough magic, mystery and romantic bonding of fantastic species in improbable ways to keep loyal fans entertained."--"Publishers Weekly" "The women in the book are particularly strong characters, taking control of their own lives. LaShana has great leadership qualities, and Sheyrena has strength and resourcefulness, and the two of them provide two good role models for young women."--"Voya"