Saturday, April 18, 2009

An Epic Fantasy

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale of the sort that becomes an instant favorite. This is the story of Shana, a halfbreed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, she was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or humankind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

Title: Elvenbane
Author: Andre Norton & Mercedes Lackey
Series: Halfblood Chronicles, Book 1
Start & Finished: 2/4/09- 2/6/09
Published: 1991
Publisher: Topeka Bindary
Pages: 566
Genre: Fantasy

"There will come a child," Alara whispered. "One born of human mother, but fathered by the demons, possessed of magic more powerful than the elven lords! By this shall you know the child, that it shall read the very thoughts upon the wind, travel upon the wings of demons, and master all the magics of the masters ere it can stand alone! The child will resemble a human, yet its eyes will be those of the demons; of the very green of the elf-stones. The child shall be hunted before its birth, yet shall escape the hunt. The child shall be sold, and yet never bought. The child shall win all, yet lose all.".... "And in the end," she concluded, her voice rising, "the child shall rise up against the masters and cast them into the lowest of hell, there to make of them slaves to the demons of hell!" So is the Prophecy that the dragons have passed down through the ages among the human slaves in Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey’s first book in their Halfblood Chronicles, aptly named Elvenbane. Little did they know just how true it was…

The first time I read Elvenbane (in 2002), I wasn’t even aware it was part of a series. When I re-read a book, generally, I’ll wait until I can only remember only parts of the story so when I read it again, it’s like reading for the first time. That’s exactly how it was when I decided to pick this story up again. I remembered most of the beginning and of course I remembered the authors’ wonderfully descriptions of the dragons but other than that, it was totally new to me. Yet, somehow I believe I enjoyed it even better this second time! It’s simply amazing how the authors created such an interesting and unique world that truly seems to come to life.

This story and eventual series was a collaborative effort between two great authors Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey and was their only series together but it isn’t considered complete because Ms. Norton passed away three years after the third book. They had planned to do four in all but while each story does benefit from reading the previous one, they can stand-alone. "Hear the Prophecy!"... "Hear and remember! Remember, and whisper it, and pass it onward! Remember the foretelling of the Elvenbane!"

Halfblood Chronicles:
1. Elvenbane (1991)
2. Elvenblood (1995)
3. Elvenborn (2002)

Links: Series Wikipedia, Andre Norton Wikipedia, Mercedes Lackey Wikipedia, Halfblood Chronicles Encyclopedia

Picture Explanations
Desert Oasis:
Where Alara discovered Shana and where Shana eventually returns
Cave: Dragons live in caves
One Horn: Vicious animals that the Elves bred for looks but couldn’t tame.
Salvoski Illustration: Keman and Shana


  1. Hi LadyTink!

    I love the pic along with the words, the story unfolds and the reader is further enticed! It works great for the reader of the reviews!

    I love this one, I've missed it until now, so I'll have to check if I can and it around somewhere.

    Have you read Inkheart? It was always a favorite of mine.

    Dottie ;-)

  2. I now remember hearing about this book. You certainly make it come alive with your vivid description and pictures. Thanks for a super review!

  3. Good review...looks like an interesting book..But guess've won an award..Go over to my blog and see!

  4. If this was good enough for you to read a second time then this has to go on my TBR list. It sounds really interesting!

  5. good review.. i'd like a chance to read this.. but as I searched it at amazon i see it's only mass paperback and I need trade paperback or hardback in order to be able to read anymore... sigh.. love books on dragons !

  6. Good job. I love the pictures. I gave you an award too. My, aren't you popular? ;)

  7. Ladytink....thanks for the get well wishes...and yes, there is a word..."flutterer" LOL and that's what you are. LOL

    Anyway I love the book dramatic. Sounds great too.

  8. This sounds good, LadyTink :)
    I've never really been into the fantasy genre but I loved the quote you put up. I think I need to expand my horizons and try new things. This sounds like it would be a good one to do that with!
    Thanks for the great review :)
    Happy Day!

  9. I have this on my TBR pile. Someday I might actually read it! lol

  10. My Blog 2.0 (Dottie): Oh I'm glad! I just started doing the pics as they helped me remember the story better later on. Lol, I adore Inkheart. Matter of fact I actually just re-read it a few days ago.

    Bingo: Thank you for saying such nice things! It's a good book and I really need to get around to reading the sequels...

    Allison: Thank you!!!

    Samantha: Oh it was! I honestly wouldn't say no to reading it again sometime in the future. I hope the sequels are just as good!

    DesLily: I just know you'd enjoy this one so I'll keep an eye out for the hardcover version and send it to you if I can find it.

    Amy Btw M: Thank you! I feel very popular today :)

    Wisteria: Fluttering over to see you soon... glad you enjoyed the post!

    The Chic Geek I like fantasy but I don't care for science fiction though technically this story is a bit of both and I loved it. i hope you like it if you decide to pick it up!

    Kailana: I read it twice so I can honestly say it's worth reading lol! Hope you get to it soon :)

  11. I read this years ago, and have fond but vague memories of it. Sounds like it's time for a reread!



Thank you so much for leaving me comments and coming by!

Don't forget to visit my other blog:
Up Close and Personal with LadyTink I'd love to hear your opinion or just "meet" you!

I do leave answers to your comments here.

Search This Blog