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Elvenbane - by Andre Norton -
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Elvenbane - (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Andre Norton -

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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 all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime."A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies." -- Amazing StoriesA Main selection of the Science Fiction Book Club… (more)
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Title:Elvenbane -
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Info:Tom Doherty Publishing - (1991), Hardcover
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The Elvenbane by Andre Norton (1991)

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    Cloverlimes: Common themes of telepathy, dragons, and revolution.
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    Joust by Mercedes Lackey (Cloverlimes)
    Cloverlimes: Common themes of freedom from enslavement and dragons.
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This book is more set-up than story, with a very thoroughly-explored world and less-explored characters. I never got a good feel for Shana or her friends but I have hopes that the next book will flesh them out more. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Started off slow and picked up but something just wasn't tip top on this one. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
The first part of this book has quite a messagey tone to it, which, with the familiarity I have of the two authors, have largely come from Mercedes Lackey. This made it rather hard going this time through but as soon as we got past the moralisation and into the action proper it gets much better. It's just a pity that this only happened in the last third or so of the book.

Shana, born of the illegal union of Elf and human, finds herself in the Lair of a Dragon clan during her teen years and finds herself facing constant criticism for being a two-leg, not that she thinks of herself as a two-leg, but as a dragon stuck in two-leg form. Finally pushing the dragons into exiling her, Shana suddenly finds herself in the hands of real two-legs (human) who had taken her prisoner until they think she's a half-wit and sell her off as a slave. At this point, she helped to escape this fate and she's introduces to a group of half-elven wizards though she find herself hemmed in by more rules designed to maintain the status quo so when Shana and other younger members of the Citadel decide to help a band of children with power escape an Elven estate, they find themselves at odds with the powers to be and Shana is joined by an escaping elven heir and his half-elven cousin and her foster brother who all end up having a number of adventures as they try to escape those on their trail. ( )
  JohnFair | Aug 31, 2020 |
Best of the 3. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
A story of elves, dragons, mages and half elves/humans.

I really enjoyed this. While a bit shallow, I never felt like rolling my eyes or putting the book down.

I found it quite interesting to see dragons as tricksters and elves as the bad guys. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Norton, Andreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lackey, Mercedesmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vallejo, BorisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vigesaa, AasneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime."A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies." -- Amazing StoriesA Main selection of the Science Fiction Book Club

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