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Elves: Once Walked With Gods

Elves: Once Walked With Gods [Kindle Edition]

James Barclay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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I loved this book. I loved the characters and the journeys that they took and are to take, and I love the hints of what will come; things that we'll know of in passing and get to see in full and other things which are totally new. Barclay has managed to return to the world of Calaius and not leave us disappointed. Barclay is back and he might very well be better than ever. (FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)

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ORCS was an international bestseller. Now acclaimed writer James Barclay tells the story of the Elves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XNTU1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Barclay was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1965 and is the third of four children. He gained a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies in Sheffield before heading to London to train as an actor. With acting roles in short supply, he worked in marketing and advertising until 2004 when he became a full time author.

James is the creator of the two Raven trilogies: Chronicles of The Raven and Legends of The Raven, and the epic fantasy duology, The Ascendants of Estorea. Following that, he published the seventh and last Raven novel, Ravensoul. He has written two novellas, Light Stealer and Vault of Deeds. He is currently working on a new fantasy trilogy, the first of which, Once Walked With Gods was published in August 2010.

Away from fantasy, James is writing contemporary young adult fiction, and is collaborating on a TV drama, a comedy sketch show and a very British screenplay. James has recently begun acting again and has a role in a gritty Brit-pic called 'The Estate.' The film will premiere in October 2010.

For his sins, James is a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town FC and still believes England will win the next major championship they play. He loves watching cricket, rugby, tennis and darts and indeed plays all these sports when he can. He's just not very good at any of them.

Beyond writing and acting, James spends as much time as possible with his son, Oscar, who was three in January 2010, his wife, Clare, and Mollie the Hungarian Vizsla. That's a dog to anyone not in the know. They all live in Teddington, Middlesex.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James does it again 12 Jun 2011
When the last Raven was complete i thought it was the end of an era, where would, where could James go next?
Don't get me wrong he is no one trick pony, his Du-ology Cry of the New Born and shout for the dead are brilliant. But while more accomplished technically as pieces of writing, they lacked the heart and soul of the Raven.

Once walked with Gods is a return to that passion, this is obviously where James love of writing comes to the fore, this isn't a Job for him its a passion, and it comes across in every word, paragraph, page and chapter.

If you love fantasy buy the book, if you love Fiction then try the book. This isn't little twee elves in the woods, this isn't mysticism and confusingly named fantasy, this is Blood battle, politics, betrayal and conflict on an epic scale. and not to be missed at all.

Having read this back in May im already desperate for the next book and its all the longer to wait for having read it so i hope your getting on with it James
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barclay at his best 16 Aug 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
The latest offering from James and one that brings the War of the Elves and Mankind directly to the reader's attention in his own indomitable style. It's beautifully written with touches of emotional context richly woven within. Death, honour, betrayal and double dealing abound within this title and its clearly a demonstration of James' talent that he manages it with skill to spare. But when you tie it all up with his own style of descriptive combat that has enthralled readers since his Raven days and you have something that readers will latch upon and love. A great offering from this author and one that I can't wait to see how it develops further in future offerings especially a certain battle mad elf who the readers will most certain vote for as one of their favourite Barclay characters to date.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow start but then it soars 30 Aug 2010
Not an easy one to get into this, but once you settle into it, it moves like lightening.

The author does not help the reader by failing to position this with his readers who may, or may not have read his excellent Raven series. So I'll try, and I am sure if I get anything wrong someone will jump in and correct me.

Takkar is a hero of the Elves and the fearless leader of the TaiGethan (think ninja warrior Elves) and as he and his warriors are defending a portal from their world to the world of Balaia his courage fails and he breaks, leaving thousands of Elves to their fate.

In Balaia Takkar goes into shameful exile and the Elves build up their society, sharing a world with humans that they keep well away from in the forest. Shunt forward in time and the caste system (known as threads) is breaking down and treacherous Elves bring humans in to help defend their Thread as the superior one. Violent civil was breaks out and the Elven race is now at the brink of extinction, maybe the long exiled Takkar can help, but the immortal Elf is dealing with his shame in exile....

That's kind of where the book starts and I was confused at first putting the situation and the timelines into context. At this point in their history the Elves have no magic so when they encounter human mages with powerful spells, the fighting skills of the TaiGethan may not be enough.

The majority of this book is about the battle for the Elf city of Calaius, taken over by humans and defended by sword and magic as the Elves struggle to fight back amongst their own mistrust and treachery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Out Sprint Of A Book 6 Oct 2012
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A superb read that lets up only long enough for you to take your next breath before plunging you headlong back into dizzying action. Having said that, some of the fight sequences do at times become so kaleidoscopic as to disorient. Nevertheless, this is grown up fantasy at its best. The characters are fully realized and faced with difficult choices that will challenge your loyalties. And don't be fooled by the title. These elves have nothing airy about them; unless, that is, they're leaping into that air to land behind you and lay you waste with a swift kick the head or a blade to the back. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars take it for a spin 27 Dec 2012
By lhs42
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Described as elves with attitude, this gives an alternative spin to the traditional "saintly" elves. This is all good, the plot moves along, characters that have something to say. My only nitpick would be the endless battle scenes ......... I do realise there's a war on but I started flipping through them to the next bit of plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elves 27 April 2012
By Myrtle
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Barclay's writing gets better and better and this book is a joy to read. I love the characters and there is a lovely depth to the Elven race, which isn't painted as the angelic race that some people interpret it as. Great adventure, fantastic fight descriptions, deep sympathy for the country and nature. Lots of double dealing and betrayals that keep the tension high. Auum is a fantastic character and I loved seeing him 'grow' in this book. Leaves you dying to know more, so I bought the next volume straightaway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars elves by james barkley 13 Mar 2012
By joe
I can sum up elves with one word EXELLENT anyone who has read chronicles of the raven will love the latest installment....EXELLENT.also see rise of the taigethen next in the saga.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Elves by James Barclay
I bought the trilogy as a present for my sister. She was thrilled with the books and is hungry for more.
Published 2 months ago by Oxford
4.0 out of 5 stars First Barclay Book
After having Amazon suggest this to me for months I finally gave it a go and I am so glad I did. The story is fast paced and full of delicious political intrigue, as well as... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christopher Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars elves. once walked with gods
Odd beginning but the pace and action picked up as the story developed. Very enjoyable and looking forward to the next book
Published 15 months ago by A. G. MacDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense action
This is a fast paced and relentless action novel. Some interesting concepts a warrior cast elven race called the TaiGethen against the human mages and swordsmen. Read more
Published 19 months ago by paul nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good, but not perfect.
I have to say I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I thought a book about the elves in Barclay's universe would be full of action and badassery, and it was. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new take on a classic fantasy race
`Elves: Once Walked With Gods' is the first book in a new trilogy by British fantasy author James Barclay. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Patrick Mahon
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk!
I started to read this book but gave up within the first few pages. I hate swearing and as soon as this starts in a fantasy book I don't want to know. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by Mr. R. Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Took a while to get into it as it jumps around a bit at first, but once I had thought it was brilliant.
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
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