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James Barclay , David Rapoza
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8 Nov 2012 ELVES (Book 2)


Calaius is occupied by an implacable, relentless enemy. The great elven cities are little more than prison camps. Elven slaves are forced to destroy their beloved rainforest to harvest timber for their masters.

The enemy has no mercy, no honour and little skill in battle. The enemy is Man.

Those few elves who remain free are fragmented, in squabbling factions, and they must unite before they can take a stand. Many believe that the battle is already lost, but Auum is not one of them. He knows Men's numbers are great but their tactics are weak; he knows Men think the Elves are already beaten; he is convinced that his people must fight now, or see their race destroyed.

Takaar disagrees. He believes Elven salvation lies in unlocking their magic, not in fighting pitched battles against Man. He is determined to save his people too, but his tactics are entirely different . . . and if some Elves must die now to ensure Calaius will be free of Man in the future, it's a sacrifice he is willing to make.

The Elves must choose their sides. Whatever they decide, victory will win their freedom . . . and failure will mean extermination . . .

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085220
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"You still get the high octane action, the bloody conflict and pyrrhic victories where you mourn the death of each character passing, but when you add the lessons learned along the way with a brand new character who's also schizophrenic then it gets a whole load more complex. The writing is gripping, the characters multifaceted." --"Falcata Times"

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The war against mankind continues . . . first came ORCS, now James Barclay is working his magic on ELVES.

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5.0 out of 5 stars just gets better and better. 14 Feb 2012
Elves: Rise of the TaiGethen the latest in the Elves series from James Barclay and a book that takes the series to a new level. This series is set in the same world as the fantastic action fantasy series the Raven a series full of characters that live and breathe adventure, that fight the good fight, that never leave a man behind. But that series for all its brilliance never had the depth of his amazing duo-logy the ascendants ( Cry of the Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea Book 1 (Gollancz S.F.) & Shout For The Dead: The Ascendants of Estorea Book 2 (Gollancz S.F.) )

The Elves series and especially Rise of the TaiGethen bridge that gap in writing depth, the gap that seemed to exist between Raven and Acendants. That depth of writing and the characters like Auum, Serrin, Garran & Ystorumun and many other really do confirm what i have felt for some time, that James is one of the few Fantasy authors who can write as well Gemmell, and with Rise of the TaiGethen it all comes together in a signle book. Its not about just writing a good story, its about the place, the people, the fight, the message behind the story.
Like many James Barclay books, this one left me wrung out at the end, his plots always gallop along at a high pace, but even more so this time because you get sucked into the fate of the elves and depth of loss felt for every death, the utter bond of the clawbound, and the stark beauty and danger of the land they call home.

I as ever look forward to every word and every book that James writes, i have never been disappointed by a single book, and he just gets better and better.

Highly recommended.


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THE ELVES ARE ENSLAVED Calaius is occupied by an implacable, relentless enemy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and multi-layered fantasy 17 Feb 2012
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Following on from the excellent "Once Walked with Gods", decades have now passed and the majority of the Elven race are slaves. These slaves are being used by humans to systematically destroy the great forest they have lived in for centuries. The `free' elves are unable to agree a strategy in the face of severe retaliation for any human killed and have divided up into three factions, the warriors of the TaiGethen, the Claw Bound, feral elves and those led by Takaar who wants to find new magic to combat the invasions. The trouble is, time is running out and a human army is now in the forest and the wrong strategy may see the end of the elven race.....

Some very interesting themes played out here in a very intelligent book. There is the theme of concentration camps, that of sustainability, the caste system and even narcotics! Wrapped into this are the risks of doing things for the longer term good against the horrors of today. But the book doesn't preach, it is all pace and action and a variety of rounded characters and viewpoints.

It is a powerful book, broad in depth but also a joy to any fan of heroic fantasy and the author's previous works. Read "Once Walked with Gods" first, but you are in for a treat here.
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`Elves: Rise of the TaiGethen' is the second book in James Barclay's trilogy about the Elves. It is his eleventh novel and returns us to the world he created in the seven `Raven' books. However, it takes place nearly three thousand years before the start of the earlier series.

Although `Rise of the TaiGethen' is a sequel to `Once Walked with Gods', it's important to note that it is set one hundred and fifty years after the end of the earlier book. In the intervening time, most of the elves have been enslaved by the humans who invaded Calaia in the first book. They are now forced to chop down their forests so that the humans can export the high quality timber back to the major human population settlements on the northern continent of Balaia. The number of elves who remain free is small and they are divided, leaderless and mostly too busy staying out of the way of the human invaders to think about fighting back.

The free elves have been training their brightest and best to become mages, as it is the humans' magic that has been the key to their domination of the traditionally non-magical elves. However, the first time the elven acolytes try to perform magic together, they are immediately located and destroyed by the far more powerful human mages. In the process, a sacred elven temple is desecrated. Faced with this blasphemy, the ClawBound - a relatively new and controversial development in elven society, comprising symbiotic pairings of elven priests with panthers - decide that they have had enough, and declare a guerrilla war on every human occupying Calaia.

Other than the ClawBound, the only free elves who retain an ability to fight the humans are the small number of elite warriors called the TaiGethen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 12 April 2014
By Mark
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Haven't been able to put it down since it arrived which is a shame really as it won't last as long as I'd wish it to. Brilliant plot that keeps you on your toes and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fan 6 Feb 2014
By mpm
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I am a great fan of James Barclay writings. His story telling and characters for me are some of the most interesting I have ever come across. The way he writes creates an understanding of moral values, such as honour, friendship, commitment and love within the actions of the characters is superb, I do not know if this is how they were meant to become, but many in today's society could learn a lot from these even flawed characters, as to how to "Live their lives".
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Excellent read a bit predictable. Some good characters and novel ideas. Well worth a read. Could have been more descriptive of the forests etc
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