From the Author
Not Tolkien's elves, nor anyone else's, these elves are mine
I never imagined I'd do an elf book. I thought everything that could be said about the species probably had already been said... twice. Then Martin Greenberg challenged me to write a *different* short story about elves and mortals.
I went to bed that night muttering that no such story could be written and, in a way, I was right because what I had in mind the next morning was a novel. I turned it into a short story for Marty (it was published in ELF FANTASTIC), then spent the next two years turning my idea back into a novel about elves, goblins; mortals and immortals; the curses of iron, AIDS and demographics; and my old hometown: New York City.
The result is a bit of the GUARDIANS, a bit of SIEGE OF SHADOWS, and -- in my biased opinion -- better than anything I've written before.