- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3205 KB
- Print Length: 359 pages
- Publisher: Fabiana Ghittoni (2 Feb. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAL3XS4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #600,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Elven Tales describes how Prudence Clarke is taken away from Cambridge to a completely different world. She finds herself amid elves, giants, dwarves, faeries and wizards and has to fight along with the Company of the Rose to save the Five Kingdoms from an escaped prisoner who plans to rob the Elven king from his throne.
This book was very well written, the places, for example, were well described and therefore easy to visualize. Furthermore, the story was intriguing and very interesting. However I thought the people weren’t described all too much, so I wasn’t able to sympathize with anyone but Prudence. On the other side, all the people were, of course, totally new to Prudence, so she didn’t know much about them either. Therefore I could feel more empathy for her.
In conclusion, this is a thrilling read for anyone who loves stories in the fantasy genre. In specific I would recommend this to anyone who loves the Hobbit and/or Lord of The Rings.
Last but not least, I’d love to read more about the Five Kingdoms and Prudence’s adventure.
“Miss Clarke, what kind of exotic concoction is that you are drinking?” “Good morning, Goldine. It’s just coffee”
The story is about Prudence Clarke who finds herself in a completely different world than the one she grew up in. She is an important refugee of the Council of the Five Kingdoms and she is the only one who should know where the King’s runes are to stop Alanel who is a powerful being who escaped his prison. Prudence, however, knows nothing of the life she should have lived and with the help of others she must find out what her mother has left her and find the King’s runes.
The characters seem to be more 3D than 4D (which is already better than 2D). In my opinion, this is because the book has been written in he/she form (I have a love/hate relationship with this in case you weren’t aware of that yet). I did get that the book was somewhat written from Prudence her point of view put there were some many things that were just explained… Let me explain.
Usually, whenever a person would find itself on completely new grounds, it would have to learn everything (together with the reader) and to do so, other people will have to tell the person the information or the person has to figure it out his or herself. In this book, nothing seemed to be explained by another person. It was just explained in writing, making it understandable for me. But now I know this… But how is Prudence knowing this as well? No one is telling her. She just seems to know (or then again maybe she doesn’t because it is written in he/she form). I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.
The story in itself is a good story. I definitely like the idea and it was usually portrayed in a good (and easy to follow) way. What it sometimes seemed to miss was some kind of back story. There were some explanations on why things were the way they were, but those things only seemed to scratch the surface.
The book is also written in the past tense (nothing wrong with that to be honest but sometimes my mind just can’t handle reading and keeps thinking about history class because everything that I’m reading has already happened) and I found out that it has a lot of ‘then’ in it. I didn’t notice this until half way through but that was one of the moments where I just needed to put the book down to take a couple of deep breaths and get my thoughts in order again.
It wasn’t a book I could read in one sitting. Mostly because of the large amount of action and things that were explained that all seemed to happen without a real break (using a ‘break’ in a book doesn’t have to be good, unless it’s used in the right way of course). Everything just kept coming and I had to take a break from time to time.
In my opinion there was no real plot twist. I did come to a point what I assumed might have been a small plot twist or something but there are quite a lot of names in the book which made me mess up with who was who and I kind of got a little lost and had to put the book down for a small moment to figure out what was happening (and even had to look back in the book on who was who again.
I know I didn’t really go into any other kind of characters. This is mostly because there are a lot of them and most have kind of difficult names for me and I tend to read over difficult words whenever I can (oops…). But the story itself was still a good one even though I sometimes got a bit lost.
And just look at the cover! Also, the inside of the book definitely doesn’t disappoint.
The book is really lovely made, each chapter starts with a picture and on the pages themselves are trees in the background.
In the world are wizards, elves, dwarves, giants, fairies and other creatures, the world has lots of different cities with creative names (the author did a really good job here!). Each character was different and had its own thing.
The story itself was exciting and well written, but it was too fast paced, like the book could have been thrice as long as it was. The ending really gripped me and I couldn’t put it down.
All in all I really enjoyed it and can definitely recommend it.
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The main female character thought of her friend and family's destiny , only after all her adventure finished, stating that she was worried about them, contradictory at the least. Rather a character flaw.
The main female character has a troubled family, an unloving father and husband, not for a children's book
Before moving into the review of the story let's just talk about that freaking cover. It's so so beautiful! It suit the book so well and I don't know how to describe the design besides TOTAL PERFECTION.
Now into the review.
So I'm giving this book a 3.5* rating.
Well I did quite enjoy the plot itself and where the book was leading us readers. It made me so curious to keep reading so I couldn't just not finish it but I think the fact that Prudence, our main character, lacked some emotion killed a bit of the excitement of reading this book.
What do I mean by lack of emotion? In the beginning she's worrying about one thing of her life and then suddenly it all changes dramatically but she doesn't question anything. She just enters this whole new world like: ''oh, okay''. Also, she does everything she's told to do, no questions asked. I think that aspect itself was what killed the reading buzz. But otherwise I completely enjoyed the story line and I'm pretty sure this series has a lot of potencial of getting better and better.
The characters and also the description of the surroundings we encounter in the book need a bit more work on them. We need to have something that makes us even more attached to them so we get hooked on the book and a bit more description about the place(s) where the characters and/or the action is progressing.
But hey, if you're into books filled with action please pick this one. This is one badass action packed book which will totally make you breathless!
I have been looking forward to this book since I found it on Pinterest!! And I will say I genuinely enjoyed it!
The book lays a great foundation and opens the gate for what I've deemed an epic game of hide and seek, (AKA on a journey to find something while an army is out to kill you and your new friends in order to take over your new home), and an epic adventure.
I genuinely enjoyed the fact that all love triangles/ interests were left out of this first book. I'm not saying a love interest in the future would be a definite deterrent but the fact we spent the first book focusing on Prudence's reaction to a new life in a new world and the inner struggles that accompanied those circumstances was satisfying. Secondly she was far from perfect during the journey. She was fighting a great deal of fear and self doubt. Was trying to pick out friend from enemy. She made mistakes. She fled and hid. And at times was completely helpless. All the while she was trying to figure out how to be the hero and leader everyone believed she was born to be. As she begins to discover her own abilities near the end (a discovery I am excited to see continue!) you appreciate the gradual procession she has gone through. I also loved the fact that while she had no tangible skill (at least that she could control) throughout most of this first journey, she was universally kind and straight in a way that made others open up. (Killian and King Gunard). Which I believe is a mark of a true leader.
In summary a girl fighting fear while trying to grasp her destiny is something I feel we can all relate to on a certain level.
My one complaint is that I want to know more! We were introduced to a dozen interesting characters and I look forward to learning more about them and their histories. I also am excited to see who else we will meet along the way!