Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura Paperback – 16 May 2013
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An epic conclusion to the Elves trilogy - can centuries of war be overcome, or will hatred ultimately be allowed to win ... ?
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Thousands of years ago the elves were enslaved by the Wytch Lords. Murdered in their thousands, worked to death in slave gangs and divided against themselves, the wounds inflicted by man run deep - and elves have very long memories. Two of them - Auum and Takaar - led the rise against their enslavers, and united their people against men in order to free their nation. Now Calaius is at peace . . . but that doesn't mean their nation is safe.
Men need their help.
The Wytch Lords have rallied, men's magic has grown more powerful, and their politics have become altogether more dangerous. Especially now: one of the mages has created a spell, called Dawnthief, which has the potential to destroy all living things on the planet. All four magical colleges are fighting to seize it and, in the background, the Wytch Lords have schemes of their own. Schemes which involve crushing the elven nation for good. Whoever seizes the spell, it places the elves in tremendous danger. But can Auum and Takaar overcome their differences and work together to save Calaius? And even if they can, is it not already too late . . . ?--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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But now their Elven homelands are once again under threat from the Wytch Lords and they must take the fight to Balaia, lands of the humans. And there is lots of fighting, elves and their enhanced abilities against human might and magic.
I am a fan of the aurhor's books, but this felt like a film where there are a number of set piece action scenes but without enough in-between to carry them. There is nobility and humour which Mr Barclay always does well but for some reason this one didn't grip me like previous ones. So not bad, but lacking something for me.
Easy to read and highly relate-able. I enjoyed it a LOT well done My Barclay and keep up the good work!
Barclay's story is told from a multi-perspective narrative, and despite the initially tricky challenge of getting used to characters and their names, I soon picked things up. That is testament to Barclay's skill as a writer of fantasy fiction. The culture, politics, tactics and personalities of all involved, totally engaged. This is a very well constructed world, inhabited by believable people.
Where this novel really shines, is in its action sequences. The desperation of battle is captured well, and so are its consequences. I thoroughly enjoyed an early sea battle, and the action and incident did not let up for hardly one moment.
With plenty of infighting, factions, debates and strong personalities involved, reader interest is assured. These elves are not the cool, distant, androgynous types of the cinema, but rough, tough, fiercely passionate experts of all forms of combat.
The responsibility of leadership and tough decision making is embodied in the rather dour Auum. Contrast this with the troubled brilliance and destructiveness of Takaar and you have a heady combination.
Friendship and camaraderie are also explored through warriors Auum and Ulysan. Again, dialogue and actions convince, also remember, elves live for hundreds of years, so feelings run very deep.
With its breakneck action and emotional punch, I am sure Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura will delight existing fans. As an initiate to the series, I can say that I enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining read.
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