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Elfhunter is the first of the tales of Alterra, the World that Is. It concerns the quest of an unlikely pair of heroines, Gaelen and Nelwyn, who are Wood-elves of the Dominglas Forest. They are hunter-scouts in the realm of King Ri-Aruin, and they have sworn to protect their woodland home, but they are drawn into a quest to defend all the Elves of Alterra as they seek to d...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published November 9th 2005 by Authorhouse
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Dave
Nov 23, 2008 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fantasy Enthusiasts.
Recommended to Dave by: a Friend
"This work has been inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien." Thus Marks sets out her stall from the outset, lest the reader be in any doubt as to the nature and design of her work. And much like Gaelen , wayward wood elf and protagonist of Marks' Elfhunter, it is a bold yet honest statement; a blatant battle line drawn in the literary sand - a gauntlet cast down before other fantasy authors who may have failed to suggest that they are somehow different.



Elfhunter is the first book in the tales of...more
Dannette
Amazingly creative! I can't wait to read the sequels. I'd never picked up a novel like this before, but I'm now addicted. Marks does an extraordinary descriptive job and easily transports me to the world of Alterra.
Brian
I'm giving this book one more star than it deserves because I like wood elves. I'm tempted to leave the review at that, but no. Let's get something clear: I have nothing against fantasy cliches. I have nothing against amateur fiction. I say bring on the tropes and the giddy fans. And while this book is nothing but cliches, barely-veiled Tolkien analogues, and such, that is actually why I wanted to read it. I always wanted Mirkwood Adventures, basically, and this has a lot of the right ingredient...more
Kevis Hendrickson
One of the remarkable things about discovering new books is that you never know when a book is going to come along that knocks you completely off of your feet. Elfhunter by C.S. Marks is one of those books. I have been a long time fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and can truly say that Marks has picked up from where the late professor left off. She has created a vast and completely believable secondary world in which fantasy readers can immerse themselves. That world is Alterra and it is a place I intend t...more
Tricia
Jun 12, 2008 Tricia rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who likes Tolkien, Darth Vader, Elves, long reads
Recommended to Tricia by: found online at Amazon
Readers will be taken to another world in which a menacing, malicious creature, Gorgon, pursues the two major characters and those like them...if he is merciful which he isn't inclined to be, he will kill you quickly, if not...well...C.S.Marks takes her readers on a perilous venture through a dark forests and lands riddled with danger,making you wish you had a sword at hand. The ending had a twist, I never saw coming and am thirsting for the second in her series.
Shanna
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are all well done, and the bad guy is one of the best I've read about. I really enjoyed this!
Winter
Mar 06, 2012 Winter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy!
Recommended to Winter by: Kindleboards
Finished!



I love this book!!!



It feels like discovering Tolkien for the first time! C.S.Marks is so gifted! She has created a world you can totally fall in love with. I'm reading it for her book club too, and it makes it so much fun. She is so committed to the world of Alterra. Everything is thought through.



Every person that likes fantasy or Tolkien NEED to read this trilogy!!
Jessie Potts
3.5 Stars


Elfhunter is no easy sci-fi/fantasy book to sneer at and finish in a day. It’s a long and lengthy read that takes readers into the depths of Alterra where terrible beast like creatures rampage, Elves take up arms, and two small heroines can conquer greatness.

Gaelen and Nelwyn are Wood-Elves and are on a quest to destroy the Elfhunter who is brutally killing and exterminating their kind. Along the way they will discover who they are and what it means to be a hero.

This was a fun read. I...more
Sadie Forsythe
Elfhunter will likely appeal to most Tolkien fans. It would be almost impossible to miss the similarities between the two. I read Tolkien when I was younger and I loved his writing, his stories, and the way he could just reach in and snatch the breath from my chest with the seemingly simplest of prose. I enjoyed Marks' writing, but it's not Tolkien.

I have to be honest. There is a small part of me who whats to lay my head back, close my eyes, and just relish the fact that I finally finished this...more
Laura
I don't know if I'll ever finish reading this book. I'm finding it kind of painful to read. I think the writing style is just not for me, although is probably exactly right for others. It's too....descriptive, and not in a way that I find enjoyable to read. I don't need to know that one character's boots are green and another's are brown, or what they are wearing whenever they change clothes. There is also a lot of telling and not very much showing. The four main characters have personalities, t...more
Samaya Young
When I first started with Marks’ Elfhunter, I’ll admit to not being in the best of moods, so part of my problem (if it can be called such) with getting “into” the story might be explained by that. At first glance the story appears to be set in a slow pace, and a considerable lack of dialogue fails to really grab my attention.

I like literate descriptions that draw out the “world” in my mind, well enough, and Marks manages this beautifully in those first pages that are there to set the scene, so t...more
Diayll
Nov 27, 2012 Diayll rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Bailey





Elfhunter is an epic tale of a headstrong She-Elf named Gaelen and her cousin Nelwyn who discover slain elves in the woods, prompting them to track the killer. They, alongside some friends met along the way, go on a journey in hopes to exact vengeance upon an entity that calls itself ‘Elfhunter’ and whose only purpose is to exterminate the Elven race. Will the band of heroes succeed...more
Daniella Vargas
I cringe whenevr I see someone write "like Lord of the Rings" when reviewing a fantasy novel. Tolkien may be the best known, but really people, have you ever read something besides LOtR? Does EVERYTHING have to be like LOtR? It's like going into a nice restaurant, eating a wonderful meal, and saying it tasted like chicken. Everything does not taste like chicken and every fantasy book is not just like LOtR!

Anyway, rant aside, I'm not going to make LOtR comparisons because this book is nothing lik...more
Tanner
"Elfhunter" is a vivid tale that draws the reader in the the world of Alterra. Strong characters and an exciting plot will drive you down the road of sleep deprivation, you won't be able to put it down. The tale is well told. So hearken to the lore-master. Buy the book and enter the world that is!

Highly recommended!
Thomi Elmore
Absolutely wonderful character driven fantasy. Immersion in the world of Alterra was as deep as finding myself in Middle Earth years ago. Memorable villains - honorable heroes - grand themes of loyalty and friendship. Love it!
Kim Hunt
love this book. the author made me fall in love with several of the characters. i look forward to the continuation of the story.
Hannah

A big bummer for me.

Don't get me wrong, this book is extremely well-written and exciting. The characters are endearing, the world is vast, the action is riveting, the humor laugh-out-loud, and the intrigue excellent. It was like discovering more stories written by Tolkien in a world similar to but not exactly like Middle-Earth. The elves were so well done! I was LOVING it!

But about halfway through, I encountered a scene that completely took me by surprise in which two characters accidentally enc...more
James Williams
The story opens with two simple wood elves "camping" on a starry night and quickly transforms into a murder mystery!

The characters are incredibly well-formed, they are complicated and intricately portrayed. Marks truly employs character development as a method of introducing you the characters in the book rather than simply describing them. She brings you along as silent participant in the quest to find and kill the hideous creature that is brutally murdering her elven brethren.

As the story prog...more
Catherine Fitzsimmons
It took me a while to at last get around to reading this book by fellow Gen Con Author's Avenue regular C. S. Marks, but I did at last, largely in need of some escapism. Elfhunter certainly provided that. I went in not really knowing what I was getting into, aside from the somewhat unspecific back cover blurb, a short story in one of the Missing Pieces volumes, and some very scant words by a previous reader more regarding writing style than content.

Put simply, I found Elfhunter very, very Tolkie...more
Kara
Elfhunter by CS Marks (ebook version)
Review by Kara Grant
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My Review
Gaelen and her cousin, Nelwyn, are Wood-elves dedicated to serving as guardians of their forest home. They are both skilled trackers, over 1000 years old, and determined to protect not just their land but also their people in the surrounding lands of Alterra. Gaelen has keen eyesight, listening and scenting abilities as well as fearlessness. Nelwyn has a sharp eye and deadl...more
Douglas Cook
Excellent first book of the Alterra series. Good characterization. A truly nasty bad guy. Female main character. Well worth reading.

First paragraphs
The darkness came early in midwinter, especially in the Greatwood. Even in the height of summer the forest was not a bright place. Very little sunlight penetrated the vast canopy, hence the overall effect of a cool, dark haven shot with green and gold. In winter more light could pass through the layers of skeletal branches, but it was a cold light, t...more
Kim
For as long as I remember, I loved stories with elves, dwarves, men and campaigns. When I was told about this series, I put it on my list of books to check out and I wasn't disappointed. It was a bit slow at first as the author began to build the foundations of both the story and the world of Alterra itself. In my opinion, it needed to be slow because everything within Alterra played a part in the story. The characters, the land, the animals - they all played a role in the events which came to p...more
Charlene
I was drawn into this book by the promise of a new epic fantasy, and I was very happy to immerse myself in this new world. It's very rich with detail and characters with complex backstories. The novel gradually reveals each character's hidden secrets and desires in a way that makes the whole story compelling. The Elfhunter is pretty sinister as well, and finding out more about his vendetta was very interesting.

Although I enjoy the characters and the worldbuilding, there are times when I feel the...more
Linda
The narrative story telling, at the beginning, was slow for me to get into at first; but the author had a world to set up and players to introduce. This is an intricate tale of an epic fantasy with a richly detailed plot, which grows into a quest.

The characters are solid and well rounded with personalities that you will come to love. Gaelen is a strong driven female elf who drives the quest. Orogond is the human ranger with heart. Fima is the dwarf lore master who has the wisdom and knowledge th...more
Dick Martin
Elfhunter is a great elf tale that is just the beginning of adventures that I couldn't wait for more.I give this 5 stars because I read lots of books on elves and this is a topnotch story that you can't stop reading. C.S.Marks is a fantastic author that knows her elves.I have read all of Gaelen's adventures so far I can't pick a favorite they all are great and keep you reading,waiting for for the next one. I know I can't wait for the next book,I keep checking every couple of weeks for a new book...more
Christi Barnes
This book is incredibly well-written. The author certainly taken a wonderful world that she has built and brought us a very well crafted plot. I will be following this author's work and can't wait until the next book comes out.

Important note, I love reading fantasy and I loved the LOTR movies. However, I could NOT read the books. C.S. Marks is able to convey the same type of epic adventure in a modern and widely readable story-telling mode. You do not have muddle through pages and pages of desc...more
Kyle
I found Elfhunter to be an interesting epic fantasy story. It is rich in detail, although some may feel it goes a bit overboard at times. I figure since this is the first book in a trilogy, it had a lot of back story to explain and the author needed to frame the world of Altera, which includes your typical good versus evil plot along with common epic fantasy races such as elves, men, and dwarves.

The story is clean from a language and sex standpoint, and it features good themes of friendship, lo...more
Ben
This one took me a while, and I'm trying to figure out why. . . I'd see it laying on my nightstand, but I just wouldn't pick it up. Maybe reading a couple chapters a week. Actually finished two other books while it sat there.

Ms. Marks paints a frightening picture of a heroine destined to betray those closest to her and I frankly didn't want to lose these lovely characters to a grisly death. I had become attached to the actors and that speaks highly of Ms. Marks writing. I finally pushed through...more
Nicole
I really enjoyed this book. It is a typical fantasy book with a host of interesting characters and a strong story line. I just started reading fantasy novels a few months ago and now cannot seem to pick up anything but. This is another fine example of why I am liking this genre of books. Thanks to the author for the hard work put into this novel. I just downloaded the second in the series for my Kindle, which I hope exceeds my expectations of where this story could lead.
Noelle
Oct 09, 2011 Noelle rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
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One of my friends let me borrow this book, and I'm so glad she did! This story was original, easy to read, and made me feel the characters without much difficulty. I like to have a relationship with a character in the books I read, and Marks did a great job bringing such a complex, far-off world to life.
Only thing I must complain, some parts had a bit to much description. But other than that, it was wonderful!
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