Elfhunter (Tales of Alterra, The World That Is, #1)
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Elfhunter (Tales of Alterra, The World That Is #1)

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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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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
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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

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!!
This book has so much potential. The background of each character, how they relate to one another, and the premise of the book...(to defeat what I will just call the 'darkness')...all held my attention. C. S. Marks is a great writer. The issue I have with the book is for 500 pages, the characters basically have one task. At the end of the book...this task is STILL not resolved. *Add a second story line that involves romance and love relationships that progress* I am disappointed that things were...more
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
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
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
"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.
The next in the series about our heroine Wood-elven Gaelen Taldin on Alterra. Gorgon Elfhunter, a monster has sworn to destroy all the Elves of Alterra. Gorgon is hunting Gaelen and she to has sworn to rid the world of him. The story is filled with both tender and terrifying, thrilling and yet thought-provoking moments. Again as I've said before this is a fanasty suitable for all ages filled with lots of action, detailed descriptions and page turning emotions. A thrilling series that will keep y...more
Steven Schaefer
I was fortunate to have met the author at St. Louis Comic Con this year. We were attending for the first time and stumbled across her booth amidst the spectacle. The covers of the displayed works intrigued me, so I struck up a brief conversation with the occupants, not realizing one of the two was the author. She asked my 11 year old about his tastes in reading and recommended her books. This is of course to be expected given the venue. We later returned and purchased this and one of the later t...more
Keru Faye
I tried. I really tried to finish this. But alas, Elfhunter must go to the dnf shelf because I have many more better books to read and I ended up about halfway through the book when I felt that I should be much farther.

I love elves, so I thought that this would be a win for me, but the writing suffers from tell-don't-show and over-description in the wrong places. This bogs down the pace dramatically and makes Elfhunter a chore to read.

The characters aren't exactly super-compelling either, despit...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
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
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
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
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
The story was interesting, don't get me wrong. However, it was very difficult to actually love and know a character. From what I read, of about 40%, it followed four characters at the same time, in the same exact path. Also, the characters weren't loveable. They were okay, interesting but at the same time too conveint. I did want to like this book, I honestly did, I tried, I pushed, but I wasn't able to see things through. Someone else may have a better chance of it, but it just wasn't for me......more
Sharon kadlec
I am sorry you spent a chapter on the horse's point of view I really didn't need to read that. The rest of the book was a little overly descriptive. I enjoyed the character enough to continue reading the second book in hopes of getting some answers to a really long story.
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
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“There were those who could not imagine why Magra would even acknowledge one such as Gaelen, and they had made this opinion known. Gaelen had no difficulty dealing with them, as she was quite sure of herself and cared not for the opinions of those who judge others using only those characters visible to the eye. There were many evil souls that wore a fair semblance.” 0 likes
“She-elves were therefore his next choice, for although they knew no more of healing pestilence that he did, they still seemed to have unique instincts. Galador knew, for example, that Gaelen’s idea of embracing a raving, sweat-soaked, delirious man would never have occurred to him, but it had certainly made a difference to Rogond.” 0 likes
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