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Born to Run (SERRAted Edge #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,682 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Book one of a new urban fantasy series centered on hot cars, fast elves, and rock-n-roll. Good elves are intrigued by stock car racing, and bad elves run kiddie-porn and drug rings. Trapped in between are three runaways who are in serious trouble and about to get into more--unwitting pawns in a deadly game between good and evil.
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by Baen Books (first published February 1st 1992)
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Sep 30, 2008 Drew rated it really liked it
This book is pure unadulterated escapist fantasy. It may not be Pulizer Prize material, but Lackey's detailed descriptions take you to a different place. The human mage was a pretty cool character with a heart of gold. If you like fantasy especially urban fantasy, you'll love this one.
Kathy Davie
Dec 14, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
First in the SERRAted Edge urban fantasy series revolving around elves, magic, and racing cars. The focus is on Tannim.

My Take
It's an enjoyable story — using the sportscar racing as the story's setting is a unique twist — and must be some of Lackey's early writing as it is rather juvenile and could use some work. That said, it is clever with a clever substitution, replacing the iron in cars with fiberglass and other nonferrous materials to make it easier for elves to be around all that Cold Iron
Aug 01, 2008 Jen3n rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, man. I forgot about these books. I was looking through Teej's book list, thinking that I should read all the book's that he had listed that I had never read (and immediately giving up; Teej, my love; where ever you are now: know that I love you and would pay you any service or sign of respect in my power... except read those Xanth novels. Ye gods... what horrible taste in books you had in some respects, Boy. Heh.) and I came across the SERRAted Edge novels.

They're marvelously awful. Wonderfu
May 23, 2013 Droewyn rated it really liked it
I loved this series when I was a teen. It was the first urban fantasy I'd ever heard of, and I really dug the idea of magic living alongside the human world without anyone noticing.

Going back to it, it's definitely dated (the cool hero rocks a mullet and bleeding-edge technology is a car stereo with a CD player), but what I found really awkward was the dialogue. If someone called me by name that many times in conversation I'd be more than a little creeped out. People just don't talk like that.

Mar 12, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the high concept of this one - that the Fair Folk are still alive in our time, and they have latched on to modern elements of our culture, with the light elves wanting to just hang out, listen to rock and roll and modify racing cars, and the dark elves being drawn to the tools of modern organized criminal rings.

When we get into the plot of the novel, it falls off a bit, going into after-school special territory, but it's told with enough joie de vivre that it stays entertaini
Jun 21, 2010 Foggygirl rated it it was amazing
I loved this SERRAated Edge series and continue to re-read the books in the series.
Michele bookloverforever
Nov 14, 2010 Michele bookloverforever rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-series
Tracy Poff
Nov 03, 2012 Tracy Poff rated it liked it
This review also appears on my blog.

Born to Run is urban fantasy. The premise is that elves and banshees and various creatures and circumstances of the Irish and Scottish mythology are real. The good elves are relatively well-disposed toward humans, and will generally help people, and the bad ones hate humans and will try to do them harm. The modernization of this basic story is that the good elves, led by Keighvin Silverhair, are building racecars in order to get money to help children, since
Aug 30, 2012 TheCosyDragon rated it really liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

I seem to have lapsed into comforting fiction again. I don't know what exactly is comforting about a human mage that can protect his race car by magic, an urban elf that has a sot spot for children and a porn ring that has a lot more going on than you can imagine...

Tannim is a race car driver, but he's mixed up with elves and other fun things. Hi
Sep 23, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What I liked about it:
This is the first book in the Serrated Edge series, and it is a bit dated now. But when I read it, all those things turned into quaint details. This is a surprisingly complex book, and a book I urge everyone to read. Yes, I know it is an urban fantasy. The focus of the conflict is the animosity been Keighvin Silverhair and Vidal Dhu. If I explained how much it affected the book, I would spoil the plot. Fairgrove, and Silverhair, are genuine do-gooders. But since the world
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it

There are elves out there.And more are coming. But even elves need money to survive in the "real" world. The good elves, intrigued by the thrills of stock car racing, are manufacturing new, light-weight engines (with, incidentally, very little "cold" iron); the bad elves run a kiddie-porn and snuff-film ring, with occasional forays into drugs.Ranged on the other side of all that's good ---- Keighvin: elf lord with a problem, and the victim of a vendetta.-- Tannim: a human mage with a taste for f

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Jun 25, 2012 Ward Bond rated it it was ok

There are elves out there.And more are coming. But even elves need money to survive in the "real" world. The good elves, intrigued by the thrills of stock car racing, are manufacturing new, light-weight engines (with, incidentally, very little "cold" iron); the bad elves run a kiddie-porn and snuff-film ring, with occasional forays into drugs.Ranged on the other side of all that's good ---- Keighvin: elf lord with a problem, and the victim of a vendetta.-- Tannim: a human mage with a taste for f

Dec 10, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Jun 18, 2011 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
It was a reasonably entertaining read that I guess you could call Suburban Fantasy, maybe? I might check out some of her other series, but this particular story felt both too derivative for me and overly melodramatic, plus I wasn't crazy about all the "head-hopping" the author chose to use to tell this tale.
Aug 21, 2012 Firekat rated it it was amazing
I quite honestly love this book. There's race-car driving elves, and really hot human mages. What more can I say? Albit, since it was written in the early 90s, the tech and references are a little out of date, but the plot and magic together is fun, and while it's go it's fun and fluffy moments, it's definetly serious, too, with evil elves and teenage hookers.
Jul 25, 2007 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I tried to read this one twice. I really did, but I just couldn't get into the elven elements of the story. I loved Tannim, though, loved his psychic end of the world, but the elves just annoyed me. Don't know why.
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I like books about fae. Ms. Lackey writes some good stories about the fae and how they like to help people out. This one was a good. Not much for me to write about since it was a long time ago. Still have a favourable impression of this one and would recommend it to other fae lovers.
Nov 10, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers, people needing light fare to read on the bus
For a book that was most likely inspired by the video to A-Ha's "Take On Me", it's surprisingly fun.

There's no depth here, and some pretty one-dimensional villains, but that's okay; you weren't really expecting a book about race-car driving elves to be Shakespeare, were you?
Jul 08, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Serrated series is just awesome...elves helping abused children, working with the metal that could hurt them most, and fighting off evil. I don't think I have ever read anything even remotely similar.
Aug 13, 2012 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I go back to this over and over
Oct 13, 2012 Amy-chan rated it liked it
I really love the character of Tannim. This series was my introduction to Urban Fantasy. It's typical Lackey, some quirky humor mixed with some very dark subplots, but she blends it really well.
Garland Coulson
Apr 27, 2011 Garland Coulson rated it it was ok
Can't get into this series. Not as interesting as her other work which I love.
Aug 05, 2012 ~Anita~ rated it really liked it
Second time through. The first time I had glandular fever and it turned out I barely remembered the plot.
Apr 11, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was ok
Neat premise, but I wasn't sure whose story this was. I think some focus would have improved the book.
Jul 29, 2015 James rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, paperback
I took awhile for the story to coalesce but it did all fall in to place. Tania was saved and the good guys won. The unseileigh leaders fell not to seileigh opponents but to humans. A good read.
Mar 13, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Aug 03, 2008 Dvdurante rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. All of Mercedes Lackey's urban fantasy are amazing. Think Buffy but better!
Rita Dumais
Sep 18, 2015 Rita Dumais rated it really liked it
It was pretty cheesy, but good fun. It was a bit darker than I was expecting it to be.
Mary rated it liked it
Apr 17, 2012
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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