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Elvenblood (Halfblood Chronicles #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,229 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
The powerful magic of ruthless Elvenlord masters has for centuries rules the world. Even Shana, the legendary Elvenbane prophesied to deliver the oppressed into freedom, is helpless before such power. She and her ragtag band of outcasts, half-blood wizards, escaped human slaves, and free-thinking dragons have gained only a token victory against the mighty lords.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 1995)
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Serena
Mar 02, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elvenblood is a book about blood, and the power struggles between those you do know and those you don't.

Sheyrena and Lorryn find their freedoms threatened, Sheyrena because her elven father arranges a marriage, and Lorryn because his father was human, not elven. So they must flee, and turn to Sheyrena's human slave who is strangely knowledgeable about dragons, Myre.

In the wake of a victory against elves, halfbloods like Shana, human wizards, and dragon shamans like her brother Keman have gathere
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Lindsey
Apr 20, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I just don't get it. My dad says Andre Norton is a fantastic writer, and he's not the only one who's recommended her to me. Maybe she and Lackey just don't make a great team? Maybe she hit a a dry run? Regardless, these ladies seemed to have missed the "Show, don't tell" chapter in "Writing Fiction 101." The writing is stilted and awkward. All the voices are the same. (view spoiler) ...more
Leslie Pringle wrrldgrrl
The second book in the Half-Blood chronicles begins slowly. It is a year after the revolt and we begin in a new location with new characters getting ready for a fete. If I heard anymore about choosing a dress for a function by an elven lady I may just have whipped that CD in the audio-book out the car window. There were a couple of other places where the book dragged, and if I had of been reading the paper copy I likely would have skimmed quite a few pages here and there. A case in point, the s ...more
Chad
Jan 25, 2016 Chad rated it really liked it
A continuation of the Elvenbane, the elves are recovering from the second Wizard War and the Wizards have moved away to a new home far away from the Elven lands to start anew. However, the war has upset the normal order of the realm and the balance of power has shifted. Although the war is over, peace is still not assured. Now is the time to secure power and new alliances.

My biggest c optician of this book is that the first book ends at the conclusion of a single battle in which the Wizards win
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Nataly
Oct 17, 2008 Nataly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It's as good as the first book.
Sara
I enjoyed this. I most liked reading about the halfblood Lorryn and his elven sister Sheyrena (more Sheyrena). I thought the chunks of story which told with their thoughts, especially Rena's, were the most interesting. Sheyrena coming into her own and discovering the many uses of her "lesser magics" was captivating. Lorryn was... not quite as interesting, honestly. He may have even been a bit boring. Mero bores me now, though I thought his new-found love was sweet. They're a good couple. Shana w ...more
Lissibith
Sep 21, 2013 Lissibith rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novel
Two things first. A. I liked this one a lot better than the first even though it wasn't technically better. and B. It's SO depressing to me that I can't put this one on my female friendships shelf. But as with so much contemporary fantasy, the only real, meaningful relationships are either familial or romantic, so why would you want to have friendships? They're clearly inferior shadows. *eyeroll*

First, the very good - I loved the addition of Rena, an elven character who's meek and quiet and demu
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Hannah
Jun 22, 2009 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This second installment has the advantage of better pacing than the first, since its moved past the "beginning" stages of the plot. However, where the first had rich descriptions of the world and its people, and the characters were well-developed, "Elvenblood" failed to deliver the same quality. Shana came across as increasingly shallow and her character unbelievable - although the changes are understandable as she moves up the social ladder, I found it hard accept her dramatically developed int ...more
Dan
May 04, 2010 Dan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Elvenbane fans
Recommended to Dan by: Amy Campbell
Elvenblood continues the themes from Elvenbane: character-driven scenes full of description, a long introduction, and a breaking down of fantasy tropes. We have a would-be fairy princess charming unicorns, which in this world are predatory, with sharp fangs and clawed hooves.

Elvenblood, more than a hundred pages shorter than its predecessor, falls into a "middle child" slump, like Two Towers or The Empire Strikes Back. In it, we're introduced to a few new characters, our heroes start falling in
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Sarah Mckenna
Feb 21, 2014 Sarah Mckenna rated it it was ok
There's zero tension throughout the whole book. The lack of conflict is kind of stunning. I kept waiting for the plot to start. What made the first one fun was getting kind of childishly indignant at the patent unfairness the main character's mistreatment, but everyone is pretty much saccharine sweet and patently understanding throughout this one.

That said, the dialogue was fun and mindless. A good bedtime story.
Cathrine Bonham
Nov 12, 2014 Cathrine Bonham rated it really liked it
I thought this book was better than the first book. The plot line was much better though there are still problems with the showing versus telling. I liked the two new characters the Elven girl Rena and her brother Lorryn. They brought a new and exciting dynamic to the story world.

I was still dissapointed in the ending, but there is another book still so maybe it will wrap up in that one.
Kimmay
Sep 22, 2011 Kimmay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, norton-andre
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Suzy
Jan 16, 2016 Suzy rated it liked it
Entertaining book . The plot is fairly simple of good against evil. Some characters are very flat, either being a great being or an evil one with none of the nuances I usually enjoy in characters with mixed emotions. There wasn't an evil character that had "redeeming" qualities or a "good: character that did things that were bordering on "evil".
Tnkw01
Apr 04, 2016 Tnkw01 rated it really liked it
The star system has no half stars, so I’ll give this a 5-star even though it really is a 4.5. Really, really great read. So many things to love about this book. Love the fact that elves are not the "end all to be all". Love the fact that there is no prominent characters that whine all through the book (which Lackey has a tendency to write) and no really long, drawn out dialogue or descriptions that clutters up some fantasy books. A great plot, also. The only criticisms I have is the ending is ju ...more
Victoria
When I decided to re-read The Halfblood Chronicles, I was excited to read the brand new (to me) third novel in the series. As for this second book, though I only vaguely recalled the events of the previous novel in the series, this one felt a bit more familiar. At first I chalked it up to a familiarity with Mercedes Lackey’s writing style. But as more and more of the plot came back to me, I realized that my clearer memory came from originally enjoying this sequel even more than the first book in ...more
Levi Amichai
There are man-hearted women and women-hearted men! Which at least partly makes up for the way that gay women don't exist and gay men are only noticed by the narrative in a "at least [scary powerful person] didn't swing that way" kind of way.
Renay
Jan 17, 2012 Renay rated it liked it
a cute little story about the ever present battle between good and evil, using elves, wizards, gnomes, halfbloods and humans as the fighters, and a world where dragons exist but are a threatened species as the battleground.
the main character is a girl who has been supressed by her father and kept "in the dark" so to speak for all of her life, till she breaks free and realises she has hidden strengths that can benefit the world and the races.
a good and intersting book to pick up, and an enjoyabl
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Heine
Sep 07, 2010 Heine rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Blou4432
Aug 10, 2012 Blou4432 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy-other
Lou:
The second book of the Halfblood Chronicles, this one starts with a character that was BRIEFLY mentioned in the first book. The beginning starts kind of makes you go "Um...where are Shana and Keman?" I didn't like that it started with a whole new set of characters, but again, you get used to it, and then the people we grew to love in the first book show up, along with the ones we grew to hate. What I enjoy about the first two of the series is that they don't really leave you hanging. Each c
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Allison
Feb 27, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
Loved these books & still so disappointed we won't get to read the final book.
Dikla Hason
Apr 25, 2015 Dikla Hason rated it it was ok
Not nearly as good as eleven bane
K.L. Pickett
Jun 18, 2015 K.L. Pickett rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down.
Lisa Arden
One of my all time favorites
Justin
Jun 19, 2010 Justin rated it really liked it
Another compelling adventure, with more characters and twists in the over all plot. I felt this book so far was weaker of the two in terms of description, but most defiantly stronger in action and over all story. I love these books honestly for me I think I understand what is going on only to have been completely wrong, and surprised in a good way. The writing seems a bit more fluent then the first one as well. I am quiet anxious to finish the trilogy with Elvenborn.
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Alena
Feb 24, 2009 Alena rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, Elvenbane. It jumped around between characters a bit too much, so it was harder to get involved in the characters' stories. The ending was especially disappointing - again, it was too rushed, and it ended on a cliffhanger!

However, I did enjoy the sections with the Iron People, and getting a better view into the elves' world. It's worth a read if you liked the first book.
Mary Ann
Mar 19, 2013 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Now I'll have to run down the third book in the series. The theme of male dominance vs. female equality is one that rings in the hearts of the great majority of females and even some males. For years I've had the misconception that Andre Norton was a male; I also made that mistake years ago in thinking Taylor Caldwell was also of the male gender. One day I'll learn not to make those assumptions without doing some checking!
Janell Wheeler
May 28, 2013 Janell Wheeler rated it liked it
This was a fantastic sequel to the first book. I couldn't put it down. It did not initially start off where I would have liked, since it introduced new characters but overall once I got into the book (the first chapter) I couldn't stop. It just made the story plot even better and you felt even more for the characters and even really got into the new characters. This was a great sequel
Eric
Oct 16, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
My first [modern] fantasy book ever! :D I bought it for the dragons on the cover. Looking at it through the eyes of someone who has read hundreds of other fantasies since, on the quality scale, it's a very ordinary story and it ended with a frustrating cliffhanger (frustrating then as I had no means of securing the next book). But I'm giving it three stars for sentimental reasons.
Mandi
Aug 13, 2012 Mandi rated it liked it
Not sure this series is up to Lackey standards. I finished the 2nd book, with little to no desire to read the 3rd book of this series. And again as with the first book in this series, it was lacking that little something that makes me not want to put down the book I'm reading. Overall very disappointed both with this book, and with the series itself.
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Halfblood Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Elvenbane (Halfblood Chronicles, #1)
  • Elvenborn (Halfblood Chronicles, #3)

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