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Elvenblood (Halfblood Chronicles #2)

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Elvenblood... To spill it was to invite terrible vengeance, as Shana, also known as the Elvenbane, had already discovered. She had been born into a world with one simple law - obey the elven lords, or be destroyed. Those elvenborn who had the strongest magic and pure elvenblood ruled all others: humans, halfbloods, and even elves of weaker magic, mere slaves who lived or d ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Lindsey
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
Nataly
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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Tnkw01
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
Renay
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
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Blou4432
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
Loved these books & still so disappointed we won't get to read the final book.
Lisa Arden
One of my all time favorites
Justin
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.
Alena
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
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
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
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
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.
sj
Hee, I was just thinking about this book earlier after having read a review of Diana Peterfreund's GIANT KILLER UNICORNS series.

This book was my first experience with killer alicorns and I don't see how Ms. Peterfreund's can possibly stack up. Maybe someday.
Blain
Apr 11, 2009 Blain rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I consider this book and series (Halfblood Chronicles) my guilty pleasure. I original read this on my trips during ski club in H.S. Purely a fantasy book, I enjoy their take on the standard wizards, elves, and dragons. i.e. elves have enslaved the human race and are generally nasty bastards while dragons are shape shifters.
Emily
Thinking about this book after reading her Alta series, this one falls short. It's the same type of storyline, but with a Pern type twist that didn't quite do it for me. I remember being kind of bored with this series when I compared it to M. Lackey's other work. Maybe the author collaboration just wasn't working for me?
Junoimelda
See my review of Elvenbane. Boy howdy, the plot was pretty predictable. Funny how all of the primary characters found romantic partners in this book, at more or less the same time. Still a fun read, with maybe a smidge more character development here, at least in the one full-blooded Elven maiden.
Rhiannon
not as good at the first, but not for lack of trying.. it just left the ending as a cliffhanger, while the first could have been read as a standalone book. i did think the characters paired off into couples a little too easily/quickly, and without real reason to. but thats about it.
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Just when all hope is lost, we learn about the Iron people. I am so happy to read this second book. I'm returned to this wonderful land of magic, dragon and fighting for freedom. Shanna needs her ass kicked into gear a little though. I know she can do it.
Kelly
Pretty good. A little on the boring side. This is not an author of action. It's more like scandal and politics for a different world. She is very good at creating beautiful and interesting surroundings.
Kerri
The second of Lackey/Norton's Halfblood Chronicles. This book introduces a new culture in the authors' fantasy world, as well as delving deeper into the world of the elves. Very enjoyable.
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