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Part-human, part-centaur, Elphame has always been different. The hundreds of shimmering butterflies sent by the goddess Etain to mark her birth were only the beginning. When Elphame is asked to breathe new life into the remote MacCallan Castle, she goes along with it and finally she's found her true calling.
Paperback, 425 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Mira Books
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Beanbag Love
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It took a hundred pages for me to get even a little interested in this story. If I hadn't meant to review it, I would have put it away. I was uninterested in the protagonist and found the world-building to be nebulous for the most part. Very easy book to put down. I rearranged a junk drawer and an over-flowing cupboard while reading this book. Not a good sign.

I'd never read PC Cast, but I was interested in picking something of hers up because of how ubiquito...more
Kelly
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Monica
There is sooo much I want to say about this book I don't even know where to begin. First off, I LOVED the Parthenon series and P.C. Cast is quickly becoming my favorite author of all time. I loved her Goddess Summoning series as well, anyway...This book fits in perfectly with the Parthenon series, it is actually set a hundred and some years after Rhiannon. The characters in this book are so vivid and so devoted to their faith it almost makes me jealous, and wish that I could also have that kind...more
Jane
I don't know why I even picked this up after not liking Divine By Mistake so much! I give myself 1 star for smart making choices!

Anyway, this book sounded way more interesting than book one (I love mythology and fantasy) so I picked it up (hunted down a used copy on amazon for $$$ is more like it...) and gave it a shot.

In contrast to the first Partholon book which tried to have Too Much Fun, this book was No Fun At All. Elphame is just the dullest character. I cannot remember anything about her...more
Stacy
click here to see our Goddess of Partholon interview with PC Cast.

I absolutely fell in love with all the characters in this book!

Which is probably why I can’t get the stinkin story line out of my head. I keep thinking so and so should have done this, or that was a bad choice. That, and just plain mourning. Ugh!

Seriously, I need to move on…

Elphame is the beautiful daughter of the Goddess Incarnate Etain. However, having a human mom and a centaur dad has made her a genetic one of a kind. She is...more
Rebecca
sometimes i wish that there were negatives, or at least 'no' stars available.

this book was in the teen section of the library on their 'new' shelf. I was therefore, very surprised and unhappy that this book contained explicit sex (at least in my opinion). How could this be teen? recommended to children 14+?????

it made me feel sick. i decided that i must launch a complaint to the library. the librarian understood and helped me get the form. Did you know that you have to detail (with pg numbers) w...more
Savannah Garcia
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Jennifer
I love P.C. Cast, so I was very excited to read this book. I dove into it as soon as I got a chance (which was about two days after I received it). I wasn’t immediately entranced, but the book did improve as the story unfolded. I would say this was almost like a roller coaster. I wasn’t immediately thrilled, then there were some really good parts, then it dipped to being almost boring, but it ended strong with a sense that I should continue the series. Here’s a bit about the book:

We begin the bo...more
Lori Whitwam
A wee bit concerned about this one. In the previous books in the series, Epona's Chosen (the representative of this goddess on earth) has looked a lot like the previous one, beautiful, strong, and her mate is always the centaur (half man/half horse) Shaman of the land. (Don't worry, he transforms to his human form for the intimate necessities!) In this one, the new Epona's Chosen is born a satyr, a woman with the legs/feet of a horse (goat?). Still beautiful, but I'm not sure yet if she transfor...more
Jollee
When I started this book I was a little nervous of what I would think, Im not usually a fan of the books that are a whole new world in themselves, but this one was fantastic. I will for sure be reading the other books in the series. Elphame is a part human, part cantar girl who since birth was obviously marked by the goddess Empona. All her life she has felt estrange and worshiped by her people, and because of that all alone in the world. This changes when she leaves home to rebuild the castle o...more
Becca
For the most part, my opinion on this book is that it's bad. I just wasn't engrossed enough to get farther than halfway. The main character is insufferably perfect and boring. Brenna is the only character I felt like I cared about. Like other reviewers have said, somehow P.C. Cast managed to make her SETTING a Mary Sue. I never understood whether she was trying to evoke Scottish culture, Viking culture, or Ancient Greek. It felt like this book was taking itself so seriously and never took a step...more
Belyse
I just have one thing to say about this book.
I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH.
This book is absolutely my favorite book in the partholon series
Jacy
Cast did a great job, this is another great Partholon story. If you liked the first three books this one will not disappoint you.
Denise
I have read and savored all the Goddess books of P.C. Cast's. Elphame's Choice and Brighid's Quest were originally written with teen audiences in mind so the intimate scenes have been toned down. I understand why the author has done this (think of the outrage by religious folk!) but I still think it is a disservice to young people.

Instead of hiding human intimacy between two loving and consenting individuals, it should be celebrated as Life expressing itself and distinguishing us as "thinking"...more
Brittany
With "Elphame's Choice" P.C. Cast continues in the same vein as her breakout novel, "Goddess by Mistake." Elphame, the half-human, half-centaur daughter of Etain, beloved of Epona, is very unhappy. As a human/centaur hybrid, Elphame is human from the waist up but her two legs resemble those of a centaur, ending with hoofs. Because she was so obviously marked by the Goddess, all who see her worship her. While she is revered and worshipped, outside of her own family she is not seen for who she is...more
Lynne weir
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Jenny
Elphame’s Choice is the fourth book in the Goddess of Partholon series by P.C. Cast. It takes place about 125 years after the events that happened in the first three books. It’s about Elphame who is Shannon’s great granddaughter and she’s also the daughter of Etain, the current Goddess Incarnate of Epona. She’s been touched by the goddess in a special way in that she’s part human, part centaur. All her life Elphame has been worshipped and revered but all she really wants to be like everyone else...more
Alyssa
I like it. It's not an overly complex book, and there are a few things that I was confused on, but it's a pretty good story. I've already read the second book (Brighid's Quest), which I liked better, but this isn't too bad. I'm a little bothered by my inability to imagine Elphame, though. She's half human, half centaur, and I'm having trouble imagining it. Other than that, I like the draw from Celtic mythology (Cuchulainn is the name of her brother, who is named after a hero) and the fact that...more
Shelli
Elphame's Choice was a last minute decision made in five minutes at the airport. There was Brighid's Quest sitting next to it, and I thought that perhaps it could be a series I could get into. I like series.

It turned out that while this wasn't the first book in the series, it wasn't hard to figure things out. Enough of the history of what I'm assuming is covered in the first book is explained. Still, it wasn't anything I expected. When they say, "marked by the goddess Epona" I didn't expect a ha...more
Bethany
First, I think this book is badly categorized. It feels like an adult book that has been modified ever so slightly to be sold in the teen section. The characters are supposed to be kind of young but they all have the responsibilities and personalities of adults... I'm not sure how well teenagers will really be able to relate to them. And even though they removed the stronger terms, there is still a couple sex scenes that seem a little grown up. In most books aimed at this age group, if the act h...more
Jenny Delandro
Elphame has never had a friend... treated as a physical manifestation of their goddess Epona she has never been able to feel at ease with others...
Until she decides to follow her heart and move out of her mother house and travel to the ruined castle of MacCallan, to rebuild it to its former glory.
Although her mother has the goddess speaking to her all the time Elphame has never had any mystical or spiritual experience...
She is revered but she wants to have something that is hers alone... accomp...more
Darcy
I find the more books that I read in this series the more that I love the world that it is set in. This time around we are about 125 years after the first book, live has been good in the Partholon, the war was over, things have settled back to normal. Elphame is the daughter of the current Beloved, and other than her normal specialness she has been touched by the Goddess herself in her form, Elphame, the daughter of a human and centaur is human from the waist up, but the waist down has 2 legs bu...more
Darlene
Only now do I find out that this is book number four in the Partholon series. I kept feeling like I was missing something. This copy is from the library. If I can make it through fast enough maybe I can get done before the due date. If not at least I know where to find this.

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The library book went back. It took me too long to get through the series and catch up with the one I had. So I bought my own Kindle copy. This series is worth the money spent. I wish I could loan my copies to my friends w...more
abi
This book is the 4th book in the Partholon series, but you don't need to read any of the books prior to understand the storyline. It is set way after Rhi and ClanFintan's reign - so don't worry if you haven't read them. Reading them though would give you more background knowledge into the Partholon world and Epona - the goddess. But, it does explain in this book. Now whether not I liked the book is the question...

Well, I would definitely say it is much better than the 3rd book, but again, it was...more
Michele Lee
Elphame is the Chosen of the Goddess Epona. Half centaur, half human she leaves the luxury of her mother, the Goddess Incarnate's, home and travels to a crumbling castle, once the site of slaughter, determined to revive the site and find her own place in the world. What she finds is the half breed descendents of the Fomorians, the demons who destroyed the castle in the first place, and one of them she recognizes as her soulmate.
Not a horror, or even dark fantasy, novel Elphame's Choice will rea...more
Aoife
This book wasn't too bad..
Again like I mentioned with the other books,I do miss Shannon and I wish that in this one, we could have learned more about the rest of her life and whether she died happy and how she was remembered and all that kind of stuff but that's just me aching for the friend I found in Shannon.
Elphame is an interesting character, not only because she has horse legs but she is a stronger character than Morrigan and Mryna before her, the likes of we haven't seen since Shannon. She...more
Amanda
I was a little surprised at first to see that "Harlequin Teen" published this book. The existence of a teen division of the popular romance novel company is news to me, and since Harlequin is traditionally associated with steamy romances, I wondered how the teen division fit in. I figured that these novels would focus on the current popularity of teen paranormal romance, but found that I was a little off the mark on that assumption.

First, I noticed that Elphame's Choice was placed in the adult s...more
Casusangelus
Klappentext:
"Ihre Mutter ist die Auserwählte, ihr Vater ein Hoher Schamane. Und trotzdem ist die 19-jährige Elphame eine Außenseiterin. Als Prinzessin aufgewachsen, hat sie außer ihrem Bruder keine echten Freunde.

Ihre Suche nach einem Ort, an dem sie sie selbst sein kann, führt sie zu der verlassenen Burg des alten MacCallan. Im Sonnenlicht sieht Elphame die Mauern golden schimmern. Da spürt sie es: Das dornröschenschlossähnliche Gemäuer ruft sie! Über hundert Jahre scheint es darauf gewartet zu...more
Cyna
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Char
For my full review please visit my blog: Elphame's Choice Review @ From the Shadows I Review

1.5 stars - ***EDIT*** I changed the rating because (view spoiler)

*** I feel the need to point out straight away that this is an adult book NOT a YA book as is suggested on P.C. Cast's website.***




I found this book to be very hard going and once again some of the conte...more
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“I want to be a Huntress when I grow up!" shouted a voice from the throng.
Kyna rolled her eyes and shook her head. "You can't be a Huntress, Liam. You're not a centaur and you're not a female.”
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“I am part-demon, part-human. What else does that make me?" She answered his question with one of her own.
"I am part-centaur, part-human. Does that make me a mutant?"
"It makes you a miracle."
She held his gaze. "Exactly.”
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