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Elphame's Choice (Partholon #4)

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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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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
Jan 24, 2010 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2010 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Mar 18, 2010 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 18, 2009 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Savannah Garcia
Jul 09, 2010 Savannah Garcia rated it it was ok
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May 14, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2010 Jollee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2012 Belyse rated it it was amazing
I just have one thing to say about this book.
This book is absolutely my favorite book in the partholon series
The Book Breeze
Jan 14, 2015 The Book Breeze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elphame’s Choice tells the story of the firstborn daughter of Etain, the Goddess Incarnate and Midhir, her shaman/centaur life-mate. Elphame is “a perfect blending of human, centaur and goddess.” Human from her head to her waist, she has the legs of a horse that end in hooves. Elphame has grown to adulthood in the kingdom, worshipped by all that know her. She knows she is chosen by the Goddess, but doesn’t want to wait for her mother to die or step down to take over advising the citizenry. Inste ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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
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
Jun 02, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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
Dorothea Müller
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 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 haben, dass sie ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 05, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epona is the goddess that Etain feels most drawn go. Etain is a normal human and is close to giving birth. Her husband, though, is a centaur. Etain is Epona's representative to the people, the goddess incarnate.

There's a reference to a race of evil beings called the Fomorians who had been fought long ago.

Then the book jumps from the birth to Elphame, the girl child, when she is 25. She possesses mostly th body of a normal human, but her legs taper to centaur hooves. Elphame wants to get away fr
Mar 31, 2016 Sakurahan rated it really liked it
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Mar 16, 2010 Jacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cast did a great job, this is another great Partholon story. If you liked the first three books this one will not disappoint you.
Nov 11, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcopy, 2015
Overall I would have to say that I enjoyed this book. I really liked the world and the characters in it. I do think that it was a bit longer than it needed to be and because of that it took me a while to read because I would get a little bored and need to put the book down. I will continue on and read bridgits quest as I am very interested in her story. I also think that this book should not be geared towards to young of reader as it has some sex scenes but they are not on the erotica level and ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"
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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May 16, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
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
Aug 01, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2010 Shelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 29, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2013 abi rated it liked it
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
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
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P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retirin ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Partholon (5 books)
  • Divine By Mistake (Partholon, #1)
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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.”
“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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