A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle. Despite Mandred’s barbaric human nature, the queen orchestrates an elfhunt joined by the two strongest wa...more
There is no infidelity as far as I can recall, yet a love triangle (an elf and her two suitors), one very explicit…moreHey there, it is a standalone book.
There is no infidelity as far as I can recall, yet a love triangle (an elf and her two suitors), one very explicit scene, a few ambiguous comments here and there and a few touches upon togetherness, but nothing wild. (less)
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Mandred, human and Jarl of a village called "Firnstayn", sets out to hunt down a man-boar that threatens his people. The creature lures him to an Albengate from where he gets to the homeland of the elves, "Albenmark".
The elven queen, Emerelle, agrees to help him kill the creature that threatens his village, but in return demands to raise his first born child.
With a heavy heart, he agrees, and an elf hunt, among others consisting of two elves called Nuramon and Farodin who happen to lov ...more
Why I wanted to read this: I'm a sucker for traditional fantasy books with elves, dwarves and all the cliches XD
What I thought in the beginning: - This reminds me of Lord of The Rings - beautifully written, well thought-out world with an interesting premise, but the writing style and audio narration were rather dry for me. The descriptions were stunning (my imagination/director was having a blast picturing the world of the elves), the characters were diverse and compelling, but I could ...more
If you plan to read this book my advice is to block a good couple of weeks to read it and better not between readathons (big mistake) to be able to appreciate it.
I couldn't read the ending fast enough- I cried- I will miss Mandred, Nuramon and Farodin!
This was a fantastic read if you want fantasy, fantasy races, but do not want to plod along with purple prose and so much description that you're not moving forward. Simply written and just what I needed. Wonderful things and horrifying things and a long journey- this is kind of a saga and I loved it.
I wonder if there is a book two....
I rarely buy fiction without reading reviews of it first, because I'm picky and chances are great I won't like it for either it's writing style and/or lacking character depth.
What bothered me the most was indeed the writing style. It's just badly written, and not very smart. Rather colloquial, but unnecessarily bloated with stilted expressions. The dialogue is the worst part of it. There are also a lot of occasions where ...more
Let this masterpiece of my childhood be the first book I am ever to review. Be gentle with me! I have read The Elven when I was about ten years old and I remember wanting to borrow it from my local libabry. But the book was shelved as adult fantasy and so I wasn't allowed to take and I had to call my mom because she had to give her permission. Praise to my mother that she has never bothered to check the books I read (unlike my TV shows, how is that for double moral standard?)! Well ...more
The Elven by Bernhard Hennen, James A. Sullivan, Edwin Miles (Translator) a Kindle Unlimited find is a classic epic fantasy that deserves your read. I loved this book and was totally surprised that this is not a young adult oriented story. It is a dark, action filled, adult themed, and dirty fantasy that just happens to be about elves and dwarves.
There are so many things to love about this massive length tale. The thing that stands out most is the wonderful characters that Hennen has cre ...more
Let me be clear–The Elven has some flaws, most certainly–it was not the sort of book that totally blows one away. One of the flaws, I believe, is the rather slow–and ...more
If I were to summarize this book in one word, "uneven" would be it. This is one of those stories that probably would have benefited from a bit of editing. To me it felt like two different books: a slow, tedious behemoth and a fast paced page-turner. What I really liked were the battle scenes where the outcome is far from given and also the overall tragic tone of the story is a nice touch. The triangle love theme was not my cup of tea and luckily the foucus is shifted elsewhere after a ...more
I recenty finished James Maxwells’ audio books and was absolutely impressed. So while searching in the similar genre I found Elven. Its a long story but loved it! I might not read it again because of the sheer volume of the book but might ;)
Two elves are in the most civilized competition ever in the history of love triangles for a female elf. Before she makes herself choose between them, they embark on a quest with a human (great character!) to kill a big bad who's attacking the human's homeland. What follows is a long tale of fighting, traveling, seeking artifacts, saving people and searchi ...more
This novel starts off wonderfully. There's a monster, a chase, a rescue, a hunt and tragedy, comradeship, swords, axes and bows.
And then, a story of fellowship, truth, growth and, adventure begins. While most would see this as almost a separate book, I found it to be an ingenious tale of consequences. Our three heroes focus solely on their goal to the exclusion of seeing the threads being weaved into a tapestry of chaos and destruction as a result of their, and another's, actions.
That said, the entire last 5% or so of the book had me in tears. I may try to read the next book in the series, somewhere way down the line, but for now I need a break from this ...more
After finishing the book, I had to force myself to keep ...more
An epic story. I loved everything about it. There are differences in this telling of elves from the masters, that took some getting used to. I am glad I have it a chance. I fell in love with the characters and the worlds. I hated for it to end and am greedy for more. Beautifully written, I felt I was in the story, watching the events unfold.
A classic epic fantasy. Some characters I loved despite their shortcomings and some I deeply hated. A long book but it was necessary for the character development and the historical element. Good job, I loved the old soul trees...
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Elven, by Bernhard Hennen - starting February 14th, 2019||9||18||Feb 25, 2019 08:54AM|
Schon während des Studiums arbeitete er als Journalist für verschiedene Zeitungen und Radiosender.
1994 verfasste er gemeinsam mit Wolfgang Hohlbein seinen ersten Roman (DAS JAHR DES GREIFEN), der im selben Jahr als bester deutscher Fantasyroman prämi ...more
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"Ich weiß nicht was Vielosoof für eine Beleidigung ist, aber du kannst dir sicher sein, dass der Barbarenhäuptling dir gleich die Axt in den Rachen schiebt!"
Ollowain schlang die Arme übereinander und tat, als zittere er. "So plötzlich kehrt der Winter zurück und lässt die schönsten Frühlingsblüten erfrieren."
"Hast du mich gerade etwa mit Blüten verglichen?", grollte Mandred.
"Nur eine Allegorie, mein Freund."
Der Menschensohn runzelte die Stirn. Dann nickte er. "Ich nehme deine Entschuldigung an, Ollowain."
Nuramon musste sich auf die Unterlippe beißen, um nicht laut loszulachen.”
“Kein Mensch kann sich ohne Zauberei so schnell bewegen”, beharrte Mandred.
Der Anflug eines Lächelns spielte um Ollowains Lippen. “Ganz recht, Mandred. Kein Mensch.”