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Voyage of the Elawn: Elk Riders Volume II

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The stories of siblings from In the Darkness Visible continue to interweave, as Gabriella Carlyle and her brother Dameon work to stop the plans of brothers Sade and Vondales—powerful members of a dark order of sorcerers. Gabriella and Dameon travel far across the ocean on a mysterious craft, the Elawn, accompanied by an elk, Adamantus, who holds many mysteries of his own. ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Tenebray Press (first published November 11th 2016)
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Faith Rivens
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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As with the first book, Voyage of the Elawn follows two narratives that ultimately meet by the end of it. A solid adventure with intriguing characters and a unique worldbuilding, it still suffered from a very open ending and some underdeveloped turns in the plot. Still, Gabriella's character is a strong protagonist with a lot of potential still to develop, and the story line of the brothers Sade and Vondales was a highlight that deserves more time to shine.
Goodness Mfonido
This book was an easy read and it kept me intrigued. Read the whole Series!! What a ride! Couldn't put it down. Well written. Intelligent, suspenseful story. I enjoy these author. Ted Neill is the best.
Kat Kennedy
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the second volume of the Elk Riders fantasy epic, siblings Gabriella and Dameon Carlyle continue their quest to save their island homeland, Harkness, by finding the treasure of Nicomedes and returning in time to pay the Servior, a wicked group of sorcerers who are trying to obtain the Tower of the Dead which is in Harkness. The book begins with their skyship crumbling, its captain dead, and Gabriella’s mentor, Omanuju, wounded. Now, Gabriella, with her autistic brother, the greedy Mortimer, a ...more
This story opens on Gabriella, who is attempting to rally after several setbacks. She’s been joined by her autistic younger brother (Dameon) and a trapper from their village (Mortimer), who may both be more trouble than they’re worth. If that wasn’t bad enough, the ship they’ve been traveling on has started falling apart. Meanwhile, Sade and his brother are forced into slavery until he loses control and torches everyone on their ship but the two of them. Then they're rescued by a group of unscru ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Elk Riders series, and it's helpful to have read the first before you pick up this one. The second story in a series generally faces a conflict between explaining too much about the first book to new readers and dragging down the action, or not explaining enough and leaving new readers confused - the author has here chosen to err a bit on the latter side, enough to make it inadvisable but not absolutely impossible to start the series here.This book primarily concerns th ...more
Jessica Bronder
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabriella just keeps finding trouble on her quest. The captain is dead and the skyship is damaged. Omanuju is injured and a greedy Mortimer causing more problems than providing any kind of help. Then there is Dameon, Gabriella’s brother. His behaviors caused problems at home and those same problems are complicating Gabriella’s quest. She is getting frustrated and wants to send him home but then is guilty because these thoughts are not helping her to be pure.

Gabriella is getting frustrated with
Amanda Waters
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Elk Riders series did not disappoint, as Gabriella continues on her quest to save her home. The story is fast paced and the stakes are high, and Gabriella also continues to grow and get to know herself more clearly. This book gets more into the heart of the relationships begun in the first book, particularly the relationship between Gab and her brother. Sibling relationships can be complicated, and that's certainly true in this case. We get to learn more about Sade and Van ...more
Katherine Parsons
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the first installation of this series, it has to be said - this second book far exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend reading the previous book (The Darkness Visible) before Voyage of the Elawn, as much of the exposition and world-building does not recur here - it could be very difficult to get into if you haven't read the first.

A terrific book, once again. the atmospheric nature of the world that Neill has created is just as wonderful as in the previ
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The second novel in the Elk Riders series is enjoyable but overall lacking

The previous novel in the Elk Riders series left on a very heightened note, something I believe was inadvisable for any story even one that is part of a series since there should be some closure and resolution before finishing, and Voyage of the Elawn picked right up where In the Darkness Visible left off. This made it feel like these two novels were split right down the middle and gave the impression of being ill thought
Mark Smith
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a true story of a heroine’s battle for success. While the author bills this as fantasy, there are elements of other genres in the story. The author uses techniques commonly found in thrillers, science fiction, and action-adventure. Most writers cannot fathom melding such different genres in their creations, but this author does so with grace and talent. The heroine, 14-year-old Gabriella Carlyle, goes through many trials and tribulations. She is determined to see her mission through. Rea ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as entertaining and exciting as the first volume in the series! Voyage of the Elawn manages to keep the momentum going, blending seamlessly from the first book to the second. The return of characters both beloved and despised, paired with the excitement of the crew of the Elawn's search for treasure makes for a very enjoyable read. This book, like the first installment, will leave you wanting more. Worth the read, even for those wary of fantasy stories. It is packed with excitement and not ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Voyage of the Elawn is the second book in the Elk Riders series, and another in the tradition of travel adventures. The party (consisting of Gabriella, her brother, a trapper, and a talking elk) travels along the ocean in a flying ship, taking on dragons and other foes; their story is interspersed with the story of brothers Sade and Vandales, their journey of slavery and vengeance. Anyone who is a fan of swashbuckling adventure-fantasy will certainly like this book. I probably would've given in ...more
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Globetrotter and writer Ted Neill has worked on five continents as an educator, health professional, and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Recovery Today, and he has published a number of novels exploring issues related to science, religion, class, and social justice. He is the 2013 winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Torch of Peace Award. His 2017 novel, The Selah Bran ...more

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