Elf Queen's Quest (Epic Fantasy Series)

Elf Queen's Quest (Epic Fantasy Series)

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by Robert Stanek

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Elf Queen's Quest is book one in the Ruin Mist Dark Path and is an alternate telling of the original Ruin Mist Chronicles books. The Dark Path is meant for devoted fans who have already finished Keeper Martin's Tale, Kingdom Alliance, Fields of Honor, and Mark of the Dragon, and want to experience the original story from a different viewpoint.  See more details below


Elf Queen's Quest is book one in the Ruin Mist Dark Path and is an alternate telling of the original Ruin Mist Chronicles books. The Dark Path is meant for devoted fans who have already finished Keeper Martin's Tale, Kingdom Alliance, Fields of Honor, and Mark of the Dragon, and want to experience the original story from a different viewpoint.

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Ruin Mist Chronicles: Dark Path , #1
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William Robert Stanek has been a writer for over 30 years. Writing as William Stanek, he's helped millions build essential job skills. Writing as Robert Stanek, he's introduced millions to new worlds and ideas. Though Robert Stanek's always been a writer at heart, he never set out to be a writer. What he wanted to be, he didn't know when he said goodbye to high school. What he wanted to do though, he knew that: he wanted to see the world--and so he did while serving his country in distant lands.

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Elf Queen's Quest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARE YOU DEAD?! Oh Link and Zelda are getting married.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is in the hispital geting a holein hus heart patched up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Stanek's Ruin Mist books are fantastic. The books are available in adult and children's editions. For adults, the books are the ones in the Ruin Mist Chronicles: Keeper Martin's Tale Kingdom Alliance Fields of Honor Mark of the Dragon Elf Queen's Quest is the first book in the Ruin Mist Dark Path, which is an alternate telling of the story. Read Elf Queen's Quest only if you enjoyed the previous four and can't wait for the new Lost Ages series. If you've read the Ender books by Orson Scott Card, you probably understand how good an alternate telling of a story can be. In Stanek's Elf Queen's Quest, the differences in the telling are more subtle, but if you've read the other books, you can see the differences, and can guess at the direction of the dark path.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Stanek is hands down my favorite author. 'Elf Queen's Quest' is the second book in the series titled 'Ruin Mist Chronicles' and unlike most books it doesn't pick up right after the first book in the series. Instead, Stanek detours back a bit to give us new views of some happenings while the story we read took place elsewhere and also provides a wealth of new story lines. So far anyone looking for the continuation of 'Keeper Martin's Tale'. This isn't it. As it states at the end of 'Keeper Martin's Tale' the continuation of that story line is written in 'Kingdom Alliance'. As others have said read 'Keeper Martin's Tale' and then 'Kingdom Alliance' and if you find that you must know everything that is happening to these characters and in this world (like most readers) come back to 'Elf Queen's Quest' 'Elf Queen's Quest' doesn't disappoint. It blows almost every book that I've read out of the water because Stanek is such an awesome author. The story starts off with a riveting prologue in the Reaches and then takes us to the story of a character we've rarely seen in the other books- Midori. She is a Priestess of the Mother, and if you've been paying attention you know her deepest secrets from the other books, which makes her all the more interesting. The story from there intertwines with much of what we've seen already with many new pieces put into the puzzle. With this book comes a deeper, darker look at the fantsay world than what was in the first book. Many dark doings take place and are major to the plot. They also make us doubt many of the characters who we may have thought we purely good. For those who like quests, though there aren't any. Most of this book is based on sword fights, back stabbing, challenges, intrigue, mystery, politics, and captivating storylines. All in all it is a most refreshing break from the usual fantasy story lines. For sure what makes 'Elf Queen's Quest' interesting, and the other two novels in this series for that matter, is the way that the story is told. The story's chapters are broken up into sections told from the point of view of the main characters and because of this you are not stuck with the point of view of one character throughout the whole entire story or for tedious long chapters. In addition to the character of Midori, there is one other important character introduced. Read this book to see who it is. For those of you who think that no other book can beat 'Lord of the Rings' and other 1000 page epic you're wrong. In 'Elf Queen's Quest' the plot develops more, you see things in a different light and you learn more about the characters, and Robert Stanek writes brilliantly. I think though this book should only be read if you have read the first and third novel in this series. If I were you, I would order both books 1 and 3 of 'Ruin Mist Chronicles' and then order book 2 because when you are done with those books you are going to want something to tide you over until the next 'Ruin Mist Chronicles' book comes out. This book is a new type of fantasy novel and should not be missed by any fan of the genre. Happy Happy Happy Reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. This one lives up to the others. Alot of action and great characters. I recommend this highly to any and all fantasy lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest book ever! You see the world, people, magic, a great battle between light and darkness, and everything entangled in an intricate web. The entire story rings legend. How can one man write a series so powerful that you want so much to read it again and again and again I'll never know. All the characters are connected and used through out the series. All in all a series one keeps coming back to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Elf Queen's Quest," Robert Stanek's sequel to "Keeper Martin's Tale," retains the major strengths that made the first book uncommonly lifelike and multifaceted in the fantasy genre: well-rounded characters with complex motivations described through multiple viewpoints, facing real struggles against each other instead of stock heroics against an evil arch enemy. As with "Keeper Martin's Tale," each chapter has scenes that take the viewpoint of one of several characters. Stanek adds two new point-of-view characters, including one seen from other perspectives and one entirely new. New settings, such as Ril Akh Arr, are described with the same vivid detail and forethought featured in "Keeper Martin's Tale," against the backdrop of lands being split by opposing factions. The major characters work through difficult struggles, particularly Adrina, while Vilmos, possibly Stanek's most interesting character, artfully navigates the challenges he faces. Midori's point of view describes several important scenes in the first part of the book, but she remains ellusive. Seth and Galan are in for major surprises. Some major characters are in for the shock of their lives. The plot flies along much faster than the length of the book suggests, and Stanek keeps the story moving. A dizzying array of characters, but all are uniquely and vividly drawn. It retains the rare skill of narrative and the realistic feel of his previous novel, while turning a fast-paced yarn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a big reader. I was recommended from a friend and I first started reading it and then i couldnt stop! It's an awesome book! This book will keep you interested! As will the whole series im shure! I give this book 5 STARS!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Elf Queen's Quest was a lot of run. It's almost a thriller and it pairs well with Robert's Keeper Martin's Tale. The two books represent different paths through the history of Ruin Mist. You see through the eyes of different narrators and gain different perspectives on events. This was something completely and totally unique to Robert's writing. Before reading these pair (set) of books, I had never heard of such a thing. In Elf Queen's Quest we see a focus on many new characters. Midori being a key one to really come out of the book and catch my eye. We also see much more of Robert's world as there seems to be less focus on events in the Kingdoms. I won't spoil the surprises but trust me when Vilmos goes to the underworld your heart will be pounding in your ears! I think this is a good book. You should definitely read this after Keeper Martin's Tale not before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elf Queen's Quest is a sequel to Keeper Martin's Tale. Robert Stanek has put together a brilliant. It has everything: magic, mystery, humor, adventure. It never fails to emphasize courage, loyalty, friendship and compassion. I don't understand all of the characters. Xith is an enigma but his story is sooooo interesting. But in truth my favorite is Vilmos. Vilmos has these dreams that take him out of his body. His escape into the forest made my heart leap! I like Vilmos because he's humble and real. He just wants to survive. He's brave too, especially when he goes out and leaves his family behind. I cried. He's so compassionate and willing to do whatever it takes. He proved again and again that inherent good can outweight all else. Best of all, Vilmos is only one of the many characters you can fall in love with. The momentum is fabulous! Everything builds and builds. The characters all have their moment to shine, to fail, to succumb, to overcome. Friendships are tested and created. Bonds are strengthened. Like with Emel, he is a caring and supportive friend to Adrina. He stays at Adrina's side when she needs him and he's there when she needs him the most. I like what another reviewer said about Elf Queen's Quest being a mirror into which we can reflect on the events of Keper Martin's Tale. Everything here is darker, grimmer, realer. The magical systems of Ruin Mist have once again proven to be intruiging. I likved the new insights re: Midori. Stanek's world has many magic systems. We're just now seeing them but seems so far to be very clearly defined. I liked that you're never quite sure who to trust or why. Mr. Stanek is adept at managing many levels of reality. We see the Kingdsom, the dream world, the under world, the elven reaches, the minor kingdsoms. Action takes place in places we are not quite sure are real, like the underworld. These are some of the best dream sequences I've ever read. Unlike other authors, Stanek doesn't minimize the dream action, what happens in dreams is just as real as what happens when the characters are awake and often more disturbing. It's fast-paced, keeps you turning pages. You read faster and faster to find out what happened next to your favorite characters. In all, a good follow up but this isn't your standard fantasy and this isn't your standard follow up. The book goes deep into a dark side of Ruin Mist. We see dark realms, dark priests. For certain, Robert has carefully thought out the history. While I don't completely understand Robert's notion of light and dark paths, I have gained insights after reading these two books. I will read the next books, regardless of what anyone might say. I haven't had this much fun reading in a long time. The wait for the next book is killer though, guess I don't have a choice. No doubt Robert understands how readers read and what readers like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is well written, and well told. The world is large, complex, and carefully thought out. This is the best fantasy novel I have read in a long time. The heroes are real and die. There are no superhuman sword fighters or wizards. Stanek has created a world of wonderful unpredictability where good sometimes fails and you feel true concern for favorite characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Stanek has created something wonderful here. The story is deep and dark. There's a lot to like. The story has many twists and turns, and the world of Ruin Mist is as deep and rich as any I've visited in recent memory. But the characters are what really grab you. I liked Vilmos, Xith, Midori, Emel, Adrina, Seth, Galan and the others. It's a real classy group that's genuinely uniqe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this! I can't wait for the next books... Mr. Stanek has created a wonderful new world full of action, mystery, magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elf Queen's Quest provides a new view of that happenings of Ruin Mist. The story has lots to like and I think this is one of Mr. Stanek's best. I'm looking forward to the next books and will definitely read this again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LIke Keeper Martin's Tale, Elf Queen's Quest grabs on to you right away and doesn't let go! This is an amazing story that is much better than most books I've read lately. The characters are better than the Rowling's Harry Potter and Pullman's Lyra and Will by a long way and this may scare some peopel. Just think we may actually have a well-written book by a small press that outsells Harry Potter. I plan to read it again and again and again. I think you will too. Defintely deserves the strong praise. Some people just don't understand Robert's whole light path / dark path that provides alternative history and viewpoints into the happenings in his world of Ruin Mist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you plan to only read one book this year, make it this one! Wow! I was completely blown away! Robert Stanek can really tell a story and he knows how to create great characters and draw vivid images in the mind's eye.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Keeper Martin's Tale twice before starting and the experience was much the same. I couldn't put the book down and ended up reading long into the night. These books are the best I've read in a very long time. A definite must buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has got me reading again. I just couldn't put it down. It was a fun and powerful story. My cousin and brother can't stop talking about it. Definately a book I recommend to all my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quickly became my favorite book! I read this in two days, it was really a lot of fun. I passed the book on to my son, he's 12, and he's already about done. Robert Stanek has a wonderful way with words and the story does delight (I started with Keeper Martin's Tale as other readers suggested and it worked out well).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, edgy, dark and a whole lot of fun! I haven't been this into a book since I read Stephen King's Dark Tower series (starting with Gunslinger). You'll be mesmorized. I certainly was--and I read the book in 2 sittings. I just couldn't put it down.