Elfland [NOOK Book]

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Elfland is an intimate, sensual novel of people—both human and Aetherial—caught between duty and desire. It’s a story of families, and of Rose Fox, a woman born to magic but tormented by her place in her adopted world.

Led by Auberon Fox, a group of Aetherials—call them the Fair Folk, if you will—live among us, indistinguishable from humans. Every seven years, on the Night of the Summer Stars, Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper, throws open all ...
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Overview


Elfland is an intimate, sensual novel of people—both human and Aetherial—caught between duty and desire. It’s a story of families, and of Rose Fox, a woman born to magic but tormented by her place in her adopted world.

Led by Auberon Fox, a group of Aetherials—call them the Fair Folk, if you will—live among us, indistinguishable from humans. Every seven years, on the Night of the Summer Stars, Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper, throws open all gates to the Other World. But this time, something has gone wrong. Wilder has sealed the gates, warning of a great danger lurking in the realm beyond them. The Aetherial community is outraged. What will become of them, deprived of the home realm from which their essential life force flows?

Rose Fox and Sam Wilder are drawn to the lands beyond the gates, even as their families feud over Lawrence’s refusal to do his duty. Struggling with their own too-human urges, they discover hidden truths that draw them together in a forbidden alliance. Only by breaching the dreaded gates and daring the danger beyond can they confront that which they fear most— their otherness—and claim their birthright.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Prolific British author Warrington (the Jewelfire Trilogy), mostly unknown in the U.S., puts a distinctive spin on human/nonhuman relations in this sensuous, relationship-driven story, the first of the Books of the Silver Wheel. The feylike Vaethyr regularly travel between the Spiral and our world until the gates are summarily and permanently closed by Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper. He warns of danger, but the Vaethyr on Earth need to return to the Spiral to survive. Much of the book is devoted to describing the turbulent life of Rosie, daughter of Vaethyr king Auberon, and her love triangle with Sam and Jon, Wilder’s troubled sons, as long years without reconnecting to their aetherial selves slowly drive the Vaethyr mad. Solid wordplay, great pacing and a thrilling conclusion will definitely earn Warrington some new American fans. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429960229
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Series: Aetherial Tales , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 358,113
  • File size: 603 KB

Meet the Author


FREDA WARRINGTON was born and lives in Leicester, England. She has written both fantasy and vampire novels, including her most recent work, The Jewelfire Trilogy, and a historical fantasy based on the life of Richard III, The Court of the Midnight King. Elfland is her first novel to be published in the United States.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    High Urban Fantasy

    Just a stunningly beautiful book to read. Fans of Patricia McKillip will find a home in Freda Warrington's Elfland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    A Truely great find!

    I enjoyed this book. It was very detailed and long, but enjoyable along the journey. It was the first book that I have read from this author and I will be looking forward to reading more in the future.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Last year, I bought a book on my Nook called Elfland by Freda Wa

    Last year, I bought a book on my Nook called Elfland by Freda Warrington before going on vacation. As usual, I didn't read it until much later. It seems I have this weird incubation period between buying and reading a book. Well, I read all the books on my Nook except that one, so I figured instead of buying something else I would just read it.

    It was a little slow at first and changed POV a lot, which was confusing because, of course, there were like 20 characters and I didn't really know who was who and whose perspective I was reading from until waaay later. In one case, I only realized that the opening scene was from one of he minor character's POV when I was on page 250 of 517 pages. It was a true relief when I finally figured out the main character was not the same person as the one who was in the first scene. From this, I learned to make it very clear in my own writing whose POV I was transitioning into when involving a lot of characters at the beginning of a story. Later, Warrington got it down, like pat, and it was pretty seamless.

    By the time I was 100 pages into the book, I was completely hooked. As Warrington breathed life into her story, it started to gain more and more energy. By the time I was 200 pages in, I had trouble stopping between chapters. By 300 pages, I was visibly bothered by the building conflict. By 400 pages, I had to read it until the end. Now, I am mourning not having her story to read. I burned through the 517 page book in one week, falling in love with her faerie world and characters.

    The most marked accomplishment that Warrington managed to perform throughout the novel was her ability to make every word count. I am very guilty of skimming, especially when I get to an action scene, but Warrington did not waste words. So, if you skimmed, you missed. To me, this was shocking after reading a book series like the Hunger Games where less happened in more books. It was a magical relief to read every line and not feel like I was wasting my time. I commend Warrington for not falling into the more books, more words, more money binge most authors seem to be taking on these days at the expense of the work itself.

    Going hand in hand with this was her ability to make each occurrence in the book stand out, as all things should in writing, but without making it glaringly obvious that it was going to tie into something later. Instead, I found myself being swept along in Warrington's tale and later understanding the importance of various scenes as I would if I were one of the characters themselves just making the connection. There was none of that, "I wish Rosie would just open her eyes and see that her arm is missing," moments throughout the novel that seem to be very prevalent in most fiction these days. Honestly, it is hard to keep the reader and the characters on the same page with the same knowledge throughout a narrative without one getting impatient with the other, falling behind, or jumping ahead.

    All in all, I am very impressed with Warrington's mastery of the art of storytelling, and I will be noting her strengths to attempt to emulate them in my own work. If you are open to a faerie world read in an urban fantasy setting, please pick the book up and share your thoughts. I will warn you, not only is the book long, but it will suck you in.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Another beautiful cover, and an enchanting story.

    I think the author deserves more credit and publicity for these novels. I've quite enjoyed reading them the past few weeks! It's easy to be caught up in this other world and the characters are always drawing you in.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Best Fantasy Ever!

    I first started reading this book simply because a friend recommended it to me. Just by reading the introduction to this story I was immediately sucked into the world of being Atherial. You absolutely fall in love with the characters and imagine yourself being a part of the book and story. If you love fantasy stories then this is one to read.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Read this book!

    An involved modern tale of coming of age and finding oneself shown from many different angles. Madness, the bad boy, striving, loyalty, transformation, so many issues are addressed with the unique view point Freda Warington brings to show us that everyone has their own problems to face. But this tale is so much more. There are wonderful explorations of character and descriptions of those who are different but still like us. Elfland has hints of old faerie tales, romance, fantasy and a strong, well developed other dimension that is just out of reach. Elfland is a wondrous place worth striving for. This one is going to stay on my book shelf.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    I loved this book! Even though it is fantasy but some people can relate to the message. Even in life we make decisions based on easy living. This book makes you think happiness and love is worth fighting for. The characters in this book I believe everyone knows one or two in there life. Wow! I have recommended this book to all my wife friends who need a little fantasy in there marriage.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    ELFLAND, the first Books of the Silver Wheel saga, is an excellent fantasy

    Every seven years on the Night of the Summer Stars, the Aetherials routinely move back and forth between the Spiral and the Earth when the gates between realms are opened for a short time. The Aetherials live amongst the earthlings as humans, but must go home periodically to touch their basic essence or go insane.

    Their return to home trip abruptly fails this year when for no known reason the Gatekeeper Lawrence Wilder shuts the portal permanently. He proclaims danger is coming from beyond that could destroy the realms, but says nothing further. The Aetherials are stuck on Earth and panic stricken though they have lived safely as mortals amidst the humans; but these Fair Folk will go mad and die if they fail to return home. The daughter of their King Auberon, Rose Fox is attracted to one of the sons of the Gatekeeper, though both offspring Sam and Jon Wilder want her. This is not a good time for romance as the desperate visitors are losing their grips on sanity from failing to touch with their Aetherial selves on the other side of the shuttered gate.

    ELFLAND, the first Books of the Silver Wheel saga, is an excellent fantasy due to the refreshing cast as the human, the Aetherial, and the Gatekeeper and his family (especially his sons) seem genuine with all types of personal conflicts and desires. Surprisingly, the story line focuses deep on the relationships (carefully keeping the romance from overwhelming the rest of the plot) between and within the two key families while one brood struggles with sanity while trying to go home. Fans will relish Freda Warrington's opening gamut and look forward to the rest of this character driven series as the Fair Folks instinctively know time is running out on their minds.

    Harriet Klausner

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