Elphame's Choice

( 91 )

Overview

I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona--but that didn't make my life easy. Because of my "blessings," I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.

I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn't realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (38) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $10.00   
  • Used (37) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$10.00
Seller since 2013

Feedback rating:

(83)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New New condition. Free track. Fast shipping! Satisfaction guaranteed!

Ships from: Media, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Elphame's Choice

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.00 List Price

Overview

I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona--but that didn't make my life easy. Because of my "blessings," I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.

I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn't realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest--victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.

My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my newfound home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I'd ever expected.

And in that future I might never be alone again. . .

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373802135
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up 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. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school before writing full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with her fabulous daughter, her spoil

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Elphame's Choice


By P.C. Cast

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-80213-7


Chapter One

That day had started with deceptive normalcy.

The dawn offering to Epona had been particularly moving. The Goddess had filled Etain so completely that afterward she carried the glow of Her presence throughout the morning, and for once she was allowed some time alone - temporarily freed from the duties of Goddess Incarnate.

The contractions began as a vague sense of unease. She couldn't find a comfortable place on her well-cushioned chaise longue. She snapped with uncharacteristic impatience at the enthusiastic servant who checked to make sure her mistress didn't need a refill of hot water.

Not even the thought of a long soak in the mineral springs bathing pool seemed appealing.

Etain hoped a stroll through her magnificent flower garden would ease what she thought was just a little difficulty digesting the strawberries from lunch. The walk appeared to be helping - until she paused to sniff a brilliant crimson blossom and her water broke violently all over the Goddess Incarnate's silk-lined slippers.

Normalcy had also been broken.

"Isn't that always the way of it?" She grimaced and clenched her teeth as another wave of pain blanketed her body. Bending at the waist she leaned heavily against the woman whose arm was linked through her own.

"Sssh,Etain." Fiona spoke soothingly in her light, melodic brogue. "Donna speak, my friend. Just concentrate on your breathing."

Etain jerked her head in a sharp imitation of nodding agreement and tried to match her panting gasps to Fiona's calm, deep breaths. The contraction peaked and receded.

A flurry of activity ensued. The Goddess Incarnate's clothes were changed by her bevy of attendants, who then began notifying the Wise Women who lived in the villages closest to Epona's Temple. Wrapping her arm around Fiona's waist, and using her sturdy presence from which to draw strength, Etain continued her stroll through the temple gardens. The Chosen One's friend and advisor had assured her that walking would aid in the child's birth.

As the day crawled methodically past, the image of Etain's oasis of tranquility dissipated, but the residue of Epona's morning possession calmed her - as always, Epona's Chosen drew upon the familiar thread that bound her to the Goddess and found strength and comfort.

Fiona smiled encouragement and the two women turned around, heading back toward the floor-to-ceiling windows that led from Etain's bedchamber to her private garden. Gauzy curtains the color of liquid gold fluttered from within the open leaded glass panes that served as door and windows. The Goddess Incarnate breathed deeply, trying to steady the racing of her heart and ready herself for the inevitable next contraction.

"I think that really is the worst part." As always, she spoke her mind aloud to Fiona.

"What?" She looked thoughtfully at her friend and mistress.

"The inevitability of what's happening. I can't stop it. I can't pause it. I can't really affect it at all. The truth is that I'd like to say, 'This has been interesting, but I'm ready for it to cease now. I want to bathe, eat a lovely meal and get a good night's rest. We'll just begin from here tomorrow, shall we?'" Fiona's expression of polite curiosity changed to bubbling laughter.

"That would be nice."

"Nice?" She grimaced in a very ungoddess-like manner. "It would be wonderful."

Etain took another deep breath, appreciating the intoxicating sweetness of the voraciously blooming lilacs that framed that part of the walk. The path curved to the left and the lilacs gave way to a profusion of violet-colored roses, which were in full bloom. The delicate drapes billowed from the entryway, and fluttered like the wings of giant butterflies over the tips of the roses. They paused a few feet from the bedchamber that had housed Partholon's Beloved of Epona for countless generations. The breeze carried the enchanting sound of women singing praises.

"We are the flow of water The ebb and tide The rush of knowing All truth inside"

The words were woven together in a harmony of pitch; the underlying beat was hypnotic. It beckoned to Epona's Chosen and soothed her frayed nerves. Slowly, her swollen body relaxed as she was filled with the women's greeting song.

"We are the sound of growing A Goddess root Stretched strong and knowing An endless shoot"

The words propelled Etain forward so that she eagerly entered her bedchamber. The Wise Women filled the room. At the Goddess Incarnate's appearance, the tempo of the song increased. Spinning gracefully they seemed to float around the room until Etain and Fiona formed the center of their joyous circle.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast Copyright © 2004 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 91 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(55)

4 Star

(21)

3 Star

(9)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 91 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Elphame's Choice

    I adore this book and the author P.C. Cast. This book offers Romance, adventure, loyalty, family love, fantasy, and a beautifully delivered romance plot. If you love Romance that will leave you breathless and in shock, i suggest you read this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 26, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Undecided

    I titled my review undecided because that is how i feel. I picked up the Book Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast and thought it was going to be like the House of Night series. First off, this is for the new Harlequin Teen series and at times I didnt see how this book could fit into the teen category. There were more than a few veiled references to sex, or excitement in this book so I wouldnt recommend it to anyone under 15. The hardest part for me was really understanding the whole fantasy realm she lays out in the book. I normally am not into the whole fantasy romance category, but I had high hopes for something by one of the Cast's. Putting that aside, it does grip you, and make you want to finish the book, and there is enough of a teaser at the end to make you want to pick up the next book in the series next year. If this genre is your fave, then by all means get it because it will hit all the right places. If you think this is some more vampire hotness from the Cast's....sadly that has to wait till the new House of Night hits the shelves this week.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Undecided

    I don't really know about this book. I guess i could just never get over the fact that she had a goat lower half. It just ruined my entire envisioning of the book throughout. Other than that it was wonderful, filled to the brim with adventure and love. But if you're one to make a movie in your head with a book make sure you can take a heroine that is not fully human looking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    beautiful adult romantic fantasy

    Ephame is the offspring of a mating between a human and a centaur; from the waist up she is human, but from the waist down she is covered with brown hair and has cloven hoofs. Her genes make her stronger and faster than her human counterparts. Although she loves her mother, she needs to make a life for herself. She intends to return Castle MacCallan to its former glory and become the new clan chieftain. Centaurs and humans welcome her as the rightful owner.---- Ephame meets the half-human half Fomonian Lachlan; they fall in love even though their races are enemies ever since his invaded Parthelon, destroyed Castle MacCallan, and kidnapped human women because their own are sterile. Lachlan believes that Ephame is the person that the prophecy foretold would lift the curse of the hybrids and allow the evil Fomonian side to vanish. He also fears the cost to his beloved is too high, but his race plans to insure the fulfillment of the prophecy.---- EPHAME'S CHOICE is a beautiful adult fantasy about two ¿Romeo and Juliet¿ hybrids falling in love with the backdrop of cross species hatred to keep them apart. Ephame always felt like the odd person although her neighbors and family respect her. When she strikes out on her own she gains the self confidence that she lacked and quickly becomes a leader worthy of ruling. Her mate is her equal prepared to ostracize himself amidst his people to help his beloved. Together they cast the keeper shelf spell on readers.---- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    So Superb!

    I have read this book about ten times and i am only twelve. If you think i am too young thats your problem. I have read this book, and all of their other books, already. I thought this was a fantastic read. It is def. good for a half, kind of speed reader like me. If you do choose to speed read, you will still get the whole concept. I did both, and loved it all the more. I hope my reveiw has inspired you to read this wonderdul, and amazing book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Good

    Very good

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Great read

    Fast and easy read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 13, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Good book

    Good book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Ok

    I thought it was ok. Not the worst but not the best. I hoped it would be like the house of night series but i was wrong. But it was ok

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    Pass

    Not as good as HON series. Just could not get into it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Awesome book

    I have read all of the PC Cast and this was one of my favorites! Its an amazing story of magic, friendship and love.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    I Could Not Set This Book Down.

    I pick this book up unsure of how I would like it. By the second chapter,I could not set it down and read it in 2 nights. The best thing about the book is how P.C. Cast wrote so well, that I felt what the characters were feeling.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 14, 2010

    Great read!

    I love this book, it has everything. Romance, friendship, action, and adventure. p.c. cast always delivers.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    P.C doesn't disappoint

    A continuation from the other books in her divine series this books takes place 125 years later after the story of Rhiannon, Shannon Parker and the Famorians war. Elphame, her brother Cuchulainn,Brenna and Brighid are all believable characters. I love how P.C makes you feel like you are in this story. I love that from the moment that I opened the book I really felt as thought I was Elphame. I felt as though I was living her life. I really love the twist on the story and how it covers the element of prejudice and how even though the most kind hearted of people can be subject to scrutiny as well as the judgment of what their forefathers had done before them. I really loved that I could relate to this book. I have to say that over all I loved the divine series so much, but I love this one more... I really couldn't wait to read Brighid's quest. Over all wonderful book!!!! I would recommend it to all my friends.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 27, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Disappointed in this one

    Reviewed for Monster Librarian

    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 reach some audiences, particularly those who enjoy the kind of fantasy found in the Twilight books. Some readers however will find the pace slow and repetitive, the prose purple and the characters one kind of perfection after another. There's little tension here, little question that all will end well, and little action that explains why the characters deserve the adoration and love they seem to get. But there's also no question that this kind of fantasy has an audience among teens and adults alike. As for the place this novel deserves in a public collect--there are certainly worse books already to be found on the shelves, but there are more enchanting choices on the lists as well.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 7, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Not too good.

    I was a fan of P.C. Cast because of the House of Night series, which, has been going downhill. I was HOPING that this would have a bit more skill and feel more real. I was WROOONNGGG. The romance was like a rushed add-in, and the characters randomly fell in love. It was easy to guess what would happen, except for one tiny twist. I didn't feel anything for the characters, no sympathy, nothing. Though there was an obvious attempt at giving the characters depth, the felt pretty 2-D and boring. Like most of Cast's characters, Elphame was the annoying sort of perfect, but a complete idiot.

    There were some all right scenes, but most of it, for lack of a better word, sucked.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 22, 2009

    Thrilling

    I love this world. Never ceases to amaze me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My Favorite Book for the Past few Years

    I think I first read this book back in 2006. Since I first read it it has been my favorite and it's a shame I haven't written a review for it until now. This really is a good book and if you're considering reading it I'd highly suggest it. The only thing I find that this book is not portrayed as is a 'vampire book'. There are characters that are basicly vampires though the book changes the name and deffinatly doesn't use conventional vampires. Even if you're not into vampires this book will still be good. I leant it to a friend who wasn't into them and she still loved it. It's more of a bonus for those who do. I loved all the characters personally, and the book wasn't confusing to read which is a big plus. I've yet to find a book that measures up to it and if I do I'll be sure to come back and edit this review. Until then...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Elphame's Choice

    This book is alright with familar characters and the setting medieval like. Interesting story though.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    a review

    I picked up this book not really knowing if I'd like it or not. Having now finished it, I can say I loved it. The characters were really well rounded and they made me laugh several times. The story is fairly short and I didn't think the ending was very good, but it leaves room for a second book. I thought it was a great fantasy book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 91 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)