The Four Forges: (The Elven Ways #1)

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"The Four Forges opens the gateway to Kerith, a world which has known its share of battles and tragedy. It is a land bereft of magic after the devastating Magi wars which killed off the Magi, leaving behind their Galdarkan minions, the fighters they had created to do their bidding. Warlike Galdarkans, peaceful Dwellers, Kernan tradesmen and merchants, and brutish Bolgers had all coexisted after the Magi wars until - carried on the wings of some otherworldly spell storm - the Vaelinars had mysteriously appeared from nowhere." "The Vaelinars had no ...
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"The Four Forges opens the gateway to Kerith, a world which has known its share of battles and tragedy. It is a land bereft of magic after the devastating Magi wars which killed off the Magi, leaving behind their Galdarkan minions, the fighters they had created to do their bidding. Warlike Galdarkans, peaceful Dwellers, Kernan tradesmen and merchants, and brutish Bolgers had all coexisted after the Magi wars until - carried on the wings of some otherworldly spell storm - the Vaelinars had mysteriously appeared from nowhere." "The Vaelinars had no memory of how they had come there, or who they really were. But little by little they pieced together a past for themselves and divided into opposing groups, carrying forward an enmity they scarcely understood. With them they brought a different sort of elemental magic, for they were able to hold sway over the gods of Kerith." "Now, generations after their arrival, Kerith stands at a turning point. The Accords that put an end to the Vaelinar feuds and conquests may soon be broken. Already there are many signs of evil to come, from deadly attacks upon the mostly rural Dwellers, to rumors of illegal arms being sold, to the pollution that is slowly spreading through the sacred Andredia River, to the attempted assassination of the Vaelinar Warrior Queen Lariel." "Those who wish to overturn the accepted order of things gather their forces in secret: from the weapon master Quendius who is willing to take advantage of these uncertain times to certain Vaelinar lords who are determined to shift the balance of power in their own favor. And those who would stand against them are a very odd mix indeed. Though they are led by Lariel Anderieon and her brother Jeredon, those who would preserve the peace include among their ranks: the Farbranches, the Dweller family who saved and adopted a Vaelinar child carried to them on the river; the child herself, named Rivergrace by the Farbranches, who has hardly a memory of her past, and is so
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Sevryn Dardanon is not your typical elf. In fact, the world of Kerith is not your typical elf world. In this spectacular series debut, the pseudonymous Rhodes (a prolific YA author) plays fresh variations on the standard epic fantasy tropes. Her elves, the Vaelinars, are outsiders, propelled by a magical cataclysm into an unfamiliar and somewhat hostile new environment. For Sevryn, a half-breed Vaelinar, life is especially difficult as he's neither of one world or the other. Meanwhile, human Dwellers take in the orphaned Rivergrace, an escaped slave of Vaelinar heritage, and raise her as their adopted daughter. Both Rivergrace and Sevryn struggle to survive as quietly as possible, until, by chance, their paths cross and they must help each other battle an unknown evil that's infecting Kerith. Sevryn and Rivergrace possess not only undeveloped magical powers but mysteries in their respective pasts that promise to keep the excitement level high in the next installment. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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The Magi wars destroyed magic on the world of Kerith, leaving the native races defenseless when the mysterious Vaelinars, an elflike race of warriors and elemental mages, suddenly appeared. The otherworldly storm that delivered them to Kerith also stripped them of their memories and left them with the desire to rule. Generations later, the world stands on the edge of catastrophe. Rising to protect the peace is an odd coalition of Vaelinars that includes the Warrior Queen Lariel and her brother, Jeredon; a runaway slave named Rivergrace; and Sevryn, a half-Vaelinar street-smart youth. Their efforts to avert civil war, however, may prove too little, too late. Rhodes (a pseudonym) evokes an atmosphere of urgency in her series opener, set in a world of ever-shifting alliances and unforeseen dangers. Strong characters and a compelling story make this a good choice for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756402747
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Series: The Elven Ways Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenna Rhodes (a pseudonym used by R. A. V. Salsitz), was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels. She also writes under the names Emily Drake, Anne Knight, Elizabeth Forrest, Charles Ingrid, Rhondi Vilott Salsitz, R.A.V. Salsitz, Rhondi Vilott, and Rhondi Greening. Rhodes has been writing since she was in 3rd grade. She has published over 50 books and short stories. She can be found at rhondiann.com.

Jenna Rhodes (a pseudonym used by R. A. V. Salsitz), was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels. She also writes under the names Emily Drake, Anne Knight, Elizabeth Forrest, Charles Ingrid, Rhondi Vilott Salsitz, R.A.V. Salsitz, Rhondi Vilott, and Rhondi Greening. Rhodes has been writing since she was in 3rd grade. She has published over 50 books and short stories. She can be found at rhondiann.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Awesome!

    This book was the best one I've read all year. It's a must-read for all fantasy readers out there. Read this book, and all your wishes will come true! Great!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fantastic epic fantasy

    When the Vaelinars came to the world of Kerith, they had no idea who they were, where they came from, how they got to this strange orb that was nowhere near their home. The Elven brought magic to a land that had destroyed it during the Mage¿s War. They raised themselves above the natives and fought one another until they drew up the Accords, which led to the halt of Vaelinars dueling with one another or making war on the other planetary inhabitants.---------------- Now the world stands on the precipice of war again as the rogue Vaelinar Quendius has broken the Accord for years by selling weapons he makes to anyone who wants them. The evil Ravers and Bolgers start attacking humans. The rivers are being poisoned while assassins try to kill the Vaelinar warrior Queen Lariel, a rare voice of reason. The Galdarkans bred by the Magi from the Kernan race are being forcibly united by Abayan Drort using a demon possessed hammer to achieve the objective. The half-breed Sevryn held captive for two decades by Quendius and Rivergrace a full blooded Vaelinar raised by humans remain the last hope to stop the breaking apart of the Accords however he must recover his memories and she must accept her destiny.--------------- Names aside (readers will need a scorecard), the first book of the Elven Way is a fantastic epic fantasy in what looks like will be a special series similar to the works of Tad Williams and other great epic fantasists. This tale is told from the point of view of many of the major players, which leads to understanding the essence of the characters even if the POV shifts seem a bit confusing at times. The key cast members are believable individuals with distinct personalities. Jenna Rhodes leaves enough threads for readers to look forward to the next tale but in a paradox THE FOUR FORGES feel complete.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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