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Overview

From the bestselling author Robert Stanek, a fantasy epic you won't want to miss. Now available in a special hardcover edition or in a premium trade paperback edition.

Perfect for the young and the young at heart! The Kingdoms & The Elves Of The Reaches is a refreshingly unique fantastic adventure where its only limits are the limits of your imagination.

Inside, you'll discover the breathtaking world of Ruin Mist where the mystical and the magical abound, and you'll fall in love with three heroes: a boy who would become a mage, a princess who is fleeing a dying kingdom, and a warrior elf who undertakes an epic journey. The adventure begins with Book 1.

Praise for Keeper Martin's Tales:

"I was immediately taken by Robert's ability to paint powerful scenes."

"A delightful story… My heart went out to Princess Adrina almost immediately."

"Hooked instantly! … A great work of fantasy: a memorable world with terrific characters."

"I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised by these books! You'll definitely be hungry for more afterward. I was."

"I enjoyed it and so did my 12-year old! I can't think of any book that I've read lately that was as good!"


About the Author

Overwhelmingly, readers agree that Robert's books are among the best they've ever read. His books have very vocal supporters who aren't afraid to voice their opinion and they frequently do so in online communities and lists. Strong reader support has led to strong sales. Currently Robert lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

Robert is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. During the war, he flew numerous combat and combat support missions, logging over two hundred combat flight hours. His distinguished accomplishments during the Persian Gulf War earned him nine medals, including the United States of America's highest flying honor, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. His career total was 17 medals in only 11 years of military service, making him one of the most highly decorated veterans of the Persian Gulf War.

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VOYA - Erin Kilby
Dramatic illustrations draw the reader into the Tolkienesque world of Ruin Mist, plunged into darkness after a Great War five hundred years past. Blaming magic for their demise, the Kings of Men have decreed that all things magical be destroyed. Yet despite their efforts, the magical Dark Lord is slowly returning to power. Another bloody battle is foreshadowed for Ruin Mist when Adrina, the spoiled and lonely princess of Imtal, is visited by a mysterious woman who predicts Adrina's ghastly future. Meanwhile in the kingdom of Elves, Seth, devoted First of the Red Order of the Queen Mother Elf, is sent on a journey across the Great Sea to prevent war. Stuck somewhere in the middle is Vilmos, a young magical boy-who-would-be-mage, abducted for his own safety by a Yoda-like guide named Xith. All three journey to an unknown fate against treacherous and sometimes supernatural foes. Stanek augments the beginning of this complex tale with illustrations that are sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike-the only weakness in the illustrations is their scarcity. Stanek will likely draw a cult following, but his work is not for the novice fantasy reader. A complicated glossary at the end includes twenty-two pages of "People, Places, and Things in Ruin Mist," complete with geographical references, family lineages, and extraordinary sketches. Despite the sophisticated plot, however, this cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek's next installment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575450810
  • Publisher: Reagent Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Keeper Martin's Tales Ser.
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

In spring 2002, Robert Stanek's first books, Keeper Martin's Tale and Elf Queen's Quest, appeared on bookshelves and become instant bestsellers, spending a combined 26 weeks on the Amazon.com Sci-Fi/Fantasy Top 50 list. These stories introduced readers to the fantasy world of Ruin Mist. The name "Ruin Mist" is the common language translation of an elvish word, which means "the lost ages". The stories of Ruin Mist are set in a fictional past of our world.

The popularity of the Ruin Mist books built up through the release of the subsequent books. Readers were taken with the magical realms, the grand adventures, and the combination of classic fantasy elements with a fresh, highly imaginative approach. In spring 2005, Robert Stanek's books were first published in audio and became instant audio bestsellers, spending more than 52 weeks on Audible.com's bestseller lists. In 2005, his book, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, eventually became one of the Top 100 all-time fiction bestsellers on Audible.com. The book was so popular, it was featured on the Audible.com home page throughout July and August 2005.

It's been a fairly open secret that Robert Stanek is the name of the more familiar bestselling author William Stanek. The main reason for using Robert Stanek for fiction and William Stanek for nonfiction was the astounding pace at which William Stanek produces books. With nearly 50 published books to his credit by 2002, he had many upcoming books waiting to be released by his current publishers, and was creating more and more fiction as a creative outlet to balance his work in nonfiction.

"I wanted to find audiences for both my nonfiction and my fiction. I love writing nonfiction works that help people learn how to do new things, but I also love writing fiction works that open new doorways to the imagination," explains Mr. Stanek. "The Ruin Mist books have been a part of who I am since I started them in the 1980s and they allowed me to create a magical realm with many levels of reality. I was overjoyed that I finally could share the realm and the books with others."

The Ruin Mist books have afforded Mr. Stanek an opportunity to explore relationships, family stories, epic sagas, myths, legends, and more. His books have been popular with fans both young and old.
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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    GOOD BUT SHORT

    SHORT AS ALL THE OTHERS WITH JUNK AT END.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    Ends well

    I read the 4 Kingdoms books more or less as one. I read them all in one go over a few days. First, way better than Harry Potter or Twilight, but that point is moot. They're very different series, and should never be compared. It ended on a good note and I was engrossed in these books for weeks as I first read and then re-read them. Then my friend said did you read In the Service of Dragons yet it's the sequel series and I said no I hadn't, so now I read the first one and bought the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Amazing

    This is my favorite series. I love them even more than Hary Potter and The Lord of the Rings. It's been a whil since I read them, but they're amazing and I own the series. It's not often I buy books, but these are an exception. The next one, In the Service of Dragons is out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2005

    Excellent

    Robert Stanek is one of the best writers ever. I loved all four books in the seris and have since read his In the Service of Dragons 1 and 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    Best Kingdoms and Elves so far!

    This one will keep you up late until you finish. I read it in two days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    GREAT!

    I loved this book and all the other four I finished themm all in less than a month. I love the author writing style because he uses just enough big words to increase mt vocabulary but not so much that I don't know what I am reading about. I love the magic and the clffhangers. I can't wait for In the Service of Dragons the next kingdoms and elves story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Great Book !! Great Series!!

    Besides Harry Potter there's only one series eveyone is talking about at school and you guessed its this one. Kingdoms and the elves is the best ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Kingdoms and elve are the best books ever!

    I thought the book was great. It kept me interested the whole time. Vilmos was more interesting and even braver. Adrina was smart and strong . Seth was well ... his old elfie self. It was way longer which was good because it kept me busy for a while. Even if I've read it four times now just to keep the memory until the next one comes out which i hope is really soon. I've read all four of the books,and got both of my sisters reading to. I'm trying to get my mom into it .She was the one that gave me the book in the first place. This was one of the best books (the whole series) I have ever read. I would recomend this book of coarse after reading the other books first. Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    excellent!!!

    in the kingdoms and elves series robert stanek has created has kept me on the edge of my seat. the first time i picked up the book i thought i would never finish because there were four books already. but i was wrong. i couldnt put the books down. he created the characters so thoroughly that it seemed i was right in the book myself. it was so good that as soon as i was finished with one i read the next one. now i cant wait for the 5th!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Awesome! The BEST

    I love these books! I've been waiting so long for book 4 and now its here. I can't believe it! I LOVE these books!

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