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Ravenshade
     

Ravenshade

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by C. S. Marks
 

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'The author has saved the best for last. I could not put it down!'

'A thrilling and thought-provoking book.definitely the best of the three.'

'One of the best books I have ever read.'

'The story is like a fine-cut diamond; the deeper you look into it, the more mesmerized you become.'

'All books have a last page, but we know the

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What readers are saying:

'The author has saved the best for last. I could not put it down!'

'A thrilling and thought-provoking book.definitely the best of the three.'

'One of the best books I have ever read.'

'The story is like a fine-cut diamond; the deeper you look into it, the more mesmerized you become.'

'All books have a last page, but we know the story goes on. Hopefully, this one will.'

Gaelen of the Greatwood has taken a desperate chance in placing Gorgon's ring on her own finger. Now there begins a tale of deceit and promise, of courage, betrayal, dark plans and poisonous alliances. Gaelen and Nelwyn have ventured farther from their homeland than any two Wood-elves in reckoning, but their journey now takes them deeper into desolation, forcing a confrontation that may well end in the downfall of the World that Is. At the heart of it all is the Stone of Léir, and the mighty but forlorn spirit trapped within.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
The third book of the series "A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is" is still a page-turner and very exciting to read, but it is much darker than the other two books. Much more is made of Gorgon's loneliness and misery, which seems to come from his separation from the Light. He is half-elf, but was raised by Wrothgar, the Lord of Darkness, to hate the light, elves, humans, and any other creature who is not himself. He is linked to Gaelen, but he hates her above all others and does not understand why she seems so sympathetic to him. She has realized that he is controlled by a disembodied evil spirit (conjured up by Wrothgar) and that nothing he does is truly his own choice. He is completely misled, looking for a reward from Wrothgar when his task is done, not realizing that he will be disposed of like a used-up toolWrothgar's mistake, however, changes Gorgon's appearance so that the monster looks like an Elf. Then he sets the creature in the middle of the elves, changes his name to Orrion, and sits back to see what will happen. Unexpectedly Gorgon is fully accepted by the elves. Both Gaelen and Nelwyn are a little uneasy, for the first time in his life, Gorgon actually belongs somewhere. He likes that feeling and eventually realizes that if he makes the correct choices from now on he will have a different life. If only he had been allowed to make choices all his life. but regret has no place here. He finally defies Wrothgar and pays with his—or does he The last vision readers have of him is as he confronts both the dark and light sides of his death before making his choice This reviewer hopes that a fourth volume will offer a definite answer. A glossary of names with pronunciation guide, and maps concludes the title. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434324948
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
08/02/2007
Pages:
554
Product dimensions:
1.23(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Ravenshade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
swordgod More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say that Ravenshade, the third and final chapter in the Elfhunter trilogy, lives up to its billing. CS Marks has proven herself to be a master of the fantasy genre and those lucky enough to have taken the journey into Alterra have much to look forward to when they read this masterpiece. Too often contemporary fantasy authors focus on gratuitous sex, mindless violence, and an excessive use of magic to tell their tales. If you are a fan of computer generated fantasy names laden, gore-dripping, raunchy fantasy books, then you would be best to look elsewhere. However, if you are a fan of epic fantasy fare and relish a highly imaginative tale told with rich, elegant prose, then you will find few fantasy books more captivating than this one. Ravenshade picks up from where Fire-heart, the previous installment of this trilogy, left off. There is a score to settle between the heroes of The Company and the wretched villain Gorgon Elfhunter. The Dark Lord Wrothgar has implemented his sinister plan to bring about the final destruction of the forces of good. The battle for the future of Alterra is about to commence and only one side can claim victory. The fate of all now rests in the hands of two Elven hunter scouts, Gaelen Taldin and her cousin Nelwyn. Without a doubt, Ravenshade is the most exciting of the three Alterran books. The battle for Alterra has never been more desperate and the stakes have never been higher. After having accompanied The Company on their epic quest through the previous two books, I found myself enamored of the heroes and enjoyed sharing in their triumphs and disappointments. The losses our heroes suffer are heartbreaking and their victories exhilarating. As I drew near to the end of the book, I found myself filled with dread pondering which of my beloved heroes would not survive the epic struggle for Alterra. Interestingly, this is one of the few books that I have read recently that has no glaring weaknesses. Mrs. Marks has weaved a tale in which I can find no faults. Ravenshade satisfies on so many levels, that I'm left scratching my head to figure out how the book can be improved. Certainly, I wish all fantasy books had this problem! In the end, Ravenshade and the entire Elfhunter trilogy stands as a bright beacon for the kind of quality storytelling which is possible only in a fantasy book. If only more fantasy authors would take note of Mrs. Marks example and tell their stories with the same incredible wit and imagination, this genre would be richer for it. Truly one of the best fantasy series out there and Ravenshade ends the trilogy on a high note. Can't wait for the encore.