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World of Ryyah: Birth of the Half Elve [NOOK Book]

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When Donovan was twelve years old, his village was raided by barbarians; his father killed, his mother taken, and he and the other village boys nearly suffered the same fate. But the raiders made the mistake of taking their captives through the Elven woods. The Elves killed the slavers, but mysteriously decided to spare the boys; instead, the boys were trained in the ways of the Elven Rangers under the tutelage of the beautiful Alayna. Over the years, the boys proved to be a valuable asset to the Elven king, but ...
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Overview

When Donovan was twelve years old, his village was raided by barbarians; his father killed, his mother taken, and he and the other village boys nearly suffered the same fate. But the raiders made the mistake of taking their captives through the Elven woods. The Elves killed the slavers, but mysteriously decided to spare the boys; instead, the boys were trained in the ways of the Elven Rangers under the tutelage of the beautiful Alayna. Over the years, the boys proved to be a valuable asset to the Elven king, but never more so than when young princess Brandela is taken hostage by a different Barbarian tribe. Donovan sets out to bring back what he assumes will be a haughty princess, but he never expects to fall in love with her!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014712965
  • Publisher: Henry
  • Publication date: 5/30/2012
  • Series: World of Ryyah , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,199,071
  • File size: 11 MB
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  • Posted June 7, 2012

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    Donovan is a twelve year old boy, who one day whilst dreaming of

    Donovan is a twelve year old boy, who one day whilst dreaming of growing up and going off fishing and working with the men, his world is shattered - his village is attacked by barbarians. The men are all killed and the women and children are sold as slaves.

    This is a story of how Donovan and his friends escape their captors, and starts living a life in the woods with the wood elves. Through intense training with the elf leader Alayna, Donovan and his friends gain respect from the wood elves princess, Brandela.

    This story has adventure, grief and romance, it was a joy to read, and it had me hooked from the first chapter. It was descriptive and the story held my attention, as all I wanted to know was if all would be ok for Donovan and Brandela. However, it was slow at times.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    The World of Ryahh: Birth of the Half Elves by H.L.Watson is a s

    The World of Ryahh: Birth of the Half Elves by H.L.Watson is a story that chronicles the intersecting fates of two seemingly different individuals—both different in character and in Race. When Donovan was twelve-years old he witnessed the horrific slaughter of his fellow villagers—infants and children alike—and was forced into slavery by the Barbarians behind the massacre. He, along with dozens of other young boys, were forced to march into the forests and towards their impending enslavement to the very men who murdered their families. By a stroke of fate, the weak and frightened youths are saved by the Rangers—a sect of the Wood Elf kingdom allotted the task of defending their forests against intrusion. Against much protest, the leader of the Rangers decides to spare the children’s lives and raise them as her own, transforming them into an elite and loyal faction of her Ranger Corp. Little could Donovan have known that his life would be turned upside down upon the death of his surrogate mother and the kidnapping of the youngest princess of the Wood Elf kingdom, Brandela. In an attempt to avenge the death of his loved one, Donovan and Brandela’s fates become intertwined as they struggle to survive their long journey home—and to cope with their growing feelings towards one another. The basic plot of this story is very appealing. It promises adventure, romance, action, and even the demolition of social prejudices. Unfortunately, the story did not live up to it’s potential. Two of the most conspicuous problems that plague this book are poor formatting and technical errors. Aside from the occasional typographical error here and there, words that required no hyphens were suddenly split into two(vegetable becoming veg-etable, victim becoming vic-tim). While the latter errors were a bit baffling, ultimately they were forgivable. The occasional glitch, while amusing and at times annoying, is not enough to keep a good story down. Rather, it’s the combination of different errors in both writing technique and format that really kept an otherwise intriguing premise from reaching it’s full potential. Regarding formatting, the chief problem this book suffered from was the random insertion of either the book title or the chapter name in the middle of a paragraph. These errors were distracting to say the least. All noticeable errors aside, I felt that the story also suffered from confusing transitions and pace problems. As there is nothing signaling a change of perspective, readers are suddenly jerked from one character’s view to another. Additionally, the whole story felt rushed. It almost seemed as though the author was too anxious to get to key points in the plot and as a result the narrative quickly jumps from one issue to another, while strangely taking ample time to play-out actions scenes. The romance came on a little too quick for my tastes as well. I understand that Donovan and Brandela had a spiritual bond but I feel as though this bond was used too much as an excuse to progress the romance while the story would have been better served by gradually allowing each character to come to a conclusion regarding their feelings towards another. Criticisms aside I think the premise of the book is a good one. If the technical issues were resolved and the pace of the story improved the plot and characters would have flourished more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    H.L. Watson created a fantasy world where elves and humans have

    H.L. Watson created a fantasy world where elves and humans have biased fears towards each other, living each day in contempt of the other race, in his novel, World of Ryyah: Birth of the Half Elves.
    In this novel, we meet Donovan, a human, whose entire village, save for a few male children, are taken into captivity from an barbarian army. Surprisingly, the human children are rescued by an elite force of elf rangers, lead by a strong and formidable female who takes a special interest in the children. They learn the ways of the Elves, even though the King of the Wood Elves doesn't exactly appreciate the human Rangers.
    Many emotions come to pass in this story: heartbreak, love, remorse, passion, and revenge. I believe there are some very important parallels to the themes in this story and the actual world we live in. Racism runs rampant in the story, but it is between the elves and humans not understanding each other and fearing what they do not understand.
    And then when Donovan rescues the princess from slavery, these two main characters have to come to grips with what they thought were truths may just be opinions.
    We see each person, Donovan and Brandela, grow into a more solid character, especially Brandela, who realizes that there are some responsibilities more important than being princess.
    There were parts of the story that was abrupt and jumped to other places, where I think there could have been more of an explanation. Some sections were slow but others were exciting and quickly helped the tedious parts move along.
    It was surprising that the author chose the ending that he did, one I was not expecting, but I did understand the basis for it.
    I have to give the book 3 stars. It wasn't one of my favorites and I probably will not read the sequels but I did enjoy the book while I read it.

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    Posted August 1, 2012

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