by Andre Norton


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In this long-awaited new novel in The Halfblood Chronicles, fantasy greats Norton and Lackey tell the enthralling story of the reclusive elvenlord Kyrtian, who emerges as a hero in a world torn by politics and war. When his cousin, Aelmarkin, tries to prove that Kyrtian is unfit to run his estate, the plan backfires, and soon Kyrtian, who doesn't share the venal, greedy nature of his cousin, finds himself with more power than he ever wanted.

Like his father before him, Kyrtian has always treated the humans on his estate like servants, instead of enslaving them as other elvenlords do. His father's legacy also leads Kyrtian to learn ancient military skills long since lost to elvenkind through the carelessness of the elvenlords. Kyrtian's rediscovered knowledge piques the interest of the current elvenlords, and soon Kyrtian finds himself appointed the new commander of the army, to the relief of his ruling peers.

For the sons of the most powerful elvenlords, the Young Lords, have rebelled against their fathers and are waging war. But by taking advantage of both the privileges of his new command and the help of some unexpected new friends, Kyrtian finally gains the resources to embark on his own, personal quest--resuming his father's search for the Great Portal, the magical doorway through which the original elvenlords entered this world.

As war rages between some sons and fathers, Kyrtian searches desperately for his own lost father, hoping to uncover not only the mystery of his disappearance, but also the secret behind the origin of elvenkind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250189387
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL
Publication date: 10/19/2003
Pages: 478
Sales rank: 696,170
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

For well over a half century, Andre Norton (1912-2005) was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Forerunner, Beast Master, and the Central Control Series (comprised of the books Star Rangers and Star Guard), her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, have been popular with readers for decades.

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Elvenborn (The Halfblood Chronicles #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Evelon, a civil war amongst the Elves led to the losing side escaping through the Gate into another world where they promptly conquered the land and enslaved the native humans. Each Elvenlord has his own estate with human slaves bound to him by a magical collar and spell. However, the world is in a state of chaos because the Elvenbane, a female wizard was able to get the half bloods to revolt. The Young Lords, the second and third sons of the Great Lords, are in open revolt of their sires, wanting power of their own. Kyrtian, an elven lord who lives on a backwater estate, is different than his depraved brethren. He cares about the humans on his estate and treats them like servants. Their slave collars are only decoration and their loyalty to him makes them an army to be reckoned with. His military knowledge gets him the position of the commander of the army, his mission to put down the rebellion. On the alert for betrayal, Kyrtian also searches for the Gate in hopes of learning what happened to his missing father who sought the Great Portal. When Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey, two of the premier fantasy writers in existence, collaborate on a work, the readers can expect an excellent tale. ELVENBORN is an exciting fantasy novel filled with action and adventure, a stand-alone work even though it is part of the half blood chronicles. Elven society and culture is so intricately detailed that one would think that the authors visited the place. Harriet Klausner
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zbig917 More than 1 year ago
when is next book coming out
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the best ones i've read. I wish the fourth one would come out soon, I'm totall ready for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The characters are great of course, but there's more to it than that. The take on elven culture is unique, as is the magic system: Elves use what we would traditionaly consider magic while human magic is closer to the Force. Dragons, who have their own veriety of magic, are incorperate seemlessly into the story. Furthermore, this series avoids a fairly common glitch in sword and sorcery books: the gender rolls are very balanced. I have often read fantasy works in which either the men or the women are the stronger characters. In this series, the protagonist is female, but both women and men play key rolls in the story. That's a big plus right there. This is a very promisising series, and I look forward to the next installment a great deal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well Elvenborn was a really good book except it was not as much action as i thought it would be, but it has some really interesting characters in it. The book is so covered in detail nothing not one little thing goes un explained, both writers make it seem as if everything that they were saying was real like you could make a perfect picture of it in your head.