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.
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.