The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches (A Fantasy Adventure Series)

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches (A Fantasy Adventure Series)

by Robert Stanek

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ISBN-13: 9781575458243
Publisher: RP Books & Audio
Publication date: 04/20/2011
Series: Keeper Martin's Tales
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,045,068
File size: 3 MB

About 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 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'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 The book was so popular, it was featured on the 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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Kingdoms And The Elves Of The Reaches (Keeper Martin's Tales, Book 1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
KenMKM More than 1 year ago
This book is not for those who can't appreciate a little imagination. To start, the author was very creative with his monsters and magic - it's all very different from most. The details and visuals were smooth, and I never had to look at a page and think "What the heck is happening now?" Of course, there are skeptics who claim this to be a sloppy fantasy, but I think otherwise. The action scenes never appeared unrealistic, and in one part Vilmos even blacks out for the fighting. One thing I liked was how you could immediately take in Adrina's views and Vilmos's views. It began with Vilmos's terrifying encounter with dark forces and Adrina's strange visitors, right off you know something a little weird is happening. I love this book-I've read it 3 times and counting.... and I only discovered these books a little over a month ago.
SENIORFANTASYMIND More than 1 year ago
daBukWerm More than 1 year ago
I'M FINISHED READING THE EIGHT (8) BOOKS!!! I can hardly believe how much I enjoyed reading Robert Stanek's "Keeper Martin's Tales." I finished book 8, "In the Service of Dragons 4" today during my lunch break. At the finish, I wanted to stand and tell everyone how much I enjoyed these books and how badly they needed to read them. I should've but I didn't. I went back to work instead. Let me be honest about something here. Reading these books "changed" something inside of me. Yup. They opened my own imagination and my own thought-processes and my own wonderment of just how much fun reading can be. I was on the footbal field one day after reading book 3, I think, when I saw a hawk far off and I imagined I was soaring with it like Ayrian. Another day, I actually TRIED to draw the characters as I saw them. Seriously - I filled my sketchpad. All that to say that these books are timeless and magical and I will enjoy reading again and again!
TDTJ More than 1 year ago
I made fun of my friends when I caught them reading this in grade 7. Then I read the books when I was sick from the flu and ended up reading books 1-4 consecutively (with aching eyes and all)- it's THAT good!
4everreading More than 1 year ago
Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches is a totally amazing book. The whole entire series is amazing. I started reading it because all my friends were reading it. I was like asking them about it and they were like you should read it so I did and it was the best out of all the books I've read and I've read over 200 books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A suprisingly good start to an amazing series, I have never regreted reading this book or reccomending it to others. I absolutely love the characters in Robert Stanek's novel, as they are always so well done. This, coupled with lush details, make it seem like you are actually part of the world, and it is a wonderful experience. The plot is excellent as well, and does a great job of entertaining the reader. I highly reccomend both this book, and the rest of the series, as one of the greatest characteristics of Robert Stanek's writing is that as the series go on, the novels keep getting better and better.
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EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches” is an epic fantasy adventure story that indicates the young adult demographic as its target audience, but I think any audience who enjoys fantasy will like this quite a bit. It weaves together a large cast of characters, including human, elf, and other magical creatures, across a sometimes dangerous, always magical landscape.  The novel begins with Adrina, a beautiful princess who wishes to see beyond the walls of her gray castle instead of settle down to the married life, and also quickly introduces the reader to Vilmos—who must suppress his magic, since it’s seen as evil—and Seth, who is telepathically linked to the elf queen and serves as a member of her guard. The story weaves between these three characters and other more minor characters as they each begin their respective journeys, traveling across a broken land in a quest where the end is far from certain.   As a regular reader of fantasy, one of the things I liked best about this first book in the series is that it had plenty of female characters—many quest fantasies in the tradition of Tolkien have few female characters, if any, and those are usually cardboard archetypes. However, Adrina is a complex character; she is likeable because she is both strong and adventurous but also flawed in a way that makes her very human. I also liked her relationship with Emel, and his devotion to protecting her. Each of the other heroes—Vilmos and Seth—also have their unique traits that make them memorable and keep the reader excited for when they all come together. I also enjoyed the time the author takes for world-building, with distinct areas and kingdoms, and look forward to those being fleshed out further in future entries in the series. Recommended to readers who enjoy fantasy, especially quest fantasy with complex characters. 
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iDreamer More than 1 year ago
I love this entire series and the movie is supposed to be coming out next year so I figured I would give it another read. This book is a lot of fun - definitely my favorite series of books - but probably not the best of all the books. I also felt especially in this novel that Stanek holds up very well in giving us female characters as strong (perhaps even stronger?) than the boys. Many other fantasy authors don't do quite as well with female characters or who are as balanced between the sexes as Stanek manages with Vilmos, Adrina, Seth, and Myrial. The girls are as bright, brave, and capable as the boys.
TGirlKC More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time. I could go on and on about the amazingness of the book. I reread it 3 times. READ THIS!!!
C.W.Smoke More than 1 year ago
Yes, I am an aspiring writer of fantasy & sf, and yes, I was in a hurry when I purchased Stanek's first book, and yes, after reading three pages, immediately searched for and found the author's bio and discovered that he is self published. I then looked more closely at his unsigned 'testimonials' leading me to do some internet research that corroborated the fact that the only plausible fantasies in his book are his credentials. I returned the book and got my money back (which I seldom, if ever, do)...

Writers like Stanek convey a bad odor to the olfactory center in my brain, and do no service to serious writers which is why I am actually commenting on his work. I shall now go to Amazon and Barnes & Noble (where I purchased this deception) and write appropriate reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing, beautifully written, stunning. This is the beginning of what is without doubt one of the great fantasy series ever written. Like many others I had thought that Lord of the Rings was the crowning acheivement of the genre. This changed my mind but not because of heavy, flowery prose but because of intelligent writing, interesting characters, powerful themes, and intense plotting. When viewed as a whole, this book and the series it is part of not only have incredible depth but enough magical adventure, mystery, action and mayhem to please even the most reluctant of readers. Stanek does an incredible job developing a fantasy world rich in history, and I enjoyed the many parallels to our own world and times. If there wasn't anything here that was special, Stanek's ideas wouldn't get ripped off so frequently. Stanek's unique approach has been borrowed from many times by many recent authors (so the haters out there should probably pick up a book by Patrick Carmen or a Spiderwick Holly Black book or any of the other books by recent/new authors who borrow heavily from Stanek's style, approach, themes,... Some books, like The Spiderwick Chronicles, borrow just about everything from Stanek's approach down to the very way he introduces and reveals the villian.) I loved everything about this amazing series. I was thrilled by the mysterious and fearsome wolmerrelle. I was in awe of trio championships. The idea that messages can be sent in dreams is fascinating. I relished every new discovery the characters made, like the Mouth of the World and the Dragon Tower. The dragon tower and the dragon king himself are simply amazing. I loved the many memorably characters. I loved the mystery and intrigue, and it is just as gritty, suprising, and often as stunning as the battles. Stanek has a gift to write beautifully and to tell amazing tales of heroes and epic adventures. I recommend this novel and the entire series to anyone who that is looking for a great read. This book introduces the world and sets up the story. The other books make it one of the best ever. Start with this one, The Kingdoms and the Elves #1 and keep going with #2, #3, and #4, then read In the Services of Dragons #1, #2, #3, and #4. Happy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't really sure if this book {and the others} would be something I wanted to read. But it turns out, I was wrong and I was into the first chapter before I realized this was a good book. Believe me, if you like adventure, mixed with magic, action, humor, and mystery, you will absolutely LOVE Kingdoms and Elves. I hear a lot of other people do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a late comer to the Kingdoms and Elves craze - I am a 20 year old video game and music junkie and even I found time to read and ENJOY these gems of modern literature. Robert Stanek paints such vivid pictures of young Adrina and Vilmos and their world that you can't help but become trapped in the magical world and forget for the time that you are reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all four of the Kingdoms & Elves books multiple times, and am eagerly awaiting the fifth. 'Kingdoms & the Elves of the Reaches' is a book about an 12 year old boy who lives with people he thinks are his parents and a 13 year old girl who lives in a faraway kingdom. All his life, Vilmos heard that magic was evil, he¿s bad because he has magic powers, and the dark priests are going to get him. Then, one night, his life is changed forever... Vilmos finds out the truth about himself and his magic, and goes with the wizard Xith to learn all about being a wizard. He makes both friends and enemies there. He soon finds out that he is different, even for a wizard. And in his case, different can be deadly... I won't tell any more here, or I know I'll give the whole book away. But I strongly suggest that you read it. I believe that this book and the ones following are very enjoyable, and I strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 6th grade math teacher and avid reader. I can't believe I have waited this long to start the Kingdoms and the Elves series. I was curious to read what my students were so excited about. I read this book in a day! What wonderful description and character development! I felt as if I were a kid again, being transported to an enchanting new world. I loved reading this book and have read the next two as well. It has become an addiction. I now understand why my students are so excited about Kingdoms and the Elves!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave 'Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches' 5 stars to Robert Stanek because this book was astonishing!! It was an 'On the edge of your seat' book. I would highly recommend this book to any one, Old or young. Heck my mom read this and she LOVED it! Everyone I know who read it LOVED it too. It was a ver breath-taking story that will definately not dissapoint you in any way. This book had it all, action, humor, drama, and mystery. If you like any of them topics, you will LOVE this book!