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The Elvenbane
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Possessed of great magical abilities, the Elvenlords can change the very world around them to suit their will. They rule their human slaves with an iron hand but they also fear them. According to an ancient prophecy, one day the Elvenbane - a person half-elf and half-human will be born, and the elvenlords will be overthrown. Neither the elves nor the desperate humans know that the prophecy was created by a third, hidden race: the dragons. The dragonkin love to secretly manipulate the elven society and they get a fresh chance when a human woman, pregnant by an Elvenlord, flees into their desert domain. Her child, raised by the dragons, is the fabled Elvenbane, a false prophecy come true. When Shana comes into her power and steps foward to claim her destiny, the world trembles.
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The Elvenbane is an exciting tale of magic and politics, involving humans, elves, and dragons written by two masters of fantasy!

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Andre Norton (1912-2005) was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. From SF series such as Solar Queen and Beast Master, to fantasy series such as Witch World, Norton's work has enthralled readers for decades. She was lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America and received a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. An Ohio native, Ms. Norton lived for a number of years in Winter Park, Florida, and then moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she lived until her death in 2005. Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy with James Mallory (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy with James Mallory (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenyx and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.

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SF master Norton ( The Crystal Gryphon and the Witch World series) and her new collaborator Lackey ( Arrows of the Queen and subsequent volumes of the Valdemar series) have produced a fine coming-of-age adventure in which a decadent elven society maintains a cruel, avaricious control over the shattered remnants of humanity while shape-changing dragons covertly observe. Pregnant with a half-breed child, a human concubine of the almost immortal elven Lord Dyran flees into the desert to avoid death. She is found by the dragon Alara, a shaman herself heavy with egg. Although the concubine dies, Alara saves the child Shana and brings her home to foster with her own son Keman. When Shana reaches adulthood and is cast out by conservative dragons, she learns the extent of her magical abilities. Aided by Keman and her full-elven half-brother, Dyran's heir, she leads a revolt by the other hidden half-breeds against the tyranny of the elves. With excellent evocations of dragon lore and society, this tale will rank as one of the season's liveliest and most appealing fantasy epics. (Nov.)

In a world where elven overlords rule a human slave population, a young girl born of a forbidden liaison between elf and human finds shelter among the legendary dragons and discovers her destiny as the liberator of her world. Norton and Lackey combine their talents well in this high fantasy featuring an enterprising heroine and her dragon companion against a background of magic, treachery, and high emotion. Recommended where fantasy is popular.

"A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies." --Amazing Stories "A splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers!" --Anne McCaffrey "One of the season's liveliest and, most appealing fantasy epics." --Publishers Weekly A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies. Amazing Stories A splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers! Anne McCaffrey One of the season's liveliest and, most appealing fantasy epics. Publishers Weekly " A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies. "Amazing Stories" A splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers! "Anne McCaffrey" One of the season's liveliest and, most appealing fantasy epics. "Publishers Weekly"" "A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies."--"Amazing Stories" "A splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers!"--Anne McCaffrey "One of the season's liveliest and, most appealing fantasy epics."--"Publishers Weekly"

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