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  1. Elvenblood is a book about blood, and the power struggles between those you do know and those you don't.Sheyrena and Lorryn find their freedoms threatened, Sheyrena because her elven father arranges a marriage, and Lorryn because his father was human, not elven. So they must flee, and turn to Sheyrena's human slave who is strangely knowledgeable about dragons, Myre.In the wake of a victory against elves, halfbloods like Shana, human wizards, and dragon shamans like her brother Keman have gathere [...]

  2. I just don't get it. My dad says Andre Norton is a fantastic writer, and he's not the only one who's recommended her to me. Maybe she and Lackey just don't make a great team? Maybe she hit a a dry run? Regardless, these ladies seemed to have missed the "Show, don't tell" chapter in "Writing Fiction 101." The writing is stilted and awkward. All the voices are the same. (view spoiler)[The convenient pairing off of everyone in the main party is cringeworthy. It is rather inconvenient that Velnyar a [...]

  3. The second book in the trilogy, "Elvenblood" continues the story of half-blood human-elf Shana and Keman, her dragon foster brother. I listened to the first two books in the series back-to-back and wanted to listen to the third as well only to discover that it is not available in audio. This is another listen-to of an old favorite that I read a long time ago. I am most disappointed that the last book is not audio-ed.

  4. Two things first. A. I liked this one a lot better than the first even though it wasn't technically better. and B. It's SO depressing to me that I can't put this one on my female friendships shelf. But as with so much contemporary fantasy, the only real, meaningful relationships are either familial or romantic, so why would you want to have friendships? They're clearly inferior shadows. *eyeroll*First, the very good - I loved the addition of Rena, an elven character who's meek and quiet and demu [...]

  5. The second book in the Half-Blood chronicles begins slowly. It is a year after the revolt and we begin in a new location with new characters getting ready for a fete. If I heard anymore about choosing a dress for a function by an elven lady I may just have whipped that CD in the audio-book out the car window. There were a couple of other places where the book dragged, and if I had of been reading the paper copy I likely would have skimmed quite a few pages here and there. A case in point, the su [...]

  6. Elvenblood continues the themes from Elvenbane: character-driven scenes full of description, a long introduction, and a breaking down of fantasy tropes. We have a would-be fairy princess charming unicorns, which in this world are predatory, with sharp fangs and clawed hooves.Elvenblood, more than a hundred pages shorter than its predecessor, falls into a "middle child" slump, like Two Towers or The Empire Strikes Back. In it, we're introduced to a few new characters, our heroes start falling in [...]

  7. This second installment has the advantage of better pacing than the first, since its moved past the "beginning" stages of the plot. However, where the first had rich descriptions of the world and its people, and the characters were well-developed, "Elvenblood" failed to deliver the same quality. Shana came across as increasingly shallow and her character unbelievable - although the changes are understandable as she moves up the social ladder, I found it hard accept her dramatically developed int [...]

  8. I enjoyed this. I most liked reading about the halfblood Lorryn and his elven sister Sheyrena (more Sheyrena). I thought the chunks of story which told with their thoughts, especially Rena's, were the most interesting. Sheyrena coming into her own and discovering the many uses of her "lesser magics" was captivating. Lorryn was not quite as interesting, honestly. He may have even been a bit boring. Mero bores me now, though I thought his new-found love was sweet. They're a good couple. Shana was [...]

  9. A continuation of the Elvenbane, the elves are recovering from the second Wizard War and the Wizards have moved away to a new home far away from the Elven lands to start anew. However, the war has upset the normal order of the realm and the balance of power has shifted. Although the war is over, peace is still not assured. Now is the time to secure power and new alliances. My biggest c optician of this book is that the first book ends at the conclusion of a single battle in which the Wizards win [...]

  10. MehI didn't like this one that much, I liked parts of it, but it seemed to drag in spots. And all the main characters hooking up with someone seemed to cliche. I mean that could have been dragged out a bit. It is what it is, fantasy, entertaining, but it wsn't thought provoking that is for sure. Some parts were cool, the iron people were cool, the dragon fight was rewarding. I liked the end result,of the dragon fight,little sister got a harsh punishment, but she deserved it. i don't want to spoi [...]

  11. The star system has no half stars, so I’ll give this a 5-star even though it really is a 4.5. Really, really great read. So many things to love about this book. Love the fact that elves are not the "end all to be all". Love the fact that there is no prominent characters that whine all through the book (which Lackey has a tendency to write) and no really long, drawn out dialogue or descriptions that clutters up some fantasy books. A great plot, also. The only criticisms I have is the ending is [...]

  12. When I decided to re-read The Halfblood Chronicles, I was excited to read the brand new (to me) third novel in the series. As for this second book, though I only vaguely recalled the events of the previous novel in the series, this one felt a bit more familiar. At first I chalked it up to a familiarity with Mercedes Lackey’s writing style. But as more and more of the plot came back to me, I realized that my clearer memory came from originally enjoying this sequel even more than the first book [...]

  13. a cute little story about the ever present battle between good and evil, using elves, wizards, gnomes, halfbloods and humans as the fighters, and a world where dragons exist but are a threatened species as the battleground. the main character is a girl who has been supressed by her father and kept "in the dark" so to speak for all of her life, till she breaks free and realises she has hidden strengths that can benefit the world and the races.a good and intersting book to pick up, and an enjoyabl [...]

  14. Carries the torch well for the first book in the series. Enjoyable and workmanlike fantasy that takes the story in new directions while maintaining a consistent tone. Avoids the most common sequel pitfalls, and expands the world while still telling a (mostly) self-contained story. Still suffers from too much exposition, conflicts are perhaps resolved a bit too neatly, and the "exotic" treatment of POC might raise eyebrows today - but hey, they're in there, and this was the 90's, right? Elvenbloo [...]

  15. The pacing seemed a little off in this book. The themes of power, and what the introduction of checks and balances to that power would do to a society seemed interesting, but this came much to late in the book, for my taste.There are intrigues introduced to the story that never gets resolved, at least not in this volume, as the focus is turned elsewhere. In fact, what I perceive to be the climax of the struggle in this volume, happens "off camera".Finally, one tip to female fantasy writers, who' [...]

  16. The first was good but this one was written so poorly. Everything was over explained over and over again! All of the people in the book sounded like they were the same person and all so very clever. They pretty much all had God knowledge powers so they could never be fooled and could figure out what everyone was going to do and plan before how to get what they want. These perceptions weren't really based on anything soild but they were always right. If you want spoon feed a story then this is fo [...]

  17. Lou: The second book of the Halfblood Chronicles, this one starts with a character that was BRIEFLY mentioned in the first book. The beginning starts kind of makes you go "Umwhere are Shana and Keman?" I didn't like that it started with a whole new set of characters, but again, you get used to it, and then the people we grew to love in the first book show up, along with the ones we grew to hate. What I enjoy about the first two of the series is that they don't really leave you hanging. Each coul [...]

  18. There's zero tension throughout the whole book. The lack of conflict is kind of stunning. I kept waiting for the plot to start. What made the first one fun was getting kind of childishly indignant at the patent unfairness the main character's mistreatment, but everyone is pretty much saccharine sweet and patently understanding throughout this one.That said, the dialogue was fun and mindless. A good bedtime story.

  19. Another compelling adventure, with more characters and twists in the over all plot. I felt this book so far was weaker of the two in terms of description, but most defiantly stronger in action and over all story. I love these books honestly for me I think I understand what is going on only to have been completely wrong, and surprised in a good way. The writing seems a bit more fluent then the first one as well. I am quiet anxious to finish the trilogy with Elvenborn.

  20. I didn't enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, Elvenbane. It jumped around between characters a bit too much, so it was harder to get involved in the characters' stories. The ending was especially disappointing - again, it was too rushed, and it ended on a cliffhanger!However, I did enjoy the sections with the Iron People, and getting a better view into the elves' world. It's worth a read if you liked the first book.

  21. Now I'll have to run down the third book in the series. The theme of male dominance vs. female equality is one that rings in the hearts of the great majority of females and even some males. For years I've had the misconception that Andre Norton was a male; I also made that mistake years ago in thinking Taylor Caldwell was also of the male gender. One day I'll learn not to make those assumptions without doing some checking!

  22. I thought this book was better than the first book. The plot line was much better though there are still problems with the showing versus telling. I liked the two new characters the Elven girl Rena and her brother Lorryn. They brought a new and exciting dynamic to the story world. I was still dissapointed in the ending, but there is another book still so maybe it will wrap up in that one.

  23. Entertaining book . The plot is fairly simple of good against evil. Some characters are very flat, either being a great being or an evil one with none of the nuances I usually enjoy in characters with mixed emotions. There wasn't an evil character that had "redeeming" qualities or a "good: character that did things that were bordering on "evil".

  24. My first [modern] fantasy book ever! :D I bought it for the dragons on the cover. Looking at it through the eyes of someone who has read hundreds of other fantasies since, on the quality scale, it's a very ordinary story and it ended with a frustrating cliffhanger (frustrating then as I had no means of securing the next book). But I'm giving it three stars for sentimental reasons.

  25. I consider this book and series (Halfblood Chronicles) my guilty pleasure. I original read this on my trips during ski club in H.S. Purely a fantasy book, I enjoy their take on the standard wizards, elves, and dragons. i.e. elves have enslaved the human race and are generally nasty bastards while dragons are shape shifters.

  26. This was a fantastic sequel to the first book. I couldn't put it down. It did not initially start off where I would have liked, since it introduced new characters but overall once I got into the book (the first chapter) I couldn't stop. It just made the story plot even better and you felt even more for the characters and even really got into the new characters. This was a great sequel

  27. Thinking about this book after reading her Alta series, this one falls short. It's the same type of storyline, but with a Pern type twist that didn't quite do it for me. I remember being kind of bored with this series when I compared it to M. Lackey's other work. Maybe the author collaboration just wasn't working for me?

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