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on May 06, 2013 :
“The Elf” is the second novel I’ve read in the “Vampiris Sancti” series, but I definitely think I should have made it the first! I read “The Immaculate Adventures of One Florian Ribeni” first, and I won’t hesitate to say I was confused by all of the different species, their social structures, and characteristics—trying to keep Vampires, Pixies, Elves, Goblins, Gargoyles, and more straight took some work.
“The Elf,” though, lays out all of its different characters in context—at the beginning of each chapter, there’s a mini-history and explanation of all of the different species, and some of the entries build in complexity and detail throughout the novel. You learn about Elves and their nature, Demons and their nature, etc. As a person who really enjoys detailed fantasy worlds, all of the extra information appealed to me and helped me to understand the characters and the overall world much better.
This novel’s main character is Zyre, the mischievous elf that you briefly meet in “Florian Ribeni,” and as the book begins she’s worried that she will be matched by the Elders with a demon prince, Lord Vryn Dhaigre. Elves mate outside of their species in order to have more powerful children, but female Elves are often unwilling to enter into marriage with a Demon—Demons are obsessive and demanding, consumed by love, and Elves cherish their freedom and find it torture to be tied down.
Instead of accepting the fate decreed by the Elders, Zyre decides to flee, with the demon prince in pursuit. She gets tangled up with Vampires, humans, and other magical creatures, weaving between worlds and dealing with her own growing emotions as well as with the demands of friendship and the heartbreak of betrayal. The plot is intricate and hard to summarize beyond that, but it’s fairly easy to follow once you start to recognize the different character names and species.
I actually enjoyed “The Elf” better than “Florian Ribeni,” only because I found Zyre a more sympathetic and relatable character—though she starts off a little distant, as she grows throughout the novel in emotional depth, the reader’s attachment grows as well. The novel ends on an open note, leaving room for more of Zyre’s adventures and explorations, and I will likely read others in the series to see what becomes of everyone.
Recommended for those who enjoy fantasy novels with detailed worlds and more complex plots.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 27, 2013 :
Those of you that are fans of a magical world then this is a book that you will want to read. With Elves, Pixies, Demons, Vampires, Orics and much more to keep you busy following Zrye through this magical world.
This is the story of Zrye, a beautiful Elf, who journeys to the world of humans to hide from an arranged marriage. It seems the Elders are going to marry her off to a Demon, and Zrye decides to hide. Where else but on a world she has never been to, the world of humans
Although this book is the story of Zrye the Elf, we also get to meet Florian Ribeni and Beb the Pixie friends of Zrye. Florian and Beb's story are told in Vampiris Sancti: The Immaculate Adventures of One Florian Ribeni
Little does Zrye know that when she tries to escape the Elders wishes, the world she comes to is the one that the Demon who wants to marry her controls. While there Zrye learns what friendship, love, desire and betrayal are all about..
She also has to learn to deal with Vampires and all the rules that they live by. For the cat lovers there is even a magical creature in the story called a cat who lives in the Vampires House. The cat ends up being a huge part of the story.
This book is a wonderful adventure in to the realm of another reality. You are taken on a magical journey through the veil that separates the physical world from the magical world that exists on the other side. This is not a light book that is full of fluff. This book has characters, a love story, action, humor and much more that will pull you into the story.
One of the things I like about this book is that the author takes the time at the beginning of each chapter to explain the characters and their abilities. It takes a little getting used to because you are reading the story and at each new chapter you learn about the characters powers and abilities.
That makes this a great book for people just starting to read books about Elves, Pixies, Vampires and other mystical creatures. It also makes it a great book for people who want to know more than what you can glean from the pages.
Once again Katri Cardew has written a wonderful story that is more then worth the money.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 20, 2013 :
Cardew attempts at a worthwhile read but falls short. The plot is overly convoluted with too many characters to grab onto. The picture she paints is adequate but the plot drags tediously. Unless your preferred genre is goth fantasy, then save your time and money.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 29, 2012 :
Though I am eager to read the second of this trilogy, I am not anxious to deal with the long encylcopedia-like/history of... at the beginning of each chapter. Once into the action of the book, it is quite enjoyable. The problem is that every single chapter breaks up the action of the story as the each chapter is broken into 2 parts. The encyclopedia takes up several pages at the beginning of the chapter while the story itself is the second half. It causes a disjointedness to the action that I didn't really enjoy. Also, I highly recommend using the glossary of many, many pages at the end, which I unfortunately did not discover until almost the end of the book since it does not have its own section in the table of contents. If you can get of the boring encyclopdia/history of... at the beginning of each chapter, I recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)