A fantasy with real characters that have real problems, faults, prejudices, secrets and sex, lots and lots of sex.
This starts out as a typical human meets Elf. Falls in lust then love and we all know, "Love conquers all".
Mack has done well in developing his characters, and presenting them with real problems they can either over come or be hammered by them. Granted a little magic doesn't hurt.
This could have been two chapters shorter if the descriptive sex was deleted. Granted some was necessary but the story itself is stand alone without most of it.
The fact that he has it published via an online publisher speaks well of his craft.
Some of the characters may have been borrowed from other writers and let's face it you gotta have a reason for an elvin maid to be running around in the forest pursued by Orcs so you have the "Quest".
Taking all of this into consideration, there's a lot happening in such a small span of writing but I didn't get the feeling that the writing was choppy or the story hurried and truncated. Oh, and look for the "twist".
Don't miss this one. If you are a fantasy reader and you pass it up you are SO gonna kick yourself.
Harlen, huntsman of Morrovale, is tracking a wolf through the woods when he is knocked down by a small girl running into his side. Just as he begins to recover, she is followed by a pair of Orcs, obviously pursuing her. He fights them off with assistance from the girl, and thus begins the saga of Harlen and Hyandai, a human hero, and an elf woman on a quest.
If you enjoy fantasy stories with humans, elves, orcs, magic, and heroes, you'll enjoy this story. As you might imagine, it becomes a love story but one with a very strong plot, plenty of twists in the path, and sadness as well as joy. I've read printed books that weren't done as well as this story.
There is sex and love in the story but the sex is appropriate to the plot and mostly enhances it instead of overshadowing it as can so easily happen. I'm rating this one 5 on the stroke score not because it does not have hot sex but because the sex is not the focus of the story.
Quality of writing and editing is superb. I don't remember noticing errors although I got so caught up in the plot that it probably would have take an serious error to get my attention.
Ten doesn't go high enough on appeal to the reviewer. I strongly recommend this story for those who like this genre.
Hmmm... Let's see: elves, orcs, humans, halflings. Sounds a bit like Middle Earth, right? That's what I thought, and that's why I had avoided reading any of the Feldare stories until just recently. I love LoTR and most of the derivatives that I've seen have been pitiful.
Not this one!
Yep, it has many of the same elements, but the similarities pretty much end there, with one notable exception: writing style. The prose here has much the same flavor as Tolkien's - slightly archaic but still fully understandable.
Two abilities added to the elves of Feldare are particularly interesting to me: the fey and the dirge.
In other fantasies that I've read you might find fey beings or a character might be struck with a fey mood. Here, elves have a fey part of their being, but each elve will only have one fey characteristic. It might be lust, war, thievery or some other compulsion. The difference with the fey is that elves have the ability to deny it - but that denial costs them part of what they are.
The dirge is something very, very special. An elf can give voice to a person who has died in a special, all encompassing way. I won't attempt to describe it - the story would be worth reading to me just for the descriptions given for the dirge.
All in all this is a fine trip into a fantastic realm, as are the other Feldare stories that I've read so far.