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I think the hooded assassin look is overdone. Whether there was that type of character in the book or not. Like Liked by 2 people.

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Bookstooge says:. It is also noteworthy that this book is not just a part of the Harpers series but is also the first book in a stand-a I chose to read "Elfshadow", the second in a long "open-universe" series about the secret organization for good, known as "The Harpers" in the "Forgotten Realms" fantasy setting, because I was looking for a good old fashioned, easy-to-read, but not dumbed down fantasy novel. It is also noteworthy that this book is not just a part of the Harpers series but is also the first book in a stand-alone trilogy called, "Songs and Swords.

Elfshadow (Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #2) ★★★☆ ½

These sorts of books launched the careers of several well-known fantasy authors today, including RA Salvatore, Troy Denning, and Elaine Cunningham, the author of this book, and numerous others. The story surrounds Arilyn Moonblade, a half-elf "assassin" who works as a Harper agent. She is suspected of assassinating several members of the Harper association, mostly because of her proximity to all of their murders. She is accompanied by a fledgling-wizard and bard named Danilo Thann who plays the part of a dandy but in reality is an accomplished mage and is trying to determine Arilyn's guilt or innocence.

What follows is largely a mystery story interspersed with dangerous moments and good action sequences. There are lots of characters introduced as the pair makes their journey in and around Waterdeep, but you don't have to be a "Forgotten Realms" aficionado to understand what's going on. The plot is pretty well thought out and definitely kept my attention. It's really hard to believe that this is the author's first novel. She has acknowledged mistakes with it but I can't point to any myself and she has gone on to write a couple of sequels.

I will definitely read them because I really like these characters. Feb 19, Victor rated it liked it. After reading too many books featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, I gravitated towards "Elfshadow" because I wanted to know more about the city of Waterdeep. In reality, this book is not about Waterdeep, even though a great deal of action happens inside its walls. It is hard to go about writing a review about a book like this.

Elfshadow seems to jump in places, with fast-paced action and detailed logic. However, the book was very entertaining and was filled with a thrilling excitement that made the pages After reading too many books featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, I gravitated towards "Elfshadow" because I wanted to know more about the city of Waterdeep. However, the book was very entertaining and was filled with a thrilling excitement that made the pages move faster than you would expect.

I say a thrilling excitement because important information regarding the plot is revealed close to the end in a twisted manner. The villain, the object of the story, all those details are revealed in the end.

Most of the time she was an uninteresting, conflicted character. It was the savvy of Danilo Than and the intrigue of Elaith Craulnobber that keep me interested. In the end, both are great characters that hide more than they offer and are somewhat pragmatic about the noble society of Waterdeep. Cunningham explores again a theme that is very consistent in Realm novels, the lack of acceptance due to someone's heritage.

The half-elf Arilyn has never felt at home in Evereska and goes to Faeurn to realize her purpose. Questions about someone's legacy and the opportunity to make a difference are reflected in the mystery of the Moonblade, the sword for which Arylin takes her surname and a possession from her mother before her. The conflicting character of Elaith also derives from the power of the Moonblade, and he keeps his secrets well about his time in the island of elves.

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Mar 10, Darren rated it really liked it. This was my first introduction to Elaine's writing. I enjoyed many aspects of the tale, especially Elaine's attention to Realmslore details, like Dale Reckoning, spell components, equipment and location names, and most of all the much shrouded history of the ancient elven kingdom of Evermeet. I've read a good deal of positive reviews abo This was my first introduction to Elaine's writing. I've read a good deal of positive reviews about Evermeet the book and was told that this book and the series which it's attached to is an excellent entry point into it.

I'm looking forward to completing the rest of the Songs and Swords series and finishing off with Evermeet when I get to it. I gave the book four of five stars as there were certain points I felt that I was being dished out too much information rather than having to piece it together particularly in the the last third of the book.

As an author, I appreciate the intricacies of "showing" rather than "telling" and while Elaine seems to have this concept locked down in this book, a few instances put me back a little. Nothing distracting, mind you, just small things I pick up on. Jul 22, Anna rated it liked it. We will call this a nostalgia review. I read this book years ago as a teenager and loved it for being exactly what it's meant to be They clash immediately And my teenage heart was totally on-board with what I knew to be the inevitable romance.

The clash of personalities was great fun, the mystery solid and Danilo's under We will call this a nostalgia review. The clash of personalities was great fun, the mystery solid and Danilo's undercover role intriguing. Even at the time, I remember wishing the story had delved more deeply into these characters and their internal conflicts Subsequent books following these characters disappointed and I'm concerned that a reread would tarnish my memory of this one. Still, 3 stars for the fond memories. Jun 02, kazerniel rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , dropped.

This series was one of my favourites back in my early teens. Now that I'm re-reading it in my late twenties, I'm much disappointed.

The writing style is pleasant and poetic, but Danilo, the secondary protagonist comes through as creepy and sexist. I really like Arylin, the main protagonist, but her romance with Danilo feels forced. Plus even Arylin makes occasionally misogynistic gestures, which is super-weird from a female author. Quite a few of the "evil" characters in the novel f This series was one of my favourites back in my early teens. Quite a few of the "evil" characters in the novel feel unrealistic - twisted and malicious "just for the fun of it".

Sep 28, Jacob rated it liked it. If you're a fan of the typical, nothing new fantasy novel, pick this up.

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While the story line is entertaining, it does drag on a little bit towards the end but that shouldn't discourage you from picking it up. The writing was fairly straightforward but the characters were actually interesting especially Danilo. If you like to play Dungeons and Dragons, you'll enjoy this novel immensely as it literally reads like a DND adventure. Overall, I enjoyed the book but wish the pacing had been a bit fast If you're a fan of the typical, nothing new fantasy novel, pick this up. Overall, I enjoyed the book but wish the pacing had been a bit faster.

To read the full review, visit the Nebula of Books. Feb 16, Veronica rated it liked it.

This book was one of my favorite fantasy novels when I was in middle school, and you know what? I stand by that. It was way less terrible than I was expecting it to be on reread. I don't claim it's a great work of literature, but it has solid prose, engaging characters, and a fun twist towards the end.

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Salvatore ones, and those not since high school, but I enjoyed the descriptions of the world an This book was one of my favorite fantasy novels when I was in middle school, and you know what? Salvatore ones, and those not since high school, but I enjoyed the descriptions of the world and various minor characters in Elfshadow. We'll see if it holds up in the sequels! Jul 30, Doris rated it really liked it. This is a very good book, saved from excellence by the very late introduction of the true meaning of the elfshadow. Actually it could have 3 meanings, but I won't post them, so as to prevent spoilers.

But I think the ending was very well done. Elaine Cunningham and her character Arilyn Moonblade dance through the pages with artistic ease. The problem, the plot, the friend, the foe, the betrayal and saving I first read this book Then something reminded me of the series, and I felt like re-reading it. I'm not going to lie, it embarrasses me a bit to be reading a tie-in novel at my age.

Mar 14, Crystal rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. This was ok. Even I, who am not usually good at solving mystery plots early, knew who the villain was in less than a hundred pages. Unfortunately it took me longer to like or really care about the main characters.