Monday, 31 October 2016

FANTASY REVIEW: Iskryne Trilogy 3: An Apprentice to Elves - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette

Release Date: 13/10/15


Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear return with the third book in their Iskryne trilogy, "An Apprentice to Elves." The trilogy began with "A Companion to Wolves," and continued in "The Tempering of Men." This novel picks up the story of Alfgyfa, a young woman who has been raised in the Wolfhall by her father Isolfr, who is the human leader of the queen-wolf Viridechtis' pack, and was the protagonist of the first book.

The warrior culture of Iskryne forbids many things to women-and most especially it forbids them bonding to one of the giant telepathic trellwolves. But as her father was no ordinary boy, Alfgyfa is no ordinary girl. Her father has long planned to send his daughter to Tin, a matriarch among the elves who live nearby, to be both apprentice and ambassador, and now she is of age to go.


I love a story that takes me away and that's exactly what this title from Elizabeth and Sarah did for me. The writing is crisp, you can't see a change in writing styles from where each author added their own work and the whole story is cohesive with cracking prose.

Back this up with some solid dialogue, a superb cast of supporting characters alongside a lead that really has you loving your time with her especially when she's amongst an "alien" culture, all round makes this a book that was a pure joy to spend time with. Magic

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