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A Book Review of Elfhunter: A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is by C.S. Marks

Posted by Brook on February 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

‘Though their clothing was plain, their weapons had been made by Elven craftsmen and were of the finest quality. The blades were engraved with runes and images of warriors and huntsmen. The sheaths that held them were of worn, dark leather clad with traceries of silver. The fishermen had never seen their like, nor ever would again.’

The wood-elf, Gaelen Taldin, had deep hazel-green eyes; her chestnut hair was cropped and wild, as though wind blown; she was ageless, content among trees with strong clever fingers and many unique talents.

She was accompanied by her cousin Nelwyn who was undoubtedly the most beautiful creature they had ever seen with long blonde hair; talented at climbing trees, archery and good at the healing arts.

But it was Gaelen who enchanted them the most with her ‘soft, clear voice singing in the Elven-tongue. A mournful song, more beautiful than any they had ever heard, rose above the sound of the rain. The archer lowered his weapon, transfixed… Though still grieving for her friends and weary with traveling, she radiated strength and purity of purpose.’


In Elfhunter by C.S.Marks, Gaelen Taldin and her cousin Nelwyn are on a quest to track down and exact revenge on the monster that killed their friends.

Elfhunter is an original account of survival, friendship and forbidden love in the magical realm of Alterra where elves and men fight side by side.  It is a compelling story with dwarf humour, unrequited love and tragedy.  I cried more than once reading through this tale of adventure and loss.  Elfhunter contains as many twists and turns as the path the companions follow across the land and under the mountains in order to warn as many people about the cruel monster as possible.  But while Gaelen Taldin is around, no one is safe because now the monster hunts her!


The story of Elfhunter is researched perfectly and no wonder for C.S. Marks is described as a Renaissance woman, a gifted artist and musician and one of the few people to have completed the prestigious Tom Quilty Australian national championship hundred-mile ride.  A lover of trees herself, you can tell she speaks from first-hand experience as the details of survival in the wild ring true.


You can purchase Elfhunter: A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is through Amazon.  It is available in both paperback and Kindle editions.  I’m certain you will fall in love with this story, just as I did.


Categories: Book Reviews, World Building

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