"A wonderful fantasy story"
Stefan is a young page, in service to Prince Roland
Frederickson, who was crippled many years ago in an
accident. For as long as he can remember, Stefan has been
with Roland, and he would do absolutely anything for his
friend and master. He is a peaceful boy, who has no memory
of how he came to be at Woodbridge in service to the King.
His favorite thing to do, when not serving, is to play his
beloved lute. He has a magic touch, and a magical voice as
Roland longs for adventure and hopes to see something of
his kingdom before taking over the crown when his father
no longer can rule. When he overhears a discussion about
shipment of furs to be sent down river and traded, he begs
his father to allow him to accompany the captain and the
traders. So, off he goes, with the ever-faithful Stefan by
his side, to spread his wings and see the world.
Only a few days into the journey, the raft carrying the
furs and crew is attacked, nearly everyone killed. The
only survivors are Roland, Stefan, and a trader named
Collyn, and that is only by sheer luck, for they are
believed dead as well. This is where the real journey
begins. The three unlikely allies must venture through the
forbidden Starlit Wood, only remaining stronghold of the
elven race. When they are captured, the secrets are
revealed. Stefan is really Steavil Andundalae, the prince
to the throne of the elves! He was believed to be killed
15 years ago, by a rogue sorcerer, determined to rule the
human AND elven worlds.
Now Roland and Stefan must take different roads, each to
fulfill their own separate destinies. And one of their
dreams is to try to make allies, rather then enemies, of
the elven and human worlds. Along the way, they each must
fight their personal demons, and they come to find they
have a common enemy as well, and that there is far more
binding them to each other then they previously thought.
Will Steavil and Roland fulfill their duties? Will they be
able to unite their worlds against the prejudice long
ingrained in humans and elves alike? Who is this common
enemy they fight and what are his reasons for wanting to
destroy them both? And who... or what... is the mysterious
Ravenwing that always seems to appear when danger is
imminent? There is only one way to find out... read.
Wow!! This book was incredible! It is full of action and
adventure -- a coming of age tale of two young men whose
lives are permanently intertwined in ways they don't fully
understand. It is also an age-old tale of good vs. evil,
with a spin on it, which makes one wonder "What if?" From
the very first page, one knows one is in for a treat. Ms.
Sheridan grabs the reader, tugging at the heartstrings,
and never letting go until the very last page is turned.
There are so many intriguing plots and subplots going at
once, that one has to pay close attention so as not to
miss something vital to the story.
The heroes are unique, and unexpected, each having their
own personal demons to fight... Steavil with his crippled
leg he is convinced will always hinder those he loves;
Collyn with his guilt over past occurrences he had no
control of, who is determined not to let down those who
mean the most to him ever again; and Roland with his fear
and often uncontrollable rages, who is terrified of
letting his father down and failing in his duties as
prince and future king to his land. Then there are the
secondaries, all of whom are fascinating in their own
right and all very individual, often with hidden agendas
tied into their responsibilities to others.
Though this book is not a romance, by a long shot, there
are a few undercurrents of romance to be found, which end
up being key to the plot. Roland and Steavil each find
love along the way in their respective quests, both in the
unlikeliest of places. Full of ideals and morals, they
each grow, through their love for their families, which
are not always bound by blood, but by the heart.
Go out and buy a copy of this book today, and be sure to
check out the accompanying short story, EVERYTHING TO
GAIN, found at the publisher's website.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, October 2002. All rights reserved.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 22, 2006
The slumbering camp exploded into chaos as eerie spine-
shivering cries ripped the night asunder. Terrified, the
boy jerked upright, heart thundering in his ears as his
gaze skittered about wildly. Disoriented at being yanked
from a sound sleep, the prince clambered to his feet,
calling fearfully for his mother. There was no answer.
As the young elven prince, Steavil, watches in horror, his
mother is slain by the evil Norfulk Roderickson. Fleeing
for his life, he strikes his head and is knocked
Cut off from everything and everyone, Steavil's life takes
a drastic shift. He is found by the king of a neighboring
realm and raised, as Stefan, to be the page of its prince,
Roland. Although he remembers nothing before the rescue,
Stefan knows something is missing in his life, and he
for the freedom he once knew.
When Roland convinces the king to let them travel on a
routine trading expedition and their raft is attacked and
burned, Stefan experiences flashes of disquieting déjà vu
as the events swirl about him.
When Prince Roland resolves to return home alone, Stefan
watches from the trees as the prince is captured by the
legendary elves. Will Stefan be able to rescue the prince?
Will he remember his own past?