Deep in the Darkwood, a mystic portal awaits…
Mara Geary faces a bleak future in the village of Little Hazel until, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, strange glowing lights beckon her into the mysterious shadows under the trees. She follows, hoping for adventure. What she finds is her destiny…
Prince of the Hawthorne Court, Brannon Luthinor has spent his life becoming a powerful warrior in order to save his people. Now, on the eve of war, his fate is rapidly approaching.
Brought together by fate, Bran and Mara forge an unlikely alliance. But in the face of evil, will they be able to trust their lives – and their hearts – to one another?
Sissy: Anthea Sharp has done it again! We’ve long been a fan of her fantasies, and with Elfhame we are equally if not more delighted. Elfhame is a part of a collaborative collection of fantasy stories, each featuring a magical skeleton key and written by different authors.
Bubby: Let us be clear, here–we’ve only read Elfhame from this collection, and some of the other covers suggest that there might be more “hanky panky” going on in them than we are comfortable with. Read the others at your own risk!
Sissy: Or read them at your own risqué’–
Bubby: You’re so clever. Must be related to me.
Sissy: Back to Elfhame (no, really, I want to go there!). Our heroine, Mara, seems born for adventure, yet doesn’t see a clear path out of humdrum village life and marriage to a dull local fellow. I loved her because she is larger than her boring life, full of excitement and energy, and not afraid of something different. I don’t think, however, she was anywhere near ready for the over the top escapade she got. Or the strange and exotic elf man she becomes involved with. I think he might look something like this:
As for myself, I would have as an exploit just touring and enjoying a magical realm, sans any sort of danger. But nobody wants to read about that, including me!
Bubby: I can just see us, Sissy, sitting on the tour bus, gawking out the window– “On your left, the Hawthorne Court palace, home of the Dark Elves…” Where do you sign up for that package? My biggest peeve with Elfhame was the length. I needed more! Give me back story on Hawthorne Court. Tell me what happens with Mara and Brannon. While we’re at it, I want a whole new book starring Brannon’s sister, cause she was awesome!
Sissy: But not his parents. They can go exile themselves to a bleak place as cold as their hearts are. Regardless, Elfhame abounds with magic, fantasy, otherworldliness, an intriguing darkness, and a tinge of romance. We, the Bubble Bath Bloggers, feel that Anthea Sharp, with her ability to craft such a fast-moving, engaging, well written tale, is on the cusp of true greatness and wide discovery. So, enjoy this fabulous jaunt in the company of Mara and Brannon, et al, and share it with your friends! You and they will so not be disappointed.
Bubby: Elfhame is just so good. The descriptions of the setting and characters are so vivid and detailed, I felt as if I were there. And let me talk about the Dark Elves’ taste in dresses and jewelry for a minute. Oh my gorgeous! If I had unlimited funds I’d go commission a seamstress to make me a replica of Mara’s purple gown. Mayhap something like the one below.
No matter how you’re dressed, Elfhame is a stunning read.