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Curse of the Shadow Beasts [Paperback]

Christine Morgan

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Feb. 25 1999 Magelore Series (Book 1)
Elfkin. The very word evokes horror in the long-lived elven folk of the Emerin. The thought of elven and human blood mingling is unthinkable, intolerable. It is an abomination. The unnatural creatures evolving from such a union can only be considered monsters.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc. (Feb. 25 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156315188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563151880
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,079,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written by a "Gaming" Author, this is a book that grabs you! March 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
First-Time author Christine Morgan takes us into a world that many people have visited - that of an active fantasy adventure.
A previous reviewer proclaimed this book as "slash fiction". That couldn't be any farther than the truth! Ms. Morgan has delved into her "role-playing" background, and has produced a story that doesn't just tell a story, it LIVES the story.
Elven magic-user, Arien Miranda, has to stop a malovent curse - cast by the ancestors of an enemy Elven House onto his bloodline - from ruining his chances to love again. To this end, he enlists the aid of an Elfkin theif, Cat Sabledrake (Elfkin - half-elf/half-human offspring of a Human/Elf mating, which Pure Elves will kill, citing such crossbreeds as abominations).
Together, they travel with Alphonse Bugbedead (an Orckin), Sybil Narrin (an acolyte to the sex-goddess Talopea), and a few other friends to the feared tower of Archmage Selbon - a master of alchemy - to find a book that might free Arien from his curse. This serves a double-purpose, since it is rumored that Cat's mother might just be a prisoner in this same tower.
Along the way, Cat and Co. face many adventures and strange people - most noteworthy is the Archmage Solarrin; a deformed, dwarf-sized human who is a skilled necromancer, and his Minotaur sidekick, Bostich. (Note: Ms. Morgan affectionately refers to Solarrin as "The Dungeonmaster's evil twin; in reference to the animated show "Dungeons & Dragons")
Overall, this is a great book, which will give insight to the world of "Role-Playing Adventures" to a lot of us that don't play RP-Games. It's also a fantastic fantasy, filled with action, suspense, danger, romance, and a little twisted comedy that is a trademark of Ms. Morgans work; which comes from a long line of written fan-fiction; a fact which proves her dedication to the writing craft, by honing her skill and talent in what many professionals call "the no-mans land of writing".
Overall, if you are looking for a great addition to your collection of fantasy books, get "Curse of The Shadow Beasts" today. I not only say this as a reader and a writer, but as a long time fan of Ms. Morgan's work. This is a great story!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why aren't there more than 5 stars available? March 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I've been hooked on reading since before I was six, and over the past twelve-or-so years, I think I may well have read more than 500 books (not including repeats), and this, as one of very few, trapped me completely, as I practically witnessed the events going on like I was stuck in some holodeck adventure. (Trekkies know what I mean). The author has a way of actually transferring the emotions of the characters into the readers. Either that, or I'm way overdue for my psych evaluation.
Putting it shortly: provided the reader has even a grain of imagination he/she will Feel. Feel, as in share the pain, the loss, the laughs and the joys of Arien, Cat or any of the cast.
And while waiting for the sequel, you can ask yourself whether or not also you know an Alphonse, or a Greyquin, or even a Cat. For such is the cast, that should you manage to ignore the matter of species, elven or orc etc. you may find friends of yours riding through the forest, on occasion even family.
Life is simple. Death is simple. Living is the hard part. (I won't get in trouble for quoting, will I?)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even non-fans of fantasy gonna love this book! Sept. 19 2001
By "malkavien" - Published on Amazon.com
Like several people who already reviewed this wonderful novel, I've know the author, Christine Morgan, by the fandom of the TV Series Gargoyles, and met her several times already, during the Gathering conventions. All that to say that I had high expectation about this book, and I wasn't disappointed!
Poignant intrigues, attaching characters, and one of the dealiest sneakiest vilain I've ever known. and most of all non-human races that have more than one dimension, far from the stereotypes of the genre.
I tell you guys, this book is a MUST READ! (like 99% of Christine's stories, anyway!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Lord of the Rings, you'll love Shadow Beasts Dec 28 2001
By Jeanne - Published on Amazon.com
This world could be part of Middle Earth that the hobbits never discovered.
Elf, human, gnome and dwarf live in the same city, yet it is an abomination for attraction to grow and if a child is ever spawned with impure elven blood, it is drowned at birth.
Arien, an elf mage never questioned the wisdom or necessity of this practice, then, an elfkin saves his life. Now, he must face truths, some from his own past and some from the world at large... thus, he leaves his scolarly life and embarks on a quest .... you won't regret reading this great story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER! Sept. 15 2000
By Heidi D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Ms. Morgan's work for a long time and while all of it is awesome, this is one of the best of the best. The day I received it I read it right through. A must read for RPG fans or fans of Ms. Morgan - or both! =)

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