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by Robert Stanek

Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: Robert Stanek
ISBN: 1575450607
ISBN13: 978-1575450605
Language: English
Publisher: Reagent Press (April 1, 2002)
Pages: 240
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The story continues in book two of the Kingdom & Elves of the Reaches. Robert Stanek has been a writer for over 30 years and is the author of over 50 books.

The story continues in book two of the Kingdom & Elves of the Reaches. I really liked both books so far. An epic fantasy. Other books in the series.

Book 2 of 4 in the Keeper Martin's Tales Series. Foreword Magazine: No matter how fascinating a fantasy world is, it fails if not animated by a compelling story and Stanek gives us not just one, but three, tales. A prolific non-fiction writer, Stanek's focus on instruction influences his fiction with a penchant for clear and simple prose. He also prefers swift, action-oriented scenes.

The thrilling adventure full of mystery, magic, elves, monsters, and the ultimate battle between good and evil continues! To save her kingdom Queen Mother sent her most trusted warriors on a perilous journey across the Great Sea. But the elves were betrayed. Only a handful survived, and only two reached the far shores. The survivors did not find quick allies. They found a kingdom under siege and a shattered alliance. What lies beyond, they don't know. The future is uncertain.

Don't miss the other Ruin Mist books. Robert Stanek is a dad, husband and author. Robert Stanek finished his first novel in 1986 and has been writing several books a year ever since. Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches 2, 3, 4: Winds of Change Seeds of Dissent Pawn of Dragons Tower of Destiny. In the Service of Dragons 2, 3, 4: A Clash of Heroes A Dance of Swords A Storm of Shields A Reign of Dragons. Guardians of the Dragon Realms 2: The Dragon, the Wizard & the Great Door A Legacy of Dragons. Today, he has over 150 published books, which have been read by millions of people around the world.

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II : Keeper Martin's Tales, Book . If you have ever read the Lord of the Rings or The Dragonriders of Pern books, then The Kingdoms and the Elves will be just perfect.

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II : Keeper Martin's Tales, Book 2. (Book in the The Kingdoms and Elves of the Reaches Series).

Keeper Martin’s Tales. Complete series omnibus. This is a work of fiction. All the characters, names, places and events portrayed in this book are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to any actual locale, person or event is entirely coincidental. Kingdoms and the elves of the reaches. This is the truth of the matter, and why Keeper Martin, head of the lore keepers, chose to pen his own version of the histories of Ruin Mist before and after the return of Dalphan the Wanderer. Through Keeper Martin's gathering of history from various individuals, the story of Ruin Mist is retold in these pages.

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The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II: Keeper Martin's Tales Book 2 Also published as Seeds of Dissent The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches: Keeper Martin's Tales Series Book of 4 Author: Robert Stanek. Published on April 1, 2002. Book prices and availability listed here are updated at least hourly and are subject to change.

But the elves were betrayed. But they do know that they must win this fight, for failure would certainly mean the end to everything they hold dear.

About the Author: Robert Stanek is the award-winning, international best-selling author of more than 65 books for young people and adults

About the Author: Robert Stanek is the award-winning, international best-selling author of more than 65 books for young people and adults. He lives with his wife and children in the Pacific Northwest in the United States, and is intensely fascinated with our natural world.

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The thrilling adventure full of mystery, magic, elves, monsters, and the ultimate battle between good and evil continues! To save her kingdom Queen Mother sent her most trusted warriors on a perilous journey across the Great Sea. But the elves were betrayed. Only a handful survived, and only two reached the far shores. The survivors did not find quick allies. They found a kingdom under siege and a shattered alliance. What lies beyond, they don't know. The future is uncertain. But they do know that they must win this fight, for failure would certainly mean the end to everything they hold dear.
Comments to eBook The Kingdoms the Elves of the Reaches II (Keeper Martin's Tales, Book 2)
Tori Texer
What's here plot wise isn't that bad. There's nothing wrong with the story on a technical level. But dear Lord is this book an editorial nightmare. Run on sentences that last for miles. Sentences that literally make your head hurt; "East through the Kingdom along the East-West Road were the Territories, divided East and West." Okay, we saw the word "East" in one sentence three times. No one on the editorial staff thought to call the road something different? How about all of those soldiers who's position are the "High road garrison guardsmen", things like this make me feel like the writer isn't sure what a garrison is or any of the other big words he is using incorrectly. "...Tossing gnarled hair to one side surreptitiously, hair that should have been combed." He's stealthily tossing his uncombed hair around in front of his mom? Is he trying to hide uncombed hair, but tossing it around. I'm missing the point the author is trying to make.

There are a lot of things with neat, and honestly very interesting names. But then there are objects and places with normal world names. It removes the reader from the world. How do we go from, "Xith" to "Midori" (which is a Japanese alcohol) to "Seth" but then there's "Br'yan". My partner is a published editor and is literally ripping this book apart. It would actually be pretty good if it had had an editor.

The language he uses in this book strikes me as if he was trying to set up his world in a certain time period, but instead of letting his language and characters show us this world, the writing is just awkward. "Only then that he became the boy of twelve who's name was Vilmos." "Vilmos briefly, but closely, studied his mother's features as he did each morning." You know what makes bad writing? INFO DUMPING. "Offset by a touch of gray, dark black hair the color of starless night sky fell to her waist. Her face, ripped with age in a pleasant way, was deep set with eyes of hazel that seemed to always be calling out." Even after all of that we still don't know what she actually looks like. We've got very crude things like eyes and hair color, that she looks aged but not how old, but that's almost anyone. Like 40% of the people in the world have black hair and at least 60% of them are women. We could have done with out the description and been alright.

This author has pretty much self published and has helped many other writers publish. Very respectable to have done so. But he also has a lot quotes from unknown sources comparing him to significantly better writers, saying "a wonderful cross between JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling," and "like getting Tolkien with all the right touches of Rowling." This is literally one of the largest lies I have ever read. The person who said it was probably a family member or a friend. Don't believe it. There's plenty of room to grow,but this book is terrible.
Haracetys
How do you market a wretched fantasy book to a much younger audience? Why, you chop it in half and sell it as two separate, shorter books!

Sadly for Robert Stanek's "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches," which is the first half of "Keeper Martin's Tales." this just highlights what a confusing, frustrating train wreck his attempt at an epic fantasy is. There's almost nothing going on (even compared to the later works of Robert Jordan), the characters are disastrously shallow and/or obnoxious, the conflict is impossible to understand, and the way that Stanek writes every scene is brain-meltingly dull.

I wish I could summarize this book properly, but it's difficult to even do that much. Basically, a war is brewing among the four kingdoms, although I'm not sure who the villains are, what caused the conflict, or why the heroes are involved. It's not a good sign for an epic fantasy when your initial response is a long string of one-word questions: "Why? How? When? What? Huh?"

Three particular characters become embroiled in the conflict -- sociopathic "spunky princess" Adrina, the befuddled elf bodyguard Seth, and the sadistic magical child Vilmos. Vilmos is taken under the wing of wizened magician Xith; Seth is sent by the Elf Queen to get involved in... some conflict; and Adrina, after much contrived castle intrigue, goes... somewhere with her love interest Emel.

Yeah, "Keeper Martin's Tales" was a disaster of a book, but "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" is actually WORSE than the book it makes up the first half of. Stanek took what little substance the original "adult" book had, and halved it. Even if this semi-crooked approach to publishing weren't.... well, semi-crooked, this was not a good thing. It actually highlights just how LITTLE is actually going on in the story... and it ends at a totally random spot with a very awkwardly-placed "to be continued."

It's also painfully confusing; I had no idea what caused the war, who was involved in it, or even who the villains were. Robert Stanek is absolutely ghastly at exposition -- he's one of those authors who seems to assume that you understand all the terminology and backstory of his world without actually EXPLAINING it or finding some way (ancient texts, letters, dialogue) to exposit.

The plot (if you can say there is one) is a meandering disaster of inexplicable events (Vilmos encounters a two-headed beast that... has nothing to do with anything else). Stanek doesn't really bother to give any actual texture to his imaginary world and cultures -- there's a castle, and there's a place with elves and mood-ring rooms, but not much else. It's like a 2-dimensional stage set. Also, Stanek clearly has no idea how subplots progress, since he flings his characters to wherever he feels like putting them, without warning. For instance, in one chapter Seth is hanging out in the Elf... city? Country? Civilization?.... and the next he's suddenly in battle hundreds of miles away.

Furthermore, Stanek has a writing style that manages to be both bloated and vacuous, so that the act of reading it is like trying to do the backstroke in zero gravity. There's little substance there, but you have to slog through so much that it becomes exhausting to try to read. He keeps using words that he clearly doesn't understand ("Galan had the insatiable curiosity of a preborn child") and phrases that don't belong in a fantasy book ("It is called non-corporeal stasis, an out of body experience"). His writing simply rambles on without any actual POINT, littered with gaping plot holes, terrible metaphors, and Big Significant Events that.... aren't. And of course, his dialogue often sinks into nonsense (“Rouse two guards to council doors").

Stanek's characters are almost as ghastly as his prose -- Adrina, Seth and Vilmos all show signs of sociopathic behavior, whether it's frightening other people for fun or cold-bloodedly manipulating them. Nobody in this book does anything in a logical manner, bursting into tears or freaking out based on... whatever the author wants them to do at a given moment. Adrina is a particularly annoying character, since she also embodies the Rebellious Princess trope. So she would be irritating even if she weren't a sociopath.

As if "Keeper Martin's Tales" wasn't teeth-grindingly annoying already, "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" takes what little content Stanek's book had... and gives you only half for your money. Save your money for a book by Tolkien.
MrDog
I came to look up these books because I remember really enjoying them when I read them years ago. I'm surprised by the negative reviews. Specifically, I don't recall the plot being difficult to follow. Rather, I found it interesting and enjoyable. So much so, that I have fond memories of reading these. The writing and language were not negatives for me and I took the ways of character speech as part of the world the author was creating.
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