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The Elf and the Princess, book one of The Silent Warrior Trilogy
by Anna del C. Dye   

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Category: 

Fantasy

Publisher:  Outskirts Press Inc. ISBN-10:  1432713353 Type: 
Pages: 

316

Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9781432713355
Fiction

The Elf and the Princess is a brilliant tale of true love, high adventure, and medieval-style warfare. Drawing inspiration from the myths and legends of Europe and from such writers as J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien, Anna del C. Dye spins a completely original tale that will leave the reader wanting more.

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Menarm was a great and prosperous kingdom, known throughout the lands for its friendly, hard-working people and fair trade. But a bitter struggle of succession between brothers left the kingdom devastated, the people divided. Some stayed with Fenil, who had conquered the crown, others followed Renil to the wild lands of the north, founding a new kingdom. Now Adren, the last princess of the vanquished realm of Menarm, finds herself alone in a world where women live in the shadows of men. Not only must she battle her enemies, but also a truth that could obliterate her last hope for happiness and bring dishonor to all those whom she hold dear. On her quest, she finds unlikely allies in a powerful prince and a defiant mercenary, only to be devastated by an ancient and wily elf. Will Adren be able to survive this final assault?   


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The wise monarch answered at once, as if he had it all thought out, “Take the road to Lothia, on the morrow. Meet the men sent by King Jonean at the city of Crioan.”
“Do you want me to bring them back here?”
“No, Take them by the way of Anuin and meet us in Naul in two weeks.”
“In Naul, father?”
“We will be uniting our efforts for the war there. I have sent messengers far and wide to join us in that city. Hopefully, more help will come to us by then.”
“Anything else, Sire?”
“I need only the best in command of our forces. Now is not the time to train new soldiers to take leadership of our troops.”
“As you wish, father”
“We have to stop them,” stated Seul, a man captain, echoing everyone’s thoughts.
“We can’t let them surround us,” declared another.
“We have twenty-two thousand willing blades and bows on our side in this valley,” continued the King. “Hopefully, we will be able to gather more men on our journeys.”
“If we move now,” continued Paletin, as his father signaled for him to take over, “we can make our stand at Elodin’s ruins down south and cut our enemy off there.
“If they combine their troops,” added Dellin, “they will be too strong for our forces.”



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Reviewed by Ashley Merrill for Front Street Reviews
The Elf and the Princess: The Silent Warrior Trilogy, Part 1

Anna del C. Dye

Being a big fan of fantasy, I was looking forward to reading part one of this trilogy. After the first chapter I became a little skeptical, thinking maybe this was intended for a much younger audience. What I instead found was that Anna del C. Dye had done an absolutely spectacular job at turning this into a book that lured both young and old readers alike. I think I can describe it best by comparing it to Harry Potter. With that series, any age group can read it and fall in love with it. This is the same for The Silent Warrior Trilogy; I loved it, my ten year old cousin would love it, and my mother would love it. This alone proves the immense talent of Anna del C. Dye.

Adren is the sole survivor of her homeland, Menarm. While all of her people are being slaughtered, she is up in the mountains training with a skilled warrior to learn how to fight like him. Adren’s mother, the queen of Menarm, allowed her daughter to enter into this training after much begging on Adrens part. Paletin, the Prince of the North Kingdom, is the one who discovered the ruins of Menarm. Adren’s mother, who kept herself alive until someone happened upon her land, gave him a letter with instructions on it, and then died in his arms. Vowing to avenge her death and follow out with her wishes, Paletin seeks out Adren.

Adren and Paletin follow the letters instructions to head to Lothia, the elf city, to meet Tadren, one of the head Elves. On their way, they get sidetracked and realize that a big battle is about to take place. The same group that killed everyone in Menarm is spreading out, hoping to cause more destruction. Adren and Paletin decide to help fight them, as they both are extremely efficient warriors. Adren decides that she does not want anyone to know that she is a woman, for fear they will not let her fight, so she dubs herself the Silent Warrior and stops talking altogether with a helmet on her head.

Once the fighting is done, Adren soon meets many important people who help her unlock the secrets of her past. She finds out not only who her true parents are, and who she really is, but also her soul mate. Anna del C. Dye does an amazing job at keeping the reader entertained. She really gets you to fall in love with all of the characters. With her knowledge of swordsmanship, I felt as though I was right beside the brave warriors as they fought for peace and freedom.

I particularly liked how she did not go into too much detail of the battles. Don’t get me wrong, Anna del C. Dye did not leave you without description of everything going on, but I find in a lot of fantasy books, when there are big battles, the description goes on for pages and pages and pages. I feel as though she gave her readers just the right amount of detail to be able to picture it all happening in your mind.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that is well put together. It is very evident to see the amount of planning and precision that Anna del C. Dye took in writing this. She will not disappoint you!


Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com 4/08
5 Stars
Enchanting

The Elf and the Princess by Anna del C. Dye is book one in the The Silent Warrior Trilogy. The plot is a touch of medieval, suspense, and romance. The plot is the story of a kingdom divided. Seventeen-year-old Princess Adren of Menarm is the lead character. In a world where women were expected to take a lesser role, she trains to be a warrior and secretly battles alongside seasoned combatants. The Orks murdered her people and destroyed the beautiful city. Prince Paletin vowed to protect the girl he came to love like a daughter. When the Orks attacked Paletin's kingdom, the Elfs join the battle lead by Captain Dellin. Mystery surrounds the princess.

The Elf and the Princess is skillfully written. The plot is interesting and grabs the reader's attention. Dye has created a medieval world that will mystify and beguile the reader. The battle scenes come to life on the pages. The characters will enchant the reader. Fans of fantasy will not want to miss out on The Elf and the Princess.


Reviewed by Dr. Tami Brady for TCM Rev
present. Adren's asked for sword fighting lessons. Adren was a natural. So for two years, the young girl trained day and night as a warrior.

Throughout her childhood Adren had always known she was different. Her mother told her she was special and on her eighteenth birthday she would learn the truth of her past. Unfortunately, her mother passed before that could happen. So upon her mother's death, Adren was sent on a mission to find her real father. Adren knew she was a princess, the last of the realm of Menarm. However, she had no idea of her connection to the elves. Suddenly all the missing pieces of her past would fall into place leaving her elated and completely lost.

The Elf and the Princess has all of the aspects needed for a good story, which it is. The characters are interesting, their backgrounds are mysterious, and there are some very good action scenes. Some of the transitions are a little rough.


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