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  • By Johan Clayton
    Jun 6, 2010
    This is great fun for the young reader, about ages 9-13. It is not as complex (or dark) as Hassell's second novella, THE STRAY, but the wild and unpredictable imagination is much in evidence. There are many battles, but it is not gory or exploitive. The bull's eye readership for this book is probably a twelve-year boy. Youth who are not avid readers might be converted by such vivid, fresh and youthful adventure.
  • By P. D. Morris, Arts Report
    Sep 2, 2009
    "Fall Of the Elves: a book about youth, for youth, by youth." by Paula Morris, Arts Insight Just as the arrival of inexpensive movie cameras did not create legions of Spielbergs, lulu.com will not create a whole generation of recognizable -- or even readable -- authors. At the same time, there is a window of opportunity wherein fortune smiles on the brave -- and an obscure youth might just pull the sword from the stone. In the over-populated juvenile fantasy genre, this book is unusual, and not just because the author is thirteen. It is different in that it is shimmering with mythical and biblical allusions, without the overt moralizing one finds in certain bland youth series. Fall Of the Elves is youthful and apocalyptical: the end of a people, a race, a world. There are many images therein that ring a biblical bell: a chosen race being pursued by a huge host of enemies which suddenly, holy Moses, drown. Our protagonist also wanders in the desert, arrives at the gates... More > of heaven (not pearly at all, but decidedly medieval), witnesses various miraculous signs and wonders, and sees prophecies fulfilled. Yet none of this book of revelations come didactically or even consciously. There are allegorical elements, but it is no more an allegory than is Lord Of The Rings. For example, the main character, Fond, is somewhat like Moses, but not consistently. Fond is always distinctively Elfish, not a two-dimensional representation. And its resonances are not just biblical. If the reader is a little familiar with Greek and Norse mythologies, you will sense the influence of classic motifs. For example, the snow giants bombing the fleeing ships with chunks of ice is borrowing from Homer blindly (!): Odysseus’ escape from the Cyclops. The author later intentionally refers to “the wine-dark sea". There’s also the Ice Mage, who parallels the Norse god, Loki, who brings about Ragnarok, an icy Doomsday. The whole book has a brooding, epic -- and youthful -- quality about it. Fond is similar to Peter Pevensie, in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; because Fall of the Elves is, at root, about a young man learning of life and death, of good and evil, in short, learning of adulthood. This book, again unconsciously, is a story of coming of age. This is why its strongest appeal is to boys aged ten to fourteen: the author’s interests are their interests. Girls get their fair share, however, mostly in the fiery personage of Lirista, Fond’s intended. This passage suggests that not all boys’ minds are obsessed with internet porn or video-game gore: . . . . As the ships sailed away, Fond looked back on his homeland. It was fading into the distance, and all he could see of Siklai was a great black smoke, like a funeral pyre. Kadar’s prophecy was coming true. Fond turned around, and walked to the stern of the ship, where Lirista was swaying with the motion of the Endless Sea. He put his arm around her, and looked west into the intensely hued sunset. The water reflected its many colours, but they were all mingled together, like a child’s painting left out in the rain. . . . . FALL OF THE ELVES is a short but epic fantasy, penned by a youth armed with a full quiver of plot twists and a two-edged sword of of originality. The ending is surprisingly satisfying. Its charm rests safely in the author’s intuitive commitment to write only of what he knows, what he loves, and what he imagines. As the author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie knew, it is a privilege and a wonder to share in the secret life of boys. -- Paula Morris, Arts Insight< Less
  • By Sam McPherson
    Feb 5, 2009
    "Absolutely Stupendous" This book has evolved greatly since Graham Hassell began it last year. Even then, it was an amazing adventure just to read it. His words were so perfectly placed, and fit amazingly in to the tone of the story. It was, for lack of a better word, an amateur masterpiece. Then the editing came, and the book disappeared from sight. But it returns, even more well-written than ever, a feast for the eyes, but a bigger one for the mind. Graham weaves a beautiful canvas with his words. This is one of the more stunning novels by a teen writer I've seen. This deserves to be sold everywhere.
  • By Serene Silence
    Aug 24, 2008
    "Fall of the Elves" This story has certainly come a long way since the first copy that I read. It's an amazing story, and I think everyone of all ages would love it.
  • By Shaquil Hansford
    Jul 22, 2007
    "Fall Of The Elves: A Fictitious, Yet Surreptitiously Inspiring Tale" Awe-inspired from the first letter to the last, I opened this book expecting the same old, same old story. Elves, witches, warlocks, wizardry--the old recipe for the ancient batter of boredom and monotony. What I found was an excellently-sculpted image of pain, heartache, bravery, and conflict molded from the rich texture of its imagery, detail, and skillful narration; then, only complimented by its pigment: beautiful character development and a glamorous environment for which these figureheads can fight.
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Product Details

Publisher
Graham Hassell
Published
June 12, 2007
Language
English
Pages
164
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.66 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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