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The King of Elfland's Daughter - Community Reviews back

by Lord Dunsany
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lindbergseth
lindbergseth rated it 12 months ago
Lyrical Narrative: I don’t recommend this particular book for everyone, but Lord Dunsany wrote adult fantasy fiction with lyrical prose which are must-read, enjoyable short stories too: The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories or the Time and the Gods collection for instance. Read those. But The King...
Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it 1 year ago
This is a faery tale that focuses on the story that happens after the marriage of the elf-princess with the mortal prince. Getting what you asked for isn't always a good thing. The writing is lyrical and ethereal. The story entertaining and enchanting, if occassionaly a bit slow.
nente
nente rated it 3 years ago
How does a fantasy book published nearly 100 years ago stay so original? Were there no imitators? Probably there were, but they just didn't manage to imitate, and nobody could.Nobody could maintain so precisely the golden balance between the human - so that we would understand, and the magic - so th...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
This book was recommended in A Reader's Guide to Fantasy on it's "Seven-League Shelf"--a list of the 33 most important books in the genre--at least as of 1982 when the guide was published. The King of Elfland's Daughter was published in 1924--well before CS Lewis' Narnia or Tolkien's Chronicles of M...
Ironic Contradictions
Ironic Contradictions rated it 6 years ago
The King of Elfland's Daughter is one of the most perfectly beautiful fantasy novels ever written. Yet, in the sea of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.R.R Martin clones it appears to be a forgotten relic. This is a shame - not only because of the sheer aesthetic delight of Lord Dunsany's writing - because many ...
Chance's Take on Books
Chance's Take on Books rated it 7 years ago
This was a pleasure. I read in the evenings and for this novel, I always looked forward to returning daily to the poetic prose and magical landscape of Elfland. The writer, you can tell, is mature and steady in his craft, beautiful minded, and simply perfect. His voice is calming and rich. Something...
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it 7 years ago
A beautifully-written, Edwardian faerie story for adults - not that there's any "adult" content, and were it published today, it would probably be classed as YA (despite some rather unpleasant hunting). However, it only gets 3*, as a reflection of my enjoyment of it; I prefer things a little darker,...
Barrita
Barrita rated it 7 years ago
¿Porqué no lo había leído antes?Es de los libros mas bonitos, mas mágicos, que he leído.
Randolph "Dilda" Carter
Randolph "Dilda" Carter rated it 7 years ago
Booooring. Zero character development. You never care about what happens to anyone. I guess it is supposed to be like a saga but the saga's I have read have more character development and life in them than even this. This is a problem I've always had with Dunsany: all atmosphere and no characte...
davidofterra
davidofterra rated it 7 years ago
2.5 stars - the writing is beautiful but the plot is lethargic at best.
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