Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Elfquest, by Wendy & Richard Pini

(pb; 1982)


When a group of elves are burned out of their forest haven by persecuting humans, the elves – numbering seventeen, and led by Cutter, a brave, hot-tempered young warrior – are forced into a desperate sojourn to find a new home in a hostile world.

This a charming adventure, possessing a natural, sublime (and tasteful) sensuality and much gentleness (despite its veracious and brief aggression, and grim situations and themes), as well as memorable characters. The story moves along at a fair clip, but allows for ample development of the characters as they grow as individuals – and a changing tribe.

Elfquest is based on the authors' popular graphic novel series, which I've never read, but probably will in the near future.

Gratifying read, less voluminous than many fantasy works, and worth owning. Check it out.

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