|Elves: Rise of the TaiGethen is book two of
the series Elves. This is an action packed novel which grabs the readers attention
from beginning to end. The story follows two elves, Auum and Takaar, who both have two
very different ideas about how to free the enslaved elf population of Calaius from man.
story has mankind in ownership of powerful magic and the elves seem powerless against it.
Quite different from how we normally perceive the elven kind. Auum is determined to fight
for elven freedom with those of his TaiGethen cell. He and sets off to the old Elven
capital to gather his people to war. Meanwhile Takaar seems to be a traitor and in cahoots
Elves have been enslaved for 150 years and according to man they are ready to be
slaughtered and exterminated from the land. Here we see the enemy typically underestimate
their opponent. Man marches to finally conquer all elves with flying mages and sheer force
of numbers, elves are viewed in their eyes as nothing more than animals.
Auum races to beat man to the last bastion of hope where elves are still free. A new
breed of elves emerges from the forest called ClawBound. These ClawBound elves have
changed since their brethren have been enslaved and now they have developed special powers
with panthers that their predecessors never had. The ClawBound and Auums TaiGethen
make lightening attacks on mans army. Meanwhile Takaar gathers devotees to be part
of his new magical arts
James Barclay is able to plunge the reader into a new universe and the story gallops
fast paced the entire novel. This novel is exciting to read and not boring at all.