Emerald of the Elves: Book
Five of Sword of Heavens by Richard S. Tuttle
tingling read … Highly Recommended … 5 stars"
Talented writer Tuttle continues his spell
binding Sword of Heaven series with another original segment
of the tale. As with others in the series Tuttle includes both a
detailed map of the world he has created and a recap of the Sword of
Heavens narrative to date.
From the opening lines of Book 5 Emerald of
the Elves when a resounding scream brings everyone to alert
right down to the last paragraphs when the morning sun breaks across
the sky the reader is held captivated. Tuttle continues his story
line, subplot convoluted tale with a deftness not often found,
transitions are handled with skill keeping the flow of reading
smooth and without interruption as the captivated reader is moved
from imbroglio to predicament .
By the time the reader is ready to begin Book 5
the characters are old friends. Readers are treated to more of
writer Tuttle’s first class exchanges between various players,
zestful action and pleasantly puzzling incertitude. Friction in
abundance is present, handled with skill and resolved to the
satisfaction of the reader. Dialogue between characters is
believable, filled with emotion and downright gritty at times.
Motivation behind character action is reasonable, acceptable and
something the reader can feel themselves capable of accomplishing in
a similar circumstance.
Zenith of the narrative was gratifying, the
reader can anticipate this particular outcome without quandary or
controversy. The Culmination was a natural outcome of the action in
this well written tale crafted by a master story-teller.
Excellent book for a weekend home when weather
won’t let you get out much, or a week at the beach.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.
Synopsis: (May reveal
much of the plot)
As darkness rolls back and dwarves cheer and
scream. Queen Marta; has secured the throne in Tagaret. However the
city is still not safe for Prince Arik, the Prince of Alcea. Bin Lu,
Wylan, and fairy Prince Midge continue to play an important part in
the quest to completely free the land from the hold of the darkness.
Egam/Boris/Master continues to collapse whenever a gem is inserted
in Sword of Heaven. Jenneva will probe his mind, and Tanya will
administer a healing spell. How much more can Boris tolerate? There
are still more gems to gather. Fireballs, Sarac’s ravens, magic
protection all are part of the ensuing conflicts. Bin Lu is injured
by fireballs, is taken to elves for healing and awakens with powers
he did not possess before, or perhaps powers he did not know he
possessed. Jenneva’s daughter is revealed. Queen Lyander wears a
special emerald neckpiece and a Magical Glade beckons. The Alcea
Rangers cannot fly the unicorns; ravens are too close. The army of
Lanoir is on the march north, the forces of Emperor Hanchi, Sarac
and Abuud will converge. Prince Arik must take steps toward assuming
the rule of Alcea. The quest for the Emerald of the Elves is further
confounded by Queen Lyander’s wish that the Ancient Prophecy not
be completed by failure to locate all the gems needed for the Sword
of Heavens. An astonishing truth regarding the darkness is
discovered by the Mage. What that truth portends is frightening