Where Have All the Elves Gone?

This story is fresh and a little tongue-in-cheek, a nice fantasy change of pace with twists here and there that make you have to keep on turning the pages.
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Everyone knows Elves don’t exist. Or do they? Daniel Thomas spent years making a career of turning his imagination into the reality of best selling fantasy novels. But times are tough. No one wants to read about elves and dragons anymore. Daniel learns this firsthand when his agent flatly says no to his latest and, what he deems, to be greatest novel yet. Dissatisfied with the turn to zombies and vampire lovers, he takes his manuscript and heads out to confront his agent.
His world changes when he finds his agent dying on the floor of her office. Too late to help, he watches as her dead body disintegrates into a pile of ash and dust. Daniel doesn’t have time to ponder what just happened as a band of assassins breaks in, forcing him to flee to the Citadel and the home of the king of the high elves in order to survive. Daniel soon discovers that all of the creatures he once thought he imagined actually exist and are living among us. His revelation comes at a price however, as he is drawn into a murder-mystery that will push him to the edge of sanity and show him things no human has witnessed in centuries.
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Short version: This book has it's cons, but pros easily outweight them. Wonderful book. Today I’d like to introduce you to yet little-known but remarkable author Christian Warren Freed and one of his books ‘Where Have All the Elves Gone?’. The book is a work of fantasy genre woven into real where the fantasy itself appears to be quite “canonic” and so old school, according to the rules of the genre. You won’t find any supernatural and concocted out of thin air plot twists here. On the contrary, approaching another twist you’ll probably say to yourself ‘I knew!’, but this moment will be chosen so unexpectedly and at the same time logically, so that might make you just smile contentedly and continue reading. The book tells us the story about a former US Army veteran who becomes a fantasy novelist after serving in the army. The main character of the story is more or less Christian’s self-portrait and it’s quite clear that he reflects many of his thoughts and life impressions. It’s true that our author served in the US Armed Forces and was in hotspots and this experience, to my opinion, has had a positive impact on his works: unfortunately or fortunately the author experienced the war firsthand, he knows how the war itself operates and the ‘military’ part is the strong point not only of this book, but also of other his works. But back to the plot of the story where the real world suddenly was through with this good old fantasy and switched to snotty romantic ballads about vampires and that makes our hero sincerely and quite evidently discontented. I guess here the reader would easily draw a parallel between the specific period of time and the compositions. Dissatisfied with the refusal to publish his new book the main character meets his agent. And that’s where it all begins! Further story (which I’ll not reveal here) contains both intrigues and conspiracies of all possible kinds. Though indirectly but still, the author will raise the issues concerning our society, the main character, as it should be in fantasy books, will make new friends and defeat the enemies, the characters will be able to rethink many of their old prejudices. The characters are described mildly interestingly, the format and the size of the book haven’t allowed the author to go deep into describing characters in detail, and again, it was not necessary. However, some characters have remained unknown but it’s rather deliberate author’s choice and plot’s peculiarity. Now let me say a few formal words about ‘technical’ features of the book. For foreign reader it’s easy to get a digital copy of the book on Amazon. There it’s also possible (and I highly recommend it) to get familiar with other two works of Christian Warren Freed, each book is the first book in his two different book series devoted to more “traditional” fantasy world.

-- Nerfur

After grinding through some long and dense reads from Sanderson and Rothfuss, it was refreshing to get back to what books are all about. Entertainment. Fun. Freed hits those points and then some with Where Have All the Elves Gone?. The book itself is a fish out of water story of a writer thrown into the underground world where common archetypical fantasy creatures and elements dwell in modern day America behind the scenes and unseen to the common man. Freed draws on his own military experience to build a very believable protagonist; like him, a combat veteran fantasy author. Daniel portrays a realistic view of a veteran happy in the comfort of civilian life chasing his dream while still yearning and ready to dive headfirst back into the fight for a good cause. The common elements of fantasy such as magic, dragons, dwarves, and eleven culture are integrated into present day America in very interesting ways that leave you begging for a deeper dive into the world. Freed's style shines the most in the action. The fast paced and engaging combat sequences are engrossing for combat veterans while still being understandable and engaging for those who haven't served. Being able to bridge that gap has been a problem that has plagued many fantasy and science fiction writers. All in all, Where Have All the Elves Gone? delivers fast paced, entertaining, and action packed fantasy. A must read for fantasy fans who are looking for a change of pace from slow moving plots or lovers of some good old fantasy action.

-- Thomas

About the Author ▸ Christian Warren Freed

Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish over 20 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, a children’s book, and a pair of how to books focused on indie authors and the decision making process for writing a book and what happens after it is published. His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Ok, so it was for 4th place in one quarter, but it’s still recognition from the largest fiction writing contest in the world. And no, he’s not a scientologist. Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Digital Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. You can find out more about his work by following him @ https://www.facebook.com/ChristianFreed or on Twitter @christianwfreed.