Where Have All the Elves Gone?
By Christian Warren Freed
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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.
The initial concept of this book intrigued me. The idea is that an author of fantasy books dealing with elves and trolls, gnomes and dragons is told that readers don't want to read about them any more. Now readers want shifters and vampires. He refuses to accept it and goes to speak to his agent/editor in person, even though she tries to tell him this is not the day to talk about it. Indeed, there is something special, and sinister, about this day.
Daniel Thomas, fantasy author, is now mostly a house husband, responsible parent and pet owner. He is former military but never quite fit in anywhere. Standing up for his genre is a big deal for him.
And also the reason he finds himself involved in a war between the clans of species he thought were only in his imagination. The action scenes were intense
I can see this book has appeal to high school age and young adult readers discovering the genre, as well as those with an interest in military type reads.
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 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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.
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 Military History from Norwich University. 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.