The world was run by elvenlords.
Powerful, proud, secure in their dominion over the puny humans and halfbreeds, they built cities of wondrous beauty, kept legions of slaves for work and entertainment, and took their pleasure with Elven or human concubines. The Prophecy was the only cloud on an otherwise perfectly clear horizon of Elven supremacy.
In the desert, Serina Daeth, formerly the favored human concubine of Elven overlord Dryan, is about to change all that. Driven into the desert when her lord discovered her pregnancy, as planned by a jealous rival who tampered with Serina's anti-fertility drugs, she dreams - as she dies - of a midwife helping her deliver her baby. She doesn't realize her dream is the dragon shaman Alara, shapechanged to provide the mercy of midwifery as a human.
Alara, herself about to give birth, takes pity on the babe and with her son, Keman, raises the girl, Shana. Father Dragon, the wisest shaman of the dragons, can tell the halfbreed is more than a mere pest in their midst. She is that most dangerous and treasured person, the fulfillment of the Prophecy, whose magic and fortunes will remake the world. Shana, full of her own bright dreams of the future little realizes the love, betrayal, wizardry and adventure that lie ahead for her and those who become part of her extraordinary life. For her story is legend, the true myth and history of the Elvenbane.
Andre Alice Norton (1912-2005) was an American science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction) under the noms de plume Andre Norton, Andrew North and Allen Weston. Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983.
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