Elves in L.A.? It would explain a lot, wouldn't it?
In fact, half a millennium ago, when the elves were driven from Europe they came to – where else? Southern California. Happy at first, they fell on hard times after one of their number tried to force the rest ot be his vassals. Now it's up to one poor human to save them if he can. A knight in shining armor he's not, but he's their last hope.
Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.
Her other main world is one much like our own, but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work magic through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a Wiccan who combats evil.
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