There are elves out there...
And more are coming. But even elves need money to survive in the "real" world.
The good elves, intrigued by the thrills of stock car racing, are manufacturing new, light-weight engines (with, incidentally, very little "cold" iron); the bad elves run a kiddie-porn and snuff-film ring, with occasional forays into drugs.
Ranged on the other side of all that's good...
Keighvin: elf lord with a problem, and the victim of a vendetta.
Tannim: a human mage with a taste for fast cars and loud music.
Sam Kelly: mild-mannered retired engineer with an Irish temper.
Ross Canfield: a goold old Southern boy who just happens to be dead.
The people trapped in between: three runaways. Good kids already in serious trouble and about to get into more. Unwitting pawns in a deadly game, they will either be saved - or led into a fate worse than death.
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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