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Dark Warrior Rising: A Novel of Niflheim by Ed Greenwood
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317650
Date: 18 September 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

As a child in the village of Ashenuld, Orivon Firefist knows about the Niflghar, the dark elves who periodically raid the surface for human slaves. He never expects, at six years of age, to be captured and brought through the tunnels leading to the vast caves where their castles lie. There are two types of dark elves; those who worship the Ever Ice which gives them mastery over magics and treat their slaves reasonably well; and those who worship the goddess Oline who need more slaves that they torture and break into submission. They are needed to do the work so that no blemish will mar their master or mistress's beauty.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Orivon Firefist was captured as a six-year-old child by the Nilfghar—the dark elves—who attacked his village by night on one of their surface raids. Fifteen years later, he is a moon-pale, scarred, muscular giant of a man, who has spent his days at forgework for a dark elf family. He is also forced to use his great strength to shift furniture in the grand rooms of their castle. He has been trained (and flogged and ordered about) by the beautiful Tsarnarra, a lash-wielding matron who is icily cruel, but proud of the slaves that she has trained.

Through all of this, Orivon's spirit has never been broken. He longs to return to the surface world, even if that means destroying the entire dark elf empire along the way!

(Source: Tor)

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