Rating: 2.5 stars
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An Elf for All Centuries is a story with that started out with potential but ended up falling flat.
Elf Prince Fabion is a self-centered, conceited supermodel in the thirty-ninth century. He is the most beautiful elf of all time with a boyfriend he does not particularly love but looks good on his arm, modeling contracts to take care of him for the rest of his life, and a penthouse apartment he loves. He thinks his life is perfect just the way it is. When he is kidnapped by a crazy old wizard and transported back to the year 1803, Fabion is more than a little put off.
Matradorian, the wizard who kidnapped Fabian, tells him a story of legendary King Henda Naster and his soul-bonded mate Fabion of 1803. Henda was in love with the Fabion of 1803 when, tragically and mysteriously, Fabion became pregnant. His body’s inability to carry a child eventually killed the Fabion of the past and in turn was killing King Henda because of the soul-bond – when one mate died, the other would follow soon behind. Matradorian had a vision that the only way to save the great king would be to travel through time in search of a Fabion with a soul-match to the Fabion of old. Fabion of the thirty-ninth century was the soul-match.
With a little care and some sexual healing, Fabion is able to revive King Henda. Only then did he discover that, by saving the king, Fabion changed the future and his world no longer exists. Forced to remain in 1803 by King Henda’s side, Fabion discovers the love of a man he’s always dreamed of. In the midst of discovering love, Fabion feels the need to look over his shoulder constantly in fear of his life. Fabion reasons that the Fabion of old was impregnated by means of magic with the hopes that he would die and in turn take Henda with him. Now that both Henda and Fabion live, Fabion is afraid that whoever cursed the Fabion of old will come for him next.
I had high hopes for this book because the idea behind the book was a good one. The world was well planned and very creative – filled with elves, dwarves, wizards, magic, demigods, dragons, and gods. There was even a lesson in story about taking care of the planet. The 1803 Pinar was a beautiful world in my mind’s eye. The author did a great job of projecting this vivid, beautiful world to readers.
The life of Fabion was the main focus of the book. There were a few other POV’s from Henda, Matradorian, and even some of the other secondary characters, but most of the story was told from Fabion’s POV. Fabion was a self-centered, egotistical, conceited brat and he remained so throughout the entire story. Only in the last few chapters did I see any sort of change in his “all about me” attitude. The one thing I can say about him that I did like was that he was snarky and spoke his mind. He was the kind of person who didn’t think before he spoke and sometimes it could get him in trouble. He was from two thousand years in the future so I expected him to have a more modern way of speaking, but his character spoke like a teenager from the 1980’s and didn’t make sense sometimes. I could see the need for the language difference but I kind of hoped for a little less of the strange lingo throughout the book. The overuse of the words “mondo,” “kicky,” “yowser,” and “dude” got to me after a while. I felt like with such a creative world maybe there should have been a more creative slang.
Along with the language barrier, I had a hard time connecting with the characters as a reader. There wasn’t really anything that jumped out and made me want to cheer for Fabion. He was whiny brat that I hoped would mature throughout the book, but what little progression I noticed only came at the end of the story. Also, the connection between Fabion and Henda kind of threw me off. The Fabion of old and the Fabion of the thirty-ninth century looked identical and had a soul-match. That match was what attracted Henda to the Fabion of the thirty-ninth century, but there wasn’t anything else in the beginning. It was instant love for both of them which baffled me. Henda had been in love with the Fabion of old but this new Fabion shared very little in common with the old Fabion other than looks. But it wasn’t only that. The relationship between Fabion and Henda revolved mostly around sex. I think they spent one day in the story getting to know each other a little but ended up in bed at the end of that scene too. It just seemed like the bond between Fabion and Henda was a weak one. I would have liked more depth in both their characters and their relationship.
The cast of secondary characters was good but they only popped in and out of the story. Readers don’t interact too much with the secondary characters. For example, Fabion kept thinking about wanting to spend time with the twins in the first half of the book, but when he does end up seeing them, it’s only mentioned that he went to the archery range with them. I would have liked to have read the actual scene with the twins and Fabion at the archery range.
The story was written with a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning led up to Fabion saving Henda. The middle revolved mostly around the relationship between Fabion and Henda. And the end focused on the major conflict of the story and the resolution of that conflict. I have to say the plot kept me interested throughout the book. I wanted to know who the bad guy was and what their motivation was. But, in the end, the conflict resolution didn’t impress me. I feel that with this amazing creative world that included all kinds of magic and mystery that there was such great potential for a great build up and an explosive ending. But, after all was said and done, the conclusion left me wanting more.
Like I said in the beginning, An Elf for All Centuries had a lot of potential. I really wanted to dive into the story and get lost in the world but with the 80’s lingo, poor characterization, and lacking conclusion I had a hard time making it to the end of the book.