Hand to Hand

Author: Adaneth

Nominator: Aeärwen

2010 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: Graphic violence: physical and sexual assault.

Summary: Círdan may have given them leave to dwell where the Ered Luin meets the Sea, but the Men of Habad-e-Mindon and the Dwarves of Gunduzahar can not count on peace yet. What will the Ranger Dírmaen do, since his love for the Lady Saelon is unrequited? Can Veylin satisfy king and kin, as well as his passion for the fire opal found on the shore? The Dûnhebaid Cycle, Part V.(About 85% complete; four more chapters planned.)

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Reviewed by: Aeärwen  ✧  Score: 7

I came late to Adaneth's Dunhebaid saga, but I've been enthralled by this latest installment. The characters that she writes are well-rounded and realistic, the world they inhabit so imminent that I feel that I could almost reach out and feel the textures of things. The detail and thought that have gone into the development of her Dwarven culture is without rival. With Saelon, I have laughed and wept and wished I could smack her upside the head sometimes. The Elves are suitably portrayed with the kinds of personalities that would result from living for so long and seeing so much. And the human culture is rich and deep. What's more, reading this is an adventure in visiting a late-midieval setting and getting to know the sights, smells, vocabulary and intent of people who lived in that kind of setting. I truly look forward to seeing each new chapter as it emerges, and would recommend this story to anyone for whom Men and Dwarves are a favorite race.