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The Four Forges
Jenna Rhodes
Paperback / softback
DAW Books
UK Publication Date

The Four Forges is the first novel in the spellbinding fantasy epic, The Elven Ways.

Brought to the world of Kerith by an unknown cataclysm, the Vaelinar race is both magical and arrogant, considering themselves far superior to the natives whose own magic has been shorn away by a civil war.
As hated as they are revered, the Vaelinars have retreated to seclusion after anchoring their magic to the new world by a series of Talent-wrought Ways, passages of power, always hoping that one day they will create the Way back to the world they lost.

Two young people, one broken of soul and the other broken of mind, find their fates intertwined as their mixed bloodlines both curse and bless them. Can a river-borne slave and a street-savvy half-breed find their own personal truth in time to avert another civil war?

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Jenna Rhodes (a pseudonym used by R. A. V. Salsitz), was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels. She also writes under the names Emily Drake, Anne Knight, Elizabeth Forrest, Charles Ingrid, Rhondi Vilott Salsitz, R.A.V. Salsitz, Rhondi Vilott, and Rhondi Greening. Rhodes has been writing since she was in 3rd grade. She has published over 50 books and short stories. She can be found at

Praise for The Elven Ways series:

"Sevryn Dardanon is not your typical elf.
In fact, the world of Kerith is not your typical elf world.spectacular series debut.fresh variations on the standard epic fantasy tropes." -Publishers Weekly (for The Four Forges)

"Rhodes evokes an atmosphere of urgency in her series opener, set in a world of ever-shifting alliances and unforeseen dangers.
Strong characters and a compelling story make this a good choice." -Library Journal

"The intricately plotted, character-driven saga of the Vaelinar's desperate struggles finds anchors in folklore and legend, appealing to fans of slower pacing and detailed worldbuilding." -Publishers Weekly (for The Dark Ferryman)

"Richly drawn settings and intricate plots." -Booklist

".a fantastic epic fantasy in what looks like it will be a special series similar to the works of Tad Williams and other great epic fantasists.
The key cast members are believable individuals with distinct personalities.
Jenna Rhodes leaves enough threads for readers to look forward to the next tale, but in a paradox The Four Forges feels complete." -The Book Review Forum

"Rhodes has built a fully realized world with engaging characters with a dangerous manifest destiny.
The characters are complex and real in perilous times and leave you waiting anxiously to see what is resolved.
A bright beginning for a new light on the fantasy horizon." -ConNotations

Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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