About the book:
It’s against the law for elves and humans to fall in love. But laws can be broken.
When Venick is caught wandering the elflands, he knows the penalty is death. Desperate, he lies about his identity in hopes the elves will spare his life.
Ellina doesn’t trust the human, and not merely because he speaks the language of men. Men lie. In elvish, however, lying is impossible. In a moment of intuition, Ellina decides to give Venick a chance: learn elvish, reveal his truths, and she will set him free.
That is not, of course, what happens.
As Ellina and Venick grow to know one another, their feelings start to shift. Then Venick uncovers a dark secret, and suddenly the fate of the elflands seems to rest in his hands. But every choice comes with consequences, and Venick must decide if it’s worth risking his life to protect a race that hates him, all to save an elf he’s not allowed to love.
Review by Katy Haye:
I’m an unapologetically impatient reader. If you don’t grab me on the first page I’m probably going to give up and go elsewhere. Well, Elvish was an absolute delight that sucked me in from the first word. The world-building, which was really three worlds of the southern elves, northern elves and the humans, was unparalleled – complex and convincing as they balanced on a knife edge just about to tip.
Ellina and Venick were wonderfully conflicted characters who undertook the glorious task of making their lives (and budding relationship) far harder than it needed to be, much to this reader’s frustrated satisfaction.
And the premise – that it’s impossible to lie in the Elvish language, and thus anything said in that tongue can be trusted absolutely – was delicious. Because, of course, lying is more complicated than just not speaking the truth, deliberately and knowingly.
Elvish made a great start to a trilogy that I know I’m going to love sinking into again and again.