Elves in fiction
Can anyone recommend any great books featuring elves which I really ought to read in order to catch up with what has been done by novelists writing about the realm of Faerie recently? I’m trying to put together a society for the elves in Under the Hill, and it occurs to me that – since I don’t know what other people have done – I don’t know what’s cliche and what isn’t.
I have pretty firm ideas about what’s elvish and what isn’t. Tolkien’s elves = elvish, Terry Brooks’ elves = not elvish. Michael Swanwick‘s elves = elvish, Katherine Kerr’s elves = not elvish (though her fae folk are much more so.) They’re difficult to get right, IMO. Even Terry Pratchett, who is otherwise a complete writing hero of mine, didn’t get the nuance or the ambiguity I think they need, choosing to make them straightforward monsters instead.
Anyway, what great classics of elvishness have I missed? Has anyone read the Iron Elves series by Chris Evans? Are they any good? I certainly like the titles 🙂