Reviews of Elfin Ship, the (1982)
Review by human216 (2005-03-16)
What we have here is a quaint, harmless little tale of a man, his cheese, and his efforts to get his cheese to market, buy some christmas toys, and get back to his easy chair before winter sets in.
Of course he has companions on his 'quest', and of course there are villains to contend with (goblins, witches, and a nasty little dwarf), trials to overcome, and wonders to see. In this way 'The Elfin Ship' is not so different from other fantasy books.
What does sets this book (and series) apart from the genre is the tone of the writing. The world and violence are of the non-deadly, not-too-serious variety which is a nice break, frankly, from the more prevalent super-cool, super competent killing machines so in vogue in other media at the moment.
So while it may not be the finest book ever written it is an entertaining read suitable for youngsters as well as the whimsical adult.