I am just starting Stanek's books and am confused about what to read. The way I understand it is that The Kingdom and Elves of the Reaches is the young adult version of the Ruin Mist Chronicles books (Keeper Martin's Tale, Kingdom Alliance, Mark of the Dragon and Fields of Honor). Are they the same story, with the difference being reading level and complexity or are they different in some way? I've purchased Keeper Martin's Tale and now I'm not sure if I should be reading that or the Kingdom and Elves books. Help!!!
Post by Shire Hobbit on Jan 20, 2009 23:53:43 GMT -5
Hi huntress, you're RIGHT! We must have cleaned it out when I got rid of old threads.
Gator, the best way to explain the books then is there are young adult Ruin Mist books and adult Ruin Mist books. Lots of books are available in both adult and young adult editions. Like with Harry Potter in Canada and UK where my other half is from they have both editions. One is in kids section, one is in adults section. Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of Rings, His Dark Materials too. Like that.
I think wpgator wants to know which to read. Ruin Mist Chronicles books (Keeper Martin's Tale, Kingdom Alliance, Mark of the Dragon and Fields of Honor) is the adult edition. The Kingdoms and the Elves and In the Service of Dragons are young adult. I think the stories are same, hard to say.
They are organized differently and with different inclusions. The young adult books have illustrations (lots and lots of very very cool illustrations) and additions and are organized different. I don't know about some of the new editions, like if the Ultimate editions in adult have all the extras from the young adult editions but maybe.
One cool thing about the newer editions is they have lost scenes and chapters restored. I know the special editions and reader's editions have this. My favorite addition is the graphic novel extension in KE2 special edition.