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Do Elves Have Souls? In a medieval fantasy world in which the realm of man is dominated by a rich and powerful Church, the Most Sanctified Charity IV decides the time is ripe to make a conclusive inquiry into the matter. If, in his infallible wisdom, he determines that elves do have immortal souls, then the Church will be obliged to bring the Holy Word of the Immaculate toDo Elves Have Souls? In a medieval fantasy world in which the realm of man is dominated by a rich and powerful Church, the Most Sanctified Charity IV decides the time is ripe to make a conclusive inquiry into the matter. If, in his infallible wisdom, he determines that elves do have immortal souls, then the Church will be obliged to bring the Holy Word of the Immaculate to them. But if he decides they do not, there will be holy war.Powerful factions line up on both sides of the debate. War-hungry magnates cast greedy eyes at the ancient wealth of the elven kingdoms and pray for a declaration that elves are little more than animals. And there are men who are willing to do more than merely pray.The delegation sent to the High King of the Elves is led by two great theologians, brilliant philosophers who champion opposite sides of the great debate. And in the Sanctiff s own stead, he sends the young nobleman, Marcus Valerius.Marcus Valerius is a rising scholar in the Church, talented, fearless, and devout. But he is inexperienced in the ways of the world. Nothing in his life has prepared him for the beauty of the elves or the monumental betrayal into which he rides. Praise for "Summa Elvetica"One of the most fascinating fantasy worlds I ve ever visited.Day has put forth a masterpiece with this book.It would not surprise me at all if this is one day regarded as a classic of the fantasy genre. Also Includes: A Magic Broken The Wardog s Coin Qalabi Dawn Master of Cats Birth of an Order The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro The Last Witchking Opera Vita AeternaVox Day is a writer and game designer. His interests include economics, history, technology, and wargames. He has written nine books, including "A -Throne of Bones" and "The Return of the Great Depression, " and he speaks three languages. He is a non-denominational Christian and has been recognized as one of the Internet s most in-fluential libertarians....

Title : Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy and Other Stories
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ISBN : 9781940163000
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Number of Pages : 492 Pages
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Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy and Other Stories Reviews

  • Bookwraiths
    2019-04-16 22:17

    Too dry for my tastes, just couldn't get interested in it.

  • Michael Maier
    2019-03-26 02:24

    I've actually bought this book twice, when Vox first released it in trade PB and again when he released the HC. The additional short stories were nice, but I truly wanted it in HC for my collection. I love it that much. The book's dust jacket is beautiful. The faux wear is a very nice touch.As it turns out, the additional short stories were excellent as well. Particularly "Opera Vita Aeterna", which I found very emotionally-moving. I had read a few of the others on Vox' old writer site, years ago and was glad to see their inclusion.The main story of "Summa" tells of a young man's submersion into a world of religious politics, ostensibly to settle a theological argument of whether or not elves posses souls. The world's setting and especially its politics ring very true. The dialogue is a bit stiff at times, but considering how much of it is actually theological / philosophical discussions held amongst those that hold intellectualism to a very high regard, that's perfectly fitting. The pacing is uneven in that it seems to have a long lead to a finish that comes about too quickly, but the plot itself well-serves the story and has some good twists. The main character is maybe a bit too "vanilla" but were he not who he was, he couldn't BE in his position in this story. There are plenty of other characters that I find well-written, but I cannot go much into why without spoilers"Summa" shows great promise for future works by Vox. As an introduction to his world, it serves masterfully. Especially with the short stories. Perhaps some day, Vox will be seen as a companion to C.S. Lewis, giving us fun and thoughtful fictional insights to God's word.I already consider him so, and hope that more will as well.(He also wrote the three Eternal Warriors books which I found moving as well, even before I became a Christian.)

  • Hermit
    2019-04-04 22:11

    I was already familiar with this author's other writing, but I did not know what to expect. I wasn't particularly interested in finding out if elves had souls or not, and was initially more curious about if orcs had souls. But as I got sucked into the story, I was pleasantly surprised at the way the story progressed, and I even had my curiosity satisfied in a way I didn't expect at all.I found that the story was original, coherent, and easy to follow, without having to be dumbed down for the audience's sake. The characters were relatable, the world building is interesting in that it partially requires knowledge of Roman culture to fully understand, yet it isn't essential.I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I have either read or have plans to read the remainder of this series.

  • Thomas
    2019-04-01 23:16

    A solid collection of short stories set in the Selenoth Universe. This particular edition combined several of the other stories into one volume. All of the stories are well written and enjoyable. Most of the stories touch on the interaction of the Ammoran religion interacting with the various races in Selenoth, particularly the elves. Day's elves are more interesting than typical and he does a good job of highlighting how alien the elves are to men. He spends a good deal of time discussing religious philosophy, which might be a bit dull for some reader but I enjoyed. My favorite story was Master of Cats. I enjoyed the attempt by the Monk to convert the elves. Overall I enjoyed all of the stories and it provides a lot of much needed background to the rich world Day has created!

  • Raoul P Sheridan
    2019-03-30 22:18

    Excellent set of storiesThis book serves as a wonderful and broad establishment of a complicated and fun world. The combination of fantasy elements, politics, and Christianity is well thought out, creates very interesting conflicts, and deep characters.This is one of those books I could rarely tear myself away from. Highly recommended!

  • Barry
    2019-04-02 03:08

    Fresh take on fantasy. Loved the book. The only negative was that it was too short.

  • Aeoli Pera
    2019-04-24 03:35

    Kinda neat, short, and bizarre.

  • Peace
    2019-04-10 21:16

    Loved the novel, but the short stories included were too dark for my taste.

  • Abu Dhabi
    2019-04-19 04:25

    One of the better alt-European fantasy I've read. A sprinkling of typos, but not too many.

  • Russell
    2019-04-23 23:18

    I've read Vox's other works set in Amorr, so in a way I came at this almost backward. His fantasy epic series really is a refreshing change to that style, he's added back in religion, an important aspect of human life that has lost its place in the fantasy/medieval epics.The theological arguments for whether elves have souls or not are based on Aquinas's Summa Theologica. Vox convincingly imitates Aquinas' style.The world is rich and interesting, the characters hint at complex back stories and development.It's not his best book, but it's a good book and it sets up the backstory for the much better "A Throne of Bones"The last two sections are brilliant, the modification of a real papal bull addressing the souls of the American Indians and the clever imitation of Aquinas. Both just really round out the world and setting. The version I have has two bonus stories in it, "Master Of Cats" and "Birth of an Order" further set in the world. The second is an enjoyable short story about faith and will. The first is a stunning little jewel. Faith, power, science, magic, pious examples, Biblical courage, it's all there, woven together in a wonderful setting. I recommend this version of the book for that story alone.**SPOILERS AHEAD**The weakest point is, as other reviewers mentioned, was the ability of the assassins to conceal themselves in a religious organization that have to practice suppressing magic through faith. Had they been crack troops it would have been easier to understand the success of the stratagem, but fake Michaelines are a lot harder to sneak in, especially en mass. Otherwise, it's a fun start to a much larger world.

  • ThreefoldBurly
    2019-03-24 00:05

    Interesting premise, not so good execution.It still merits reading though, especially if you're inclined to reach for "A Throne of Bones" (which I very much advise you to do) as it serves (along "A Magic Broken") as an important introduction. I concur with most of the drawbacks other reviewers pointed their fingers at and would single out the seemingly rushed ending as the main flaw. I also found the portrayal of some of the social dynamics (slavery) as not thoroughly convincing. Also don't bother pestering yourself with Google Translate as I (silly me) did each time a chapter starts with Latin as all of them come in plain English in the Summa Elvetica (Proper) chapter at the end.What also comes at the end are two short prequel stories that are actually much better than the rest and they're probably the main reason my score tumbled over two into three stars territory.

  • Frank Luke
    2019-04-13 23:33

    There are few fantasy books that hit the mark. This is one of them. The world we see is nicely balanced. Religion is placed in the society without us being able to see the author roll his eyes. Instead, religions are treated respectfully and as a natural part of societies. The gods are fundamentally different from people. This treatment makes a welcome departure from the standard gods-are-just-big-people-with-god-sized-appetites-and-vanities approach seen in most modern fantasy.

  • Derek Thornton
    2019-04-01 23:30

    Enjoyed it.I enjoyed this book. Although parts were, at times, a bit above my understanding due to not being as familiar with some of the source materials that were the inspiration it still kept my attention and I found the characters engaging. I was still able to follow the underlying themes and the Sanctiff's final reasoning for his decision was a surprise I did not see coming. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Day.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-22 05:10

    Not bad. The main story started off very well, but once they got to the elven kingdom it felt very, very rushed. I would have liked to see this fleshed out more. The two short stories were both very good.

  • Deep Thought
    2019-03-26 04:11

    From my Amazon review: Excellent read and written with intellect. I am glad someone is writing stories without the preaching and political correctness infused throughout the plot. We need more like this!

  • Michele Bond
    2019-04-16 23:05

    Enjoyed the first and last parts, which were narrative, not the middle "theological" section so much.

  • Deestarr
    2019-04-12 21:18

    Awesome book, new take on the relationships between elves and humans. Watch this author they are going somewhere

  • Jeromy Peacock
    2019-04-05 23:17

    5 stars = Yearly re-read4 stars = Re-read eventually3 stars = Very Good2 stars = OK1 stars = Pass on this one.0 stars = Couldn't finish it.

  • Jim Armbruster
    2019-04-06 21:35

    Great collection of talesThe stories provide background info on the events in "A Throne of Bones". A fun read.Looking forward to more books in this world.