What is found is this anthology is all manners of elves from all kinds of mythology. From the tiny fairies of England, to the leprechauns of Ireland, to the thin, elegant, trickster elves of Norse mythology- this anthology has it all.
Out of the 19 stories contained in this novel, some of the more famous authors are Andre Norton, Tanya Huff, Jody Lynn Nye, and Michelle West.
some very enjoyable stories in this book; one or two incomprehensible ones, but not enough to detract from my liking the book overall. Some of the elves are Sidhe-type elves, like the ones from Tolkien, and some are the little elves, Santa-type or shoemaker-type elves.
Tales of encounters between elves and mortals
From the back cover:
LET YOURSELF BE SPELLBOUND
They are beings of legend from a realm just beyond our own, a kingdom where time holds little power, where beauty casts it aura over the natural world, and where magic can transform anything-or anyone.
From high elves holding court in the heart of Faerie....to mischievous wood sprites ready to have their fun with mere mortals...to dark lords working magic against all mankind...to those struggling to survive as the World of Iron spreads its rule--the whole of the elvish lands are explored in stories that may lead the unsuspecting into the fairy hills only to emerge into a world far different from the one they left behind.
So let such spellcasters as Craig Shaw Gardner, Andre Norton, Dennis McKiernan, and Mickey Zucker Reichert reveal the perils and promises of elvish magic in the enthralling tales included in "Elf Fantastic"
A fantasy collection of short stories about elves... like most such compilations, some are better than others, and most are (very) light reading... but overall it's been quite enjoyable