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The Dark Tide by Dennis L. McKiernan
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Dennis L McKiernan does a thorough job of plotting this quick-read novel classified as Fantasy fiction. He himself had been on duty in the Korean war and then went to get a B.S. in Engineering to go on to work at an R&D Lab in Ohio. He is very orderly about the introductions he prepares as the first two chapters are written to acquaint the reader with the clan of Warrows who are Thornwalkers, whose sworn duty is to protect the Thornwall territory which belongs to the warrows, who are extremely accurate archers. As they take up their positions on the border of Thornwall, they are unexpectedly met by a dangerous bunch of Vulgs and the dangers become more serious as the story continues. This book is now hard to find, but is available as an audio book offering. It's entertaining. ( )
  darcette | Apr 26, 2017 |
Many people are extremely hateful towards this series as it is clearly a 'rip-off' of Tolkien. However, I found this series very enjoyable. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was certainly a magnificent series, but it did have many many long drawn out battle scenes. McKiernan's novels, on the other hand, are significantly less focused on battles. There's still plenty of action and battle, but I found the series to be much faster paced and attention keeping. I love McKiernan's take on Tolkien's hobbits. The Warrows are not just simple, helpless characters. They are skilled with the bow and hunting techniques. Overall, I found this series to be extremely enjoyable. I for one am a huge fan of the Iron Tower Trilogy, and the Silver Call Duology. ( )
  sasta | Feb 1, 2017 |
I read these in highschool and my second year of Bibleschool. My initial reaction was total Tolkien ripoff". Now I'm not so sure. It is a Tolkien knockoff of Middle Earth, with elves, dwarves, men, warrows[hobbits, just a bit more warlike] and the such, but the story is a bit more unique I can see this time through. Evil Modru is stalking the land, and his minions are protected from Adons ban[death by sunlight] by the Dimmendark. Follows 4 warrows in their adventures, as they start together in the Boskeydells and to their separation at the Fall of Challeron Keep. Don't think about Tolkien[ie, comparing it] and you'll enjoy this. If you compare them though, this doesn't come off very good. So don't :-)" ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I was told this trilogy was a classic, but I was incredibly disappointed with the first book, so much that I refuse to continue. I appreciate that Mr. McKiernan has tried to stay true to Tolkien fantasy, but it's as if he is attempting to reproduce it, and he does it quite poorly. The action scenes are quite good, but I dislike the universe he has built. ( )
  Dbilyk | Jan 8, 2015 |
This is the start of what the author describes as an attempt to recreate some of the tone and spirit of classic fantasy novels, especially Tolkien's. The setting and style seem to be similar, though not quite as much High Fantasy as Tolkien. Like LOTR, the heroes of this story are mainly Warrows, McKiernan's version of Hobbits. The plot and characters are his own though, and there's no Gandalf to save the day. ( )
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