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The Dark Tide by Dennis L. McKiernan
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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 :-) ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
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. ( )
1 vote Karlstar | Mar 17, 2009 |
This trilogy bears about the same resemblance to the Lord of the Rings that a wad of gum on the underside of a seat does to a fresh stick of Wrigley's Doublemint. A lot of the material is similar to that of the source, but the freshness and flavour is not there. The cover art, on the other hand, is outstanding and worth keeping the book for. ( )
  muumi | May 8, 2008 |
A generic, run-of-the-mill fantasy novel. I felt that it focused way too much on the fighting. ( )
  Redthing | Jun 24, 2007 |
The Iron Tower trilogy gets most of its ideas and characters from Lord of the Rings. It is a fun story with likable heroes, but don't expect anything original or mind shattering.
  meta87 | Apr 18, 2007 |
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