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The Darkest Day (1984)
by Dennis L. McKiernan
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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. ( )
wrapup to the IronTower trilogy. Tuck ends up
This concludes the Iron Tower trilogy, which parallels the LOTR trilogy quite closely. The plot of the final book is similar in overall plot to Return of the King, though different in details. The whole idea of this series was a return to Tolkien style fantasy, which it does quite well. This is worth reading if you enjoy that type of fantasy writing.
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.
A good ending to an average series that's very similar to Lord of the Rings. The appendices in the back of the book are a nice touch.
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Mithgar Chronology (11)
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Knaur Taschenbuch (70246)
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In the Iron Tower, Modru works his magics to summon his implacable lord. And across Mithgar, the warriors of the light are massing for their final assault on the Power of Dark. Men, elves, dwarves and doughty warrows, their state is desperate but their courage is high. For if they fail, there comes the unending Darkest Day. If they succeed, all will see the dawn of a New Age of legend and glory.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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