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Posted September 17, 2000
the end of a era!
Though over all I find this book well written,and a good ending to the saga. I have to add that there was a little sadness in me on how the author seemed to rush the novel. Many things were left to the readers imagination,and there was very little participation from the warrows,who up till now had been the main characters in most of the series. Yes,he does leave you wondering if he will write a side story about the recalling of the armor, but even though there were problems still a very enjoyable read, and a solid book for those of us waiting for the ending of an era.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Exciting epic fantasy
He is known as The Impossible Child, the child of all the races. The young Bair is the first child born of an elven woman in Mithgar in thousands of years. He has been prophesied as the 'rider of the plains who will bear the silver sword to Mithgar when evil come to the world.' Bair is certainly destined for greatness. From the moment of his birth, he is set upon a path which will eventually coincide with a great evil, bent on destroying the one who defends free will in Mithgar. Bair's journey from birth to his destiny is chronicled in Silver Wolf Black Falcon, and along the way, Bair meets elves, shapeshifters, necromancers and humans, and must learn about good and evil, and who is friend and who is foe. <P>Dennis McKiernan's Mithgar novels are well-known, from Into the Forge, his first Hel's Crucilble book, through the Dragonstone, through the Dark Tower novels. He has described Silver Wolf Black Falcon as the sequel to all his other works. It is impossible to completely appreciate Silver Wolf Black Falcon without having read his other works, because there are so many references to previous events, places, even, as one reviewer put it, 'cameo' appearances by characters from other books. Still, the book is a brilliantly conceived epic fantasy, just like the others. McKiernan states that this is the last of the Mithgar novels, which seems a shame. But all things must come to an end. Certainly, the Mithgar books are well-loved, and will remain in many personal libraries as classics of the genre. <P>Rickey R. MalloryWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2000
One of the greatest sequels ever written, answers many questions from all the previous Mithgarian novels in intriguing ways.
SWBF takes off fast; jumps backwards; then explodes into a wickedly paced story, which is hard to keep up with at times. It makes for a rushed reading, as you just can not read fast enough to satisfy your desire and curiosity for what comes next. SWBF is a truly wondrous piece of writing. The only downside (if one at all) is that you need to be up to date with all of your Mithgarian Lore -definitely not for a Mithgarian virgin. All prior Mithgar books are prerequisite to this reading. I myself find that I am now bound to reread a few tomes myself before a second read through of SWBF. Dennis, true to his word, has created a sequel to all of his previous Mithgarian works. Answers to most of the previously unanswered redes, foreshadowing, and to the stories left untold are contained within this volume ¿in addition to some answers and stories that you did not know needed answering. Many of the stories and answers are as you may have guessed, others will pleasantly surprise you and still a few others will shock you in their originality. While most of the questions and stories are tied up and answered in this book¿ there are still a few 'red slippers' left untold. New characters to become attached too, both good and evil, and old favorites to become reacquainted with one 'last' time (I sure hope not though.) Prepare to meet some extremely well thought out new characters and character development, which answers past questions in intriguing and inventive ways. Also, there is a trip back to many favorite settings (some seen in a new way), while visiting just as many new ones. The beginning creates intrigue about certain issues, which you can not rush ahead fast enough to discover the meaning of. The pace only increases the further you get into the book until coalescing into a fever-pitched grand finale. An absolutely great ending (? - I hope not!) to a fantastic series, superbly written one of the greatest sequels ever scribed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.