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Into the Forge
     

Into the Forge

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by Dennis L. McKiernan
 

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Finally, the story of the Great War of the Ban is told! Two young wanderers are given a small copper coin by a dying human, who tells them to deliver it "East to Agron" and "warn all," but dies before explaining who they are to deliver it to, and what they are to warn them of. Making matters worse, in order to deliver the message, the pair must pass through a war in

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Finally, the story of the Great War of the Ban is told! Two young wanderers are given a small copper coin by a dying human, who tells them to deliver it "East to Agron" and "warn all," but dies before explaining who they are to deliver it to, and what they are to warn them of. Making matters worse, in order to deliver the message, the pair must pass through a war in the East between the Black Mage Modru and the alliance of free folk opposing him, and end up being drawn into events which threaten to overwhelm them, save for the coin which has much more significance than anyone could imagine!

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VOYA - Beth Karpas
The HSl's Crucible duology is set in the same Mithgar universe as McKiernan's Iron Tower trilogy, and is a direct prequel to that earlier work. It is the story of the Ban Wars told through the eyes of two Warrows (a race similar to Tolkien's hobbits), Tip and Beau. When a kingsman dies at Tip's doorstep, he vows to continue the man's mission to deliver a coin to a far away king. Beau accompanies his friend Tip. So begins the war and the pair's adventures in this exciting tale of ordinary people accidentally crawling (literally in some cases) into the role of heroes. While exciting, there is one significant flaw in the story's telling. Since the duology takes place in the middle of previously published Mithgar tales, the author has a tendency to retell that history. These retellings are more distracting than informative for a new reader. The author also uses this method to explain his philosophies. While "It's all connected, you know" becomes an important theme of the novels, the way in which Tip and Beau are introduced to the philosophy distracts from the rest of the story. The second novel has far fewer historical summaries and philosophical ramblings than the first, although the two books are so intertwined that a reader must read the first to truly appreciate the second. Characters who leave in the first novel return in the second without reintroduction, and a reader who had skipped book one would be very confused. This set is recommended for those libraries where other McKiernan books are popular. Others may wish to begin with individual books earlier in the Mithgar universe and test their readers' preferences that way. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Into the Forge and Into the Fire. VOYA Codes: 2Q 3P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101659427
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Mithgar , #12
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
247,028
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Into the Forge 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is Mckiernan at his finest. I was enthralled by the amazing plot, suspense, and characters throughout the story. I was up all night reading this one! I loved every battle scene, right down to every last dagger. This book will capture you and never let you go!!! Fantasic!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the first book I ever read of McKiernans, and it was GREAT! I couldn't put it down. It transformed me into the world of Elvs, Worrows, Dragons and Dwarfs. It had the right mix of danger, suspence, and even love. Keep it up McKiernan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dennis L. Mckiernan skillfully blends the art of story telling in a more readable format with the classic elements of mythological magic. Clever new creatures, though the story hazes a bit to much on Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, and on 'The Elenium' by David Eddings. The story overall is enjoyable and exciting. Worth the while
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Guest More than 1 year ago
McKiernan is a master of fantasy! This tale has every element you look for in a goon fantasy story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Into the forge was awesome! It held me captive. At night time, when my mom would turn off the lights and say it was time to go to sleep, I would sneak out of my bed, get a flash-light and start reading it again. I read it over and over... but then my dog ate it.