Despite the fact that they're tiny and temperamental, the Warrows get included in the military forces. But the High King doesn't have enough warriors to hold off the horde of slobbering monsters who are coming to attack. And the battle goes horribly wrong, separating the friends from one another and possibly dooming them all.
©1985 Dennis L. McKiernan; (P)2009 Books In Motion
Let's get to it - Short and sweet.
If you like the Lord of the Rings, but want to avoid the detailed monologues, descriptive family histories, and tedious and long world descriptions found in the Lord of the Rings, this series may be for you.
Here's the problem. This can't be more of a carbon copy of the formula used in The Lord of the Rings - An unlikely hero, a ragtag group to bring about an almost impossible task, a dark enemy of pure evil to get in the way, along with various races mixed up in the war. Only this tiny hero and his team can possibly overcome the impending doom that threatens to swallow the world.
Of course it does, but here's where my interest lies: It's a well-written carbon copy without the trapping of an epic trilogy. Think lighter, more casual listening for the simple fun of it. Most people do NOT make it through the Lord of the Rings because of that very reason - It's HEAVY reading. Will you re-listen to this yearly like you might with LotR? Definitely NO. You will however, consider revisiting it once in a very blue moon.
It's written well, and consistently well, at that. BUT...remember, Lord of the Rings it is NOT. Lower your literary expectations for just a little while, loosen your tie, and have a little fun with this enjoyable first book in the series.
I read these books when I was a teenager (back when I actually had time to read printed books for fun), and I was excited to "re-read" them now. Unfortunately, the narrator's delivery is patchy. I really enjoy the way he portrays the characters, giving each a distinctive tenor, but his narration style for the descriptive parts of the text drones. It is very reminiscent of Paul Harvey. I find myself zoning out for long sections of the book unless one of the characters is talking...even during battle scenes. When I tune back in, I keep expecting to hear him say "and now you know...the REST of the story."
Does the Dark Tower trilogy steal from LOTR? Absolutely. Is Dragondoom inspired by the Hobbit? Undoubtedly. However, McKiernan writes a story that improves upon every idea put forth by Tolkien. Look, Tolkien is famous for being first. Unfortunately, that's about all you can say for his writing. He was a linguist, not an author or a story teller which is probably why his writing is so terribly dry, boring, and needlessly descriptive. McKiernan's stories are well fleshed out and stirring. If you can't get past the similarities to Tolkien, then pick up Voyage of the Fox Rider or Eye of the Hunter. (or from Audible, the Silver Call duology) Two EXCELLENT McKiernan books that are entirely original. If you're like me and you can't stand reading Tolkien's textbooks...pick up the Iron Tower..and enjoy the story the way it could have been...better!
As for the audio version of the Iron Tower. Once I got used to his narration, I thoroughly enjoyed Bierle's style. Only problem I had was Patrel's voice (being the smallest of the Warrow's) was the deepest..which grated on me. Otherwise I loved all three audiobooks.
I've only heard 1 hour of this book so far and it is wonderful! I have read all of Dennis McKiernan's books, and they only get better with every new book!
Bring on the rest of the series!
Dennis McKiernan's Masterpiece and Cameron Beierle does it justice ! Lovers of high fantasy will enjoy this trilogy.
Hello, my Name is Danner, Yes my mother named me after the Danner bramblethorn, Thats how i ended up finding this is she told me about where i got my name, then after i finished the first book and got kinda bored, more recently i found audible and said why not, finished the first book the day i got it and im flying though the second right now. I love the series and would recommend it to anyone willing to overlook the numerous similarity's is has to LOTR.
Yeah not to spoil to much but people die, lots of em, and it gets to you, or at least it got to me.
Listen to it if you have the money for the books.
McKiernan has been my favorite author since I first read The Iron Tower Trilogy some time in '99. Cameron Beierle does a fantastic job in narration. each character is covered differently and their character seems to be taken into account with the voices he gives them. the story itself is well written. if you enjoy high fantasy in a world that has a feel of originally, The Iron Tower Trilogy is a fantastic pick.
Imagine a Lord of the Rings style world where the characters, all of them, were relatable. This is the world McKiernan presents to the reader and it is a truly amazing experience. If you are looking for high Fantasy done right, check this book out.
As long as you approach McKiernan's first two Mithgar series as reworkings or retellings of Tolkien's LotR saga, you'll be able to appreciate them for the rousing tales of heroism and adventure that they are. McKiernan is actually a first rate storyteller, and one who developed his own style and voice in later novels, but the Iron Tower Trilogy remains a beloved tale of epic fantasy for me.
Cameron Beierle's narration was solid, which was something of a pleasant surprise because I had some issues with his narration of David Eddings' Belgariad novels.
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