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."
I have found the writing to be awkward and bulky. It sounds like the Dennis McKiernan was writing a great epic poem like the Iliad, or the Odessy, but without the poeticism those were originally written with. The writing just comes across as awkward and overly wordy, however the story is good so I did listen to the entire book. I am not sure if I will be in a hurry to listen to the rest of the trilogy however, there are other books I find much more pleasurable to listen to or read.
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!
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 hope no one
The author must have read Tolkien and taken extensive notes, this is clear for the beginning when some of the words and mannerisms are even the same.
I'll try to listen until the end of book 1 for completeness sake
If you like cheering for the "LITTLE GUYS" this is a rip-roaring epic adventure, with characters worth rooting for.
Dennis McKiernan's Masterpiece and Cameron Beierle does it justice ! Lovers of high fantasy will enjoy this trilogy.
When I seen that Cameron Beierle was the narrator of this book I had to give this book a listen. To those of you who have already read or listen to the Belgarion series which Mr. Beierle narrates, this book may seem a bit weak, thats being kind. But I am comparing Dennis L. McKieman's book to the best epic ever written. David Eddings ten book series is the greatest work of fantasy ever written and Mr. Beierle brought those characters to life. If you have not read the Belgarion and the Mallorean series do so right now. Don't just get it from the library. Buy it and keep it safe. It's on Audible!!! ps. Whose this Tolkien guy? jk
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