The Dark Tide

The Dark Tide Tuck Underbank is a Warrow think a hobbit with shoes and large jewel like eyes living in the peaceful Boskydells When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world he and

  • Title: The Dark Tide
  • Author: Dennis L. McKiernan
  • ISBN: 9780451451026
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tuck Underbank is a Warrow think a hobbit with shoes and large jewel like eyes living in the peaceful Boskydells When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King s aid But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark sounds bad, doesn t it is spreading oTuck Underbank is a Warrow think a hobbit with shoes and large jewel like eyes living in the peaceful Boskydells When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King s aid But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark sounds bad, doesn t it is spreading over the land, and Tuck soon finds that the dark tide is going to swamp them all 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.

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    1. Look, this book is like eating a rhubarb pie made by your friend, where you weren't expecting rhubarb pie (or maybe you did because you read the introduction), and you're surprised and kind of pissed because you thought only your grandmother could make rhubarb pie, and you always brag about how your grandmother invented rhubarb pie, before that people tried to eat the leaves and kept dying, but here's this jerk making a rhubarb pie, and the worst part is it's actually fairly tasty.Sure, it's not [...]

    2. NOTE: This is a review of the whole trilogy, as I'd left a brief comment on this book first when I started reading it - why not keep it here?First off, I don't have much to add to all the other negatives - this is likely the worst book of any kind that I've ever read. Read on if you mustTolkien plagiarism - well, duh. This makes the "Sword of Shannara" look like a masterpiece of originality in comparison. The very beginning, with the "young buccan Warrows" (McKiernan's strength sure isn't in his [...]

    3. I loved this series. I really don't get what everyone is being such a whino for. He clearly says how he respects Tolkien and used his framework. Plus, it was written pretty well. Tuck was such a courageous character with a humble outlook, and Galen and Danner, poor 'ol Danner. He didn't go into the characters as much (Tolkien had an entire appendix dedicated to Ent History!) but they were all inspiring nevertheless.Just because the story has similarities doesn't make it a BAD book. Everyone who [...]

    4. This is one of my all time favorite Fantasy trilogies. I think of it as a better lord of the rings. I actually read this series before I read Lord of the rings which is probably why I can commit what others will consider lunacy and rate this Higher than Tolkiens work. Yes there are many similarities to Lord of the rings and Tolkiens middle earth world, but he makes the world different enough That you can overlook it. In a time when everybody is remaking everything and putting their own spin on i [...]

    5. I learned you can re-do what another has done, and in style, and make it wholly your own without diminishing or insulting the original in the slightest. I don't enjoy McKiernan's Iron Tower trilogy in the same way as The Lord of the Rings, but it is, in its own way and on its own terms, every bit as satisfying. If you're a fan of the one, I strongly suggest you read the other.

    6. The author pretty much begins the book by explaining that he liked Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings so much that he wanted to enjoy the experience of going through it again. So he wrote what he openly admits is a huge rip-off. Having admitted this, I guess he felt free to really, REALLY rip off Tolkien.Personally, if you like Tolkien so much, I'd recommend doing what I'm doing: re-read The Lord of the Rings. Let Tolkien be Tolkien, and write your own freaking story.

    7. Two things need to be established up front:1) This is a LOTR facsimile out-and-out, and it was intentionally written to be so. Those who actually take the time to learn some of the history behind the book know that it was originally written to be a sequel to the LOTR trilogy, but the green light for publication was never given by Tolkien's family. The book was thus published after some edits to make it "its own story."2) This is epic fantasy. In that vein, it is by nature slow in developing its [...]

    8. I read McKirnan’s Iron Tower trilogy many years ago. I was looking for something like The Lord Of The Rings, as I recall. Boy, did I get it. Sort of. I remember having a difficult time getting through the trilogy, perhaps that I didn’t finish it.Now I know why. Reading this again, the best word I can think of to describe McKiernan’s writing is “tedious.” This guy describes everything. What clothes the characters are wearing, what they eat, what they’re thinking, what they’re not th [...]

    9. I read this book and the entire series many years ago when it hit the book store shelves. While it is somewhat derivative of The Lord of the Rings, many fantasy books of the time were too. However, this was a tale told in the author's own voice and perspective and it was, therefore, unique. I found the characters engaging as well as the setting - even if somewhat familiar in tone. I enjoyed the book at the time and though many newer readers might find it too Tolkien-ish these days, I think that [...]

    10. Oh, man, this is bad. I growl and/or yell at the book approximately once per page at least. It's a fascinating train wreck of a book, and gives me both terrors (that it has so many defenders and that someone capable of reading could actually like it) and solace (in that, no matter my many deficiencies as a writer, at least I don't do what McKiernan does here). I might recommend the book to a young child just getting into fantasy, but if you can read this slog, you can read The Hobbit and not onl [...]

    11. It gets four stars for nostalgic value. I read this book when I was 12 or so. Maybe 14. Anyway, I stumbled across the series at a used books store on the weekend and I had to buy them. I remember bits and pieces of the story so I wanted to re-read them to see if my memory was as good as I hope it is. I thought Merrilee comes back in this one, so I guess I'm a little off. Anyway, actually reviewing this novel is more like a 3/5. It's reminiscent of LotR, especially with the little Hobbit-like cre [...]

    12. McKiernan writes prose that flows very easily and frankly just draws you into the story. His characters have depth but not the point that they get in the way of the story. It is in the story that he may stray from excellence (and maybe not as I'll explain later) as he essentially is riding on the same formula as Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". Here is a small list of like elements: - Great evil one long banished - Central heroes are some diminutive fairy of small stature.- great tower in the evil [...]

    13. 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. [...]

    14. As noted in other readers' comments, this is a truly awful Tolkien ripoff. Of course,it is part of a trilogy and its multiracial cast of losI mean heroes, is in conflict with the ultimate evil. It is a triumph of ripoff and redundancy, but that is not the worst. The totally tedious writing style is intended to be medieval and chivalrous, but it only succeeds in boring the bile right out of my liver. If you have not yet squandered precious moments of your life on this banal tale, you can bring ne [...]

    15. This was lent to me by an acquaintance who found out I'm a Tolkien fan and said, "If you love Lord of the Rings, you'll definitely love this!" A most unfortunate assumption.I picked up the book prepared to find a certain level of inspiration from the Lord of the Rings, but instead found a mind-numbingly huge number of blatant rip-offs. Accompanied by awful writing. I was prepared to give examples, but there are too many to choose from. I can only hope that this author has come to feel shame for [...]

    16. Too often maligned as a knock-off of LotR, The Iron Tower is really a delightful tale of its own, well done with endearing characters, underlying themes, and great action. If one admits that the story does follow 'the formula' (which has stood the test of time, I might add) one can sit back and enjoy this take on it with relish. Get it.

    17. Though very Tolkeinesque in its scope, it still stands alone as the beginning of a series where the "Little guy" does great things.

    18. 3.75 stars. A really delightful foray into the world of the fey. Tuck, a warrow (hobbit-like creature) becomes a hero in the war against the evil Dimmendark.

    19. Well, I can't remember exactly when I read this, but it was a long time ago-- I'm guessing '99, but maybe earlier. Maybe I had just gotten very critical at that point in my life, because I believe it was around that time (in a space of 5-6 years) that I was finding myself disgusted with Terry Brooks and Raymond Feist as well-- possibly because I had been to several writers conferences at that point and had taken two short story classes at Las Positas and UCSB respectively, and I may have been ov [...]

    20. So many treasures are to be found in used bookstores! This is a tribute to LOTR but not a copy cat. There are plenty of references - the Warrows are Hobbits in all but name, the first chapter is called A Well-Attended Parting, there is mention of First and Second Yule, there is lembas (not so named of course), the use of Lor, and even an Elf named Gildor, etc. Differences also - the Warrows can see even further than the Elves. This is its own tale and a great one against a terrible darkness. Lov [...]

    21. As an adolescent, I thought these books were great. I did not possess the discriminating eye that I have now, but I do believe they have a lot to offer young readers who are exploring the fantasy genre. At the very least, this series helps with characterization and assists young readers in identifying the components of fantasy characters. It also follows a typical fantasy story structure which allows young readers to familiarize themselves with the essential elements of fantasy. These books will [...]

    22. This book will be loved by many who love the Lord of the rings style fantasy sometimes called high fantasy. Of those who prefer the low fantasy or gritty fantasy will find this novel to wordy and long and rambling. I for myself love all types of fantasy and I think this is an excellent example of Tolkien's fantasy.

    23. Simply great. Some say McKiernan rips off the Lord of the Rings, but people also say the movie Krull rips off the Lord of the Rings. Some of the situations are similar, but this is still a great book and great series.

    24. I have never bothered to check, but was this author sued by the estate of Tolkien? Worst case of Plagiarism ever!!!

    25. I picked up the Dark Tide because I'm a sucker for tolkeinesque fantasy and I had no qualms about reading a ripoff if it gave me a similar experience to LOTR, transporting me to a land of Dragons, orcs, dwarves, elves, halflings, and men. Unfortunately, McKiernan couldn't even deliver a proper ripoff. Now, I had few problems with the plot or the setting, those were ripped straight out of Tolkien: We have our shire in the Boskydells, and our Minas Tirith in Challerain Keep, We have five "hobbits" [...]

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