The Anvil of Ice #2020

The Anvil of Ice Michael Scott Rohan The Anvil of Ice The first volume of Michael Scott Rohan s acclaimed The Winter of the World sequence The chronicles of The Winter of the World echo down the ages in half remembered myth and song tales of mysterious p

  • Title: The Anvil of Ice
  • Author: Michael Scott Rohan
  • ISBN: 9780575092211
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Anvil of Ice Michael Scott Rohan The first volume of Michael Scott Rohan s acclaimed The Winter of the World sequence.The chronicles of The Winter of the World echo down the ages in half remembered myth and song tales of mysterious powers of the Mastersmiths, of the forging of great weapons, of the subterranean kingdoms of the duergar, of Gods who walked abroad, and of the Powers that struggled endlesslThe first volume of Michael Scott Rohan s acclaimed The Winter of the World sequence.The chronicles of The Winter of the World echo down the ages in half remembered myth and song tales of mysterious powers of the Mastersmiths, of the forging of great weapons, of the subterranean kingdoms of the duergar, of Gods who walked abroad, and of the Powers that struggled endlessly for dominion.In the Northlands, beleaguered by the ever encroaching Ice and the marauding Ekwesh, a young cowherd, saved from the raiders by the mysterious Mastersmith, discovers in himself an uncanny power to shape metal but it is a power that may easily be turned to evil ends, and on a dreadful night he flees his new home, and embarks on the quest to find both his own destiny, and a weapon that will let him stand against the Power of the Ice.His wanderings will bring him great friends but earn him greater enemies, and eventually they will transform him from lowly cowherd to a mastersmith fit to stand with the greatest of all men.
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    1. This is one of my favorite books ever Well, I read it in 6th grade, and it could just be that it hit me just so at that point in my life so as to make it one of my favorites forever, but still MSR has put together an amazing combination of myth folklore and he really did his research Or so I see now that I m a mythologist , prehistory, and modern fantasy I ve reread this book times than anything except Lord of the Rings, and maybe Chronicles of Narnia I like this first installment best, I think [...]

    2. A three volume fantastical adventure series set during an ice age The first two books are your typicla map adventures like The Lord of the Rings ie the author draws a map the novel consists of the characters moving from point A to point Z, via the rest of the alphabet, each letter designating a separate geographical location where the characters enjoy a suitable adventure eg in the forest, in the mountain, in the abandoned city, at the seaside etc.Alternatively it s really just your traditional [...]

    3. I love this book so much It was one of my favourites when I was a teenager Rereading as an adult, the feeling of the book is far mythology than fantasy and I think that is where my love of it comes from It feels like an old tale retold rather than modern fiction.The tale is set during the last ice age, where the creep of the ice across the land is driven by malign powers who want to see the earth purified by the cessation of all life There are other powers who oppose the ice, but are not necess [...]

    4. The Anvil of Ice reminds me of a lot of other fantasy I ve read A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin and Magician by Raymond E Feist, for a start in its narration and in the way it begins Some parts of it I found very interesting and different the whole idea of the Ice, for one, which I want to know about.On the other hand, Kara bothered me She was introduced in a flash Alv Elof cares about her all in a flash she never seems to do anything significant to the plot Obviously there are two book [...]

    5. When it comes to fantasy, there s Tolkien, and there are the rest This series is the very best of the rest in my opinion there s nothing generic fantasy about it Set in an interglacial period in our own Earth s history, this is the story of the struggles of a group of friends as they try to defeat the powers of the Ice There s the same haunting sense of the weight of history, the same glimpses of things half seen, half known that I found in Tolkien plus a carefully worked out system of magic tha [...]

    6. It is possible to forget that the moden fiction novel is a relatively new development For a very long time, narrative fiction was written in a distinct style with long sentences and dialogue that bordered on the unrealistic I know some authors did this because they wanted a sense of theatre in the writing, whilst others did so because that s what they were taught.I suspect Michael Scott Rohan is one of the latter Anvil Of Ice is meant to be an epic high fantasy story The hero of utterly unknown [...]

    7. Although the book is well written, for me it lacked a touch of passion or zeal to make it come fully alive There is narrative and descriptive prose than dialogue and in places it felt rather like an old Viking saga, with shades of the Sorcerer s Apprentice running through it I rated it 3.5 stars and may well try another of the books in this series at some time.

    8. What really stands out about this series for me is the way magic and black smithery are combined The way the main character goes about crafting the various artifacts he forges and imbues them with magic is most intricately described.That elevates it above the average fantasy series it might otherwise have been.

    9. Not too long ago I was asked to provide some recommendations for a reading list for someone I went to my shelves and started pulling out some classics, some of my favorites, and other just plain important books Zelazny, Donaldson, Jordan, Sanderson, Rothfuss I was picking out some stuff with which to provide a pretty good foundation And then I got to this book The description of it started with, essentially, And this is something I ve read so many times it s falling apart Michael Scott Rohan is [...]

    10. A fantasy book that doesn t read like Tolkien and manages to create an interesting and varied world that you want to spend time in The story moves well and keeps you interested with an almost episodic nature that gives you a tour of the world that the author has created I do feel the author could have expanded a little on the world, however considering this is the first book and you re in a new world Heavy exposition would fine I think and given you a bit texture and background The Appendix is [...]

    11. While Michael Scott Rohan sure isn t one of the famous names of fantasy, he s also one of my favourites, and this first book of The Winter of the World imho a true masterpiece.This series is set in our own world, but during the last Ice Age, on the West Coast of North America, realistically described mixing fact and fantasy, and clearly thanks to a huge amount of knowledge and research on mythology, paleontology and ecology by the author.But you don t need to be a nerd scientist type to apprecia [...]

    12. A veritable classic, this is on my annual read list Gloriously technical details follow the story of Alv the foundling from his rude thrust into adventure, swirling into world changing events to culminate in his maturity as he seeks his desires, both noble and base.A close patterning of Norse tragedy and myth, if you ve seen Ring of the Nibelungs or know the background legend, much will be familiar While high fantasy, the protagonist remains essentially human, and is prone all too often it seems [...]

    13. Epic fantasy spliced with native American, classical, and germanic mythology and set during the ice age Good, but somehow creepy and unpleasant at the same time Cold Too cold.

    14. Absorbing and upliftingSo believable and told in such a skilled way that it seems like a true history than fiction Well crafted and whole characters, flaws and all, bring the reader along with them without once faltering This is my go to book series whenever I feel low, lost or hopeless I ve no idea how many times I ve sought solace within it s pages, only that the writers craft wielded so powerfully, just like the craft of the smith, still draws me back every time.Highly recommended.

    15. In the style of a saga, or an epic chronicle, The Anvil of Ice is quite Tolkienesque in its feel A blending of history and fiction, the real and the fantastical, Rohan s work set is set in a fictitious prehistoric ice age in some lost age which draws on elements of real mythos and like Robert E Howard s Conan series or even The Lord of the Rings takes the conceit that it is an ancient undocumented period of our own world.I first read this book, and the two sequels, almost twenty five years ago n [...]

    16. I love this book and the rest of the Winter of the World trilogy Michael Scott Rohan spins an enthralling tale of heroism and magic in a Tolkienesque middle earth style landscape.There is much to enjoy here Stirring battle scenes A clever magic system based on blacksmith s hammering metal Demigods who walk the land disguised as old men or travellers A troubled main character who makes mistakes and doesn t get everything right Plot twists throughout to keep you guessing A neat structure where eac [...]

    17. It s been about 15 years or so since I last read Michael Scott Rohan s Winter of the World Series of which this is the first book I remember it being one of the best fantasy series I had ever read and I have read a great number over the years Memory though can be a deceptive thing Not this time though as it is as good as I remember it.The Anvil Of Ice is in many respects a simple coming of age, good versus evil story It s full of the usual tropes of this genre the put upon and down trodden found [...]

    18. The Anvil of Ice This was highly recomended to me by a housemate who was greatly influenced by reading it when he was much younger and I find it very like the books I read when I was reading fiction of this fantasy style as well, at that age A meaty book, it qualifies as one of those what if sorts of NOT history fiction It creates, out of our own world s facts and myths, a perfectly plausible world in which for the stories and events to happen, without confusing our senses about what we KNOW to [...]

    19. Many years ago I read this series and really, really loved it Entirely forgotten as the decades drifted past, I was reminded of it and ordered a copy of this book to see how it held up Pretty well, I guess It s the story of a boy who trains as a blacksmith, in a world where that is a fully magical art, and is duped by his master into creating the most potent and awful tools for the advancement of evil, and then sets about trying to right that One thing I d forgotten or likely not even noticed i [...]

    20. I loved this whole series, THe Winter of the World Michael Scott Rohan creates a wonderful history of what could have been in the world of the Ice Age He works with the various mythic archetypes of the Celtic, Germanic and the First Peoples of North America cultures, as well as a world of other powers, to create the epic journey of Alv and his companions who will confront the powers of the Ice.The characters are wonderful, with Alv Rohan shows us a hero who is of a force of creation, rather tha [...]

    21. Rohan s fantasy series Of the Winter World is a fabulous series It is paleofiction fantasy, as in most paleofiction works are bent toward science fiction His main character is nothing but a herder though as with many such characters, there s to him eventually Rohan s descriptions are very nice, and his writing style is clean and with detail that doesn t clutter yet manages to give us the high fanasy epic feel His magic is subtle in this novel, and very well thought out It is woven closely with [...]

    22. Tolkien s Lord of the Rings is my hands down favorite trilogy each book much read So, I m mot surprised that I m taken with Rohan s The Anvil of Ice A Tolken like Quest Marvelous mages Wonderful main character set on a path of discovery, as he masters his magic art The dreadful sea faring Ekwesh, coastal marauders and cannibals Pleistocene fauna and a living, destructive Ice spirit Medieval societal structures, with their requisite sword wielding warriors What s not to like Rohan is a master at [...]

    23. I ve picked up the book again after starting it a couple of years ago because I was really impressed by the Spiral series of the same author and was hoping that the book would have some of the same magic in it.I can t say this is a bad book but it definitely feels like the first one The writing style is very specific in duplicating the epics and all the character s action are written out in a magniloquent style This does distract from the plot which is quite decent for an epic.It is about anothe [...]

    24. I didn t really enjoy the first few chapters of this book, which were vague and under detailed, but this book really comes into its own in its later chapters The melding of smithing and magic works really well, and the central plot is well structured What transpires is the personal adventure of the smith, there is an overarching enemy, but as yet it s unclear who that is, there is a love story, but it doesn t take over the narrative, and the central characters comprise a fairly small group that [...]

    25. Based on myths of the endless winter, this novel introduces Elof, orphan turned mage smith and sets us on the journey to discover who he really is as he starts his long battle with the forces trying to bring about the endless winter The story is well paced, full of detail and well worth re reading Peopled with men, dwarves and elves in a battle for the survival, it shares elements with other works such as Lord of the Rings and The Thomas Covenant Chronicles, such as journey through a forest with [...]

    26. Oggetti non semplici oggettiQuesto primo romanzo della trilogia L inverno dei Mondi delinea la formazione di un giovane fabbro dotato di un talento particolare nella costruzione di oggetti Sebbene questo approccio appaia come uno dei pi tipici del genere, resta solo un fatto, niente su cui speculare.C da dire che l autore riesce bene a schierare in campo atmosfere sottilmente delineate e una cristallina immaginazione rende minimalista la presenza dei personaggi, mantiene vivo il respiro delle vi [...]

    27. This book feels like it takes from the standard template different races warring but small bands come together despite prejudices, long quests to make small moves forward in the plot, just the exact right skills in the growing group of comrades to deal with their situation and accidental meet ups with long lost friends at just the right time And a love interest that comes in and out of the storyline in 2 pages but never leaves the hero s heart It s certainly a decent book, but I didn t feel comp [...]

    28. I picked up this trilogy second hand on a whim and I m very glad I did The first book has the stately feel of a Germanic epic, but the characters are interesting and well created It borrows from the tradition without slavishly copying it, which made for a interesting book in my opinion I did find the occasional metatextual interjections stating that the story was taken from an ancient text to be slightly irritating as they interrupted the flow of the narrative, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoye [...]

    29. This is one of my favorite mythological fantasy sagas Using plenty of elements from Finnish and Scandinavian mythology and a fictionalized take on the ice age , this tale follows Elof, apprentice smith, as he struggles against his former mentor, a mastersmith who has ties to powers with interest in purifying the world with an enormous glacial sheet of ice.Not only is there plenty of high adventure, but the vivid and eloquent writing make even topics that wouldn t normally have kept my attention, [...]

    30. Quite good, but you have to be in the mood for mid 80 s fantasy lots of descriptions, scenery, not much dialogue, etc It was a slow start for me, but I quite enjoyed the book and will be tracking town the other two in the series Lots of stuff about smithcraft tools used, hitting shit with hammers, stuff about metals if that s your thing and you like fantasy this just might be your bagREE AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS

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