Tipperton and Beau, having delivered a mysterious coin to the reclusive King Agron, discover that the coin was actually a plea for help from King Blaine for aid in the Great War of the Ban. But the two adventurers are still not free from duty. Tip burns to avenge the death of his ladylove, fallen in battle, and Beau the healer cannot ignore the suffering of those around hiTipperton and Beau, having delivered a mysterious coin to the reclusive King Agron, discover that the coin was actually a plea for help from King Blaine for aid in the Great War of the Ban. But the two adventurers are still not free from duty. Tip burns to avenge the death of his ladylove, fallen in battle, and Beau the healer cannot ignore the suffering of those around him. So they join the fight, leading Agron's army into the lands of their enemy, the Black Mage Modru, carrying with them an ancient prophecy of victory...or horrible defeat....
|Title||:||Into the Fire|
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Into the Fire Reviews
I am a fan of Mithgar and as such I have yet to come across a Mithgar book I didn't like. Of course some are better than others and it's been a while since I read this particular book, but it is an enjoyable story and time well spent.
Don't read a book just because a pretty girl likes it.
I am a great fan of the Mithgar novels of Dennis McKiernan. This second book of the Hel's Crucible duology was excellent. Really enjoyable Epic Fantasy. " It's all connected, you know"
This was definitely better than the first half of the duology, as there was a lot more action and interesting stuff. Honestly, I think if Hel's Crucible had been presented as one longer book rather than two, it could've been fairly good. If the travelogue style of the first volume was made into a much briefer bit on the front of this, it would've been kinda fun. And in a way, reading the first volume isn't totally necessary because the summary at the start of this one handles things pretty well.This second book finds Tip and Beau and their companions heading out from a Dwarven stronghold to continue their quest to deliver a coin to one of the kings of Mithgar. They have to break a siege and slay a gargon (Mithgar's very vague equivalent of a Balrog, at least in terms of its position in the hierarchy of evil monsters) to finally discover that the coin is a message from the High King seeking aid. Further adventures and false starts occur before finally Tip and Beau and various other characters, some from this novel and others cameoing from Voyage of the Fox Rider, march south to join the High King for the final battle in Hel's Crucible. There are some fun parts to the story, like Tip and Bekki's quest to retrieve herbs to fight a plague and Tip's harrowing experience trapped in a cave after a snowstorm and a poisonous bite from totally not a warg. There's also a lot of not very well done parts, and the plot feels like it wanders aimlessly for a while once the coin has been delivered. Also, as this is meant to be Mithgar's equivalent to the Silmarillion, there are similar events such as the sundering of Mithgar and the heavenly realm that the elves come from and the destruction of Atalar (which totally isn't Numenor guys no siree). The latter especially falls flat because none of the books have ever actually visited Atalar and given us a reason to care. At least when the previous novel sinks the Mage's island the reader has seen a bit of it and thus cares some about it - here I felt basically nothing at all.I do like that McKiernan attempts to deliver a message about the horrors of war, and as always there are some interesting ideas in terms of plot and setting. It's just that a lot of things fall flat, especially characters and any attempt at writing romance. I didn't completely loathe this the way I did the first half of the story, and I do plan to read more Mithgar novels since as generic Tolkien knockoffs go, they're at least moderately entertaining. I like Shannara a lot better, and feel like Brooks becomes much more original and interesting, but there is something fun about reading a fairly comfortably generic and unsurprising tale of elves, dwarves, and hobbits I mean warrows.
The first book in the duology was the better written of the two, yet this was fine as an adventure I suppose.
Better than the first of the duology. Still nothing to write home about. I continue to maintain these books are good for reading while you figure out what you really want to be reading.
Another disappointing book by Dennis McKiernan. He has been bashed to death already in reviews already so I won't pile on.
Yes, yes, the same as book 1. Just read it. You'll love it.
If you like fantasy you'll going to love this book. It's the second part of Hels Crucible. It's got everything that a fantasy book needs. Move over Lord of the Rings.