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The author of the book: Michael Scott Rohan
Edition: Avon Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1989
ISBN: 0380705486
ISBN 13: 9780380705481
Language: English
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2.5 – 3 stars

I really feel like I ought to have liked this book more than I did and it might deserve a higher rating, but I can only go by my actual reading experience which was a bit lukewarm; I guess my book biorhythms were off for this one because on the face of it this might otherwise have become a favourite.

Rohan is a good writer and has done some interesting things within the high fantasy genre here. His magic system based on an animistic shamanism that allows its practitioners to access the powers of the natural and supernatural world via a kind of ritualistic co-inherence of symbolic elements seemed both interesting and fresh. A subset of this would be the powers and abilities of master craftsmen such as his main character Elof the smith. Elof’s own smithcraft follows a similar paradigm whereby he is able to make use of the natural characteristics of his raw materials, in combination with ritual incantations and symbols, in order to imbue them with power. I thought this element of the world building to be compelling and interesting, not to mention something that does not appear to have been done to death in the genre.

Rohan’s use of a pre-historic setting of our own world follows the model of Tolkien, though it perhaps incorporates more elements from actual geological and anthropological history as we know it. His most unique and intriguing of these elements for me was perhaps the way in which he handled his dwarf-analogues, the Duergar, who are actually a remnant of the Neanderthals who escaped from the rise of Homo sapiens by fleeing into the depths of the mountains. The next would be the fact that the overarching evil overlord against whom our heroes must contest is actually the Ice Age itself (or more properly the mystical personification of ‘the Ice’ and the various eldritch pre-human powers that are behind it). This use of demiurgic powers that drive elements of the story, and who occasionally appear as characters intervening in the affairs of men, was certainly another reminder to me of Tolkien, specifically in his use of the Valar as represented in The Silmarillion and I always like seeing this kind of mingling of the human with the semi-divine when it’s done well. Another echo of _The Silmarillion_ could perhaps be seen in Elof’s role of smith and master craftsman known for his ability to create artifacts of great power (shades of Fëanor, Celebrimbor, and even Sauron here) and some of the most interesting elements of this book for me (and even moreso in the volume that precedes it in the series) were the details of exactly how Elof learned his craft and fashioned these artifacts. Despite these echoes (in my mind at least) of Tolkien I think that for the most part they are less the outright borrowings of a slavish imitator and more the fruit of Rohan’s own story with perhaps an ‘influence’ from the grand-pappy of the genre; we’re certainly not suffering from the extruded fantasy product of those afflicted with Terry-Brooks-syndrome here.

That being said I couldn’t help but see Kermorvan, the king-in-waiting character, as little more than an Aragorn-analogue (and one who is both much less interesting and more high-handed than Aragorn ever was). Also, regardless of the fact that I am in general agreement with LeGuin’s dictum of a ‘high style’ being the natural mode of high fantasy (as she adroitly argued in her seminal essay “From Elfland to Poughkeepsie”), I must admit that sometimes Rohan’s ‘high style’ came off a little bit tortured, especially in the self-important speeches of the aforementioned man-who-would-be-king Kermorvan.

All in all this was a well-written foray into the realm of epic fantasy and it managed to avoid many of the pitfalls of the Tolkien-clones, while adding something new and fresh to the genre. Despite all of that I just didn’t find this a compelling read and was anxious to get to the end of the book and move on to something else. Not the most ringing endorsement, but I think in this case my malaise had less to do with the faults of the book itself (though there are some) and more with my own headspace when I read it.

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Ebook The Forge in the Forest read Online! Michael Scott Rohan (born 1951 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish fantasy and science fiction author and writer on opera.

He had a number of short stories published before his first books, the science fiction novel Run to the Stars and the non-fiction First Byte. He then collaborated with Allan J. Scott on the nonfiction The Hammer and The Cross (an account of Christianity arriving in Viking lands, not to be confused with Harry Harrison's similarly themed novel trilogy of the same name) and the fantasy novels The Ice King and A Spell of Empire.

Rohan is best known for the Ice Age-set trilogy The Winter of the World. He also wrote the Spiral novels, in which our world is the Hub, or Core, of a spiral of mythic and legendary versions of familiar cities, countries and continents.

In the "Author's Note" to The Lord of Middle Air, Rohan asserts that he and Walter Scott have a common ancestor in Michael Scot, who is a character in the novel.

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Great book!


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A hard, shocking, but extremely useful book that makes you think!


Rarely do the books make me cry, but this one could.


A book that completely overturned consciousness

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