the iron tower trilogy

by Dennis L. McKiernan

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Book 35 of 121 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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Dennis L. McKiernan's Mithgar books are among the most beloved in all of fantasy fiction. The Iron Tower includes the first three novels set in the world of Mithgar-collected in a single volume for the first time-with an all-new introduction by the author.


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Michael Reed McLaughlin | 2013-07-26 08:04:47
I, for one, quite liked The Iron Tower trilogy. I've read quite a few of McKiernan's books and enjoyed them all. They are quite Tolkienish, but then again, that's precisely why I like them so much.
Jacob | 2014-05-29 08:48:43
I read The Iron Tower trilogy quite a long time ago (20 years?), but I remember really loving it. It feels weird to me to see it on a "worst" list. I would imagine if there was any actual credible claim of plagiarism to be made, the Tolkien estate would have made it by now. I have to disagree with this site and recommend The Iron Tower trilogy strongly.
rick | 2015-04-14 03:30:17
I thought it a good read.I think lord of the rings is one of the best.But there was enough difference's .i don't think frodo could do the things Tuck could,like the review mentioned.Don't let the reviews keep you from a good trilogy
Anonymous | 2016-01-20 01:45:50
Loved it.
Anonymous | 2016-04-23 05:44:49
Fully agree with the inclusion on "Worst Fantasy Books Ever" list. Mediocre writing at best, and I kept getting yanked out of the plot because I couldn't stop comparing it to the almost scene by scene similarity to The Lord of the Rings.
Anonymous | 2016-09-06 06:11:11
I think you are too kind to Dennis L. McKiernan's works. It's not just crap, its outright plagiarism. If these stories were handed in for a college English class, Dennis would have flunked out because this, and rightfully so. The idea that copying Tolkein's work makes him an author on par with JRR (as you can read in the back cover accolades) makes me want to puke. That I actually shelled out cash for these novels is mind boggling, but thankfully, this was back when paperbacks were about $3.00 to $4.00 a copy. If I could rate this series with negative numbers I would.
Anonymous | 2017-07-12 09:27:33
I enjoyed these books quite a bit, and even reread them within the past year because I was worried about nostalgia creeping in. I love Tolkien, and I see the similarities, after all that was the author's point in writing the books for them to be similar to LotR, but I see these books as different enough. It is easy to focus on the similarities, but one could focus on the differences. 1. No dwarves/Gimli. 2. Tuck looks like Frodo, but functionally in the story his actions are much different and the outcome is certainly different. The martial skill difference between the two characters alone makes them extremely different from one another, not to mention that Tuck does not have to shoulder the burden of an evil magical ring. Their purpose in the two stories is vastly different. The only similarity is that they come from a people who are about half the size of a human. Hobbits do not have the jewel eyes of Warrows, for example, allowing them to see even farther into the darkness than elves. 3. No magic ring. 4. More female characters that are independently relevant to the story (Merrilee for example). 5. More focus on characters and their emotions, less focus on the world and travel (although there is still some). 6. No Ringwraiths. The Ghuls are not Ringwraiths in any important way other than they wear black cloaks. The ring and the Ringwraiths are crucial to the LotR story, that their absence in the Iron Tower changes the story significantly IMO. 7. No Gandalf. Is it a great trilogy? No, not "great" but I think it's a lot better than one star.
Ajax Plunkett | 2018-04-26 02:27:18
He wrote a sequel to the lord of the rings and it was accepted but the Tolkien estate wouldnt allow it so the publisher made him write a prequel to his own sequel called the iron tower and in both series he had to rename all of the places and characters. that is why the 1st series is like LOTR's. after the iron tower trilogy it takes its own path in his secondary world. I cant believe the guy who made this list plus most of the commenters didnt know this. Ironically , terry brooks The Sword Of Shannara is really a kind of plagerism.
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