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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 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.

©1985 Dennis L. McKiernan (P)2009 Books In Motion

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  • Michael
  • 04-10-12

A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy...

Let's get to it - Short and sweet.

If you like the Lord of the Rings, but want to avoid the detailed monologues, descriptive family histories, and tedious and long world descriptions found in the Lord of the Rings, this series may be for you.

Here's the problem. This can't be more of a carbon copy of the formula used in The Lord of the Rings - An unlikely hero, a ragtag group to bring about an almost impossible task, a dark enemy of pure evil to get in the way, along with various races mixed up in the war. Only this tiny hero and his team can possibly overcome the impending doom that threatens to swallow the world.

Sound familiar?

Of course it does, but here's where my interest lies: It's a well-written carbon copy without the trapping of an epic trilogy. Think lighter, more casual listening for the simple fun of it. Most people do NOT make it through the Lord of the Rings because of that very reason - It's HEAVY reading. Will you re-listen to this yearly like you might with LotR? Definitely NO. You will however, consider revisiting it once in a very blue moon.

It's written well, and consistently well, at that. BUT...remember, Lord of the Rings it is NOT. Lower your literary expectations for just a little while, loosen your tie, and have a little fun with this enjoyable first book in the series.

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  • T. Osminer
  • 24-11-09

I like McKiernan, but Beierle is distracting

I read these books when I was a teenager (back when I actually had time to read printed books for fun), and I was excited to "re-read" them now. Unfortunately, the narrator's delivery is patchy. I really enjoy the way he portrays the characters, giving each a distinctive tenor, but his narration style for the descriptive parts of the text drones. It is very reminiscent of Paul Harvey. I find myself zoning out for long sections of the book unless one of the characters is talking...even during battle scenes. When I tune back in, I keep expecting to hear him say "and now you know...the REST of the story."

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  • J. McCarthy
  • 30-04-15

A great reworking of The Lord of the Rings

As long as you approach McKiernan's first two Mithgar series as reworkings or retellings of Tolkien's LotR saga, you'll be able to appreciate them for the rousing tales of heroism and adventure that they are. McKiernan is actually a first rate storyteller, and one who developed his own style and voice in later novels, but the Iron Tower Trilogy remains a beloved tale of epic fantasy for me.
Cameron Beierle's narration was solid, which was something of a pleasant surprise because I had some issues with his narration of David Eddings' Belgariad novels.

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  • Carolyn
  • 12-06-09

Welcome To Mithgar!

I've only heard 1 hour of this book so far and it is wonderful! I have read all of Dennis McKiernan's books, and they only get better with every new book!

Bring on the rest of the series!

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  • Dennis
  • 20-06-09

The Dark Tide

Dennis McKiernan's Masterpiece and Cameron Beierle does it justice ! Lovers of high fantasy will enjoy this trilogy.

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  • Christine K
  • 17-07-17

Great Story, OK Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Tide to be better than the print version?

I would recommend the print version over this particular narration.

How could the performance have been better?

To many pauses in the cadence of the Narration. At times I thought I was hearing a Shattner impersonation. His creation of the various characters was great, the narration between characters was weak.

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  • Danner
  • 18-11-16

Good book series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Tide to be better than the print version?

Hello, my Name is Danner, Yes my mother named me after the Danner bramblethorn, Thats how i ended up finding this is she told me about where i got my name, then after i finished the first book and got kinda bored, more recently i found audible and said why not, finished the first book the day i got it and im flying though the second right now. I love the series and would recommend it to anyone willing to overlook the numerous similarity's is has to LOTR.

What other book might you compare The Dark Tide to and why?

LOTR

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah not to spoil to much but people die, lots of em, and it gets to you, or at least it got to me.

Any additional comments?

Listen to it if you have the money for the books.

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  • Jacob
  • 21-09-16

Great Listen, Exceptional Story

McKiernan has been my favorite author since I first read The Iron Tower Trilogy some time in '99. Cameron Beierle does a fantastic job in narration. each character is covered differently and their character seems to be taken into account with the voices he gives them. the story itself is well written. if you enjoy high fantasy in a world that has a feel of originally, The Iron Tower Trilogy is a fantastic pick.

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  • Richard
  • 26-05-16

The Dark Tide

it was awesome!!! it has been years since I read the book. I loved it then and I still do

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  • G. Parish
  • 05-04-16

LotR with heart

Imagine a Lord of the Rings style world where the characters, all of them, were relatable. This is the world McKiernan presents to the reader and it is a truly amazing experience. If you are looking for high Fantasy done right, check this book out.