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The Forge In The Forest: The Winter of the World, Volume 2 [Paperback]

Michael Scott Rohan
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18 Feb 1988
The siege of Kerbryhaine had been raised, the Ekwesh hordes vanquished, the Mastersmith slain. But for Alv - now Elof the Smith - the war was not yet won: Kerbryhaine was still a divided city; the Ekwesh, bloodily defeated, would look for revenge; and the Ice, inplacably malevolent, continued its inexorable march southward. So from divided Kerbryhaine Elof, Kermorvan and his companions mounted an expedition to the legendary lost cities of the East; if they managed to reunite the war-torn tribes, perhaps they could stand together against the menace of the Ice. But to Elof and Kermoven the journey would also bring knowledge: of the powers ranged for and against them; and of the secrets within themselves waiting to be revealed - secrets that would play a part in the war yet to come.
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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (18 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708882544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708882542
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exciting adventure...Rohan creates a haunting sense of mythology rather than fantasy. This remarkable novel reveals a gifted writer of stories and pages turn as if by magic (JEAN M AUEL )

A wonderful story (RAYMOND E FEIST )

An outstanding piece of fantasy fiction (ANDRE NORTON )

A very good and very powerful writer... (ANNE McCAFFREY ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book Two of a classic series by one of Britain's most powerful fantasy writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More 4.25. 1 Aug 2004
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Format:Paperback
This is a book which explores early post Ice age Europe. It is a book with magic, war, suspence and excitement. It is not a popcorn fiction book providing easy and exciting thrills with no real substance (James Barclay), but neither is it a deeply involving, complex world (George R. R. Martin). It is a mix in-between and as there are few of these around, it stands out in my mind.
The characters seem two-dimensional at first light. The unwilling king, the master smith with a rags-to-riches story and no knowledge of his parents, his loyal companion etc etc. But then they are not what they seem. The king has a adventurous streak and a rebellion against his elders in a way which is exciting. The smith is actually very arrogant and refuses to believe that he is not the best.
The journey is an exciting one. Those who are supposed to be friends are not, those who are long-lost have changed beyond memory. And the story sweeps you up, with language that is truely evocative and shows an author with a brilliance with the written word. The desciptions of batttle will not just been shown up in your brain, they will yell and shout and you will be there, amongst the smell of sweat and blood. Some descriptions of the characters add suspence by the ton of it.
And there is one scene which is so truely terrifying, so well-worded and haunting, it will leave an image in your brain for ages onwards.
So in short, if you can find it and you liked the prequel, you will like it immensely. I would say that this author is one of the few fantasy writers who I can pick up a book, no matter what series, and read it, knowing my money will not be wasted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Epic 12 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
This book continues the story begun in 'The Anvil of Ice', following the journey of Elof the smith and his companions as they journey eastwards to find the lost descendants of Kerys and seek their help fighting the Ekwesh warriors who threaten the city of Kerbryhaine.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. As the title suggests, smithcraft is central to the book, and Rohan has a knack of taking complicated forging and metalworking processes and describing them in a way which makes them interesting, understandable and easy to visualise. Unfortunately, this is sometimes to the detriment of other areas of plot, which sometimes feel cursory and inexplicable. The gradual removal of the other traveling companions, for example, often came across as rather abrupt and contrived. That said, this was a lovely rambling epic of a book and I look forward to reading the next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent trilogy. 17 Oct 2013
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This is an excellently written series; worth reading if only for the grammatically correct language and poetic prose. Worth revisiting if you have got lost in all those cheap self published e books with excessive proof reading errors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 7 Feb 2013
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A very well written and original story line. So good to get it on the kindle. Characters well rounded and story moves along nicely.
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