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The Anvil Of Ice: The Winter of the World, Volume 1 Paperback – 19 Feb 1987

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (19 Feb. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857230949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857230949
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,271 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)

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Book one of Michael Scott Rohan's classic fantasy epic set in a world shaped by the power of ice.

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...and since I'm the author, what else could I say? But at least I can use the space to thank all the readers worldwide who've bought this book for nearly thirty years.

Cheers,

Mike Scott Rohan
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Along with sequels Forge in the Forest and The Hammer of the Sun, The Anvil of the Ice forms the first part of Michael Scott Rohan's "Winter Of the Worlds" trilogy. I don't believe it is exaggeration to class this trilogy, and especially the first novel, as of the very top tier of fantasy fiction. Obvious comparisons can be drawn both on the basis of such a claim, and also on the themes of both trilogies, to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Both draw heavily from Germanic, Scandinavian and particularly Norse mythology, but there the similarities end.

Whereas Tolkien's work is primarily mythological high fantasy involving flying dragons, walking tree-men and wizards who can cast lightning (tongue in cheek, but bear with me), Michael Scott's Rohan's fantasy series is somehow simultaneously more gritty, more human, and more British, but struck through with equal poetry. Where the high fantasy elements of Lord of the Rings give something of the comic-book baddie to Tolkein's villains (giant floating eyes, giant cave-trolls and ethereal sword-wielding horsemen), the characters and races in the Winter trilogy are more gritty and human. Tolkein's dwarves are met by Scott Rohan's stocky duergar of Northumbrian myth, his orcs by the Viking-esque Ekwesh, and his staff-wielding wizards by soot-caked smiths.
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Scott Rohan takes all the glitter of the ordinary fantasy novel and transmutes by solid smithcraft. This story starts with a thunderclap, storms off in fury and ends breathlessly, with the sequel looming like clouds in the distance. He is a very good writer with a style all his own, rich but not obscure, erudite but not pedantic. His hero becomes more appealing instead of more distant as his powers grow. The gods are truly fearful and unpredictable, playing and joking with destinies yet bound by destiny themselves. Of the vast and awesome landscapes, of the histories and myths, he shows us incredibly much in so few pages, and leaves us yearning for more. So: the Ice is advancing to blot all life off the face of the World. Neighbouring peoples, who could be brothers, wage war and do not see the freezing danger. Into these besieged lands is launched a young man to whom there is more than meets the eye. He has it in him to be a great hero, but he has also a fierce temper, plus impatience, foolishness, generosity and other faults in plenty to get him into trouble and to make him lovable. Don't wait: read it.
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This is one of the best books in the fantasy genre - definitely one to which the phrase "well crafted" could be applied. Rohan's use of language is exquisite and he brings to life his characters with apparent ease. Added to this, the story is well plotted and has some surprising twists in it.
All in all - a book to read again and again and again.
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I first read this novel in the 1980s, when it came out. Back then, I was a fantasy nut, reading little else other than historical fiction. I gradually fell out of love with the fantasy genre as it filled with increasing numbers of trashy books copying Tolkien and the better authors in the field. I purged my shelves of all but a few fantasy series, including novels by Tolkien (obviously), Guy Gavriel Kay, Julian May and Michael Scott Rohan. How such a wonderful author can have escaped the notice of so many is beyond me. I must have read this book and its two sequels a dozen times, and on each occasion, I love it more.
Quite simply, it's a must read.
Ben Kane, author of the Spartacus and Hannibal novels.
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I haven't read the kindle editions, but have found these books in charity shops around the country, and they are a great high fantasy read. The plots are epic, but tightly focused onto a handful of strong and fateful characters, and the integration of magic via smithcraft is the highlight. The setting is intriguing too, and throughout there is great attention to detail, so that an utterly fantastic tale is still alloyed with reality.

Shame the original covers aren't preserved--the books are beautiful.
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The story of Alv/Elof, the MasterSmith, and the ever-encroaching Ice of the last glaciation. I was carried along by the immense sweep of the story, the characterisation, and the cunning ties in to the mythology of several peoples.
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This is simply the best trilogy I have ever read. It hits all the right fantasy buttons: great back story, great original characters, great story, great mythology, great magic system. Each book is strong and disctinctive in its own right and fits perfectly well into the over all story arc. There is no sense of shoe-horning the story into a trilogy to extend the commercial advantage of a successful 1st book.

This is the only MSR book I have read having given up on a few of his others but this is just perfect. I read all 3 over other year or so and it is always a page turner.

Highly recommended.
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