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Into the fire
McKiernan, Dennis L., 1932-
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New York : ROC, 1999.

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xvi, 531 pages : map ; 18 cm.
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Tipperon and Beau, having delivered a mysterious coin to the reclusive King Agron, discover the coin was really a plea for help in the Great War of the Ban. The two Warrows join the fight, leading Agron's army into enemy territory and carrying with them an ancient prophecy of victory--or horrible defeat.

Author Notes

Dennis L. McKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri on April 4, 1932. After a tour with the U.S. Air Force, he received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1958 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1964. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories in research and development for 31 years before becoming a full-time author.

He began writing novels in 1977 while recuperating from an accident. His novels include The Iron Tower Trilogy, The Silver Call Duology, The Eye of the Hunter, The Caverns of Socrates, Once Upon a Winter's Night, and Silver Wolf, Black Falcon.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This companion to Into the Forge [BKL S 1 97] concludes the "duology" Hel's Crucible, but ignore that coined marketing term and just appreciate that this is a very fine story indeed. Tipperton and Beau, a pair of everyman characters, spent the previous book trekking through one peril after another to deliver a mysterious coin to the almost equally mysterious King Agron. They are now obliged by honor and duty to participate in the Great War of the Ban by marching at the head of Agron's army against the Black Mage Modru. The battle scenes, especially those related from the viewpoint of Beau, who as a healer has to patch up the wounded, are notably vivid. With this highly satisfactory conclusion to his two-volume tale, McKiernan demonstrates that he has come a long way since his early Iron Tower trilogy in terms of realizing a major fantasy. He deserves the large audience he has won. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Brimming with insubstantial stock fantasy characters, this sequel to last year's Into the Forge does, however, boast lots of plot. Our heroes, the warrows‘short people reminiscent of hobbits but without the charm‘take to heart the prophecy, "Seek the aid of those not men to quench the fires of war," and spend much of their time with various supernatural creatures. Two-dimensional elves, dwarves, stone giants, magical wolves, warrior maidens and a host of good guys battle the forces of darkness and win only because of the quick thinking of the height-challenged heroes. Warrows Tipperton Thistledown and Beau Darby are on a quest to find the High King and deliver a token to him. Traveling the length of their beloved land, they plod from ambush to battle, striving to save the lives of their friends and stay one step ahead of the dread Modru and his Swarm. Plagues and pitfalls notwithstanding, the brave, half-pint warriors prove their mettle again and again as they are befriended by taller people of every ilk. Even with a war going on, romance blossoms, and, as one would expect, evil is eventually vanquished so that laughter and song can again peal forth across the land. What hath Tolkien wrought? (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Tipperton Thistledown and Beau Darby, a pair of diminutive creatures known as warrows, continue their trek across the breadth of the land of Mithgar in order to keep an oath and deliver a message to a king they have never met. Set in Mithgar's far past, this sequel to Into the Forge (NAL, 1997) leads its heroes into the midst of a great battle against the forces of an evil god. McKiernan's talent for shaping grand pageants of history and legend comes to the fore in this engrossing installment of Mithgarian lore. Fans of Tolkienesque fantasy, as well as the author's sizable readership, will enjoy this lavishly told quest. For most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.