From a time so ancient it lies deep within all our bones surfaces a glimpse into the endless age old struggle between life and death, light and darkness, good and evil. This struggle festers throughout our blood, drives our choices, our quests, and our wars. During the Times Before the first battle between these forces of light and darkness clashed resulting in the Shadow Years marking the beginning of the Middle Times. Evil is defeated and The Years of Plenty follow, yet again, giving way to another time of war, The Indigo Years. Evil is thwarted once again but during this transitional peaceful time, a charming Grenelfin family excursion of exploration leads down a dangerous mystifying path of hidden secrets and treachery inevitably uncovering a rising Goblin King's scheme of independence from his unending servitude unto the Lord of Darkness and Shadow. This Orlok goblin will destroy the Wolde to achieve nothing less. The new determined spirit of youth engages the ancient sinister evil in this beginning mystifying tale of intrigue and suspense. *The 2nd edition includes a special restored chapter that was edited down in the orignal 2010 release.
Following the end of terrible war involving a possessed wizard by the evil incarnation of darkness, one of its heroes sets out to reunite with his younger family members for a relaxing explorative journey. Challenges await these Grenelves as a loyal servant, a goblin lord named Nifere, is unearthed and begins setting forth on his own conquest...ridding himself of servitude unto the Lord of Darkness and Shadow once and for all. Beware, this goblin king is aged and far wiser than most...he will succeed at any cost. Heralding adventures keeps the pace heartpumping as the diabloical scheme of this rising goblin king unfolds before your eyes.
Before Doflo blinks, the lifeless hand suddenly grabs him by the neck with a death grip pulling him down to the dirt. Caught by surprise the large goblin Öruk topples forward with the mysterious hand firmly clinched around his air pipe. The other three goblin Orloks shriek in horror and begin jumping up and down wildly without any sense of what to do next. The ground moans and quakes underneath their feet.
My apologies, but I actually picked this up through Tower Bks, but now that I am here...
Actually I was never interested in this type of reading until Jackson's movies came out and there are only so many in film that are worth a darn yet in books there appears to be an endless assortment. TMT:ROTGK interested me and rightfully so. The concept is quite intriguing yet, as many will agree, the ring idea was not so original- at first. However, through the read I found that little of the story actually evolved around it. (with exception to the goblin king's torment through it by an evil Dark Lord) This ring is different by actually harboring the evil spirit as it awaits release unto a new host. I'll admit it took awhile to get used to dialogue between goblins in the second chapter, but afterwards the story focuses on a family of elves that made the story enjoyable and relatable especially between a father named Torinthar and his children. The author wastes no time in engaging the reader into a mystical web of adventure, suspense and intrigue. My only angst is the incredible amount of description within the story and getting used to the writer's style. Probably would make a better movie than a easy read. You really have to pay attention, there are many characters to focus upon throughout the story. The interesting development of a stolen crystal from Imps named Pixy really highlights this story. My only other angst is the way it just ends making you buy the next book to conclude this very long story.
A Fantastical Journey Begins
An intriguing, adventurous tale of wizards, elves, dwarves, goblins and Imps! Would have given a 5 star, except for the ending...our adventurers slide away into an unknown ice world hunting for a special gavel while facing peril. Lord Eltor, embarks on a bitter crusade of conquering and the dastardly evil itself, Darcos, intrudes upon Lady Gwindalyn. Okay, maybe I am a bit harsh on the ending...but I just hate waiting to know how it ends in the second book TMT: Lost Kingdom. The wizards of color and the Pixy are simply marvelous by adding pure joy to the story! WHat I really like about this story is the emphasis placed upon the villains. (I count 3, although Darcos never physically appears) but each represents a different type of evil. Nifere (goblin king) is skillful, knowledgable, vengeful and cleverly daring while Lord Eltor of Laveon is overconfident, vindictive and nothing more than a racist biggot (he simply will not tolerate a Halfling, elf or dwarf ruling upon the Nihoran throne left vacant by the great King Ildain.) I have a hard time deciding which I despise most, but at least Nifere is interesting. My favorite scene, although it is tough to narrow it down (-there are so many great moments) is when Lanolas enters the mysterious cave...really spooky.