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Explores the folklore and history of the dwarven clans of Krynn through the bickering clans' reconciliation and the construction of the legendary Thorbardin. By the author of Gates of Thorbardin. Original. 150,000 first printing....

Title : The Covenant of the Forge
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ISBN : 9781560765585
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 309 Pages
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The Covenant of the Forge Reviews

  • Jim C
    2018-11-24 12:40

    I would give this a 2.5 rating.This takes place in the Dragonlance universe. In this one, a tribe of dwarves are forced from their home and search for a new one. They come upon other tribes of dwarves with each having their own differences and hatred of the other dwarves. These tribes try to cohabitate and be the residence we come to know in the original trilogy.There were parts of this book that I believe to be excellent and parts where I plodded along. That is the reason for my 2.5 rating. The author does a terrific job with each tribe and assigning them different traits and characteristics. All dwarves are not alike. And the author fits this book in nicely with the overall arc of this world. The problem was the journey as it was dry and it seemed more like a history lesson than a story. Throughout this novel I had no real connection to any of the dwarves. My only connection was to two minor characters.I would only recommend this book to fans of this universe. The background information is vast and thorough but I believe only die hard fans will enjoy this book for the insight to the dwarf realm.

  • Fco. Salvador
    2018-11-26 15:34

    No había leído nada de Dan Parkinson, y debo confesar que me ha sorprendido gratamente. Sin caer en el defecto de un lenguaje excesivamente sencillo, su prosa logra transmitir velocidad e intensidad, sensación aumentada por la brevedad de los libros (poco más de 300 páginas cada uno) y su división en múltiples episodios de una decena de páginas. El autor explora poco o nada los sentimientos de sus personajes, centrándose mucho más en lo que ocurre a su alrededor, pero al menos consigue que el puñado de enanos protagonistas no sean todos iguales, lo cual ya es un mérito en sí mismo. Por supuesto, cualquier opinión sobre su estilo está condicionada por tratarse de una traducción; mas en este caso Mila López, traductora de los tres volúmenes, parece haber hecho un trabajo estupendo.En mi opinión, "El Pacto de la Forja" es la mejor de la trilogía: aunque sufre la ausencia de tramas secundarias, muchos capítulos comienzan con algunas páginas que describen de una forma rápida y amena detalles sobre la cultura o la ingeniería enana; a pesar de la falta de continuidad entre sus diferentes partes, cuenta una historia interesante que llegó a engancharme bastante; y su relativa originalidad es un logro, habida cuenta de lo habitual entre estas novelas de franquicia.

  • Joel Norden
    2018-11-21 13:13

    A good solid start to the Dwarven nations! I love how Dan fit in a lot of history, with out it being boring. Very cool to see the founding of Thorbardin.

  • J
    2018-11-21 18:30

    Somewhat disappointing on a variety of fronts, this book promises to detail the origin of the great Dwarven city Thorbardin. If you are new to Dragonlance, a lot of the lore will be lost on you. If you are rusty to Dragonlance, most of the lore will be lost on you.Dan Parkinson could have done a much better job with the style of storytelling here. While his representation of the Dwarves is fair and they overall feel is decidedly Dragonlance-esque, his overall presentation is rather hollow and almost boring at times. Where a standard novel with present to you solid protagonists, antagonists, and a clear arcing story with a clear direction of progression, this novel comes across almost like a conjoined grouping of short stories focused on the varying aspects that came together to create the Dwarven nation. While all of these factors really do come together in hindsight and feel complete, the reader will spend most of the book feeling like they are reading three smaller stories with their own individual beginnings and endings and then looking back to see how they fit together.Another problem with this style of storytelling is that while the completed picture feels whole, the story components all feel much weaker along the way. Any one of these individual stories could have been made into its own complete novel and felt entirely better. Or simply surmised in back-lore for the reader in a solid forward/prologue, OR just discussed in small bits along the way while the focus was directed on building up a more complete feeling saga.At the end of the day the book does come together in a number of ways, but there are of course some blatant attempts to tack in the Dragonlancey feel for readers. An analog character for Tasslehoff, a Sturm-like knight, gully dwarves, and a few other things show up for the sheer amusement of the core reader base. They don't quite measure up to the Hickman/Wiess originals, though.The biggest flaw with the novel is not in the power of the writer to mimic the base from which his material comes. Instead it comes from a lack of consistent story progression. The bounding focus on a multitude of protagonists leave the book feeling like a story about Dwarves, instead of a story about A Dwarf, or even truly a particular group.In the end, Dragonlance is a setting of fantastic magics, dragons, and plenty of emotions. The novel has these things. To a mature reader the work may feel simply too silly, but for the target audience this novel may seem like solid material. Less jumping from point to unconnected point would have made it much better.

  • Phil
    2018-12-10 13:36

    This book isn't _bad_ exactly, but it isn't good. The problem is that it felt like the author was given a specific talk to accomplish: get characters from Point A to Point B so as to explain the existence of X. The formula makes it clear that the characters are secondary, which gives the book little emotional weight and not so much of interest. This book is really interesting in terms of Lore, capital l, though. As a person who loves playing Dwarves as always liked Dragonlance, I'm definitely a fan of that side of things. But I couldn't help but replot this book in my head. A different narrative style with better character arcs would have made it better. Also, minus points for making the token woman give up her birthright in lieu of her husband for no apparent reason. I was pretty bummed about that.

  • Ronald Wilcox
    2018-12-08 12:35

    I usually really enjoy the books in the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms fantasy series but this one just let me down. Most of the books in the mentioned settings are rich on dialogue and the occurrences of individual or groups of characters. This book did occasionally have glimpses or short segments of this type of story-telling. Unfortunately the majority of the book reads as a telling of the history of the development of the mountain in Krynn where all the different dwarven races come to live together but separately and develop a covenant between their groups to work together to protect their home. Mostly told from the 10,000 foot high level of looking at what went on rather than the eye level of the characters.

  • Keith
    2018-11-24 15:12

    Almost finished with this book. I'm a huge DL fan, but never really strayed much from the core books. I was looking to get back into the world of Kyrnn and so picked this book up. There is nothing earth shattering about the writing, character development, or plot. It is however a story set in the DL world that is solely focused on the dwarven races as they "evovled" on Krynn. The author does a decent enough job to make you interested in the next book so I'll most likely finish out the series. If you are a fan of DL and have some interest in the history of the dwarven race on Krynn I'd recommend this book.Its light, its fun and has characters named Gem Bluesleeve and Willen Ironmaul - gotta like that.

  • Lana
    2018-11-14 16:12

    A good read, it is great to learn how the dwarf clans came about and the differences between them. Its an adventure all the way and full of action, love the way they agree to form the covenant of the thanes and to protect one another from outsiders, love also how they build their Everbardin together, all pooling their talents to make their work easier, work is always done better this way and so much easier when the load is shared.

  • Kyle K
    2018-11-30 10:41

    A vengeful mage strikes out at the Calnar dwarves of Thorin and the survivors are forced to flee. They travel West and find a collection of 6 other dwarven tribes in the mountains of Kal-Thax. With the Calnar as allies and leaders, the dwarves band together to resist invaders.

  • Marianne
    2018-12-05 10:13

    This book has a bit of a dry story-telling style, which is befitting for a book that is basically the history of the dwarves in Dragonlance. Though it's decidedly the first in a series, it ends at a logical stopping point.

  • Elaine Reinhard
    2018-11-30 15:32

    Fun story, always interesting about the Dwarves.

  • Al
    2018-11-18 17:38

    Seía un 4,5 más que un cuatro, pero bueno.

  • Devi
    2018-11-21 11:14

    A good story with interesting characters written from a unique point of view.First book of a trilogy

  • Mars
    2018-12-14 15:17

    It tends to meander around quite a bit, but is surprisingly entertaining.

  • Alexander Faria
    2018-12-04 13:35

    excelente historia