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Book Title: The Anvil of Ice|
The size of the: 716 KB
Edition: Avon Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780380705474
The author of the book: Michael Scott Rohan
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:This is one of my favorite books ever. Well, I read it in 6th grade, and it could just be that it hit me just so at that point in my life so as to make it one of my favorites forever, but still. MSR has put together an amazing combination of myth/folklore (and he really did his research! Or so I see now that I'm a mythologist), prehistory, and modern fantasy. I've reread this book more times than anything except Lord of the Rings, and maybe Chronicles of Narnia. I like this first installment best, I think. A sort of fantastic bildungsroman (well, not really)-- or a coming of age story at any rate, in which the one coming of age realizes just how special he is (after humble origins-- a kolbitr, to use the Icelandic phrase), enters into the study of and takes steps towards the mastery of arcane powers, etc. This book is so influential for me that I can hardly write a review for it, any more than I can for Lord of the Rings. Which I should really do sometime. This series (the Winter of the World) was the source of a quest of my own during jr hi and hi school, as I bought the first book in 6th grade, finally found the second maybe 3 years or more later, and finally found the last either at the end of high school, or right when I started college. I suppose that makes the whole thing a bit more exciting for me, as the key moments in the maturation of the main character could be taken as a sort of parallel to my own life, which was obviously full of changes during the period I read the books.
Okay, to close off this disjointed review, some final reasons I recommend this book:
-- wonderful coming of age story, does the whole wish-fullfillment narrative of "rags to power, if not riches" better than anything I've read, and maps well onto the life of any kid capable of reading something like this at an early age-- though I don't recommend it just for children, and some parents might not appreciate the sex scenes, which get steamier with each novel.
-- gets magic right in a way rarely done-- maybe reminiscent of much of Tolkien's magic, in which it is a craft, a skill, arcane learning, not necessarily occult learning. Tying it to smithcraft is genius! Wow, I still wish I had time to make a forge and trying making something on my own! My first attempt at a fantasy novel, back my freshman year in highschool, I totally ripped this off, and probably will again. By attaching magic to material culture (and not just with smithcraft) he grounds the supernatural just enough in this otherwise very nicely and accurately painted prehistoric culture (well, pre OUR history, anyway). I'm glad this series, along with Tolkien, was my introduction to magic in fantasy-- Harry Potter may be fun, and may be set in a world closer to ours, but the magic does not have flesh on it's bones, like this does.
-- Like I said in my review of Orson Scott Card's novel Speaker for the Dead, this could be considered "anthropological" in a way-- only now it is anthropological/archeological/mythological- fantasy. A very nice combination. I don't think MSR is a professor in my field, but he's done a lot of research in it, and has published at least one book in my field-- and certainly these novels have all the depth and clarity of vision and anthropological realism that you find in Tolkien. Meaty. MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
-- The perfect length! Does not get overblown, like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (though I did like that), though it has just as epic a storyline-- and somehow manages to make it feel more "real" at the same time that it is more "mythic"-- both of those terms being horrendously ambiguous, I realize, and what mythologist hasn't cringed at contemporary uses of the word "myth"-- but I feel like that's the best way I can explain it.
Read information about the authorMichael Scott Rohan (born 1951 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish fantasy and science fiction author and writer on opera.
He had a number of short stories published before his first books, the science fiction novel Run to the Stars and the non-fiction First Byte. He then collaborated with Allan J. Scott on the nonfiction The Hammer and The Cross (an account of Christianity arriving in Viking lands, not to be confused with Harry Harrison's similarly themed novel trilogy of the same name) and the fantasy novels The Ice King and A Spell of Empire.
Rohan is best known for the Ice Age-set trilogy The Winter of the World. He also wrote the Spiral novels, in which our world is the Hub, or Core, of a spiral of mythic and legendary versions of familiar cities, countries and continents.
In the "Author's Note" to The Lord of Middle Air, Rohan asserts that he and Walter Scott have a common ancestor in Michael Scot, who is a character in the novel.
[copied and adapted from en.wikipedia.org]
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