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The Troll's Grindstone (The Wizard's War #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 12th 1986 by Del Rey (first published June 1st 1986)
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John Cook
Apr 15, 2013 John Cook rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens or older.
Recommended to John by: Bookshelf at Cole's Bookstore.
This was the first Elizabeth Boyer book I read. I didn't realize at first that it was the first of a series. I am usually not interested in reading series unless they are all completely published. I was hooked from the first chapter. When I finished it, I had to find more of her books. I filled the interim between the trilogy releases with other previously published works.

I would recommend this book and the whole series. The second book was a little weak, in my opinion, but the following books
Austin Poulsen
Nov 24, 2014 Austin Poulsen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Almost couldn't finish.

There was potential.

There was no execution.

First off, the cover art was barf.

Second, none of the characters were likeable, and I could never quite tell what their motivations were, which was annoying.

Third, the prose was very bland. Nothing was said in an original way. After having just finished a Patrick rothfuss book, the prose here made me cringe.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend.
Jun 04, 2016 Arwen rated it liked it
Every year I have to fit at least one cheesy fantasy novel into the mix. Elizabeth Boyer books fit the profile perfectly, and I can often find them for 25 cents. After a few books though it starts to be really formulaic. A first I enjoyed her twist on the mythological elements in her fantasy, but when the plot is recycled through a few books it gets old.
Gabrielle Poma
Aug 27, 2015 Gabrielle Poma rated it really liked it
Bought this book so so so long ago. I was used to the "english" type of fantasy story. This one is based on Norse traditions. It was SOOOOO exciting because it was so different! Love this book. I have two copies. One I marked up with all my favorite parts, and one which I keep on my shelf.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 13, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is another great read from Elizabeth Boyer based in the mythology and folklore of the cold north. They have gone out of print, sad and a shame but if you can find them at a descent price you won't be disappointed. I ran down most anything I could find by her "back when".
Read this whole series as a teenager and loved it! I've been trying to think of the author's name for at least a month and it finally came to me yesterday!

Medieval fantasy with a Scandinavian setting.
Erin Davis
Feb 22, 2014 Erin Davis rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I loved the ties to Viking society. Wonderfully complex characters, and I'm kinda bummed that I don't have the other books in the series.
May 04, 2015 Miriam rated it liked it
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I read this years ago and never found the rest of the series (I think this one is not the first installment).
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