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The Eye of the Hunter (Mithgar Series (Chronological) #13)

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A thousand years had passed since the Eye of the Hunter last glared in the heavens. A thousand years since the immortal Elfess Riatha brought word of the prophecy to the Warrows Tomlin and Petal with whom she had leagued to hunt down and defeat Baron Stoke, one of the most evil beings to ever stalk the lands of Mithgar. The price of Stoke's doom had been a beloved companio...more
Mass Market Paperback, 603 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Roc (first published 1992)
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K. Axel
May 16, 2010 K. Axel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tolkien fans
When I first read this book, I wrote the following inside it; "It is fun to see how you can take our 'boring' world and make it inhabitable by mystical beings of myth and legend - it absolutely makes it more interesting to live in our world!"

This is one of my all-time favorite Mithgar stories! Why? Well, it just has cool characters, a real group of unlikely friends who journey across the entire world and has wondeful and exciting experiences. I think we see most of the world in this one...

I high...more
I am a fan of Mithgar and as such I have yet to come across a Mithgar book I didn't like. Of course some are better than others and it's been a while since I read this particular book, but it is an enjoyable story and time well spent.
I FINALLY finished this book. The basic story was great, no qualms there, it was full of excitement, danger, all that good stuff. But the book was WAY WAY WAY to long. The author kept swerving off on side stories or the characters would go on these epic journeys that lasted FOREVER and it was like the author was trying to describe every single step that they took. Also there was all of these philosophical rantings it the middle of everything (did I mention that this book was way to long). I kept...more
Sep 24, 2007 Carl rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
Wow, everyone else rated this so well. To be honest, I never finished this, and last time I tried was years ago-- I'll guess '99, but I think it was earlier. I gave my big critique of McKiernan on another of his books, but will mention here that I'm willing to have my mind changed-- honestly, I'd like to enjoy McKiernan's work-- but even this novel, written much later than his first works (when you'd think he'd have learned a thing or two), felt very poorly written. I'll try to work up the nerve...more
Jeff Crosby
I began this novel a number of years ago, reaching as far as chapter 9 or 10 at least. However, I was reading the paperback edition and I gradually lost my way. I now realize this was one of the early casualties of my slowly failing vision. Now with an ebook copy, I am returning to Mithgar.

McKiernan's world is fun and one of the better extrapolations of Middle-Earth. I like his characters and stories. However, his stories could do with a little judicious pruning. For that reason, I expect this p...more
This is the best of the Mithgar books so far. Still have the last two of them to go but I can't remember them being this good. I dig it.
It felt like a duology put in one book. so in the middle there was a whole section, that was out of sync. The speed picked up considerably at the end, but the last 50 pages were for the closure of the story. McKiernan put as much focus on that part as he did on the longer journeys. It may bring us closer to the characters, but it took me nearly a month to finish this book... that is way too long.
Parts of it were very good, but the scattered fragments didn't make the whole especially remarkable. It had the feel of a sequel--I realize it featured repeat characters, but even so it didn't have to feel like 'part 3 of 4'. Some of the characters were better-developed than is usual for this author, but there was a bit too much melodrama. (Drama: OK. Melodrama: not so much.)
Nov 11, 2007 GUS BUS! rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers
This is possibly the best book i have ever read. It actually made me cry when one of the characters (not telling who) died. It hade fantastic action sceans and wonderfully developed characters and two romance side stories. The elves home land was wonderfully thought out and the bad guy is one of the worst out there. Just writing this review makes me want to read it again.
Nov 06, 2011 Dane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dane by: Just happened to find it on a shelf at the bookstore.
This is one of the books that made me fall totally in love with Fantasy novels. I found both the author and the story so believeable that I was totally absorbed in the book. I have read this book so many times that I've had to replace it twice, and I still laugh and cry along with the characters. If you don't read any other fantasy novel, make sure you read this one.
What a deliciously evil bad guy. Really, one of the worst bad guys I have read. And there are some pretty graphically violent scenes.

The characters are amazing. I fell in love with them.
This is a light fantasy novel, easy and pleasent to read. Somewhat inventive, but occasionally predictable. I ripped thru it.
Mr Stewart
I read this when I was in the my teens. Positive memories but I can't remember enough to give a rating.
This was the first Mithgar book I read. I liked it enough to read the rest of the series.
Alexander Draganov
Great fantasy chase novel with a fascinating elven character and a chilling villain.
Matt Morrey
Read it as a kid.. liked it back then :) (i'm talking like 8..)
i think this book started my love for dork fantasy novels.
Great read... Bit of a frankenstein rip off though.
Miranda Valenz
This was such a good book, I actually cried at the end!
really liked the box but the ending pissed me off
Darin Lee
Classic McKiernan! A great dook!
eh not bad
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McKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived until he served the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed within US territory during the Korean War. After military service, he attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field from Duke University in 1964. He worked as an engineer at AT&T, initially at Western Elec...more
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