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The Forge in the Forest (The Winter of the World #2)

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The saga of The Winter of the World continues as young smith Elof vows to protect his beloved city of Kerebryhaine from the advances of ice and darkness. Reissue.
Mass Market Paperback, 405 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Avon Books (first published 1987)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Jun 01, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
The Forge in the Forest is the sequel to The Anvil of Ice. Moody and atmospheric, The Winter of the World holds up well for a series written in the eighties.
Michael Scott Rohan introduces some horror elements in this fantasy and the feel of the novels are generally rather dark

The ‘world’ of Winter of the World appears to be an amalgamation of the Ice Age, Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age and, you guessed it, J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. This novel also evoked a very real sense of vast distanc
Feb 24, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
A fantastic continuation of an already impressive series. The second book takes the characters, world and excellent writing from the first one and provides even more than the original.

My complaints from the first one we a limited exploitation of the world and a lacking antagonist, and this book resolves both of those issues. The adventure the gang go on is thrilling and details the excellent universe created for the books wonderfully. There is such a sense of scale in this book - it's really qu
Mar 07, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Once again a fantastic example of heroic adventure and the struggle against the 'evil power' In this case the Ice.
Though this paradigm is often over-used, in Rohans hands it flourishes into something beautiful. The various personalities with the 'main four' characters balance each other quite well, and make for a far more compelling group dynamic.

The journey embarked on in this story is truly riveting, and the world that seemed confusing and fractured in book one really comes together. The trav
Jun 05, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A really excellent sequel to The Anvil of Ice. In many ways I feel that this book is even better than its predecessor and in no way suffers from the infamous 'middle book syndrome' which afflicts a number of trilogies. Rohan continues the story on from the events in The Anvil of Ice, directly addressing the loose ends and book is very much about Elof's quest to find Kara and what he encounters along the way.

By necessity something of a travel book, with the characters journeying from place to pla
Aug 25, 2007 Carl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Tolkien, myth, prehistory, middle ages
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
Second book in one of my favorite series. Not as good as the first, in my opinion-- but then again, could be seen as better by some. With each book the world being explored grows larger than the reader expected, which is a beautiful device. MSR balances the exploration of the main character (or his self-discovery, maturation, etc) with the exploration of the secondary world very well, so that it is hard to tell which I enjoy most. I hardly have words to describe how much I like this series.
Luke Thorn James Forlow
Sep 26, 2016 Luke Thorn James Forlow rated it it was amazing
I have embarked upon this journey before, and now I'm reading them again. I will revisit this trilogy numerous times in the future, just to journey along with Rohan's characters . A hero trying to make up for his past, an evil to large to comprehend and willful trickster powers. "Rohan creates a haunting sense of mythology rather than fantasy... Pages turn as if by magic" Jean M. Auel. So go on, let the pages turn themselves.
Joshu Fisher
Feb 18, 2013 Joshu Fisher rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Michael Scott Rohan's second Winter of the World book picks up where the first book left off, but progresses in a very different fashion. Where the first book was a more self contained coming of age sort of novel that showed our protagonist Elof rising, falling from grace, and rising again in triumph, this book is very different in kind. The notion of Apprentice/Journeyman/Master is a sort of theme for the trilogy of books, and this novel does represent the journeying years for the main hero. ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Onefinemess rated it liked it
First off – how crazy is it that I couldn’t find a version of the cover on my book on the net? There were two other covers (never paperback and hardcover) on Amazon, but none for my paperback. Ok they’ve got one at librarything but it’s all muddy. GAH. Guess I’ll have to go scan it… there we go. Nice cover.

Now, onward.

This series is definitely slow burn fantasy – not quite as slow as Tolkien, but it does remind me a lot of that in the sense of descriptions of vast forests and underground labyrin
Sep 19, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of old-school high fantasy, paleolithic fantasy
Continuing the story of Elof and the Winter of the World, M.Rohan launches straight into the familiar narrative, but then inexplicably the story is derailed by an illogical direction that makes no sense. Confusion and incomprehension abound until at the nadir of Lys Arvalen, implausibility is stacked Ossa upon Pelion, threatening the reader's suspense of disbelief.

It all comes together at the end satisfactorily, but you're left wondering, was this just a rewrite of the first book. ...and why, oh
John Montagne
Jul 30, 2011 John Montagne rated it really liked it
Rohan manages to keep impressing me with his ideas and writing style, his magic system that is largely woven (literally sometimes) with smithy work becomes more elaborate and believable in the context of the fantasy. In Forge in the Forest he starts to bring out a feeling that is more akin to the horror genre... and I found it quite good. I also like how he is one of the few writers of paleofiction/prehistoric fiction of the fantasy variant, that features Neanderthals as an intelligent race, ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed my reread of The Forge in the Forest. It's been years since I last picked up this series, and whilst I remembered them as being good, they are actually much better than I remembered.

The feeling of mythology that MSR brings to all of the Winter of the World novels is amazing. You really feel that this could have been something that happened during the previous ice-age, that there could have been a prior civilisation, now only remembered as echoes in the deepest corners of our
Mar 02, 2015 acemace rated it it was ok
What happened? The first book was pretty interesting and a lot was happening. The second book is horrible. I thought it would get better after the beginning (which seems to drag on. I got sick of Kermorvan's kingly speeches). That's not the case... slogging through pages after pages of the party wandering through a boring forest and then more unnecessary pages at their next destination. I just can't believe it. This book is awful. Also, why is Kara still a main point in the story? She almost ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, 1980s
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. As the title suggests, smithcraft is central to the book, and Rohan has a knack of taking complicated forging and metalworking processes and describing them in a way which makes them interesting, understandable and easy to visualise. Unfortunately, this is sometimes to the detriment of other areas of plot, which sometimes feel cursory and inexplicable. The gradual removal of the other travelling companions, for example, often came ...more
Chris Jags
Jul 22, 2014 Chris Jags rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Anvil of the Ice holds up even better, in many ways, than its predecessor. It hits all the right notes for me: strong writing, attention-grabbing set-pieces, a dark edge, emphasis on exploration and discovery, and plenty of nods to mythology in it's faux-prehistoric earth setting.

If I had one problem with it, I generally prefer characters not to be written as obviously disposable, as some of the ciphers in here appear to have been, but it's a small bone to pick with a great book
Jun 16, 2013 Loraine rated it really liked it
Consistently good story-telling. I, for one, enjoy the stylized manner of speech most of his characters share. It's just . . . well, slap-dashing good. I enjoy the treasure he has delved from Tolkein's Lord of the Rings just as much as in the first book, perhaps even more. Rohan's forever summer forest has at its center the slightly off humming of Tolkien's Old Man Willow, that creature on the Withywindle with his black heart. And, the quest of our doughty seekers had a big surprise for me when ...more
Simon Fletcher
The second of Michael Scott Rohan's Winter of the World saga is an absolute ripping yarn that richly deserves a greater readership and a new edition (especially as I'm reading mine, for the Nth time, to a well thumbed and tatty death).
Following on from the Anvil of Ice, The Forge in the Forest follows the adventures of Elof, Ils, Roc and Kermorvan as they battle against the powers ranged against them.
This has been one of my favourite series since it first started coming out in the mid 1980's.
Sleepy Owl Books
Jun 11, 2014 Sleepy Owl Books rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic series, and I loved this book as much or more than the first. The way it is written feels so archaic but in a timeless way. And the story is one of true archetypal heroism, as well as the search for what makes us truly human. I was able to be lucky enough to find copies at a secondhand store, but I also saw that these are finally released on ebook format as well (and for relatively reasonable prices.) Highly recommended, to young and old.
Feb 20, 2008 Antoine rated it liked it
Epic fantasy spliced with native American, classical, and germanic mythology and set during the ice age. Good, but somehow creepy and unpleasant at the same time. Cold. Too cold.
Aug 14, 2014 Yuriy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
It is more simple than first book in series and contain unexpected moments, just action. (It also known as "piano in the bushes")
Jul 03, 2016 Alan rated it really liked it
Daniel Dougherty
Very different writing style from the first book. It's hit or miss, depending on if you liked the first book.
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Michael 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
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The Winter of the World (6 books)
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