Trek to Kraggen-Cor (The Silver Call, #1)
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Trek to Kraggen-Cor (The Silver Call #1)

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Dennis L. McKiernan's world-that-never-was has taken its place beside Tolkien's Middle-Earth and Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea as a special realm of adventure and magic with the best-selling Iron Tower Trilogy. Now the first book of The Silver Call Duology continues the tale with a call to war!
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Sarah Staszkiel
Many people are extremely hateful towards this series as it is clearly a 'rip-off' of Tolkien. However, I found this series very enjoyable. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was certainly a magnificent series, but it did have many many long drawn out battle scenes. McKiernan's novels, on the other hand, are significantly less focused on battles. There's still plenty of action and battle, but I found the series to be much faster paced and attention keeping. I love McKiernan's take on Tolkien's hobbits....more
Ok, again a 3.5 but hey. Perry and Cotton want to feel they are on a grand adventure, but they soon realize that knowing about past wars cannot prepare them for the reality of friends actually dying in battle. Looking forward to book 2.
If you've read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, 90% of this book will feel familiar. It generally isn't a bad thing to let oneself be inspired by an impressive book but in this case the amount of similarities made me feel as if the author didn't have enough creative ideas himself.

The characters are nice but all similarities make the plot predictable and thus the read is a bit boring. I don't know yet if I'll ever read the second volume of this duology.
Nick Giannaras
The second fantasy series I've ever read. Glad I continued. Dennis does well to keep your attention and interest through the pages.
Richard Radgoski
Think Dwarves attacking Moria in this Tolkien Inspired World
This to me seemed like just another post Tolkien fantasy novel. Almost too much so. It was a group of people that came together and went on a journey. It very much mirrors, in many ways at least, The Fellowship of the Ring, up through the gates of Moria. Having said all that I really enjoyed it and have been wanting to read it again.
Apr 14, 2009 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Part 2 of the Silver Call duology.
This is the book for everyone who wondered "what happened to Moria after the War of the Ring." It goes a little beyond that, but not much. To be honest, the 'trilogy' it spawned, the Iron Tower is much the superior work. Don't let this, if it's not your cup of tea, put you off that.
Mark Lacy
not enough action or excitement till almost the end; not bad, but easy to put down
This was a like from a long time ago. Haven't re-read it in the last 20 years.
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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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