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Dark Warrior Rising (A Novel of Niflheim #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Orivon Firefist was captured as a six-year-old child by the Nilfghar--the dark elves--who attacked his village by night on one of their surface raids.

Fifteen years later, he is a moon-pale, scarred, muscular giant of a man, who has spent his days at forgework for a dark elf family. He is also forced to use his great strength to shift furniture in the grand rooms of their c
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2007)
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Sep 15, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Dark Warrior Rising was my first Ed Greenwood novel. For those of you that may not know he is the creator of the Forgotten Realms game world, though this book does not take place in it. I can't say that I hated the book, but it wasn't my favorite either. I know there is another book to this series and I liked this one enough to want to read the second eventually. Since this book can stand alone I will wait awhile to read the next one.

I really liked the story and thought it was interesting. Howev
Dan Durand
Aug 23, 2014 Dan Durand rated it it was ok
For anyone that didn't already know, Ed Greenwood is one of the co-writers of the Forgotten Realms setting, of Dungeons and Dragons lore. If you've read R.A. Salvatore then this will feel very familar. If I'm being honest, Greenwood does a better job with the drow, (which is an overall better name than the Nifl) painting them in a (slightly) more morally neutral view that Salvatore does.

The main characters and protagonists are both interesting, which is unfortunate because we don't get to spend
Forgotten Realms Queen
Enjoyable, but hard to read. It skips about ten to twenty years in the world time line in a few chapters with no clear indication of the passing of the years.

The main character Orivon is kidnapped as a child of about ten from his village by the dark elves called the Niflheim. About a chapter later we meet Orvion again through the eyes of a third party witnessing his 'training' by his Nifl mistress. We can tell he's older, but not how much older. I'm guessing about 5-10 years have passed between
Sep 23, 2011 Doris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had great cover art, with a lead in that promised a thrilling story about a different type of Drow. In the epilogue, Greenwood talks about this book being the story about the elves as he envisioned them when he created the Forgetten Realms (a realm that I love to visit).

The back cover told of a young man, kidnapped by the dark elves, the Nilfghar that roam the Lower Realms, with their numerous cities, backbiting people, and viciously opposing religions. Unfortunately the story didn't
Sep 14, 2008 Jenna rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jenna by: Ed Greenwood fans, maybe
Hmm, my first Ed Greenwood book. My husband is a big fan of his, and I actually bought this book for him. However, I'm a lover of fantasy, and thought to give this one a try...

I found it a little confusing. I liked the whole concept; I love Salvatore's Drow, and thought that Greenwood's Dark Elves were definitely on par with what I know of drow. However, the writing itself was disjointed and choppy. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. The story was hard to follow, the where's an
Oct 05, 2008 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This one was pretty good. It was a little disjointed at first, but once the greater plot came out it was great to see how all the different factions were responding to the same event. A new spin on the Dark Elves was definitely interesting. These elves are not the same kind of evil as the Drow in Salvatore's novels, where everyone schemes and backstabs. The Nifl are presented as more like ordinary people with ordinary relationships; they just have a much broader view of what is acceptable and ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Craig rated it really liked it
Dark Warrior Rising had such a good leading character who has the reader pushing for him on each and every page. A man that rugged and that masculine strutting around taking blows and dishing out ten times the crap given. His hardships and situations truly sucked and along with his slaver, for he actually works as a slave, he fought side by side? What a truly logical man, pushing emotions aside for opportunity. This book is one of those gems that you read and wake up the next day a little ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Eden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orivon Firefist was stolen from his village as a young child by the dark elves and turned into a slave.
15 years later he is one of the best blacksmiths and serves the Nifl-she, Lady Taerune Evendoom. Taerune trained Orivon and is very proud of all the slaves she has trained.But, Orivon hates living with the dark evles and has never given up hope of escaping.
Orivon wants to return home, even if it means he has to destory all the dark elves himself.

I loved this book. The characters are great, li
Jan 14, 2013 Johnny rated it liked it
I may start writing reviews in the future, but let me just say I expected a lot more from a Greenwood book. This thing jumped all over, very little sense of time passing throughout the read. I also felt there wasn't enough character development. Where the book did shine was the relationship between the Firefist and his "captor", but, in my opinion, there wasn't enough of that. I felt it jumped around way too much and spent too much time on characters that left you feeling they never really ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Blayne rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this book. The writing and the amount of character changing per chapter really made it hard to read. I am glad that I stuck with it though because once you get past the first few chapters, it becomes much easier to read. That being said I still had times when I was lost. I really enjoyed the parts with Orivon and Taerune. That was when the book really shone. The overall story is creative and exciting. I just wish the amount of characters was toned down. I give it a ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok
Alright, alright...I give up. I made it to the 50% point and stopped. Life is too short to read shitty fiction. This is poorly written while, ironically, being well-imagined. Without calling them drow elves, Mr. Greenwood has written a book about drow elves. His vision of their society is fantastic: they are cruel, plotting, beautiful, merciless, and evil. His writing, though...meh. And don't get me wrong: Ed Greenwood is one of the most creative human beings I know of. His imagination is ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Greenwood is a great creator of worlds, and I found the reality of the Niflheim Dark Elves quite absorbing, but too much of the culture and history was explained through character conversation in a way that sounded very forced. There was clearly a lot the author wanted to cram into this book, and so the reader is assailed with a myriad of characters early on making it very difficult to keep tabs on which minor character is which. The plot itself was engaging and kept me reading.
It's a very slow to start book. Coming from the man who created Forgotten Realms I somehow expected this to be more similar to the Forgotten Realms universe. However, upon reading the afterword (which I think should have been the forward) I discovered that he was trying to set this universe apart from any other. I enjoyed the characters very much though the wording was sometimes awkward and there are passages I think should have been cut.
Zabe Bent
Oct 07, 2008 Zabe Bent rated it it was ok
I have to agree with Guinhyvar's review. the story line held promise, but the text was too difficult to follow. many times while reading this book I had to stop and ask myself "who?!?" or "what?!?" just too much to follow and not enough to really get invested or even connected to the characters. add to that the amount of gratuitous violence, even as I began to build an excitement about a character.
Eric Franks
Nov 02, 2010 Eric Franks rated it liked it
Many stories, especially in the fantasy genre borrow from old world mythology. this was the first book, and I admit rather late in my reading life, where I specifically recognized references to a type of mythology,specifically Norse. I have always wondered if this kind of mythology could somehow overlay other types of fiction but no example comes readily to mind.
Erik de Bie
Oct 10, 2009 Erik de Bie rated it liked it
This was a solid dark elf sword-and-sorcery. Very much in Ed Greenwood's classic style. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between the two main characters, and would have liked to see more focus paid to them.
Fran Santiago
Nov 07, 2015 Fran Santiago rated it it was ok
Started reading it, but never really got into it. Updated 3-21-10,.. Tried reading it again, this book has really interesting prose....Its a little hard to follow at first, but it got better as the book went on...Im glad I came back to it :)
Jan 15, 2012 Joel rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
It was okay. This is a D&D type book about the Drow. R.A.Salvatore has covered this subject much better.
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Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world, which became the setting for his home D&D game in 1975. Play still continues in this long-running campaign, and Ed also keeps busy producing Realmslore for various TSR publications.

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