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When the humans of Ergoth threaten Thorbardin, the clans of Thorbardin are drawn into territorial wars between humans and elves. Original.


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When the humans of Ergoth threaten Thorbardin, the clans of Thorbardin are drawn into territorial wars between humans and elves. Original.

30 review for Hammer and Axe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is part of the Dragonlance world and is a second book of a trilogy. The first book must be read to get the gist of this book. In this one, the dwarves have settled in their new home but they have two new threats to their stronghold. This one was better than the first book. This book had a clear direction for the plot which was different from the first one as that book seemed more like an anthology. For the action enthusiast, this book will settle his/her appetite as the action is nonstop. I This is part of the Dragonlance world and is a second book of a trilogy. The first book must be read to get the gist of this book. In this one, the dwarves have settled in their new home but they have two new threats to their stronghold. This one was better than the first book. This book had a clear direction for the plot which was different from the first one as that book seemed more like an anthology. For the action enthusiast, this book will settle his/her appetite as the action is nonstop. I liked how this book shows how the dwarves are a formidable race and highlights how Thorbardin is a formidable home and cannot be conquered. My minor complaint is this book touches upon its characters and I wish these characters were explored more. This book was more action driven than character driven and although the pace was very quick I did miss that this book lacked a character story. There was a minor sub plot for a character story and maybe if this was explored more I would have enjoyed this book more. This was a good read that does show how the dwarf race belongs in this world. This trilogy seems to be more about exploring the dwarf race than exploring members of their race. All in all, it was a nice insight to their race and does provide the reader a reason to respect them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Badger Dubhghaill

    An enjoyable story of life amongst the Holgar. The one thing that let the book down was the several pages of description that were unnecessary, i found myself just scanning rather than reading, these bits described things like the lay of the land (map in the front of the book so wasn't needed) that was the only downside. The rest was great. Looking forward to the third instalment An enjoyable story of life amongst the Holgar. The one thing that let the book down was the several pages of description that were unnecessary, i found myself just scanning rather than reading, these bits described things like the lay of the land (map in the front of the book so wasn't needed) that was the only downside. The rest was great. Looking forward to the third instalment

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Buxton

    My name is Damon, and I've volunteered to investigate the rumor of humans, including wizards, trespassing on the dwarven lands of Kal-Thax. Something mysterious emerged from a strange fog and has destroyed three villages, and magic may be behind it. I ventured to the top of Steepcliff where I found three wizards preparing to build some kind of structure. They tried to cast spells at me, but my hammer crushed the head of the first. The third one was curious about how I was able to withstand his m My name is Damon, and I've volunteered to investigate the rumor of humans, including wizards, trespassing on the dwarven lands of Kal-Thax. Something mysterious emerged from a strange fog and has destroyed three villages, and magic may be behind it. I ventured to the top of Steepcliff where I found three wizards preparing to build some kind of structure. They tried to cast spells at me, but my hammer crushed the head of the first. The third one was curious about how I was able to withstand his magic, and I must admit it stung a little. However, he seemed to think his spells were real. I decided to keep this wizard to study his magic, as it may be helpful against the growing army of humans. I'm sure the wizards in charge will resort to trickery, and I plan to be prepared. This book could be read alone, since it took place about ninety years after the first one. I might actually recommend you skip the first book due to its meandering story. Dwarves lived for hundreds of years, and Damon was a newborn in the last book. The plot in the second book was more focused, so it was easier to follow. Once again, the land of the dwarves was being invaded, but the wizards and their magic presented a new threat. However, the dwarves' response to the spells presented a new challenge for the wizards. It also added a bit of humor to the story. The whole conflict centered on the humans' invasion into Kal-Thax, and the dwarves' efforts to defend themselves. There was another serious issue with a dragon, but it was forgotten for large periods of time. It wasn't really needed in this story and could have been the center of another book. Dwarves were the focus of the story with humans being the minor characters and antagonists. Be forewarned that there were many unusual dwarf names to remember. Overall, this series has been entertaining, the second book more than the first, and I recommend lovers of dwarves give it a shot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Awesome Book I've been reading and re-reading this series for over twenty five years now. It doesn't get any better. The only reason I gave it five stars is because I couldn't give it six. Awesome Book I've been reading and re-reading this series for over twenty five years now. It doesn't get any better. The only reason I gave it five stars is because I couldn't give it six.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Decent tale. Good story. =)

  6. 5 out of 5

    J

    Leaps and bounds, beyond the first book of this trilogy across the board. Unlike the previous novel's disseminated short stories glued together approach, this book had a clear story arc and decent pacing. Rife with your standard Dragonlance components: comic relief kenders, rambling battle scenes that can largely go unread with little to no loss on the part of the story, and a horrible anachronistic naming convention used for each dwarf which somehow pinpoints their fate or trade from the time of Leaps and bounds, beyond the first book of this trilogy across the board. Unlike the previous novel's disseminated short stories glued together approach, this book had a clear story arc and decent pacing. Rife with your standard Dragonlance components: comic relief kenders, rambling battle scenes that can largely go unread with little to no loss on the part of the story, and a horrible anachronistic naming convention used for each dwarf which somehow pinpoints their fate or trade from the time of birth. It does little to add to the growing expanse of lore aside from pulling together some loose ends that tie into previous tales. All-in-all nothing special as far as this goes. Where the book does excel, is within the secondary story arc surrounding a mysterious beast which is rampaging the realm. These parts were exciting, enticing, and offered something fresh to the series. Unfortunately, this portion of the tale somehow falls to the wayside and becomes more of a subplot as the story unfolds. ~Bummer~ Parkinson's knack for building up clever plot devices, which scream out as foreshadowing, only to forget about them(or never notice them) leads to a persistence in anticlimactic letdowns leaving his books feeling like generic off-brand imitations. Still, much improved from the first.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fco. Salvador

    La historia contada en esta segunda obra de la trilogía tiene lugar noventa años después, en el 2596 AC. Toda la acción transcurre esta vez en el interior de Thorbardin o en sus inmediaciones, y de hecho su título original, «Hammer and axe», hace referencia a las herramientas preferidas por las gentes del interior y del exterior de la montaña. El tomo es el que menos me ha gustado de los tres: está bien escrito pero mal estructurado, como si las dos tramas que lo componen hubieran sido escritas p La historia contada en esta segunda obra de la trilogía tiene lugar noventa años después, en el 2596 AC. Toda la acción transcurre esta vez en el interior de Thorbardin o en sus inmediaciones, y de hecho su título original, «Hammer and axe», hace referencia a las herramientas preferidas por las gentes del interior y del exterior de la montaña. El tomo es el que menos me ha gustado de los tres: está bien escrito pero mal estructurado, como si las dos tramas que lo componen hubieran sido escritas por separado y no con la intención de formar una única obra, y los detalles sobre la resistencia de los enanos a la magia no está bien explicada (se limita a ofrecer versiones de lo mismo, como si todos los conjuros mágicos fueran de tipo ilusorio).

  8. 4 out of 5

    keith charter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Parkinson & his dwarves at their best AGAIN ?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Wilcox

    Second in a trilogy but really is a stand-alone story. The dwarves of Thorbardin are trying to get the protective gates for their mountain fortress. Meanwhile a few threats develop in their area - a ancient monstrous creature rending villages wrapped in fog, a group of wizards who want to build a tower of sorcery in the area, and the overlord of a nearby human city who wants the riches of Thorbardin. Suspenseful story with enjoyable characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    this book started off very interesting but somehow I was feeling that I had read this book before and the more I read the more convinced I became as I was remembering it word for word and then it sort of amalgamated itself into dragons of winter night which of course I had read ages ago!! have no idea why this happened but for sure it is no longer about the dwarves part of the saga, its all about the elves again!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Devi

    This is a great, fun read Volume 2 of the Dwarven Nations Trilogy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle K

    Outside forces encroach upon the borders of Thorbardin and a ravenous creature ravages the settlements on the mountain surface.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Reinhard

    Awesome Dwarven story. very enjoyable

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wade

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  17. 5 out of 5

    James

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Vavrek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joel Norden

    Another solid read within The Dwarven Nation Trilogy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Westcott

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paul Slocombe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Willy C

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne Schneider

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christian

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adam Crabtree

  29. 5 out of 5

    H A

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ferdie

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