Eye of the Hunter by Dennis McKiernan

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AuthorDennis McKiernan
TitleEye of the Hunter
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Torsten 
(Jul 09, 2013)

I read the book shortly after Lord of the Ring. And I would not have to think a second which one I like more.

I like the way the villains are discribed in Eye of the Hunter. They are not just Evil by definition, but as a reader you really become to dislike, despise and eventually hate them. You suffer with the group of heroes and want them to finally get a hold of the bad guys.

I never followed up with his other books (which I still regret), but just reading Eye of the Hunter I think McKiernan is a great writer of fantasy novels.

Submitted by plblair 
(Jun 23, 2010)

This was my introduction to McKiernan's world of Mithgar - and the book that sent me in search of the rest of his Mithgar books.
It isn't the best of his books, but definitely not the worst. True, McKiernan's warrows are very similar to Tolkien's hobbits - which may be annoying to some Tolkien fans. Not this one. Tolkien's hobbits are the English gentry carried to extremes - shuddering at the thought of going off on "adventures." McKiernan's warrows are a more resourceful, outgoing lot.
As for elves ... Maybe it was the fact that McKiernan put his elves center-stage in "Eye". I always wanted more focus on elves in Tolkien's books.
I admit, I read for enjoyment, and so long as the book delivers, I'm not hypercritical. For me, "Eye of the Hunter" told a good story, and the only thing I wanted when I finished it was ... more of the same.

Submitted by Matthew Jenks 
(Aug 17, 2001)

McKiernan is definitely a great fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's deep and mystical world of Middle Earth. So much of a fan, it seems, that the stories he creates take place in a world of enormous breadth and complexity with characters that have definite histories, roles in life and emotional interactions with one another. However, McKiernan borrows heavily from the world of Tolkien--and of the King Arthur legends--so much so that his "Warrows" seem little more than cheap Hobbit knock-offs, with similar descriptions, language, names and speech. Once the reader becomes involved in the story and sees how similar McKiernan's characters are to those of Tolkien's that it detracts from the story. Another critical flaw that I found in his works, especially in "Eye of the Hunter" is that once he finds a certain way to put to words one of his ideas, the words suddenly become so prevalent in the story that it dilutes the meanings and the story itself begins to suffer. Mostly, the stories he writes take an enormous amount of time to develop as the reader plods through the pile of words set to the page in order to describe the action of the characters. The characters themselves are rather limited in their scope and are minimally developed. In fact, in the end of "Eye of the Hunter", I was relieved when one of the main protagonistic characters died during the rather predictable final sequence of events. If you are desperate for a fantasy story, pick up McKiernan's work. If you are hungry for a good fantasy novel, turn somewhere else, someone with an original idea who knows how to turn it into a good, intriguing tale.

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