The Iron Teeth: A Goblin's Tale
A new, darker age is dawning. The greed of kings has ignited a seemingly endless war. As men fight, the monsters of the untamed wilds are devouring the frontier. Villages are abandoned as fields go fallow. Murderous bandits roam the desolation.
None of that matters to a nameless goblin slave. He just wants to eat as much food as he can shove into his mouth when no one is looking, but fate runs a twisted course, so instead he is whisked away to the far off Iron Teeth Mountains. To stay alive, he will have to evolve into something more than a simple goblin, and carve a bloody path through the forests of the North.
However, first he has to get over his crippling fear of trees, and survive in a place where everything considers him to be the perfect size for a quick snack...
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Stories about medieval societies are not hard to come across. Many a brave human dive into a world of war and conflict, destined to be the hero that rises above seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
The Iron Teeth: A Goblin's Tale is unique for many reasons among these medieval fantasy stories. Most obviously because it is not written from a human perspective at all. Further the story plays with ideas of morality and challenges typical notions of right and wrong. While certainly not the first to do so, a Goblin's Tale none the less delivers an entertaining twist while exploring a unique fantasy world.
Having just finished the story, I am divided on what more to say. With the death of the story's primary antagonist, the world feels ripe for further exploration. No longer must our story stay focused on the North or even our protagonist Blacknail. It really feels like there is a vein here that could be tapped and explored in much greater detail.
On the other hand, it feels like the author was beginning to suffer some creative fatigue and was clearly looking to end the story on a high note. This is disappointing as it feels like there was so much more left that should be explored, but that does not seem likely to ever happen now.
My final thoughts is that the story is entertainingly fun while also dealing with some heavy themes and topics. It is not a perfect story but it is a good story. If you want a story that is a bit zany and an extended romp through a medieval fictional world, you will find a lot of enjoyment here. I just wish the story didn't come to a close right as soon as things started to branch out into areas besides the North and its Deep Green.
Overall, this was a well written and entertaining story. At first, I was skeptical of a goblin juvenile as the main character but the little dude really grew on me. Blacknail as a goblin was a great mix of endearingly earnest and malicious little sh*t. It was a great hook!
However, I wasn’t keen on Blacknail’s character growth over time. It took some of the wonder out of the story far too soon. Also, as the story progressed the other supporting characters seemed far less compelling than in the beginning. Basically, the book started out strong but didn’t carry the same appeal through to the end.
Note that I read the published version of book one from Amazon Kindle. I started on RR but wanted to support the author by buying the book. I did skim the RR version a bit and noticed a few differences, but I doubt it is very different. Not sure why the author didn’t update the RR version, but it’s great that they still have it up for free!
This story scratched an itch I didn't even know I had. Blacknail is a compelling protagonist who is amoral in all the right ways. It is a story filled with amazing characters, hilarious jokes and a progression that will blow you away to think about after it is done.
It ends in a satisfactory way without a cliffhanger but I still hope the author picks it back up again to write someday.
I'll start by saying I adore messed up sceneries and bent societies, and when I started reading this a few days ago, I thought that's what I was getting more or less. I'm happy to say I got more than what I expected!
Instead of being shown a character trapped in a negative environment that acts towards his own detriment, we see a character who relishes in it, and acts amorally in accord. Amazingly well done, I'll keep reading when I have time.
The title says it all. I expected another abomination like Re: Monster or any of the other trash-tier novels around with goblins. Instead, I found a great novel, that is actually complete. I know, a shocker.
The only complaint I have is that it was over too fast. It feels like there was a lot of to still explore in the world, and it ended prematurely. Which I guess in some ways is good as it leaves more up to the imagination.
A really well written and well thought story, that manages to be fun, entertaining and present the world in a new way.