The Iron Teeth: A Goblin's Tale

by ClearMadness

Original COMPLETED Adventure Comedy Fantasy Anti-Hero Lead Grimdark Magic Male Lead Non-Human lead

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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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Prologue: The Shattering of Ways ago
The Road North 1 ago
The Road North 2 ago
The Road North 3 ago
The Road North 4 ago
The Road North 5 ago
The Road North 6 ago
The Road North 7 ago
Interlude: Coins and Whispers ago
Honor Among Thieves 1 ago
Honor Among Thieves 2 ago
Honor Among Thieves 3 ago
Honor Among Thieves 4 ago
Honor Among Thieves 5 ago
Honor Among Thieves 6 ago
Honor Among Thieves 7 ago
Honor Among Thieves 8 ago
Honor Among Thieves 9 ago
Honor Among Thieves 10 ago
Interlude: Ember in Ashes ago
Written in Blood 1 ago
Written in Blood 2 ago
Written in Blood 3 ago
Written in Blood 4 ago
Written in Blood 5 ago
Written in Blood 6 ago
Written in Blood 7 ago
Written in Blood 8 ago
Written in Blood 9 ago
Written in Blood 10 ago
Interlude: The Doom of Couroulis ago
Journal Entry: Goblins & Hobgoblins ago
Playing With Fire 1 ago
Playing With Fire 2 ago
Playing With Fire 3 ago
Playing With Fire 4 ago
Playing With Fire 5 ago
Playing With Fire 6 ago
Playing With Fire 7 ago
Playing With Fire 8 ago
Interlude: Study and Reflection ago
Journal Entry: Harpies ago
Along Twisted Paths 1 ago
Along Twisted Paths 2 ago
Along Twisted Paths 3 ago
Along Twisted Paths 4 ago
Along Twisted Paths 5 ago
Along Twisted Paths 6 ago
Along Twisted Paths 7 ago
Interlude: For Love and Duty ago
Den of Beasts 1 ago
Den of Beasts 2 ago
Den of Beasts 3 ago
Den of Beasts 4 ago
Den of Beasts 5 ago
Den of Beasts 6 ago
Den of Beasts 7 ago
Den of Beasts 8 ago
Den of Beasts 9 ago
Interlude: Depths of Despair ago
Journal Entry: Crystals and Mutations ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 1 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 2 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 3 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 4 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 5 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 6 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 7 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 8 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 9 ago
A Tradesman’s Tools 10 ago
Interlude: The Light of Faith 1 ago
Interlude: The Light of Faith 2 ago
Queen of Swords 1 ago
Queen of Swords 2 ago
Queen of Swords 3 ago
Queen of Swords 4 ago
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Queen of Swords 6 ago
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Queen of Swords 15 ago
Queen of Swords 16 ago
Queen of Swords 17 ago
Epilogue: The Flow of Shadows ago
Prologue: Rooting in Broken Earth ago
Explanation of Current Events ago
Rolling the Dice 1 ago
Rolling the Dice 2 ago
Rolling the Dice 3 ago
Rolling The Dice 4 ago
Rolling the Dice 5 ago
Rolling the Dice 6 ago
Rolling The Dice 7 ago
Rolling The Dice 8 ago
Interlude: The Working of Magics ago
Comes the Wolf 1 ago
Comes the Wolf 2 ago
Comes the Wolf 3 ago
Comes the Wolf 4 ago
Comes the Wolf 5 ago
Comes the Wolf 6 ago
Comes the Wolf 7 ago
Comes the Wolf 8 ago
Comes the Wolf 9 ago
Interlude: A Perfect Victory ago
Into the Green 1 ago
Into the Green 2 ago
Into the Green 3 ago
Into the Green 4 ago
Into the Green 5 ago
Into the Green 6 ago
Into the Green 7 ago
Into the Green 8 ago
Into the Green 9 ago
Into the Green 10 ago
Interlude: Getting What You Want ago
Hearts and Homes 1 ago
Hearts and Homes 2 ago
Hearts and Homes 3 ago
Hearts and Homes 4 ago
Hearts and Homes 5 ago
Hearts and Homes 6 ago
Hearts and Homes 7 ago
Hearts and Homes 8 ago
Hearts and Homes 9 ago
Book One is now out on Amazon! ago
Hearts and Homes 10 ago
Interlude: Stuck in a Rut ago
It Echoes Onward 1 ago
It Echoes Onward 2 ago
It Echoes Onward 3 ago
It Echoes Onward 4 ago
It Echoes Onward 5 ago
It Echoes Onward 6 ago
It Echoes Onward 7 ago
It Echoes Onward 8 ago
It Echoes Onward 9 ago
It Echoes Onward 10 ago
Interlude: No Favorites Among Men ago
Out of Darkness 1 ago
Out of Darkness 2 ago
Out of Darkness 3 ago
Out of Darkness 4 ago
Out of Darkness 5 ago
Out of Darkness 6 ago
Out of Darkness 7 ago
Out of Darkness 8 ago
Out of Darkness 9 ago
Out of Darkness 10 ago
Interlude: The Hoarding of Power ago
A Familiar Fate 1 ago
A Familiar Fate 2 ago
A Familiar Fate 3 ago
A Familiar Fate 4 ago
A Familiar Fate 5 ago
A Familiar Fate 6 ago
A Familiar Fate 7 ago
A Familiar Fate 8 ago
A Familiar Fate 9 ago
Interlude: Biting the Wolf ago
The Noble Thirst 1 ago
The Noble Thirst 2 ago
The Noble Thirst 3 ago
The Noble Thirst 4 ago
The Noble Thirst 5 ago
The Noble Thirst 6 ago
Interlude: A Singular Purpose ago
To Forgotten Places 1 ago
To Forgotten Places 2 ago
To Forgotten Places 3 ago
To Forgotten Places 4 ago
To Forgotten Places 5 ago
To Forgotten Places 6 ago
To Forgotten Places 7 ago
To Forgotten Places 8 ago
To Forgotten Places 9 ago
To Forgotten Places 10 ago
Interlude; Finding the Flames ago
Will of Iron 1 ago
Will of Iron 2 ago
Will of Iron 3 ago
Will of Iron 4 ago
Will of Iron 5 ago
Will of Iron 6 ago
Will of Iron 7 ago
Will of Iron 8 ago
Will of Iron 9 ago
Will of Iron 10 ago
Will of Iron 11 ago
Will of Iron 12 ago
Will of Iron 13 ago
Interlude: Breathe of Life ago
On Winter's Wings 1 ago
On Winter's Wings 2 ago
On Winter's Wings 3 ago
On Winter's Wings 4 ago
On Winter's Wings 5 ago
Book 3 Available Now and Book 1 Sale ago
On Winter’s Wings 6 ago
On Winter’s Wings 7 ago
On Winter’s Wings 8 ago
On Winter's Wings 9 ago
On Winter's Wings 10 ago
On Winter's Wings 11 ago
Interlude: The Quiet Life ago
Under the White 1 ago
Under the White 2 ago
Under the White 3 ago
Under the White 4 ago
Under the White 5 ago
Under the White 6 ago
Under the White 7 ago
Interlude: The Long Wait Ends ago
Twists and Turns 1 ago
Twists and Turns 2 ago
Twists and Turns 3 ago
Twists and Turns 4 ago
Twists and Turns 5 ago
Twists and Turns 6 ago
Twists and Turns 7 ago
Twists and Turns 8 ago
Twists and Turns 9 ago
Twists and Turns 10 ago
Interlude: Where It All Began ago
Bane of Humanity 1 ago
Bane of Humanity 2 ago
Bane of Humanity 3 ago
Bane of Humanity 4 ago
Bane of Humanity 5 ago
Bane of Humanity 6 ago
Bane of Humanity 7 ago
Bane of Humanity 8 ago
Bane of Humanity 9 ago
Bane of Humanity 10 ago
Bane of Humanity 11 ago
Bane of Humanity 12 ago
Worldshift Beta Reading and Discord ago
Bane of Humanity 13 ago
Bane of Humanity 14 ago
Bane of Humanity 15 ago
Bane of Humanity 16 ago
Bane of Humanity 17 ago
Epilogue: A New Age ago
The Good and Bad News ago
New Book Release, Worldshift: Virtual Revolution ago

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I really like this story, the grammar mistakes are almost unnoticeable because you are so focused on reading the story your brain typically just auto-corrects it. I really can't wait to see what trouble Blacknail gets into next!

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Finally, a decent high fantasy.

This story is well written and the characters are thoughtfully built. The main character is a goblin, but I can identify more with this goblin than most characters on this site. He's petty, angry, and cunning. I like it. The author brings the goblin to life with stylish writing and well thought out goblin-isms, if there is such a thing. The grammar is near perfect, with small hiccups throughout, but nothing is nearly bad enough to come close to breaking immersion. The story is one I can see a lot of people having trouble with, just because it doesn't have any immediate gratification like most fictions here do. Personally, I enjoy this sort of story. It slowly builds and shows us the world a piece at a time. The only flaw I can see is that it needs to be more variable in the story telling. Slow pacing is fine, but the pacing is almost too even. A little more action or drama in the slow parts would liven up the story and probably round out the fiction overall. Just my two cents. In conclusion, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone that wants to read an amusing, satisfying and original fantasy.
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A story told in a way that is completely unique

This story captured my imagination in the most wonderful way, it’s not your normal reincarnation fiction that you find all over this site. It’s a story of a weak goblin with slightly more smarts then the rest of his kin looking for ways to survive, you watch as he grows stronger and smarter and even forming loyalties to the people he cares for. Truly an amazing story that deserves to be made into a proper book. I’ve only found small grammar errors throughout the story which can be easily fixed by someone going through it once or twice, good sir I applaud you for the story your juicy mind has come up with.

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Finally an actual story and not some generic self fulfulment power fantasy

This is one of the few stories on this website that is actually unique— no generic power up arc to make the protagonist insta-OP after the first few chapters so he can go build a harem just because. I can tell you put in a lot of effort building the world and magic system, especially the lore surrounding mutants.

The way you describe the world from a Blacknail's point of view is also very refreshing, and really helps to give the readers a sense of how a goblin perceives the world. The way you make use of Blacknail's point of view to give reasoning behind his actions or create comical misunderstandings really makes the world feel organic and real.


Keep up the good work!

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There's nothing a really dislike about this story. The characters are realistic and interesting, the world seems like it has depth, and the MC isn't given everything on a platter. I'm interested to see where it goes.

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Different than the usual

No system notice, no op main character, no handsome bi-shounen leader that can get his way thru everything...

This my friends is a story that you would read when you open a book. NOW NOW don't be scared! 

I am not gonna share what the story is about. But i will say that it will be a story where you can live thru the eyes of goblin in realistic world of magic..  and what are goblins? dum ? yes! Weak? yes! etc etc in short the main character will not suddenly become death incarnate.

Update: i kinda dropped it a year ago because the author was fucking with the time line... and redconning and didn't give clear instruction on which chapters i should have reread ... the site also didn't have a ToC, short story i was confused as hell.... 

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For People who like Proper Reads

Now here my supportive review ( because I want to read more )


The MC is for once not omnipotent nor does it look like he will become so anytime soon. That said, he isn't even human but a simple Goblin.

That's where the fun starts. The "hero" of our story is a model goblin who presents us with all of his strengths and weaknesses in a colorful, quirky and funny way.

All characters, situations and simply the plot is very well thought-out and believable. So much so that I could hardly name any equal in fitting story line among all stories I read so far. 

It's a very realistic fantasy ;).

So unless you need dragons and fireball-gatlings on every corner this fic will definitely satisfy most readers who like genuine stories!

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Black'nailed' Into Writing This

This is my review of The Iron Teeth and I won’t not be subjective. Since it is how I  feel about this story, I will of course be subjective.


Story: A lucid, simple story told with great care and planning. The simple life of a goblin comes alive in this writing along with his little wishes, aspirations and dreams. The story has a hidden edge, a captivating tale. I am taking half a star off, though. This is because the story…leaves you wanting after a while. You urge for that big thing to happen, which doesn’t and if it does…not as big as you expected.


Style: Flowing, and fitting for a goblin. But unfitting for Third Person. I wish the author would spice up the vocabulary a bit more, or experiment with pace. The story is extremely good, no doubt but at times, it crawls. I am taking a star off for that. Sometimes it feels like the writer is holding out on us, possibly to stretch the story. However, there is something about this style that draws you in and entraps into the wonderful world of the Iron Teeth.


Grammar: Flawless. You can feel the writer is extremely well versed in contemporary writing conventions and styles. Actually, I would recommend this story as study material for any new author. I won’t be taking off any stars off this section. I doff my hat at the author for the amount of work that must go in to make this error free.


Characters: Very well done. The characters seem life-like, and genuine. Almost all of the times, they remain true to their characters. However, sometimes…just sometimes, they feel a little undercooked. At times, I felt some of their behavior was forced, but it could be the reason for their particular hasn’t been revealed yet. Nothing but near perfect score for this.


In closing, I would urge others to read this and if they don’t, lock them in a room so they do. Even if I am not always agreeing with this style, but it is very enjoyable, to say the least.

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Fairly unique, but a slow starter.

First off, none of that reincarnation or virtual reality stuff. Here we got a straight up regular crap goblin in a fantasy world getting picked up by a bandit so he can do odd jobs and generally be useful.


This means we get a perspective we don’t generally see, but it also means he’s really weak, cowardly and generally useless to begin with. So there is a pretty big lack of action at the start and the world as we perceive it is very small, centered around this one character and his life. But because of this we get more detail into individual characters and the world around the MC, and he develops at a more sane pace, as opposed to suddenly being OP as heck.


The grammar is solid, the pace is fairly slow, the world is interesting from what we can see and the characters are being developed pretty well. None of the characters are completely generic and have a decent amount of depth. Definitely worth a read in my opinion. I look forward to its continued development.



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But this story is great. The MC isn't OP (he's special, but comapred to anyone with skill he's not that good) yet the story is still great and fun to read, even though it's about combat half the time.


Plz don't turn him into a troll..