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 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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CamChow
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Really enjoying your work.  

To sum it up, your pacing is good albeit a little slow compared to most of the fictions on rrl.  It does work though with the character and story line.

Story is unique, I haven't read anything quite like it.  

Grammar is almost 100%, only a few errors to be found

Character is pretty cool.  Not OP, not underpowered, just adept in his skill set.  I don't like how overconfident he is, and I'm surprised he hasn't been killed yet, but I guess that's just part of the character.

ALL IN ALL a very good read and much better than many recent litRPG reads that I've gone through with. 10/10 would buy it off amazon

sheath
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I love this story and I love the MC. But if I were you I’ll let the chapters pile up before reading as the pacing is slow. It’s great storytelling 10/10. Crammer 10/10.  Character 10/10. The story 9/10. The 1 is for the pacing, I feel like it needs to go a bit more faster, it’s too slow. I don’t mind slow pace, but when you have such small chapters it gets irritating.

Vincent1875
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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.

cerethor
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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.
Dragrath
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A true Fantasy work of art

This story is a beautiful work that easily captures the essence of a full blown world.

The story includes fascinating detail of world building revealed to the reader as our Main Character a Goblin named Blacknail develops through the story.

Unlike many other stories where creatures people and events seem like simple plot elements the author has managed to portray The main characters adventure under the bandit Cheif Herald.

 

Creatures all fit into the world as wild animals in a dnagerous wilderness rather than a plot element of kill this as they are evil.

Bandits are displayed as a result of a long drawn out conflict that is continuously fleshed out through dialogue.

While small details these interactions of characters and slow incremental revelations of the world as our MC discovers the world himself and his tribe.

 

Any fan of true fantasy seeking a whole and complete world with a unique and true system believable creature and people all seamlessly coming togetehr to form a full story, well this is for you don't miss this series!

momanz984
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really good read, it interesting and we see a lot of the characters thoughts fears and emotions, which I personally enjoy. great writing and grammar, Im always scared if the green goblin will end up doing something bad, like kill the wrong person because of emotions or something. So far so good at least. Im really wondering if he will evolve like RE:monster or if he will stop at a certain point. Both ways I believe can be good but if he doesnt change at all it may and I mean mayyyy feel a bit frozen, but that can obviously be overcome by moving to new areas growing a clan etc etc. anyways really enjoying it thanks for taking the time and I love the non rushed writing style. PEACE.

astinhus
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By far, the best history I have read.

Yes, sometimes it's a bit slow ... but grammar (minor mistakes; an editor to clean some stuff would be perfect), style, plot and characters are really great.

Ans lastly, it's great to read some mature novel. I'm tired of demon lords, overpowered ain characters, harems and all that teen stuff.

13lack12ose
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One of the few completed stories on Royal Road, ClearMadness has done an amazing job with the Iron Teeth.

This is dark fantasy done right. Too often authors who write in this genre go way overboard with their evil protagonists and plotlines but Blacknail is just perfect. He's an amoral little beast but also endearing and fascinating and following his growth and interactions with humans is what really makes this book shine. The world building is also great, with hints of a world in decline with all kinds of monsters and dangers lurking in the wilds. Quite reminiscent of the Witcher-series in that regard.

By the points:

  • Growth / levelling up of Blacknail.
  • Fast paced action and lots of violence (gritty).
  • Several mysteries surround the story (magic, mutants, mimics, forest people) that get occasional hints and reveals.
  • Lots of well-developed characters.
  • Nobody is really "good" in this book/series, just very real with lots of grey morals and practicality.
  • The main character(s) don't always win, and the author handles that well.
  • I can't really tell why without giving away some key plot elements, but there are a few big things that happen over the course of these 3 books that make the story even better. Some are expected, some are not.

 

About the only thing I didn't like with this book was the chick with the red hair from the city that loves dangerous things but is totally inept (Khita). Didn't seem very necessary and was a real Jar Jar Binks sidekick in my opinion.

 

Overall a fabulous story and well worth its place amoungst the very best stories on Royal Road. If you have some spare cash being a Patreon gives you access to bonus chapters / side stories. Plus advanced chapters of his other story Though the Heavens Should Fall which is also posted here on RR.

bebras
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on of the few real novels on this site

it's lovely to see actual novel with interesting characters and interesting MC, and most importantly no stupid stat screens!!! the story feels very well paced neither to slow nor rushed. MC doesn't get to many retarded power ups, no stupid heroines, it rely is a properly written novel not someones power trip after geting pked in some MMO or after bad day at school.

Lorcogoth
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very intresting and good story

main character has a lot of things going for it.

the story has a lot of good progression without getting boring or overly complex.

good amount of humor and some cynical jokes

highly recommended