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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the title says it , but I'm gonna try expending here a little. The story is a non typical RRL story , meaning it doesn't include ( for now ? ) any reincarnation or VR setting. I have to admit it goes a little slow ( comparing the length and the story covered , what takes 7 chapters here would usually take 1 or 2 chapters on most other RRL fictions ) but the quality of the story and writing ( this near perfect writing is so enjoyable to read when you're used to RRL *_* ) makes up for it by a large margin. The Main character is atypical but you will still find yourself swept in his rythme.
I'm holding myself away from a real " advanced review " for now because I really feel that the story has much more to give than it has right now , and I don't feel comfortable reviewing something that's obviously still in the starting blocks.
Until then , get my follow and I hope the story gets the hype it should
Love ur work bro it's refreshing, smart and i always seem to want more. Love the growth of blacknail too can't wait to see him turn epic, maybe branch into more evolutionary paths and take over the clan, the north then the world if that's where the story leads. Just a reminder if u ever have doubts about ur story and don't like where it's going or that you have messed up in anyway just think of some dude sitting on a toilet chucking a shit glued to the phone (only peace u can get sometimes) thoroughly enjoying a great read (TMI but the visual should serve a good purpose haha)
One of the best works on this site! The world is well defined and you experience it as the characters explore. Having a MC that starts with as much knowledge as the audience lends a very organic method of discovery to the narrative.
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.
Now this, ladies and gents, is a story. And what a story it is. It may be a slowish start. But that slow start gives you a strong sense of the characters in this grand tale. You'll be doing yourself a disservice by not reading this. It feels realistic, and the grammar is a step above most other novels.
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!
TL DR: While often slow-moving compared to some of the pulp on RRL, this is a very well written story with complex characters, a thorough cosmology and enough grimdark to make it serious. Absolutely must read.
I've been reading this for a long time now. It's one of my favorites on the site, and that will bias my review to a degree, so I want that to be understood up front.
Five stars? Really? Is this really a five star story?
Fuck yes it is. Compared to the rest of the shit on this site, it's probably a seven or eight, but even compared to professionally published fantasy from some of the genre's mainstays, this is a work the author should be immensely proud of. The story is winding, but navigable, with epicycles of side-plot that bring out different characters with different motivations and new situations for our antihero to survive.
Yeah, antihero. Not like Deadpool or Jaime Lannister - a dude who's actual bad news and happens to work toward the greater good most of the time as a result of his actions rather than as an end-goal of his actions.
Blacknail is supremely selfish, and would be unlikable in most stories if it weren't for how well-crafted his persona turns out to be at every new juncture. He's terrified of things and also courageous; strong as hell but desperately weak; a peerless murderer but constantly in mortal danger.
Is the author going to kill him off? No. Do you always feel the safety of that narrative armor? No. The author is able to make him vulnerable within the understanding that it's Blacknail's story and he's not going to nope on out of it any time in the near future.
But man, just...there are so many things that the author is doing right here compared to most.
The scope of this journey is immense, but it comes across as meticulously planned-for. The narrative doesn't drag because of its length, but rather slithers all the faster with the added bulk. Six hojillion pages in and we're still, as readers, wary of the Green and desperate to know more about its dangerous and elusive denizens. The way the writer has crafted his world is top-notch, especially in this regard, allowing us to feel an omnipresent tension even as we tread familiar paths.
Monsters are monstrous. Magic is mysterious. There's a fragility to individual lives that is put on display again and again as people and goblins are hacked to bits. Characters never hit the escape velocity of being overpowered, as it's made painfully clear that there are creatures and beings in this world that will turn you into paste regardless of how big you think you are.
If you like Savage Divinity for its humor and tight writing, you'll like this. If you like The Wandering Inn for its rounded characters and ability to carry an incredibly intricate plot along a nigh-infinite path without degrading the content, you'll like this. If you enjoy well-written, traditional fantasy a la Greenwood, Salvatore, or Weiss, you will enjoy The Iron Teeth.
Read it. It's good. It's long. It's active.
Blacknail best boy.
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.
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!
One of my all time favorites. I love the setting and the characters. I do hope Herad gets more sides to her personality. I don't know if this is just a coincidence but the story reminds me of Dragon's Dogma(DD Dark Arisen). Just a question, but will he evolve into an ogre or another variant later?