A History of the Ring of Swords by Christopher Martin – Book Review

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“The Ring of Shadows: A Fantasy Novel” by Arthur R. Lackland is another in the series of “Lord of the Rings” books written by J.R.R.Tolkien. This time, it’s the theme of the Ring of Doom. Frodo finds himself stuck with a ring he doesn’t know which is good and which is bad. He also has to deal with the ghosts of his past, as well as the Trolls. Some of these adventures may be familiar to fans of the LOTR franchise. But this book adds some new characters and takes the story in a different direction.

An Overview

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For those unfamiliar with the LOTR series, let me start by saying that The Ring of Doom series is among the most popular books in the genre. This book, however, is an expansion of that very fan base. While some of the story elements are the same as the earlier books (the Hobbits go to the Shire, for example), there are a few new faces here too. Some of the characters from previous LOTR novels have been transplanted into Middle Earth and given names that fans will recognize. I won’t mention names but a couple of them include Merry and Pippin.

The book begins with the events of the last book, The Fellowship of the Ring. Frodo, who remains in Bagdad, is busy dealing with the unrest caused by an Orc invasion of Gondor. The Ring is stolen by a mysterious stranger, who offers it to Frodo as payment for one of his tasks. But while he’s there he learns that the Ring is much more than a simple moneymaking object.

The Ring Of Swords Book Review

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It causes evil in the world, and Sauron’s army is only too happy to pay him handsomely to find and destroy the ring. Now Frodo must race against his own shadows in order to defeat this darkness, while making a path to safety for his beloved wife. While I think authorial intent behind this book is good, the character descriptions are too generic for my taste.

The book’s storyline is loosely based on Aragorn’s trip to Mount Doom, and his eventual return to Middle Earth. I don’t remember a lot about the history of Mount Doom, or what Lord of the Rings items and artifacts were used at the site. I also don’t know how Tolkien came up with the idea of a hobbits-only version of the Shire. Still, the book is thrilling and colorful.

Martin has become increasingly popular among fantasy genre readers, and this book does nothing to change that. However, some of the subplots and minor characters in this book could use some development. For example, why did Frodo and Merry get separated in the first place? Why did Merry try to warn Frodo against the Shire, and what did Samwise Gamgee know about the dark riders?

The Ring’s story is told through Frodo’s eyes, which are small and insubstantial. His father, a knight, is killed in the book, and Frodo is left alone. Frodo is forced to roam the lands, finding the Ring and its powers and eventually finding Merry and his Merry Men. That entire book is just amazing.

In Conclusion

One thing I thought the author overlooked, was how little effort she put into developing characters outside of Frodo and Merry. It’s not like Tolkien gave us entire chapters or books detailing the lives of these three, most if not all of them. I also thought that a lot of the humor in this book is lost, as we’re used to the banter between the characters. Still, this is only a beginner’s guide to Middle Earth and a wonderful world to escape to for a while.

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