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The Covenant of the Forge (Dragonlance Dwarven Nations Trilogy, Volume 1) Paperback – February 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (February 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560765585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560765585
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Thank you Dan Parkinson for your great story.
Kindle Customer
The Dwarves, to me, are the Most interesting of all the races.
C.J.S.
I am eager to start book two and eventually book three.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a good book, with a big flaw. The timeline is all wrong. The Elven Nations Trilogy for the most part is supposed to have taken place after the Dwarves have delved Thorbardin, and Damon Omenborn (Father of Kings) is long dead. Namely because the ambassador to the Silvanesti in the book Firstborn is Hylar, as well as the fact that troops that fight alongside Kith-Kanan are Hylar troops.
Well in this book Cale Greeneye meets elves in Kal-Thax that say they are from Qualinesti. That really cannot be, since Kith-Kanan didn't found Qualinesti till after the Kinslayer war. Which brings up the question, how do the Hylar of Thorbardin fight in the Kinslayer war, if they are still the Calnar of Thorin?
The Elven Nations Trilogy was released prior to this trilogy. Dan Parkinson should have at least read it, so that they could get their stories straight.
Other than that it is a very good story, and Dwarves make fascinating subjects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dillon S. on January 19, 2007
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Dan Parkinson does an excellent job spinning the tale of how the dwarves came to find (or claim) their new mountain home and how the many dwarven clans become inspired to live (somewhat) peacefully alongside their neighboring clans. The history of the majestic and powerful Hylar clan and how they helped to unite the dwarves is an interesting one that I would recommend any Dragonlance fan should read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Sallee on September 17, 2013
I loved the story, although the timeline does conflict with the Elven Nations trilogy. There were several parts of the story that did not hold together, but suspending believe is easier in a fantasy book, and I expect that. Overall, this is a great narrative or history of the Dwarven race. This trilogy was my second favorite. Only the original Dragon Lance trilogy was better.

The thing that bothered me the most was not the inconsistencies in the story, but the narration. There were several times when Allen O'Reilly would pronounce the same word different ways (e.g., Balladine with the last syllable having alternately a long "i" or a long "e" sound). Although that was annoying, the part that has sworn me off the rest of this series, and probably anything else he narrates, was his pronunciation of the word "dwarf" as "dorf" and the word "dwarven" as "dorfen". Every time he said it, I pictured Tim Conway in "Dorf on Golf". Constantly mispronouncing "dwarf" made this the most painful listen since I joined Audible 6 years ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Parkinson is one of the writers who proves that much good can come out of TSR, along with the much-ridiculed fantasy they also produce. This story was wonderful in part because it focused on a different brand of peoples, dwarves rather than humans. Writing from the viewpoint of a totally alien culture requires quite a bit of talent and I, for one, think Parkinson pulls it off here. This novel was also praiseworthy because it showed well strife between different groups and different people, all members of one larger culture, yet torn by varying allegiances and viewpoints. Finally, I enjoyed the book due to its theme of a nation that had to leave their home and create another - nation-building is not something you see often in fantasy, which usually revolves around well-established cultures, and its presence here was a nice touch. Politics rarely find their way into good fiction, but here that is the case. Recommended for those skeptical about the quality of anything printed by TSR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Who, What, Where? VINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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Dwarves rock and so does this book. Why? Well, mostly because this book creates a very clear world for the reader to immerse themselves in when reading the book. Many of these books assume the reader is already aware of the worlds they offer up for a story. This is a problem, but this book does not and shares with the reader what the world consists of and who resides in it. I find that this allows the reader to be more aware of what matters to the characters and why it does. Simply stated, you have context for the story that is being told, and that makes reading this book all the more enjoyable. Get it and follow in the first steps of a group setting forth on a long adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberlee Vantassel on June 5, 2013
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Covenant of the Forge gives lie to those who would say "A dwarf is a dwarf is a dwarf." This beginning of The Dwarven Nations trilogy illuminates the evolution of Thorbardin and how the Hylar came into existence. One also learns of the differences and strengths of the different tribes of dwarves.
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By Matt on June 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Covenant of the Forge portrays the dwarven image to perfection and is a fast read for any fantasy lover. High action and great wording by Parkinson kept me going strong until the end. The best thing about this book is that its a trilogy, so I can satisfy my need for more and reach the conclusion of a great start of a great series.
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I personally have always loved the stout, dour races of Krynn, and Dan Parkinson fully captivated my attention with this novel. It's the best of the triligy (I think a lot of firsts are the best in the triligy, though). Expect a good tale of a different sort.
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