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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here McKiernan s seafaring adventure in his wonderful Mithgar series of books involves the diminutive Pysks, a cranky elder mage, his daughter, and our introduction to the elf Aravan and how his great weapon came into creation The story involves the search by Jinnarin, a pysk female, for her companion, Farrix, who went off to seek the source of some mysterious lights in the sky Jinnarin enlists the aid of Alamar the mage who instantly becomes the star of the book as far as I was concerned The tw McKiernan s seafaring adventure in his wonderful Mithgar series of books involves the diminutive Pysks, a cranky elder mage, his daughter, and our introduction to the elf Aravan and how his great weapon came into creation The story involves the search by Jinnarin, a pysk female, for her companion, Farrix, who went off to seek the source of some mysterious lights in the sky Jinnarin enlists the aid of Alamar the mage who instantly becomes the star of the book as far as I was concerned The two with Jinnarin s fox in tow begin a grand adventure once they locate Aravan, his crew, and their amazing ship the Eroean, which essentially becomes yet another character during the course of this book The search is on eventually for a black galley and its crew including foul folk, trolls, and the main antagonist, a black mage named Durlok The crew of the Eroean is made up of both humans and dwarves and McKiernan makes each member come alive in talk, tone, and action And much like Dragonstone the story covers a lot of actual Mithgarian places, seas, cities, forests, and islands Excellent book. I think this is definitely one of the best McKiernan books I ve read so far Between this and the previous book in the series, I ve realized that one big thing that helps is the lack of Warrows They feel like annoying Hobbit knock offs, which is what they are, and especially in the Hel s Crucible series they do littlethan frustrate me Here the little people quotient is instead filled by the Lady Jinnarin, a Pysk pixie , the titular Fox Rider Admittedly, there are some problems in terms I think this is definitely one of the best McKiernan books I ve read so far Between this and the previous book in the series, I ve realized that one big thing that helps is the lack of Warrows They feel like annoying Hobbit knock offs, which is what they are, and especially in the Hel s Crucible series they do littlethan frustrate me Here the little people quotient is instead filled by the Lady Jinnarin, a Pysk pixie , the titular Fox Rider Admittedly, there are some problems in terms of McKiernan s handling of female characters, but Jinnarin and the Pysks that show up towards the end of the novel are actually kinda fun There s the obvious issues to deal with in being a foot tall, but they compensate somewhat through the ability to disguise themselves in shadow and deadly arrows I have to say, I kinda want to steal the concept for my next DD game McKiernan s Mages, unfortunately, really fall down The main example is Alamar, who is basically everyone s least favorite annoying relative He seems to exist entirely to get into stupid fights with Jinnarin and also to give McKiernan an excuse to spout off about his philosophy of good and evil Part of the problem is that this philosophizing feels like so much filler, but it also never really ties into the rest of the story At least in Into the Forge, the discussion of how small events can lead to world wide changes was grating but it clearly tied in to the plot Honestly, I felt very little sympathy when the Mages basically get wiped out towards the end of the novel, especially because I knew it was coming from a note at the end of the previous book.McKiernan clearly also knows a lot about ships, and while that s nice, I got sort of tired of all the descriptions after a while The idea of Aravan and his Elvenship are pretty cool, and I m actually kinda looking forward to seeing Aravanat the end of the series, but it does bring up the typical problems of this sort of generic fantasy universe Namely, Aravan s ship is basically a somewhat superior form of what was around in the Age of Sail, and yet technology never advances any further in the setting as a whole for the literally thousands and thousands of further years that pass Plus, Aravan himself has been around for millennia and by the end of the Mithgar series has been around for tens of millennia and yet this has no real impact on his character As with many Tolkien knock offs, McKiernan clearly apes Tolkien without thinking of new or interesting implications of his tropes.The plot itself is a pretty typical quest plot, with a lot of filler through various bits of sailing back and forth across the whole globe And I mean it they visit or at least mention basically every continent, which kinda jars with the Eurocentric vibe of the Iron Tower trilogy It takes much of the book for the heroes to actually rescue the guy they re looking for, and even then they figure out the villain s plan too late to do anything about it The problem is that I never really ended up feeling attached to the characters, especially the victims, because they re basically all two dimensional cliches at best, and annoying jerks at worse There s the one black guy in the entire book, who is exactly what you d expect, and the dwarf who just wants to smash stuff, and a bunch of other cliches Unlike Terry Brooks, I m kinda torn as to whether McKiernan gets better or worse when he s not directly aping Tolkein s plots I think it s a bit like some of the worse DD knock offs there are hints of neat ideas, but most it s just regurgitated junk that doesn t actually do anything new Still, there are certainly even worse fantasy novels out there, and I tend to not completely hate the experience of reading these books, so I m likely to keep going in hopes of finding the occasional diamond in the rough I greatly enjoyed this book I am new to the fantasy genre and this is the first of the Mithgar books I ve read The author did a wonderful job conveying the world and its various races without having read his other books or much fantasy in the first place, it was easy to imagine the setting and its many characters without paragraphs of description Instead, the story made good use of show, don t tell in bringing the setting and people to life The characters were lovable, the themes about th I greatly enjoyed this book I am new to the fantasy genre and this is the first of the Mithgar books I ve read The author did a wonderful job conveying the world and its various races without having read his other books or much fantasy in the first place, it was easy to imagine the setting and its many characters without paragraphs of description Instead, the story made good use of show, don t tell in bringing the setting and people to life The characters were lovable, the themes about the nature of evil compelling, and the story an overall joy to read.There were a few small flaws, particularly in regards to pace The plot dragged for portions of the book, though if you are like me and enjoy an adventure story that takes its time, it won t be an issue The introduction of the major villain was also a little underwhelming the story attempts to give them poignancy through their past relationship with another character, but it felt like an obvious ploy to better tie the villain to the plot Finally, the ending was not tidy, though this isn t really a flaw if anything it adds to the story However, if loose ends or an imperfect resolution will bother you, take heed The book naturally encourages you to continue in the series without promising to answer your plot questions.Overall however, these flaws are minor in light of an entertaining read I will be picking upof this author s books in the future I am a fan of Mithgar and as such I have yet to come across a Mithgar book I didn t like Of course some are better than others and it s been a while since I read this particular book, but it is an enjoyable story and time well spent. The Voyage of the Fox Rider reminded me, and not so fondly, of the Dungeons and Dragons epic fantasy novels of the 1970s and 1980s Granted, it s practically contemporaneous with them, since it was published in 1993 But there s a reason I donated the D D novels years ago the conventions of speaking are so unrealistic that they come off as painfully self aware, and the characters are cookie cutter stereotypes Let s leave aside the elegant elf, warrior dwarves and such, since these Tolkien typ The Voyage of the Fox Rider reminded me, and not so fondly, of the Dungeons and Dragons epic fantasy novels of the 1970s and 1980s Granted, it s practically contemporaneous with them, since it was published in 1993 But there s a reason I donated the DD novels years ago the conventions of speaking are so unrealistic that they come off as painfully self aware, and the characters are cookie cutter stereotypes Let s leave aside the elegant elf, warrior dwarves and such, since these Tolkien types are par for the course But there s the massive and intimidating black sailor obviously the token black man must be big and scary, with a violent past, tamed by associated with the genteel pale elf The tiny fox riding Pysk who the novel is named for is actually mostly a frail helpless female She seems to be there only a to be protected by the manly men b to ask questions to trigger long explanations declamations c to express fear because of course no manly character can quaver and to swoon and be impetuous so men can rush to the rescue The querelous old wizard is pointlessly argumentative and pigheaded view spoiler With the time scale of their adventures being so slow, I didn t buy Alamar s excuses for not going to get his powers youth restored it just came across as stubborn stupidity hide spoiler For me, he s ten times as annoying as Zeddicus in the tv show Legend of the Seeker, who before meeting Alamar, I d thought was my least favorite wizard character of all time.Also, this novel s glacial pace and awkward dialog reminded me of a live action or tabletop role playing game, and I expectfrom a professional writer For example, in an RP game, when action in character generates new information among of subset of players, they have to repeat the info to the rest of the group, even if out of character, all players heard what happened McKieneran repeats action in dialog in the same manner, killing story momentum dead The romantic dialog reads in places like the awkard improv of LARPers relying on strking looks 4 on character sheets, and in others like the musings of never been kissed 13 year olds And the pace of action is so slow, with pages of intervening sailing here to there description, that I suspect even Robert Jordan fans might get cranky On top of long windededness and info dumping relevant to the story, there is also plenty of repetitive verbage that adds no value to the story The worst offender in this regard is that the wizard leads ongoing pedantic philosophical discussion of the nature of evil, a discussion that does not connect AT ALL to the story such as working toward understanding the villian It is so unsatisfying to slog through pages of bickering about the topic to end only with a uh, yeah, I guess the bad guy is evil Way to kill the pleasure of epic Big Evil, without offering anythingnuanced in its place Overall this book could have been vastly improved by cutting the 588 pages down to 380 Maybe even 280.If you re an epic fantasy fan and you ve heard good things about Dennis L MichKiernan and there are plenty of fans, including many talented authors make this novel your last pick for where to start with his work This is a decent book, though long 589 pages long, to be precise That means that occasionally for those of us who don t enjoy mariner s tales as much, can get a tiny bit frustrated However, other than the fact that once again the villain is a torturing sadist and that two characters have conjugal relations without marriage, this is a pretty decent book Recommendation This is a fun book, especially if you enjoy books about sea voyages and sailing ships If you don t, I wouldn t recommend thi This is a decent book, though long 589 pages long, to be precise That means that occasionally for those of us who don t enjoy mariner s tales as much, can get a tiny bit frustrated However, other than the fact that once again the villain is a torturing sadist and that two characters have conjugal relations without marriage, this is a pretty decent book Recommendation This is a fun book, especially if you enjoy books about sea voyages and sailing ships If you don t, I wouldn t recommend this book, because a lot of the story is about a sea voyage It even says so in the title My one other problem is that McKiernan delves a bit into Magic and Mages His magery really feels a lot like the Polynesian Melanesian mana This is especially visible in the sequences in which he introduces dream walking in which several characters this is not the dream walk of the elves in which they rest use a mixture of hypnosis and spirituality to become awake in dreams and move from one to another This book also states that if you die in dreams you will die in real life I didn t like that.Synopsis and Review spoilers Jinnarin is a legendary Pysk, or Fox Rider This magical people are no larger than a foot and tend to stay hidden from the larger people, this goes from elves to Waerans However, she is forced from seclusion when her husband Farrix, gone off on another of his jaunts doesn t return and she is haunted by dreams of a crystal castle overlooking a green sea with a black ship coming She turns to the Mage Alamar, for he owes a debt to Farrix because Farrix saved Alamar s life, once long ago Alamar is a crochety old Mage He convinces her to go with him to Aravan, a Friend who can help them, because he has a ship and has sailed the seas of Mithgar for several millennia Aravan s ship is the Eroean and a true elf ship Aravan crews it with dwarves, men and even occasionally Waeran However, a Pysk on board is new to all As the quest continues all involved come to realize that this is no simple quest to find a lost loved one, but a high stakes race to save Mithgar Into this mix, Aravan falls in love with Aylis, daughter of Alamar What makes this book especially fun is that fact that it is set before the great war for Mithgar, thus before Adon s Ban Therefore, the Rukha Lokha Trolls, Orcs, and Goblins can walk about in daylight the evil villain uses this by having trolls row his boat across the ocean That means that they aren t safe even during the day The interactions other than those between Aravan and Aylis Which get a bit too romantic are really fun, especially those between Jinnarin and Alamar Some of the most fun scenes come when Alamar is teaching Jinnarin a complicated game Presumably a combination between chess and stratego 2.5 3 stars It starts out slow but does speed up near the end There is a lot of ship talk and I mean a loooot of detailed ship jargon I highly recommend you not read this series in chronological order There are spoilers in the epilogue If you re not hooked by chapter 14 15 youthan likely won t enjoy the rest of the book Although, I won t mind if you prove me wrong They are on a voyage and even with some fudging of time on the fastest ship in the world they are still on a ship 2.5 3 stars It starts out slow but does speed up near the end There is a lot of ship talk and I mean a loooot of detailed ship jargon I highly recommend you not read this series in chronological order There are spoilers in the epilogue If you re not hooked by chapter 14 15 youthan likely won t enjoy the rest of the book Although, I won t mind if you prove me wrong They are on a voyage and even with some fudging of time on the fastest ship in the world they are still on a ship with not a lot to do, so, the main characters are going to do a lot of talking and it will be deep.and philosophical McKiernan s favorite thing over the nature of good and evil and arguing the mage Alamar and Pysk Jinnarin argue worse than siblings and can get annoying The cast is diverse not only in races but in cultures and genders, yes, some of them are slight typecasted but not in a disrespectful way {Free} ð Voyage of the Fox Rider ⛅ The Mage Alamar has never forgotten the life debt he owes to Farrix, one of the legendary Hidden Ones of Mithgar, who keep to themselves and avoid contact with ordinary humans So when Farrix s mate, the Lady Jinnarin, appears on Alamar s doorstep, he fears the worst Months ago, Farrix vanished and Jinnarin has been plagued by nightmares of him being in danger ever since To find him, Alamar and Jinnarin must embark on a journey across the sea to confront a master of dark magic preparing to open a portal between Mithgar and a destructive Dark God This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have read and love the iron tower I spent time tracking down the other Mithgar books I have read many of them But they tend to blur in my mind On one hand I want to run to the shelf and grab the next book In the other this was a slong to get through like 6 dinghies with 6 dwarf 1 man a sailor in each repeated no less than 3 times fighting their way through the weeds with or without the wind.So much nautical stuff so much sailing in winter or make that summer because we are near the pole a I have read and love the iron tower I spent time tracking down the other Mithgar books I have read many of them But they tend to blur in my mind On one hand I want to run to the shelf and grab the next book In the other this was a slong to get through like 6 dinghies with 6 dwarf 1 man a sailor in each repeated no less than 3 times fighting their way through the weeds with or without the wind.So much nautical stuff so much sailing in winter or make that summer because we are near the pole and winter is reversed who cares is it cold is it snowing Is the wet great you are still sailing.This book is longer than it needed to be.It is unlikely that it will get a reread As I think this was its 2nd who knows maybe I will get to the series end and wait to try again