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Book Title: Darkwell|
The size of the: 397 KB
Date of issue: December 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780786935666
The author of the book: Douglas Niles
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books Darkwell:Metagaming 101
'Grimly Hobarth shook off these doubts. He had cast his die, and he would live-or perhaps perish-with the roll.'
Hobarth the Cleric of Bhaal page 204
There's going to be some spoilers, people.
The conclusion of this trilogy was uneven at best.
-Chapter 6: Shantu. The only reason I elevated my score to three stars.
Daryth is hunted by a magical beast created by Bhaal and meets a grisly end. If this chapter were a stand alone short story it would remain a classic of the genre. If you must read Darkwell, read only this.
-Hobarth having his way with a possessed Druid is visceral and vicious, because Douglas Niles strengths is in writing evil acts and creating complex villains.
- All kinds of new creatures for the Moonshaes setting. Perytons, owlbear, displacer beast. The realm of Faerie. Guardian trolls, blink dogs, sprites, pixies, dryad, satyrs, fairies and leprechauns. Ogre zombies and water zombies. Also, scrolls, medallions, magical glasses and big fat diamonds.
-In this book, as well as Black Wizards, I enjoyed the use and descriptions of spells.
Verbal or magic infused words.
Somatic or hand gestures.
Material or using components.
Sometimes a combination of all three.
The Bad and The Ugly
-Everyone who's read the book knows the scene. If you haven't, oh you will!
Tristan cheated on Robyn. He slept with a monster in the guise of a large chested redhead. It's emphasised often enough. The whole book becomes bogged down because of the repetitive internal/external agonizing due to the nature of this act. I spent hours, literally hours, trying to justify this as a valid plot point. I can't. I think ultimately it comes down to bad plotting and a stroke of middling writing.
-There are just too many unmemorable protagonists to mention. It's really sad when I know just as much of a character as I did when I first met them three books ago. Everyone is relegated to caricature status and it shows.
-Spelling shenanigans. Page 215. Kamerynn's last stand. The displacer beast takes a chunk out of his heck.
It's over. It's done.
Oh wait, there is a second trilogy of the Moonshaes by Douglas Niles?
Read information about the authorDouglas Niles is a fantasy author and game designer. Niles was one of the creators of the Dragonlance world and the author of the first three Forgotten Realms novels, and the Top Secret S/I espionage role-playing game. He currently resides in Delavan, Wisconsin with his wife, Christine, and two Bouviets, Reggie and Stella. He enjoys playing his guitar, cooking, and visiting with family.
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