Violence and Magic in the Streets of Waterdeep!
Icelin thought she had escaped the horrors of her past - until they come hunting her, forcing her to go to ground. But when things go from bad to worse, and her friends start paying for her mistakes, Icelin learns she has to embrace the talents she fears, accept the past she runs from, and confront those threatening her future.
Ed Greenwood, beloved author and creator of the Forgotten Realms, presents the second book in a brand-new series dedicated to showcasing both the City of Splendors and our most talented up-and-coming authors. A series of stand-alone adventurers, this book and the series to which it belongs are an excellent entry point for new readers interested in the Forgotten Realms.
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I feel the need to write a review in response to the Mistshore by Jake, who obviously stopped listening as soon as he judged it to be a romance novel. It's not even remotely a romance novel. The scene he is referencing is very early in the book, and if he had kept listening, he would have found virtually no romance in the book. The pursuit of the protagonist is not at all for romantic reasons, but you'd have to get through the whole book to learn the antagonist's true motivation. And if you do get even a quarter through the book, you'll see it's very much a D&D novel. Adventure, monsters, magic, and mayhem is the theme of the day. There is not even one romance scene in the book. Mild implied romantic tension in a couple fleeting places, Maybe.That said, the novel is adequate at best. Not that I expect much of a D&D novel. It was fun, and if you are interested in hearing stories in the Forgotten Realms setting of Waterdeep, this book does the job.
James Patrick Cronin has a clear and articulate narration style, but I find him a little awkward with characterization. He definitely differentiates characters, but in a very contrived way. The protagonist has an Irish accent, her companion has a Texan accent, the evil elves have French accents, and so on. I heard him narrate Blackstaff Tower and similarly found that he often employs contrived accents and voice nuances that, while differentiating, doesn't particularly fit the world or the characters. He also pronounces Forgotten Realms place names in a way that I've never heard anyone who plays D&D in the universe pronounce them. Since he's an *official* reader I'd almost think his pronunciations should be canon, but since he also oddly pronounces other random words from the English language, I tend to think the pronunciation errors are his. I find myself wishing he would be put to work under the author's guidance (and maybe he is for all I know, but it sure doesn't sound that way to this reader.)
More Romance novel than D&D
Seems to me this is Romance genera or you might stretch to say it is what the Fantasy genera has been mostly turned into. A guy stumbles across the daughter of a woman he desired beyond reason in a small town. He must have her. Sound like a few generas you know so far? Porn or Romance, depending on what happens next. But wait, there’s more. She knows not who he is, he is a powerful sociopath, and the chase begins. She is the victim and fears she is losing her mind (for the psychobabble content ingredient), he the crazy bad guy (the demonized and/or denigrated must be male), there is also a good guy (well, maybe he is), there may or may not be sex involved (thankfully not in this book) etc. This is a Romance novel, not D&D.
I’m not saying porn for women should not exist. Musicals too, I guess. Different strokes for different folks. But does it have to be everywhere, all the time? It would be nice if we could at least keep this stuff, whichever kind it is, whoever it is written for, in its own genera so the unsuspecting don’t stumble across it and have that “ewwww” moment. A little consideration or proper categorization should not be asking too much.
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