An all-new audio version of one of the key titles in the entire Forgotten Realms novel line.
At the time of its original release, this series presented key events that impacted the entire Forgotten Realms world, and the effects of those events are still felt in current novels. This title was originally released under the author's pseudonym, Richard Awlinson.
When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faern in the guise of mortals.
When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder.
When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.
©1989 TSR, Inc., 2003 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I would recommend this for readers who want to expand their knowledge of the Forgotten Realms and provide a backdrop for other novels in the universe. I would not recommend it to someone looking to enjoy a standalone book. There is a fair amount of filler. After a somewhat jarring introduction, the plot lags for most of the book.
The latter quarter or so of the story is the most exciting, and I think the ending is well-written and rounds out the plot nicely. Of course, not all ends are tied up, as this is merely the first book in a series.
Monotone, bland, and unconvincing. The only characters who I felt Greevy portrayed well were Mystra and Midnight. When voicing male characters, Greevy often sounds as if she is making fun of them.
Yes, clearly. There is much more to this story arc.
The story was good and I enjoyed hearing about the early days of Forgotten Realms gods. But I had a hard time listening to it. The book is written in 3rd person omniscient voice which makes everything very passive and not that engaging a listen. I would rather hear what the characters are doing rather than ABOUT what they are doing.
I don't think so. While I'm sure she reads well, I found her a bit monotone and her acting was not very good at all. I think an audiobook reader needs some acting ability to make the characters come to life. Hearing her do Bane, the god of fear hatred and tyrrany, made him sound like a whiny teenager.
This is one of my all time favorite series in the Forgotten Realms setting.
This is the first book in the series. It's a great beginning to an epic adventure.
I'm not sure where Nicole Greevy came from, but she does an amazing job portraying the characters in the book. It was great to hear all of my favorite characters come to life! Great job on finding Nicole Greevy audible! I would listen to more books narrated by her any time!
I can't wait to hear the rest of the books in the series!
The simple story with a great cast of characters that takes me back to the first time I read this story.
The other books in the series, Tantras and Waterdeep. It continues the story of the main characters with good development and plot.
Cyric talking about his past to Midnight.
Not really, I wanted to spread it out and take my time to enjoy it more...
I bought this book because of the potential the story idea had but I have been left feeling like I could have done a better job myself. The book reads as a collection of strung together random encounters. The story is hollow and not fleshed out at all. It felt like every opportunity to give some in dept background to the characters and world was waisted. I guess if you have read enough of Forgotten Realms books you can imagine the rest yourself but that is at-least partially the job of the writer isn't it?
Now the worst part, the narration. Very little talent there either. Reads worse then my mom. How can someone that reads as monotone as this reader be a professional narrator?!! Only someone as simple as the writer of this dribble would allow a flake like this to @#¥* up her book even more. There is the only synergy. The only time this narrator managed to stir any emotion within me was when she pronounced the words "battle" and "metal", forcing me to cringe my toes every single time. No, just no.. To all of this.
No, I would recommend the book but not audio. The narrator just missed the mark. She made all the characters sound like they were whining. All emotions seemed way off.
Cyric! It is great to watch him develop into what he will one day become.
Not read it like every character was begging when they were supposed to be angry, scared and whatever else.
Sadly, the narrator was so bad that I will not be buying the rest of the Audible series but I will most likely get the books and read them.
Story built throughout with an explosive conclusion
How it fills into the rest of the written Forgotten Realms mythology
Yes, but I'll admit that I had difficulty with her rendition at first - I'm well used to it now.
The opening of character's backgrounds which begin to clue the reader into motivations
Because this is the first in the series the start is slow - so slow that I almost stopped the book. I'm glad I gutted through the slower parts.
Probably number 3 or 4. I loved performances from World War Z Complete and Snow Crash, and the story is great, but the narration is just a bit off. Great if you speed up the playback to 1.25. It actually adds more to the narration that way.
Intriguing characters, a hint of romance, and the interesting plot dynamic of unpredictable magic make for a fun tale.
Surprisingly, it was Adon. I wasn't expecting much from the male characters after the first few chapters. She's a tad unconvincing as a male character, but her female characters and non dialogue narration are great. The convincingness of Adon and his arc near the finale of the book really hooked me.
There were some humorous parts, but as all "first stories," it is meant to set up the world and what's going on. I have a feeling the real action is going to amp up in the next book.
Great read for those new to the Dungeons and Dragons universe, or just new to Forgotten Realms. If I was reading this during the initial release, I would have loved it even more since it ties into the changes between editions of the game. For non fans of Dungeons and Dragons, it is a solid fantasy tale that shakes up a world that existed, which actually adds to the ease of introduction. My wife, a non-fan of Dungeons and Dragons, found herself listening in when I was listening, and was just as intrigued by the story as I was. Great time.
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