Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb wrote the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set for TSR and he has written many novels since . ....Show More » some good, some . . . well lets just say we all have bad days . . .
This is I am afraid a mishmash of indifferent to please kill his main character NOW so we no longer have to suffer. . .
It is written like some early Batman TV series you can at times almost hear the words "tune in next next week will the Dark Lord get some brains/spine/life/meaning/find someone who cares even if does any or all of the above . . ."
It lurches from one gratuitous killing field to another with the odd schoolboy allusions to sexual innuendo or worse. . .
The anti hero is so lame you always wish he will die . . . Thomas Covenant and Co can breath a sigh of relief . . .
So far I have made 4 attempts to finish book one . . . I keep hoping it will get better . . .
The narrator tries to breath life into it but is hampered by inane & trite material . . . I pity him . . . he does a good job but he is let down by what he is forced to read . . .
The second book has a new narrator but it's not the narrator that's the issue here its the writing . . .
I love fantasy. I love games like WOW. I love scifi. I have done so all my life . . Now as my eyesight betrays me I listen to audio books . . .
I had hoped that a man who helped fuel fantasy games & novels would have done a better job . . . I was mistaken . . .
I have unfortunately purchased book one and two .. If I ever make it through one I will review Book Two . . . One can only hope it gets better . . .
I am sorry if I offend any one with this review but this is my opinion of this novel . . . feel free to write your own if you disagree . . .
I might go listen to Tolkien or Eddings etc . . . I need to rebuild my faith in fantasy writers . .
I feel like I've been subjected to an episode of a prime-time tv program yet again. I was happy enough with the content of the first book in this seri..Show More »es, but found the ending too abrupt and several plot factors unreconciled. Book Two in the series achieved the same results, though in a more dramatic suspended climax.
As a whole, this volume in the series was more enjoyable than the first, despite my previously mentioned frustration(s). Instead of a drawn out series of strained interactions between the hero and his guide in a world he doesn't belong to, this book provides more depth via delivery of the storylines of several characters that held smaller roles in Dark Lord.
If I were to have any chief complaint beyond the cliffhanger ending, it would be the [ahem] physical interactions between amorous characters throughout the tale. I don't know if it's meant to be a reflection of the darker/rougher nature of the characters portrayed, or if the author feels that fantasy novel readers really believe that physical interactions really do play out in this manner with every coupling.
As with the first novel, I'd recommend the book - despite my disappointment with the ending.
I am a big fan of Ed Greenwood, but this book was just not good. It rambled in strange directions, contradicted itself in places, and generally just ..Show More »did not make sense. It had great potential, as the series started well, but sadly did not live up to its potential.