This book has gotten poor reviews because it has been judged against wrong criteria. This book introduces the Nentir Vale sandbox setting of D&D 4e. I..Show More »t's many locations are there for the reader to later get the game products about them. It is written as a way of showing how to To answer just how a game spell would work in a narrative fiction setting it mentions prepared spells, and fighter stances, cleric and paladin powers coming through their symbols and so on. Dialogue which seems cheesy is clearly meant to mentally see it more how a comic book does it. - like how Spidy and Doc Oc trade insults and explain plans as they fight. I found the brief reintroduction of characters in a scene each chapter a GOOD thing since there are so many characters and factions. It reads like a well written explanation of a tabletop groups campaign because that is its intention. Read it in that light and you may enjoy it as I did.