I grabbed this one because the blurb said it was written for people who were new to Forgotten Realms and was showcasing Waterdeep. It fails utterly. <..Show More »br/> It constantly references things that you'd need to be quite familiar with Forgotten Realms to understand, and up to date with it's constantly evolving story line. It showcases WaterDeep in much the same way that a really great performance of one of Shakespeare's plays showcases the excellent carpentry of the stage being performed on.
The narrator does numerous voices, mostly intensely silly. They meld a bit later, as three characters seem to use the same "Big, dopey guy" voice.
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...Show More » 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.
This book does a great job of giving me interesting and engaging characters in the Forgotten Realms without having to give me a massive world-shatteri..Show More »ng event. What are the sorts of stories happening to the little guy...that's what Downshadow is about. A man out for justice to save a city that doesn't know it needs saving.