The Dreaming Dark series gives the reader a great start into understanding the feel of the Eberron Campaign Setting for Dungeons & Dragons.
T..Show More »he Series has a pretty linear progression The City of Towers takes place in the City of Sharn, introducing the reader to the Warforged, the Dragonmarked Houses.
The Shattered Land takes the reader to Xend’rik, and uncovers a glimpse into the world of the Eberron Drow.
The Gates of Night takes this adventure to the Planes and sheds some light on the driving forces of this universe.
Personally I loved the first book, the City of Sharn is so full of adventure it almost shames all other campaigns I have read about, and I suppose that is why my interest in the series waned as the story moved from this city to uncover the setting as a whole. The adventure gets to be a bit "over the top" especially as it runs into the final book of the series.
The change in narrator for the 3rd book didn't help with this... at all.
The first book in this series was captivating with its setting and plot in a word that felt fresh and new. The second book unfortunately loses that se..Show More »nse of grandeur in lieu of telling a simple quest story. Disappointingly the whole book is a quest to heal one of the main characters of a mental illness he received in the first book.
A lot of this book is an endless series of the characters getting captured at various stages of their journey, then getting saved by some new character that pops up with some new agenda. The characters rarely think things through or prepare, rushing headlong into situations and trusting the wrong people. The main character wakes up over and over again in darkness, trapped in either some mental or physical prison, and trying to escape. It makes the novel very difficult to follow.
The other subplot of the book revolves around the question of whether the war forged are people or machines, similar to the plots of countless sci fi books about androids ever since Asimov. This book doesn't really add anything new.
Overall a frustrating book, as it falls far short of the standard set by the first volume.
While I feel like this one has a more cohesive story than the second book in the series, it still ultimately falls quite a bit short of its potential...Show More » The first book in the series was quite good, especially up until the end, because it did a great job of introducing you to the world. This one stayed back in the land of more dime-a-dozen series tie-in novels.
I really like the world of Eberron, because of its blend of fantasy and sci-fi. But I think in order to truly capitalize on that you would have to have a, epic fantasy series set in the world to establish a "main" plot-line. These kind of books that are turned out by the franchise are really just popcorn fantasies, and I'm sure they satisfy a big part of the market. But what I really want to find is a series like this that is truly written with the art of the story in mind. It doesn't have to be epic and the stakes don't have to be huge. That was what worked in the first book - we were just concerned with the fates of the four main character. By the end of this book, our heroes are trying to save the entire world just like every other cliche genre fantasy series out there. And it doesn't even sell it to the readers. As other reviewers have stated, the ending just falls apart because it doesn't really have much backbone to it.
If it had been kept toned down, with a focus on characters and world-building, I would have been a lot more satisfied by this series.