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2.0 out of 5 starsA rushed ending weighs down the experience
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2016
"The Crimson Gold" is the ninth book that I've read featuring a character introduced in the Sembia series. For most of the book, I was enjoying it, even if it wasn't anything particularly special. (It certainly wasn't as bad as "Heirs of Prophecy.") However, at the end of the novel, I found myself scratching my head wondering if I had missed something (or several chapters). Whitney-Robinson leaves a number (and by "a number," I mean "a lot") of plots unresolved. A prophetic dream that plays an important role in setting the events of the novel into motion is basically never discussed again. A number of schemes that seem to be driving the events of the later part of the novel are dropped, with the reader never learning what their actual goals were. Then, similar to "Heirs of Prophecy," several of the characters are suddenly imbued with great powers that inexplicably allow them to face much more powerful adversaries. I read this novel not just because of Tazi, but also to see if any other members of the Uskevren household (like Erevis Cale) played a role. I can happily tell you that they don't, and you can easily skip this one.
1.0 out of 5 starsIs it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Thazienne Uskreven!
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2007
I usually start my reviews with positive comments, followed by negative ones. This time, I'm going to do it other way around.
This book is all wrong.
The lead character is so perfect, to the point of being terribly annoying. She is so smart, athletic, witty, pretty, sexy, strategically brilliant, lucky, emotionally stable and fearless that Superman himself would be ashamed. I can't give way examples of mentioned traits without giving away spoilers, but trust me I'm not being cynic or spiteful, but merely realistic. The villains (the whole bunch of Thay's zulkirs and other Red Wizards) are so simplified and outright stupid, that it is really insulting. They actually let themselves be ordered by slaves. Characters have no plausible motivations behind their actions, and contradict themselves page after page. This book disregards (a mild word) all the good work Wizards of the Coast developers have done in and around the land of Thay in the last few years. The villains have a tendency of explaining their scheming to their enemies, and all of the characters have a tendency to speak to themselves (or "to no one in particular" as the author likes to put it). The plot is choppy, but otherwise is not as bad as the rest of the elements in this book. There are a lot of logical errors in it, but that goes on the editor(s). I liked Whitney-Robinson's book in the Spider Queen series, and I really can't perceive the reason behind this novel's such poor quality. I have a feeling that this book was written with a lot of love for its main character and minimal effort otherwise.
Otherwise, I liked one of the supporting characters, Justikar, and that is probably the only thing I liked. It might have been different if I was under ten years of age. In fact, this book might be well suited for younger audience.
Besides Elminster Series (I know Greenwood has a lot of fans who won't agree with me on this one), and first three books of Avatar Series, probably the worst novel to come out of TSR/WotC publishing.
The hero is a whining spoiled brat. The story is choppy and difficult to get into. The character motivations are convoluted and not believable. [A person of extreme wealth who steals the property of other people so she can get a kick out of the danger that she misses in her spoiled-pampered-self centered life, oh and she's GOOD and moral too????] OVERALL SCORE: (C-) READABILITY: (C-), PLOT: (D+), CHARATERS: (D-), DIALOGUE: (C-), SETTING: (C+), ACTION/COMBAT: (C), MONSTERS/ANTAGONISTS: (C+), ROMANCE: (n/a), SEX: (n/a), AGE LEVEL: (PG)
2.0 out of 5 starsFirst Forgotten Realms Novel I quit reading 80% into it...
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2004
I have read nearly every single Forgotten Realms Novel since the first one released, and there have been stinkers before. But this one is so loosely thrown together, and seemed to be written on the fly as she thought it up. When a huge war breaks out, a easy 'out' is given to the Character, and became so...irrelevant and I didn't care about the character in any way. This is the first FR novel I quit reading, and I was near the end of the book. I have read Veronica's other novel in the Spider Queen Series, and it was great, so It was just this story I guess.