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3.0 out of 5 starseasy fast read
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017
As with all these 200 page d&d books they are quick fun reads this one was my least favorite of the series but still not terrible. Since all the books except the first and last book are written by different authors ( athans) there is a bit of a conflict with character development. That being said the characters often seem to change personality from book to book. Wish the authors did a bit more research but most likely these books would have been written with some titles overlapping one another. All in all if you allow yourself to keep th at in mind everyone of these books will keep you entertained.
Good book. Good series. Good Writer. Very Traditional Dungeons & Dragons story and sory line. Would have been nice if the series was longer or the books were longer or the series was more tightly interconected. On the plus side any of the books can be read in any order.
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you don't expect much, it's decent
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2012
I went in with pretty low expectations- after all, this is based off D&D so I hardly expected a prize-winning novel. Going in bearing that in mind, I actually liked it- I had a few giggles throughout the book at Alhandra's odd sense of humor, the dynamics between her and Jozan were definitely interesting- I do believe Jozan had a bit of a thing for the paladin! The ending was intriguing though, and I like that the villain had some depth to him. Sure, some of the speak was too modern and some of the characters a bit undeveloped, cliche, or both, but don't expect too much and you'll like it!
This novel regresses to the level of the very poor first novel The Savage Caves. The writing is at times cringe inducing in its triteness, particularly the paragraph where Yddith swoons over Krusk. In this book we have one new character as a hero, Yddith the tavern wench with a lot of moxy and an amazing talent for sorcery despite no real training. Jozan the cleric from the Savage Caves returns, and is relatively unchanged. Alhandra returns from the previous book and has changed from a compassionate, caring leader into a self-righteous black/white/no shades of grey prig of a paladin. She then whiplashes back and forth between being a prig and compassionate. Her back-story is "developed" with the lousy cliched tale of being wronged by her love. Krusk, the half-orc barbarian, returns from the previous book also. He now has been given a big i.q. upgrade and substantial leadership abilities. Calmet, the main point of view character for the forces of badness is Jozan's old teacher and provides the most depth of the book as he wonders why his god Pelor abandoned him. Still though it is paper thin religious philosophy he thinks of and only deep in comparison to the awful portrayal that this "T.H. Lain" gives to the heroes. The Black Carnival, a travelling show populated by the undead is also a high point, a neat idea that isn't given much play. The dungeon crawl is average, but the horrible changes to the characters as well as Yddith's amazing magic abilities make this at best a 2 out of 5 stars. A shame, the series was looking to develop quite well just 2 books ago.
3.0 out of 5 starsMore "brain candy" from Lain for D&D Devotees
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2003
T.H. Lain has been crafting a series out of the iconic character written for the 3rd Edition release of Dungeons and Dragons, and Lain's latest, "The Bloody Eye," is a bit more gruesome than the previous offerings. Featuring Alhandra (the paladin), Jozan (the cleric), Krusk (the barbarian) and... a scullery maid... this one involves the plot of Jozan's former teacher to release an avatar of Gruumsh (think big bad evil one-eyed orc god) onto the land. Twisted beasts, gorey eye-mutilations, hack-n-slash, and, of course, a dungeon crawl make this one of the solid 'brain candy' works of D&D fiction that is just the right size to eat up and enjoy in the space of an afternoon or a long bus ride. Can the heroes defeat the foul evil, and reclaim the land for goodness? Of course they can. Duh. But the fun is watching, not in guessing if they can... What is frustrating is the 181 page length for the hefty $7.99 Canadian price - I'd rather the books be released in one volume of three tales for a higher price, if that means it would be of a more worthy length. Regardless, as far as brain-candy reading goes, this is a good quick reading experience. 'Nathan