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Downfall (Dhamon Saga) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jean Rabe
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786918144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786918140
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,249,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A one-time Hero of the Heart, Dhamon Grimwulf has descended into a life of crime, bitterness, and squalor, but as the dragon overlords of the Fifth Age plot to destroy their enemies, he, with the help of his former comrades, must redeem himself from his self-destructive life. Reprint.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dhamons Despair 6 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story unfolds for Dhamon Grimwolf, which continue his story after being a former Knight of Neraka, his life rapidly deteriorates to a life of crime, teaming up with some unsavoury characters. This book has been written exellently and as soon as you pick the book up you will not want to put it down. I personnally am looking forward to the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a single fault 9 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I really, really enjoyed this. Rabe handled Dhamon well, I was both disgusted by his complete lack of feeling to his past and present friends and sympathising with the man for his misfortune. Being a dragonlance novel we know there's a glimmer of redemption ahead but it could easily lie in Dhamon's death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 5 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Being a huge Dragonlance fan, and one who had eagerly anticipated the follow up to Jean Rabe's excellent Dragons of a New Age trilogy, I was very disappointing with this book. There is no sense of the 'epic' that is felt by reading her previous trilogy. This is especially true when we consider that the follow up to the inaugral Dragonlance trilogy (Chronicles) - The Twins Trilogy - was just as epic and gripping as the original.
Although Rabe paints a good picture of a bitter and disallusioned Dhamon Grimwulf she doesn't actually convince us about the reasons for his 'downfall'. Granting having a dragon scale attached to your leg, that causes immense pain, would be enough to annoy even the stoutest of hearts, the actual reasons for his portrayal seem to have been devised at the last minute and appear rather pathetic. The idea that he chickens out from attacking a green dragon, thus leading all his men to be routinely killed, realising the futility of this action, leaves the reader (or at least me) feeling completely unsympathetic, and a bit unbelieving that the stalwart hero of the previous books could have had a big yellow stripe painted down his back quite so readily.
Ultimately, this Dragonlance novel belongs more in the category belonging to such stories as The Tale of Uncle Trapspringer and other such simple plots following a direct route with very few surprises and intrigue. Hopefully the sequel 'Betrayal' will be far more gripping and that 'Downfall' can be cast into the box marked 'setting the scene'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is not good 19 Nov 2003
By T. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Downfall was the first book I read from Dragonlance realm, big mistake on my part. But I didn't learn and thought the second book of this series, betrayl, would be better. BoyO', I was wrong.
Downfall starts off with the main character, Dhaemon, being an uninteresting and very annoying, it ends the same way too. The plot and the characters were very hard to believe and were even harder to like. After finishing this book it left me with nothing, except a strongly dislike towards dragonlance novels and for a couple of years I refused to read them. But don't worry, I like Dragonlance now.
Even if you have read the core books (chronicles and legends) and are looking for other dragonlance novels, stay clear of this one. It's really horrible.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hadn't read a bad Dragonlance book until... 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
...I read this. Absolutely horrid. I read less than 100 pages before I got too disgusted to read anymore. The book doesn't contain any likeable or sympathetic characters. In fact, they're all terrible. I'm not sure which I hate the most: the wanna-be prostitute half-elf or the amoral "hero." The entire cast of "good guys" delights in cruelity without reason and bloodlust. Right, if I wanted to read about people like this, I'd buy Helter Skelter.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start 24 Jun 2000
By Richard Raley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must say that Jean Rabe may not be WM and TH but she is turning out to be a very good Dragonlance author. This novel was a good adventure for Dhamon and Rig, it reminded me very much of a Dragonlance game quest (both a good and a bad thing). With this new novel, Rabe's action scenes have also improved far above what she showed in the Dragons of a New Age Trilogy (i.e. she didn't have Rig throw a knife into someone's throat every single fight). I think this book did a very good job setting up new characters as well as reminding us who the older characters are and advancing them. If you like the Fifth Age (both the novels and the game setting) then you will find this novel very entertaining and if you don't then it should still be a good read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but needs more 20 Sep 2000
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book starts out ok, and improves... however, there are parts of the story that kind of trip you up, and have to re-read what you just read.
All in all it is a great book to get. I say this because even though there are slow parts of the novel, there are many fast parts that keep the adventure going.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed 11 Aug 2000
By Scott W. Symons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am 30 years old and have been reading Dragonlance since I was a sophomore in HS and this by far has been the most dissapointing book of them all. Yes, the author's writing has improved from her first stories, but all in all I find the entire story boring until the very end. Many times I had to go back and re-read what I had already read, because she was unable to capture my attention. It is nice to hear from some of the old characters, and of course I would purchase the next book in the series, but don't waste an entire Sunday afternoon reading this one, do some lawn care as well!
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