Normally you should never judge a book by its cover but in this case it is worth a look. The picture shows an unshaven knight in battered armour and a freshly scarred barbarian. They are making their way down the steps of an abandoned temple, the scene lit only by the cold light of a sorcerer's magic.
This is what made Dragon Warriors different from its contemporaries. The world of Legend setting is much closer to medieval grime and mud than the high fantasy of D&D. More haunted barrows, forgotten gods and otherworldly fay, less hordes of orcs and jolly halflings. While every adventuring party may have its warlock or sorcerer, magic in the wider world is rare.
The new book itself sturdy and well laid out. The internal art is, for the most part, good and fits the background setting. The rules are well presented and plenty of examples given. While the contents page is pretty comprehensive the book does lack an index.
For those familiar with the original books this edition contains all the rules, character classes and world background. It has the stats of all the creatures but none of the detail (now in Dragon Warriors Bestiary
). The original adventures are also absent (in Sleeping Gods
However there is an excellent new adventure included, The Darkness Before Dawn. Very atmospheric, a good introduction to the world of Legend.