7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 1998
This novel is the first Realms novel I have ever read and up to this day after countless others, it still remains my favourite. I have read this book so many times I can no longer count them. At a time when the Forgotten Realms and Harpers series were still in their beginnings, when many other FR books seemed to be no more than documented role playing campaigns, Elaine Cunnigham conjured forth a novel which will keep you up all night! I love so much about this book. The intriguing plot that will stupify you again and again, characters of great depth that you just gotta love [Arylin, Danilo, Khelben, and even Elaith (or perhaps especially Elaith!)], a great setting and action sequences which are neither too short nor too elaborate. When you finally do close this book, you
a) Feel realy good about finally having money well spent. b) Feel really hungry as you realize that you have not eaten for the past 22 hours.
c) Feel that you will read it again soon.
For FR veterans and people who have never touched a fantasy book alike: This is how a book should be written! Get it while it's still there!
Andreas "They don't get any better than this" Meyer
on 30 June 2010
Great little depute novel from Cunningham.
This is the second instalment of the Harpers story arc.
The story follows a theme of a "who done it", following a spate of murders, with a few nice little twists. The story follows two main characters, with several interesting fringe characters thrown into the mix. This book has a classic FR feel and story arc.
The book is written very well for this type of genre and flows seamlessly
throughout and never gets bogged down.
on 5 September 1998
OK I admit it, when I bought this book I thought...well I know it will be bad but I shall try it anyway. I was ambushed! This is a great book! I loved every word of it. The plot is well done, and written. The characters are well developed and lifelike. Overall just plain great!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2004
I like Elaine's style of writing, although a bit gory sometimes... I mean, the wound descriptions are given in awesome detail. This is the first book I ever read from her. Previously I had only read Salvatore, and let me tell you that although the writing styles are quite different (Salvatore being more "action", Elaine more "character interaction"), I would be hard pressed to choose between these two pillars of fantasy novel writing. Great book. Buy it... Now