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Finders Bane (Lost Gods) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kate Novak , Jeff Grubb
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reissue edition (1 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786906588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786906581
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An addition to the FORGOTTEN REALMS series of fantasy fiction in which the young priest Joel and his companions must somehow infiltrate the extra-planar city of Sigil and recover a mysterious artefact to thwart a plot to bring down the evil god Bane back to life. From the authors of MASQUERADES.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finders Keepers, a worthy acquisition. 1 Dec 2002
By Marco Busani VINE VOICE
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If the Amazon rating system allowed half marks I would have given this novel 3.5 stars. This book is an interesting read but it isn't in the same league as the orignal Finder's Stone Trilogy. Finder's Bane reunites the reader in most welcome fashion with 2 of the characters from the original trilogy - Finder the carefree Bard and the Saurial Wizard Grypht. I quite like the new cast of characters that is assembled in this book to, they represent an interesting mix. The storyline involves them travelling to Sigil in an attempt to prevent the resurrection of the dark god Bane. Walinda & Holly are well fleshed out characters and I particularly enjoyed their mutual distrust of each other & Walinda's coquettishness with Joel. However, the character of Bear is the weak link in this story and I feel that his services as a protagonist in this tale should have been cut short. All in all though, Finder's Bane is a well-scripted and engaging story that I sailed through in 2 days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A battle of faith 21 Feb 2000
By Christopher J. Cavallo - Published on Amazon.com
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While on a pilgrimage to the Lost Vale, Finder's young priest stumbles upon a plot that could return one of the all time villains to the realms: Bane. Ten years ago Bane battled Torm and lost his unholy life over the city of Tantras during the godswar (see "Tantras" by Richard Awlinson), now dark forces seek his resurrection. Joel, a master bard who turned his back on the establishment to take up the banner of the Nameless Bard, Finder Wyvernspur, finds himself thrust into a great adventure that may affect all of Toril.
I truly enjoyed this title; it did a marvelous job of seamlessly tying the lands of Abeir-Toril to those of the Multiverse. Without presumption and overly philosophical overtones, the story introduces fans of Forgotten Realms fiction to the basis of faith and the relationship of deity and worshipper. I also enjoyed the reprisal of the Banite clergy, and how the authors showed the mindset of one who would worship such a tyrant. Throw into the mix, a god of the old guard-Lathander-and watch the diversity of how deities interact with their faithful.
Further, I loved seeing the tie-ins for other products without the explicate stating of the facts: see the Giants Craw scene, and then look to "The Sword of the Dales" module trilogy by Jim Butler. The authors also managed to handle the widely varying locations very well, from the rugged Daggerdale, the elusive Lost Vale, the ruinous desert of old Netheril (Anauroch), to the varying degrees of the planes, including: the astral plane, the Outlands, and the infamous city of doors, Sigil.
Finally, the best part about this novel is the fact that while the previous titles (The Finder's Stone trilogy) would help to flesh out Finder; they are in no way necessary to read and enjoy this tale. This book is definitely worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big send off... 11 April 2007
By Richard K. Kostoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the curtain call for the highly talented and very creative team of Novak and Grubb who helped create most of TSR's fantasy worlds: Forgotten Realms, Al Quadim, Spelljammer and Planescape are all Mr Grubb's visions. I honestly thought this was about the return of Bane-an evil god from the Forgotten Realms who was previously killed.

This writing team can make a very humorous spectacle and some very great storytelling. This story takes elements from Forgotten Realms, Spelljammer and ends with Planescape. Its hats off time as these old worlds are "phased out" with Wizards of the Coast. I felt these worlds had ran thier course, with the exception of Forgotten Realms. Jeff Grubb has one more novel-Tymora's Luck.

The books itself is not great, but it has its moments. It was not what I expected, and this was not a good thing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Realms novel that really is(though it has a poor ending) 1 May 1999
By Bane's Errant Nephew (starscream44@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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Finder's Bane is commendable to fans of the Forgotten Realms primarily because it incorporates so many aspects of the gameworld into its plot and elaborates on them, instead of making something up that doesn't fit well into the world. There is copious reference to the gods of the world in the book; indeed, one of the primary characters is a god. The book's characters are interesting, especially the priestess of Bane and her attitudes toward less malevolent religions. The ending, however, is frustrating and inconclusive. I got the impression that the characters would have become more interesting if they had to deal with the ignomony of releasing Bane back into the world. Sometimes the bad guys should win. In any case, Forgotten Realms fans will enjoy and appreciate this book. If you like Bane, though, get ready for a letdown.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 30 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Man, this is a great addition to the forgotten realms series! I never got into the whole Finders Stone Trilogy so I didnt know what to expect from this book. I was really, really surprised to find that even if you never read any of the other books in the series you will enjoy this one from the beginnning to the end. The characters in the book are interesting and the inclusion of the gods really helped out. The only down side is that if you were looking forward to the bad guys to win you will be dissapointed. I recommend to all Forgotten Realms fans.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book 9 April 2001
By gad ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is very easy reading matirial. It's story isn't comlicated and the conflicts arn't so bizzar. But above that this book is very fun to read, you can't wait to read what'll happened next .And more to it, the book show a thological conflict about who need who more the god his followers or the opposit. The butiful thing his that you see it without any complication and annoying thing in the plot. this book worth it's money
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