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Masquerades (Forgotten Realms) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kate Novak , Jeff Grubb
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786901527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786901524
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 9.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When her hometown is overtaken by the Night Masks crime syndicate, Alias joins forces with the saurial paladin Dragonbait and the halfling bard Olive Ruskettle in a quest to free the town merchants from their underground overlords. Original. 90,000 first printing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars masquerades 11 Feb 2012
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kate novak and jeff grub have done it again with the adventures of alias the singing sell sword dragnobait the palaldin and my other wonderful character s. if you want to read a good book that riveting . this is the one
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 29 Sep 1998
By A Customer
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A book with Dragonbait and Olive has to be good.But this was great!I liked the plot.All the supporting characters were well-made and since Westgate isn't in many books it was nice to read about it.Alias did behave stubbornly but nobody's perfect.I recommend this book to all interested in the Forgotten Realms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You want the best in high fantasy? 26 Dec 1996
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This novel was among the best fantasy books that I have ever read. The story was in-depth, well written, and stayed true to the Forgotten Realm tradition.
The characters had true depth, and the villian was very original. One of the true "last one you would ever expect" mysteries....a 10 out of 10.
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Perhaps it is my fault that I simply do not like this book, because I opened it with really high expectations. A relatively unknown city in the realms, famous characters with a joined past, intrigue and plot twists and turns. I thought I'd love it. But I'm sorry, this book just did not do it for me. The characters often appear two dimensional, the organisation of the Night Masks unlikely, the plot predictable. Yes, it was predictable! Just read the book and you will notice that the authors always seemed to take the most unlikely possibility in the plot line. *bang* There you have it...it is just as predictable as taking the most obvious turn in a story. Maybe it surprised others, but not me and that was really disappointing. Does it make up with great action and kewl characters? Yes and no. The action was actually pretty kewl. (Thank you Dragonbait and Mintassan!) But the characters... *groan* I just could not get myself to like Alias.She could have made a fascinating personalitly due to her talents and her past. But oh man, I have had sweaters with more personality than her...Dragonbait is okay... but the rest of the protagonists...I wouldn't have cared if the Faceless would have blown them all to bits! You just gotta hate all those meddling noble merchant families, they really get on your nerves! The only characters I did like were a sage and an undead dragonhead, which just goes to show you how sad the others did. But the end takes the cake! I mean the part where they try to finally get at Verovan's hoard. Take your time and read it very thoroughly. Twice. Then imagine the authors meant what they wrote seriously. You're laughing your head off? I started crying! Do yourself a favor and buy a good Forgotten Realms book like "Elfshadow" by Elaine Cunningham, one of its sequels, or "The Night Parade" by Scott Ciencin
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Westgate 21 Feb 2000
By Christopher J. Cavallo - Published on Amazon.com
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Westgate, the city moved by trade, and thieves. For fourteen years, the dreaded Night Masks have ruled the city from the shadows. Enter Alias, a familiar hero to fans of realms fiction, she of the enchanted arm. When Alias and Dragonbait return to Westgate, they become embroiled in the twisted plots of "the Faceless", the mysterious and enigmatic ruler of the Night Masks. With the help of the irrepressible Olive Ruskettle, as well as several new allies they delve head first into breaking up Faceless' dark reigns.
Long had the city of Westgate remained a relative mystery to the Realms reader. An odd fact when you see it lies just across the Lake of Dragons from Cormyr. I was thrilled with this look into the manipulative and trade driven society, especially the haughty merchant nobles. Unlike their Cormyte counterparts, these back biting greengrocers count every penny, and think more about the next shipment than the next ball. I also enjoyed the new faces, both the villains and the allies. I have heard people who claim this book is a failure because the story is not epic. Well if you are sick of realms shattering, god-killing epics this title is for you. I thought it was refreshing to see a title in which the villains were mere mortals capable of manipulation without a castle full of necromancers and priests to shove their will down the peasant's throat. A plot where manipulation and betrayal weighed more than the gold spent to buy a dead tarrasque. This was a fine tale, and worth the time and money to read.
However, I feel I must rate this a four star, rather than a five for one particular reason. As another reviewer stated, the portion of the tale that deals with Verovan's Treasure chamber could have used a touch more work, it felt a touch rushed, and endings are oft to feel that way, it's always the hardest part. As to whether it felt cliché, as that reviewer states, I would have to agree. Love conquers all is a relatively common theme, but that's because it's true for the most part; and while I felt the handling of that cliché was managed well, I would have liked to have seen it done differently. Nevertheless, I have to recommend this title, and the trilogy that introduces thee of the main heroes (Alias, Dragonbait, and Olive): The Finder's Stone trilogy. If you can find any of these four titles, snap them up quick.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A step-down from the Finder's Stone trilogy 21 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In Azure Bonds, there was real mystery: what were Alias' origins, and who was Dragonbait? In Song of the Saurials, the intrigue continued with the mysterious Grypht, and the action was built to an epic scale, with the companions fighting gods and dragons. But everything is scaled down in Masquerades. Alias (who does not seem nearly as well developed as in past books) and the gang are confined to a singular, typical city (so it's not too epic), facing a typical, predictable villain (so it's not too mysterious). This book could have been converted into a cheesy Dungeons and Dragons adventure pretty easily, and that's not a good thing. If Novak and Grubb want to return to these characters, how about they do it through another well-thought out, interesting, mysterious trilogy? I just don't think they expended the same effort on this "little Harpers book" as they have in past efforts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 29 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A book with Dragonbait and Olive has to be good.But this was great!I liked the plot.All the supporting characters were well-made and since Westgate isn't in many books it was nice to read about it.Alias did behave stubbornly but nobody's perfect.I recommend this book to all interested in the Forgotten Realms.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Westgate, a nice little town to visit, but . . . 15 Jan 2003
By Carrie Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alias returns to her "hometown" of Westgate on a trivial matter for the Harpers and gets sucked into a battle with the Nightmasks and their leader the Faceless. The Nightmasks are ruthless thieves who really run the city. They have their grubby hands in every pocket and a knife at every back. Alias is hired to break their ring and bring in the Faceless.
This is a good tale which is nicely paced and leaves a few things open for future novels. The characters are solid (but then, most of them have been fleshed out looong ago) and interesting. A good book if you haven't read any of their previous novels, a great one if you have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To twist a Plot 25 Sep 2000
By Ian Cruickshank - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very impressed with this book. It has to be one of the best from the harper series. The use of established characters strengthens the story and makes it more interesting to read. The best part of the book though has tobe the continuing plot twists. I highly recomend. A warning first: you may want to read the the Finder's Stone triology first.
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