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Pool of Radiance

Pool of Radiance [Kindle Edition]

James M. Ward , Jane Cooper Hong
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The book of the Official Advanced Dungeons and Dragons computer game.


Shal, a spellcaster, joins forces with Ren and Tarl to rid Phlan of Tyranthraxus, the possessed dragon who commands the undead armies of Valhingen Graveyard.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1812 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (3 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076Q1EBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 10 Jan 2004
By rusby
This book is the best! Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise.
This is the book that got me interessted in fantasy and it certainly was one of the best books I've read.
It is the first of a trillogy. Unfortunatly the second is not so good, and the third is terrible.
I read this book having no idea it was basd on a game, so I cannot say whether it was the same or not. It certainly wasn't "predictable".
The book follows Shal, Ren and Tarl as they battle various monsters and try to find out who killed Shal's previous master.
There is plenty of action, magic and adventuring to keep everyone happy.
If you like fantsy, you should like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 12 April 2010
Like a previous reviewer this book introduced me to the Forgotten Realms and I loved all three main characters story lines. The book kept me turning the pages to find out what new quest the team were on next.

An easy read that I finished quickly and thoroughly enjoyed, I have read it many times over and put it as one of my favorate Forgoten Realms novels, inspiring me to look up the sequels. Pools of Darkness was darker than Radiance but I really did enjoy it and the introduction of several new characters.

Pools of Twilight I didnt enjoy as much and TBH cannot remember to well,but I remember enjoying the continuing adventures.

I highly reccomend the Trilogy for any fan of sword and sorcery as an introdction to the Foregotten Realms it also works well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is simply bad 26 Oct 2002
By Anders
I've read quite a few books in the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms series, and i've almost always been pleased with what i got.
This book, however, is simply bad. The characters (a spellcaster, a "ranger thief" and a cleric) are extremely plain and boring. The story, based on the computer game, is so predictable it is an insult to the readers intelligence.
Don't buy it! And don't read it, either. You will be disappointed if you do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dynamic epic of extraordinary detail. 15 May 1998
By L A Spillane-Larke - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Pool of Radiance" by James M. Ward and Jane Cooper Hong is the first fantasy adventure book I've ever read. We've all seen the fantasy movies like "The Neverending Story" and "The Dark Crystal," but I've never actually read books like this. I was very surprised at the way Ward's and Hong's words painted vivid pictures in my mind. This is what I liked most about the book. It wasn't drawn out and boring like many other descriptive books, but full of action. Their words were fast paced so the action "scenes" were fluid in my mind. Most of the action takes place in battles in which a band of three warriors, Shal, Ren, and Tarl, fight their way to Tyranthraxus. The book takes place in another world; a world that you and me does not exist. But Ward and Hong bring this other world to life through the median of thier own use of the descriptive style of writing. Whether it's a forest, a town, a tavern brawl, or a castle dungeon, the journey comes alive and one will experience it with all five senses.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is seriously terrible unless you are 12 or under 2 Oct 2013
By Chris likes it - Published on
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This book has the laziest, cheapest writing I've ever encountered. Be warned, I'm going to give some spoilers so if you don't want them, stop reading at my spoiler warning after this paragraph. I can only imagine that the better reviews have to do with the nostalgia of reading this book as a kid or in playing and enjoying the PC game, which is why I read it. Before I launch into specifics, let me give you a spoiler-free analogy about why this book is so stupid. Think of any fantasy story you've ever read and replace the main hero with Superman. Every time the hero encounters a challenge, replace what actually happened in the story with Superman realizing that he's freaking Superman and just punching the dude through his face. Once or twice he might melt the guy with his heat vision, for variety. That's basically Pool of Radiance.


Every major encounter the characters struggle with is solved in the cheapest, laziest way possible. Oh, an army of orcs at Sokol Keep? Level it with the Staff of Power. Oh crap, the gnolls are about to overtake them! Level them with the Staff of Power. Yarash and his twisted forces are getting the better of them, oh no! You guessed it, blow everything to bits with the Staff of Power. FINALLY, the authors destroy that stupid staff because even they have SOME shame, and what does Shal do in her next deadly encounter, with the wights? Pull out a Wand of Wonder of course. An unimaginable army of undead is about to kill them all? Tarl prays to Tyr and Divine Intervention destroys all the undead and heals everyone. WTF? This level of cheap nonsense hurts my brain. Finally, they encounter Tyranthraxus, the powerful archvillian of the story. They engage him, it's a difficult battle, and when things look their most grim and our heroes are about to fall, how do they overcome the lead villain, a powerful dragon? Shal has a Ring of Wishes of course, and wishes him dead. Boom goes the dynamite. Game over. Could've just done that on page 4 and saved us all some time.
This is the worst writing I've ever seen and I can only recommend this book to people just learning to read, or with exceptionally low IQs. Lord of the Rings it certainly is not.
Oh, and pet peeve, how many times can you possibly use the phrase "It adds a measure" of strength/ability/power or whatever in one book? I recommend a thesaurus.
5.0 out of 5 stars Value of the Book 24 April 2014
By Brad Stanley - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am very pleased with the condition of the book and how well it looks. This is a really great book to read and i wanted to ensure i had one to read over and over and this book i received looks almost brand new. I am extremely pleased with the information on the book and the condition it was sent to me. Thank you so much!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of one of Forgotten Realms' best series! 9 Jan 2014
By Sherwin Fletcher - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a well-written book with a great story line, yet is easily read since it flows so well. Great writing!
5.0 out of 5 stars For a simple easy fun read this older fantasy book is just the ... 23 July 2014
By Terry Vierling - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a simple easy fun read this older fantasy book is just the ticket. Taken from one of the first computer fantasy games it picks up fast and keeps moving. I highly recommend it.
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