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Shadowbane: Forgotten Realms [Mass Market Paperback]

Erik Scott De Bie

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6 Sep 2011 Forgotten Realms
The city of Luskan has always been a den of pirates, thieves, and murderers. But lately, it has gotten even worse. A ship crashes ashore with nothing but corpses. Everyday people go crazy and kill those around them. The only signs found of even the most hardened criminals who walk the streets at night are bones.

Luskan's sister city, Waterdeep, sent a detachment to quarantine the unclean city--to let the filth die, rather than infect the rest of the Realms--but Myrin has slipped inside, declaring that she will save Luskan. Shadowbane follows, determined to save Myrin and therefore her pet city--even if he has to kill every rat in Luskan to do it.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (6 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786958553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786958559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,232,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fast paced and enjoyable book. 8 Oct 2011
By Rob Ford - Published on
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Shadowbane is a sequel to the book Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep and is set about a year or so after the events in that novel. It is also preceded by The Chosen of The Sword, a short novella that sets up some of the side plots in Shadowbane.

The book itself features expert pacing, gripping plot and unique and compelling characters. Kalen is just as awesome as ever and even receives some deeper development now that he's back in the city that holds the dark memories from his past. Myrin makes her return in this novel as well and also receives a lot of development, it's really great to see her go from the amnesiac girl in Downshadow to the independent and powerful wizard in Shadowbane. In addition to the returning characters we also get a bunch of interesting new faces, from the deadly well of wisdom that is Sithe to the scheming Toytere. Each new and returning character is compelling and unique to the point that i can't think of a single one that was a bore to read.

Pacing is this book's strong-suit, things move along at a nice speed that lets us really enjoy the great scenes of dialogue and character development but it knows when a fabulously described action sequence is needed. The fight scenes in this book are vivid and very fluid to read, each one gives you a clear idea of exactly what's going on and who's doing it. They make for a cinematic and gritty story that fits perfectly in the city of luskan. there's a specific action scene towards the end of the book that was so vivid and cinematic that I'll have a hard time forgetting it for years to come.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowbane Returns 5 Oct 2011
By Stefan - Published on
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Shadowbane takes places roughly a year after Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep (Greenwood Presents Waterdeep) and Kalen is traveling to Luskan after receiving a cryptic letter from Myrin. Luskan is under quarantine due to a mysterious plague that is driving people to madness then killing them in a most gruesome way. We meet some surprising people from Kalen's past and find out more about Myrin. Erik's signature is his fight scenes are there are plenty in Shadowbane. They are so vivid they practically leap off the page.

I love books with anti-heroes and Kalen certainly fits that bill. He does not come off as the typical brooding warrior but as someone with a truly troubled soul having had to make some terrible choices. The setting of the book, Luskan, had a great feel, it reminded me of Batman No Man's Land.

Not only this this a follow up to Downshadow but it is also part of the Abyssal Plague series which spans all the DnD worlds, Eberron, Forgotton Realms, Dark Sun. No previous knowledge of the Abyssal Plague is required to enjoy Shadowbane but if you would like more background you check out the extras found at the end of the ebook. This is also the first Wizard of the Coast book to be available only in ebook format.

I have been a fan of Erik's work since Ghostwalker: The Fighters and he keeps upping the ante with each new release. He is one of top Forgotten Realms authors and if you are looking for a great new read, give Shadowbane a try. You won't be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great dark and brooding read 18 Dec 2011
By Tom-S - Published on
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Erik Scott DeBie creates a gripping story that skirts the darker underbelly of the forgotten realms, Luskan in particular. His dark hero Kalen Dren (Shadowbane) is both tortured and driven at the same time. His dark nature only overshadowed by his need to do the greater good. The book moves along at a good clip with frequent surprises along the way. As someone who appreciates a dark story without the need for shiny, happy people holding hands (sorry for the REM reference), I enjoyed the book greatly and in typical Erik Scott DeBie fashion, he left the way paved for a sequel with many unanswered questions, yet without a traditional cliffhanger. I look forward to the next chapter. Great Job Erik.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shadowbane 16 Jan 2013
By night dragon - Published on
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Gripping, ensightful delve into a flawed man that was introduced in Downshadow.. Read it in a matter of days because i just couldn't put it down. Erik did a wonderful job creating this intricate and compelling character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book is awesome. 10 Jan 2013
By John Cahillane - Published on
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Shadowbane strikes again! In this sequel to Downshadow we find ourselves in Luskan where all kinds of epic battles and story plots are going down. Seriously couldn't put it down. Read it in just one night. Shadowbane you're my new favorite hero. Sorry Drizzt!
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