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The Abduction (Double Diamond Triangle) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Jan 1997

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Solid introduction 18 Mar. 2009
By Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The Abduction

The abduction is the first book in a nine part serial novel. The others are The Paladins, The Mercenaries, Errand of Mercy, Opportunity for Profit, Conspiracy, Uneasy Alliances, Easy Betrayals, and The Diamond. All nine complete the full story.

The abduction begins with the Open Lord of Waterdeep about to get married. There is a pre-gala where all the merchants and other guilds mingle and conspiracies begin the main plot being the abduction of the bride Eidola. The main characters are Noph, the open lord Piergeiron Palidinson, Eidola, and the Lord Mage of Waterdeep Kelben Arunson. Other subplots are Noph's predicaments, the complication of the trade agreement the nobles want approved, and others I will say to avoid spoilers.

The book is very short at 87 pages and reads rather quickly. The prose moves nicely and there didn't seem to be much lag even for an introductory book. There is not too much time spent on character introductions since some of them realms fans will already have an idea about them. This book is basically a set up to get the main plot point started.

Some criticisms

1. The prelude, interludes, and postlude were written in the first person POV and didn't add much to the story and I just felt that they didn't need to be there.

Some positives

1. The flow of the book was nice. Without the interludes, it would have been better, but there was enough action and intrigue to keep things moving. It never felt bogged down.

2. The characters are nicely done, especially Noph's character. I continually found myself wanting to read more of him.

Overall, it is a solid beginning to a good series. I had hopes that this would set the standard for the rest of the books to continue this way.
The Bloodforge! 29 April 2011
By L Gontzes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Abduction is the first of a series of nine books, known as the Double Diamond Triangle Saga, set in the Forgotten Realms. The book starts off slowly with a weak prelude (there will be an equally weak interlude and postlude).
The book is set in Waterdeep, the City of Splendors, on Faerun's Sword Coast, where it deals with the multiple plots aimed against Piergeiron Paladinson, ruler of Waterdeep and Lady Eidola, his bride-to-be, on their wedding day. It is in the midst of such mayhem that the main character, Noph, gets embroiled in an adventure whose outcome might very well change the course of history.

The plot as a whole is average as is J. Robert King's writing style in this book. On the down side, security seems very lax in Waterdeep for a royal wedding and there is no mention or sign of the city's other lords or high-level heroes/inhabitants/champions/protectors/adventurers with the exception of Khelben Blackstaff (naturally enough).
Moreover, Chapter 3, which included the Boarskyr brothers meeting with Piergeiron Paladinson was an insult to human intelligence!
In addition, the way Paladinson is portrayed points to Piergeiron the Meek... while Eidola is just strange and unwell in her behavior as seems to be their relationship as well; clearly not well thought out.
Finally, the book's title is a dead giveaway, not to mention the back cover's summary/description.

On the other hand, the author provides for some very interesting lore on page 54: "The Eye of Ao was supposed to have an empty pupil. The hole symbolized the place of dark mysteries through which all mortals flew after death."
Moreover, the exchange between father and son on pages 43-44 is quite powerful with the following quote standing out: "Speak, and I will empty my stomach on you, I swear it. You nauseate me. I nauseate me-the very fact that I am your son makes me sick. Let it be punishment enough that I have inherited your looks..." (Page 44)
In addition, J. Robert King does a very good job of presenting Khelben Blackstaff's awesome power as in his ability to slow down time on page 80, not to mention his dominating (and quite amusing) demeanor as seen on pages 53-54.
Finally, the graphic description of battle on page 64 was worthwhile: "His head split down the middle and fountained red upon all those around. The Open Lord reeled back in surprise and revulsion, and the body slumped to the floor. Eidola pulled back from the slain form, the sword in her hand dripping gore..."
The book successfully sets the stage vis-à-vis the storyline for the books that are to follow, while the cliffhanger at the very end makes the reader want to pick up the next book in line.

In short, Part 1 The Abduction is worth your while mostly for Part 2 The Paladins, that follows (and which is a great improvement at that) 3.3 Stars.
So-so 17 April 1998
By mark_stolowitz@msn.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On the eve of Lord Piergeiron's wedding to Lady Eidola of Neverwinter, nothing goes right. Lizardman, doppelgangers, and an assasination attempt are but the least of problems. This story sets the way for the introduction of the Utter East and bloodforges. The Realms date is sometime after the time of troubles.
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