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The Gilded Rune (Forgotten Realms) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Jul 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (17 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786960302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786960309
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great read. 12 Aug. 2012
By Chase - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been an avid reader of books set in the forgotten realms setting for a long time. The Gilded Rune stands as not only one of best the books set in the realm that I have read but one of the best books that I have ever read. While fast paced Smedman still manages to paint memorable characters from steadfast in his beliefs Torrin to aloof Eralynn and everyone in between, it is perhaps a dark and gritter story but such things make the slivers of hope all the sweeter. I would recommend this book to anyone even those that are new to the forgotten realms setting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed hearing about other dwarven kingdoms finally 16 July 2013
By Heiko Ramirez - Published on
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Perhaps the best part of this novel was the description of Eartheart. It is so rare to hear in-depth details and description of dwarven culture outside of Mithral Hall. The Delvers, Lords, and temples were especially good while the end battle had me on the edge of my seat wondering about what twist was next. My only complaint was Torrin comes off as a bit of an overgrown child the whole time but I don't know if that was meant to be that was due to his age as a human would have him acting as a dwarf. Otherwise it was a great novel overall.
Excellent addition to the realms 6 April 2014
By Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks - Published on
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Disclaimer-If you read the review and feel there is a spoiler in it, please let me know and I will remove that section. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.

The Gilded Rune is a stand alone novel by Lisa Smedman. Other book by here are the House of Serpents trilogy Venom’s Taste, Viper’s Kiss, and Vanity’s Brood, The Lady Penitent trilogy Sacrifice of the Widow, Storm of the Dead, and Ascendency of the Last, as well as book four of the War of the Spider Queen series Extinction, a short story in Halls of Stormweather with a follow-up novel Heirs of Prophecy.

The main plot of The Gilded Rune is the spreading of a Stoneplague through the dwarven race. The main character Torrin Ironstar is a human who feels he is a dwarf whom has been forged into the wrong body. Some subplots involved are Torrin’s quest to prove he is in fact a dwarf and the adversity he faces, his search for the Dwarf God Moardin’s soulforge which he aims to use a unique item he has acquired to transport him anywhere he wishes, and others that would lead to spoilers.

The pace of the novel is perfect. This one builds right from the beginning and brings the reader into the characters and what is going-on with everyone while providing adventures before even coming to the main plot of the story. I felt there was just never a dull moment as the novel progressed. The story flowed nicely along just taking the reader from one stage to the next and nothing really broke from it. The characters were easy to connect with. For me this is a realms novel that has been long in coming for enjoyment. It even takes me back to the old days of FR when the reader could catch glimpses of the gods and even see the stakes in which their immortality becomes threatened.

Some criticisms:

1. The only one that I can determine here is the lack of a real antagonist. While there is a real threat to the survival of the dwarfs, there is really no true villain to focus the reader’s dislike. Once it is finally revealed how everything was started and the reasons why, it felt like “oh, ok, they are to blame.” This however is a minor criticism and does not take away from the enjoyment of the story.

Some positives:

1. The characters are awesome with this one. They really drew out the emotions of the reader whether it was to sneer at their prejudices, celebrate their accomplishment, or morn with them during their loss.

2. Of all the books post spellplague, this is the one that should have come out first as it had woven the elements of pre and post spellplague events nicely. While there are still hints of what the spellplague had done to the realms, there was enough of an old time feel to the story to keep even the seasoned veteran of the realms engaged and enjoying the story.

This was a great realms novel. I really wish Ms. Smedman had more to offer the realms as she is a prime example of what is right in the realms when it comes to providing excellent storytelling. If you are new to the FR universe, then I can easily recommend this one. Heck to anyone wanting to read about the realms or fantasy in general, I highly recommend this story.

Happy reading

Good but not Great. 7 Feb. 2014
By GABRIEL - Published on
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I have to start by saying I'be been reading Forgotten Realms since 1990, and it's my fav fantasy setting although the spell plague stuff kinda garbage...that being said this book had a great idea for a plot..but character developement was kinda weak...action could have been given more substance and made into a trillogy maybe. Positive was that there aren't many books on the Great Rift Dwarves and their kidom so as a realms junkie it was nice to get a peak into that part of the realms. Would I recommend it to some one as their first read in the realms? No, but if you know the Realms give it a spin.
A fast paced tight book with a unqiue lead character 7 Nov. 2013
By Michael T - Published on
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I love this book. I've read every one of the Forgotten realms novels since they first launched in 1988 and never once have I heard of a Human dwarf.

You read that correctly, a Human Dwarf. Not half-human / half dwarf. The main character believe is a Dwarf reincarnated into the body of a Human. The dwarves thing he is insane. He sets of to find a dwarven Gods anvil so he can 'be reborn as a Dwarf'. Meanwhile a plague has broken out and his killing the Dwarves. Since Humans aren't effected our hero sets out to discover who or what is causing the plague and to stop it.

Lisa Smedman has created a great character. As the book progress I didn't know if he was crazy or really was a re-incarnated dwarf. The book had great pacing, and didn't feature character bloat or needless plot complications.

10 out of 10. I want a sequel!
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