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The Savage Caves (D&D Retrospective)

The Savage Caves (D&D Retrospective) [Kindle Edition]

T. H. Lain
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Product Description

The first book in a series featuring characters from the D&D core rules.

Featuring the iconic characters that appeared throughout the latest edition of the D&D game, this new series will attract new players and readers to the various worlds featured in the Wizards of the Coast book publishing line. The already familiar characters and D&D-related content will also make this series very approachable to current players.


Features characters from the latest edition of the Dungeons and Dragons game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1842 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 078692845X
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (2 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQZ5M3W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #709,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A goog beginning 21 Aug. 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A book based on the 3rd Edition Player's Handbook characters intrigued me greatly. From the first page I enjoyed the plot, even though it is quite the 'ordinary' rescue the girl save the town piece, it has refresed what is quite often an old and stale plot. Kudos to T.H. Lain for fresh ideas.
The book is written solidly. The traditional impossible to pronounce names start pretty much straight off the bat in the prologue and continue through the book. The writing is good being direct and to the point in the combat sequences, changing to a good script for the softer scenes.
I recommend this book mainly because I enjoy fantasy writing. It is good as a start of a series and no doubt that Lain will get stronger as this series carries on.
A thoroughly enjoyable read that passed the time and made me want to read the next in line...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics 29 July 2002
By Michael J. Williams - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read too many of the other DnD books (Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Ravenloft, etc) because I found them, especially the earlier ones, to be a bit too much like a bad gaming session. They also seemed to be written more for Young Adults than grown up gamers like myself.
That being said, I am really looking forward to this series. Sort of a back to basics gaming novel, without 20 years of history to have to muddle through.
I enjoyed The Savage Caves quite a bit. It sports a rather unique, though, as I said, basic, storyline. The iconic characters in this story are Regdar the human fighter, Jozan the human cleric, Lidda the halfling rogue and Naull the human wizard. The characters are well portrayed, if a little stereotypical (but what do you expect from DnD, which is rife with stereotypes). There is some genuine chemistry between the characters (especially Lidda and Regdar) and a little love interest as well (though not between Regdar and Lidda).
I have to say that my favorite character is Jozan. Though this is ostensibly Regdar's book, Jozan shines here, especially in his interaction with Lidda.
I do have two complaints about the book, though.
The first one is the length. It is a very thin novel and costs as much as a larger one. The print is small, though, so there is some meat to the story, and I didn't feel like I didn't get my money's worth, so that complaint is a small one.
The second is the slang. Lidda frequently uses what I consider to be current slang (i.e. "My bad" and the like) which interrupts the flow of the novel, in my opinion, and smacked me in the head with it. Although I don't expect a bunch of "thee"s and "thou"s from the characters, Lidda's slang (not to mention Naull's pumping her fist and exclaiming "Yes!" when she was able to cast a particularly well-timed spell) was a little disconcerting. I removed one star from my review for this, as it really affected the whole feel of the novel.
So, all in all a good start, with a few bumps, and I am really looking forward to "The Living Dead".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but short dungeon hack 'n slash adventure 7 Aug. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Savage Caves" is the first in the new line of books based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing. These books seem to be written for two groups: new readers of fantasy and long-time players who seek a feeling of nostalgia. This one wasn't a masterpiece by any means, and as fantasy novels go, was just an average story. However, it was a fun story that gives the reader a sense of playing the game, keeping track of hit points, magic spells used, etc.
"The Savage Caves" revolves around a band of adventurers who are on a quest to stop giant spiders from stealing the livelihood of a small town -- their sheep. The fighter and mage agree to stop the spiders if a halfling scheduled for execution is freed and allowed to join their party. Along the way, they meet a young mage who has just left her mentor after years of training.
The group eventually follows the spiders to a series of caves. There they encounter goblins and a large hobgoblin that is running the show. The adventure is basically a hack 'n slash one as the party battles the spiders and goblins, eventually leading to the non-surprising big battle with the hobgoblin leader. However, the mystery behind the spiders' actions is also revealed as the story reaches a predictable, but satisfying ending. Overall, if you enjoy fun fantasy with little plot or character development, "The Savage Caves", and most likely the following books in the series, would be a satisfying read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun little romp in the dungeon. 3 July 2002
By "fdailey" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Savage Caves by T.H. Lain is a quick and fun return to what gaming should be and can be. Lain does an excellent job of giving the reader a solid little story that has re-kindled my intrest in gaming. The characters (based on D&D 3rd's ICON Characters) are fleshed out and stay true to the character class they represent. Now I am not going to say that this new series is Dragonlance or The Forgotten Realms, its a little stripped down. But thats ok. This little novel is action packed and predictable, but its so FUN. The dialog is pretty funny and a bit hokey, but he only had 182 pages. Hopefully as the series continues, Lain will give us a little more seasoning and depth, but for now enjoy a quick fun read. Forget the grand morality plays, let Lain place a torch in your hand and a mace in the other. Explore the Savage Caves, and still be back in time for bed. A good start to a new book line. Looking forward to the Living Dead.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little adventure 24 May 2003
By Pat Luther - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book hoping for some mindless entertainment on the bus. Turns out, it really isn't that mindless, but it is entertaining. It's a D&D book, so I really wasn't expecting much, but it did a good job of capturing the mood of a good D&D game, a "first adventure" plot to start a campaign. Lotsa action, lotsa fun, and some clever things thrown into a pretty straightforward plot. The only thing that did bother me, as an earlier poster pointed out, was the use of modern slang. Several times, my tenuous suspension of disbelief was shattered by it. In spite of that, I actually found myself worried about Naull and hoping she wouldn't be killed. After the bus ride, I finished the book and bought the The Living Dead the next day.
Aside from a fun action-packed fantasy, it does a good job of sticking to third edition D&D rules for the characters, and illustrating their implications to the characters. And, I'm gonna rip off the entire village and cave system situation for my group's next adventure.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Straightforward, Enjoyable... 2 Aug. 2002
By lordanthrax - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Is the best way I can sum up this book quickly. As the first in a new series centered around the Iconic D&D characters as seen in the Player's Handbook, The Savage Caves is a fast and fun read, and does a good job in introducing our heroes, bringing them together in true D&D fashion and setting them on the path to adventure.
I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 because it is so very short, and reads more like juvenile fiction than I expected, but don't let that keep you from enjoying the story. T.H. Lain keeps things flowing well, switching from character to character and even showing things from the point of view of the "bad guys" to keep the perspective intruiging. I look forward to seeing how further books in the series evolve the ongoing story of these characters.
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