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Sentinelspire (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels)
Sentinelspire (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels)
by Mark Sehestedt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Excellent Novel, 14 Aug 2011
Sentinelspire, by Mark Sehestedt, is Book 4 in The Citadels Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Citadels Series is a series of stand-alone novels that attempt to introduce some of the citadels of the Forgotten Realms and give some less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

The book focuses on Berun, a ranger and disciple of the Oak Father, and Lewan, his apprentice, as the half-orc, Sauk - a servant of the Beastlord Malar - is sent to ask him to overthrow the Old Man of the Mountain. There are also a number of strong supporting characters such as Talieth, Ulaan and Perch who add a great deal of depth to the novel. The character development in this book is also fantastic as characters react and develop when experiencing the events of the novel very realistically and believably as well as having consequences later in the novel.

Overall, this is a truly excellent novel and a terrific end to The Citadels Series and I would recommend it to every Forgotten Realms fan. If you have enjoyed this novel then I would strongly recommend Mark Sehestedt's Chosen Of Nendawen Series which starts in the book, The Fall of Highwatch (Forgotten Realms). You might also enjoy another of Mark Sehestedt's novels which is part of The Wizards Series, Frostfell (Wizards).


The Shield of Weeping Ghosts (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels)
The Shield of Weeping Ghosts (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels)
by James P. Davis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.91

4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Addition To The Citadels Series, 14 Aug 2011
The Shield Of Weeping Ghosts, by James P. Davis, is Book 3 in The Citadels Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Citadels Series is a series of stand-alone novels that attempt to introduce some of the citadels of the Forgotten Realms and give some less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

The book focuses on the soon to be exiled Rashemi wizard, Bastun, as he is escorted to the city of Shandaular by the ethran, Thaena, and a group of Rashemi beserker warriors led by Duras. However, when they reach the city all is not well as its secrets have been discovered and its ghosts have awoken. An added dimension to this novel is that the characters, Bastun, Thaena and Duras, have a connection from childhood that makes for a tense atmosphere between the characters and great interaction between them. The primary character of Bastun makes for intriguing reading as he does not fit into the typical 'heroic' mold and simply adapts to the situations presented which gives him a different dimension to heroes from other books.

Overall, this is a good book that I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed The Citadels Series or is a Forgotten Realms fan. If you have enjoyed this novel then I would recommend the next book in The Citadels Series, Sentinelspire (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels). You might also enjoy some of James P. Davis's other books such as Bloodwalk (Wizards) and The Restless Shore (Forgotten Realms: The Wilds). If you have enjoyed reading about the Rashemi who may enjoy the book, Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road: A Forgotten Realms Novel (Dungeons & Dragons), in which the Rashemi wychlaren play a role.


Obsidian Ridge (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels)
Obsidian Ridge (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels)
by Jess LeBow
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Addition To The Citadels Series, 13 Aug 2011
Obsidian Ridge, by Jess Lebow, is Book 2 in The Citadels Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Citadels Series is a series of stand-alone novels that attempt to introduce some of the citadels of the Forgotten Realms and give some less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

The book focuses on the kingdom of Erlkazar as the floating mountain known as Obsidian Ridge appears in the sky for the first time in over a century and the wizard in control, Xeries, starts making demands to King Korox. The novel features many characters including King Korox's daughter, Princess Mariko, the king's bodyguard, Quinn, and the mysterious vigilante known only as The Claw. The author, Jess Lebow, has written a very good book that although slightly lacking in character development does feature some fantastic sub plots and mysteries that make for a good well paced novel.

Overall, this is a very good book and strong continuation of the Citadels Series that I would recommend to any fan of The Citadels Series or any fan of the Forgotten Realms as a whole. If you have enjoyed this novel then I would recommend the next book in the Citadels Series, The Shield of Weeping Ghosts (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels). You might also enjoy another of Jess Lebow's novels which is part of The Fighters Series, Master of Chains (Forgotten Realms: The Fighters).


Neversfall (Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels)
Neversfall (Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels)
by Ed Gentry
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Start To The Citadels Series, 12 Aug 2011
Neversfall, by Ed Gentry, is Book 1 in The Citadels Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Citadels Series is a series of stand-alone novels that attempt to introduce some of the citadels of the Forgotten Realms and give some less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

The book focuses on the citadel of Neversfall - an isolated stronghold in the untamed wilderness of the Shining South - as contact has been lost with it and soldiers are sent in to investigate. The main characters are Adeenya, the leader of the Durpari mercanary forces, Jhoqo, the leader of the Maquar (The elite warriors of Estagund) and Taennen, Jhoqo's second in command. The author has written the Durpari and the Maquar very well and excellently plays on their differences and the difficulty the opposing soldiers have in integrating with each other as well as creating some exciting action sequences and some good mysteries and surprises.

Overall, this is an extremely good book and an excellent start to The Citadels Series and I would recommend it to every Forgotten Realms fan and even to fantasy fans in general. If you have enjoyed this novel then I would recommend the next book in the Citadels Series, Obsidian Ridge (Forgotten Realms Novel: The Citadels) (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels). You may also enjoy Richard Baker's Blade Of The Moonsea Series which starts in the book, Swordmage (Forgotten Realms Novel: Blades of Moonsea) (Blades of the Moonsea).


The Collected Stories: The Legend of Drizzt (Dungeons & Dragons)
The Collected Stories: The Legend of Drizzt (Dungeons & Dragons)
by R. A. Salvatore
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.40

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection For Most Drizzt Fans, 10 Aug 2011
The Legend Of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories, written by R. A. Salvatore and edited by Philip Athans, is a collection of 11 previously published short stories and 1 new short story set in the Forgotten Realms universe. These stories all involve characters from R. A. Salvatore's The Legend Of Drizzt Series.

The stories in this anthology range from 1989 to 2010 and as such they vary as the author's writing matures over the years. The stories have been previously published in the various 'Realms Of' anthologies set in the Forgotten Realms and other related publication (I will post the complete story titles and original publication place and date in my Comments section for any who are interested). The short stories themselves all involve characters from The Legend Of Drizzt Series including Drizzt Do'Urden himself and his companions, as well as tales involving Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle and even a Guenhwyvar origin story. Before each short story there are a couple of annotated pages by the author describing many things such as how the short story came to be written, his thoughts at the time and his insights into the characters. As such this adds some depth to the stories and can add to your understanding of the characters.

Overall, this is a good collection of short stories but as the majority are only republished this anthology will only appeal to those readers who do not own the original material in which the stories were published. If you are not familiar with the character of Drizzt Do'Urden then I would recommend you read The Legend Of Drizzt Series first as otherwise this will limit your enjoyment of this anthology. The first three books of the Legend Of Drizzt Series can be found in the following box set, The Legend of Drizzt: Set 1, Bks. 1-3 (Forgotten Realms) (Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt).
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Lord of Stormweather (Forgotten Realms Novel: Sembia: Gateway to the Realms)
Lord of Stormweather (Forgotten Realms Novel: Sembia: Gateway to the Realms)
by Dave Gross
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Good End To The Series, 5 Aug 2011
Lord Of Stormweather, by Dave Gross, is Book 7 in The Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series focuses on the members of the noble Uskevren family of the city of Selgaunt in an attempt to introduce the realm of Sembia to the readers and give less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

This book focuses on Thamalon Uskevren II, commonly known as Deuce or Tamlin, as events at Stormweather Towers involving his family force him to take a prominent role in the Uskevren family and step out of his father's shadow. The novel itself does not only focus on Tamlin and his supporting cast of friends but also on his father Thamalon, his mother Shamur and the Uskevren family butler, Erevis Cale. The author, Dave Gross, has done a fantastic job bringing the Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series to a close - especially considering as the majority of the previous books in the series have been written by a collection of different authors. As such Dave Gross has had to combine their visions of the characters into his own writing style and plot of his novel whilst still keeping the flow of the book and the character interaction consistent.

Overall, this is a very good book to end the Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series - especially so considering the unique writing conditions the author Dave Gross faced. If you have enjoyed the Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series you may enjoy the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep Series, the first three book of which are collected in the following omnibus, Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep, Book I: A Forgotten Realms Collection (Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms). If you have enjoyed this book then you may enjoy the novel, Shadowbred (Twilight War), which features Erevis Cale and Tamlin Uskevren as well as the city of Selgaunt and the realm of Sembia.


Sands of the Soul (Sembia: Gateway to the Realms)
Sands of the Soul (Sembia: Gateway to the Realms)
by Voronica Whitney-Robinson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book But Does Not Quite Fit The Series, 5 Aug 2011
Sands Of The Soul, by Voronica Whitney-Robinson, is Book 6 in the The Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series focuses on the members of the noble Uskevren family of the city of Selgaunt in an attempt to introduce the realm of Sembia to the readers and give less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

This book focuses on Thazienne Uskevren, commonly known as Tazi, as she is forced to leave the safety of Stormweather and her family to recover a fragment of her soul and avenge her friend. This is a very good book and features some very good character interaction between Tazi and the two main supporting characters Steorf and Fannah as they hunt for Ciredor. My one complaint with this book is that a significant part of this book takes place in Calimport and the Calim Desert - while this makes for interesting reading it does not quite fit the brief of the Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series as it does little to add to the city of Selgaunt or the realm of Sembia.

Overall, this is a good book that adds significant depth to Tazi Uskevren but does not add much depth to Sembia or Selgaunt. If you have enjoyed this book then you should enjoy the 7th and final book in the Sembia: Gateway To The Realms Series, Lord of Stormweather (Sembia). You might also like the book, Crimson Gold (Rogues), which is a novel featuring Tazi Uskevren as she embarks on a solo adventure in the land of Thay.


Sands of the Soul (Forgotten Realms Novel: Sembia)
Sands of the Soul (Forgotten Realms Novel: Sembia)
by Voronica Whitney-Robinson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book But Does Not Quite Fit The Series, 5 Aug 2011
Sands Of The Soul, by Voronica Whitney-Robinson, is Book 6 in the Sembia Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. The Sembia Series focuses on the members of the noble Uskevren family of the city of Selgaunt in an attempt to introduce the realm of Sembia to the readers and give less experienced authors a chance to showcase their abilities.

This book focuses on Thazienne Uskevren, commonly known as Tazi, as she is forced to leave the safety of Stormweather and her family to recover a fragment of her soul and avenge her friend. This is a very good book and features some very good character interaction between Tazi and the two main supporting characters Steorf and Fannah as they hunt for Ciredor. My one complaint with this book is that a significant part of this book takes place in Calimport and the Calim Desert - while this makes for interesting reading it does not quite fit the brief of the Sembia Series as it does little to add to the city of Selgaunt or the realm of Sembia.

Overall, this is a good book that adds significant depth to Tazi Uskevren but does not add much depth to Sembia or Selgaunt. If you have enjoyed this book then you should enjoy the 7th and final book in the Sembia Series, Lord of Stormweather (Sembia). You might also like the book, Crimson Gold (Rogues), which is a novel featuring Tazi Uskevren as she embarks on a solo adventure in the land of Thay.


The Age of Darkness (The Horus Heresy)
The Age of Darkness (The Horus Heresy)
by Christian Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.28

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Anthology, 11 May 2011
Age Of Darkness, edited by Christian Dunn, is Book 16 in The Horus Heresy Series published by the Black Library. This book is an anthology of 9 short stories set during the Heresy itself and attempts to bridge the gap between the initial phase of the Horus Heresy and the next stage of novels in the series.

This anthology features stories from a wide range of authors, including Black Library legends such as Graham McNeill and Dan Abnett, established authors such as Nick Kyme and Aaron Dembski-Bowden and relative newcomers such as Rob Sanders. As such, the stories vary in quality and content but they are generally of a good standard. One positive about this anthology is that the shortness of the stories make this book quite accessible to a knowledgeable reader who does not have a lot of free time. However, the shortness of the stories can also be a negative as some readers may become frustrated at the lack of major developments in regards to the Horus Heresy as a whole.

Overall, this is a solid anthology that does add to the Horus Heresy Series and does explain to a certain degree some of the events between the betrayal at Istvan V and the upcoming assault on Terra. However, I would only really recommend this book to an existing fan of the Horus Heresy Series as otherwise the lack of background knowledge will limit the reader's enjoyment of the book. If you have enjoyed this book then you may enjoy the anthologies, Heroes of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40,000 Novels), Legends of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40000) and Victories of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40000) which should provide a good introduction to the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
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The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)
The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)
Offered by games-wizard
Price: 11.95

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value For Money, 31 Mar 2011
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The Tomb Raider Trilogy for PS3, published by Eidos Interactive, is a collection of the three second era Tomb Raider games that have been remastered in 720p HD. The Tomb Raider Trilogy is the collection of the following games; Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld. These games all contain a linked storyline and as such make a logical collection for the Classics HD range. Tomb Raider: Legend is a prequel game that introduces some of the characters and explains some of the back-story for the remainder of the trilogy, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider game and Tomb Raider: Underworld attempts to conclude the plot elements from the previous two games.

The games themselves are excellent value for money and offer a huge amount of gameplay hours (at minimum 30 hours and for most people is should be even more). Also the games themselves have aged quite well both graphically and gameplay wise, with only Tomb Raider: Underworld suffering with its occasionally frustrating camera angles. The trilogy of games all follow a story based style of gameplay with a blend of acrobatics to move Lara through the environment and gun-based combat to defeat her enemies. Although the trilogy of games all have a similar style of gameplay, each individual game has certain characteristics. Tomb Raider: Legend is quite combat oriented, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is puzzle and exploration oriented and Tomb Raider: Underworld attempts to strike a balance between the two.

Overall, this is a fantastic trilogy that should appeal to any Tomb Raider fan and to almost any gaming fan in general. If you have enjoyed The Tomb Raider Trilogy then I would recommend the Uncharted Series (Uncharted: Drakes Fortune - Platinum Edition (PS3), Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Platinum Edition (PS3) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)) as they have a similar style of gameplay and also focus exploration. I would also recommend Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) which is a collection of the remastered Prince Of Persia - The Sands Of Time Trilogy of games, as it is part of the same Classics HD range and also features puzzle and exploration based gameplay - albeit set in a different era.
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